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Who Should be in the Hall of Fame?

This site, as the domain and title says, is FOR ROCK AND ROLLERS (4rocknrollers!).  And as a tribute to our favorites, we were stunned to learn that many of those groups that we think should be honored, have never had a place in the Hall of Fame.

This is our reminder that these groups have played an important part of rock and roll history and should have a place in the Hall of Fame!

60. Jane’s Addiction

If you were to ask many music fans in 1990 or 1991 which band truly defined “Alternative” many would point to Jane’s Addiction. With a funky hybrid of Metal, Punk and Folk the provocative band took the music world by storm in the late 80’s.
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    81. George Michael

    Usually when collaborations break up one party becomes more successful than the other. There may be no case of wider musical disparity than when George Michael and Andrew Ridgely dissolved Wham.
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      19. Pixies

      When the Alternative scene exploded into the mainstream many pointed to Seattle as the origin of it all. Funny, how many of those bands pointed back East to the Pixies as the group who was really responsible.
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      • Black Francis
      • Kim Deal
      • Joey Santiago
      • Dave Lovering

        12. N.W.A.

        Considered one of the pioneers of Gangsta Rap, N.W.A. was not just among the first of their kind, they might just be considered the best.
        • NWA
        • EazyE
        • Ice Cube
        • Dr Dre
        • MC Ren
        • Snoop Dogg

          108. The Specials

          Although we always seemed to be aware of them, even we were surprised just how many subgenres of Rock and Roll there seems to be. In the case of the Ska Revival genre we wonder if it the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will see fit to grant them an inductee. If so, our bet would be on the Specials.   Sure, we might have been able to make a case for either the Beat or Madness in this slot but in the end we chose the Specials as they have been often given the most credit for the Ska Revival in the 70’s. The Specials combined Ska with Punk’s attitude and laced it with political and social commentary. Combine that with a distinct look, the creation of their own label and you have a true scene that they led. Their run was brief, but it left a distinct…
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            107. Phish

            107. Phish
            Like many successful Jam bands, Phish enjoys a devoted fan base, and like any top improvisational group, the genres they draw from are quite diverse. Each Phish concert can count on Rock, Jazz, Progressive Rock, Bluegrass, Reggae, Country and Blues infusions throughout the sets, and they always seem to draw a crowd as unique as their music. As such, comparisons to the Grateful Dead are commonplace and if any band could come close to drawing any kind of accurate comparison (in terms of culture, though not necessarily in terms of musical style) it would be Phish). Although they do have a massive following, a Phish catalogue does not have any traditional “hits” and there might be an incorrect assumption that the “Jam Band” category is filled in Cleveland.           The Bullet Points: Eligible In: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Burlington, VT) Why They Will Get In: They certainly have the…
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              106. Manic Street Preachers

              106. Manic Street Preachers
              The Manic Street Preachers may have been virtually unknown in North America, but they set the English music scene ablaze in the 90’s. Going against the Shoegazing and Acid House movements, the Manics seemed determined to put the rebelliousness back in Rock and Roll. They pushed an anarchistic Rock agenda and though they were a band that achieved notoriety though not necessarily chart success. That probably does not translate into a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction. The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2014 Country of Origin: United Kingdom (Blackwood, Wales) Why They Will Get In: They have the critical love and helped turn the tide back to pure Rock in England. Why They Won’t Get In: They have little recognition in the United States. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: Generation Terrorists (1992) The Holy Bible (1994) This is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998) Know Your Enemy (2001) Our…
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                105. Eurythmics

                As the New Wave genre brought a lot of androgynous looking men in to the forefront, there was one group that seemed to take the same idea only with a female lead singer who certainly had a unique androgynous appeal. Of course, that look may have gotten them their first taste of attention, but the Eurythmics proved they had the talent to stay in the public eye for a long time.   The Eurythmics (Annie Lennox & Dave Stewart) were not the most know New Wave group but they may be the most visually recognizable. The image of Annie Lennox’s look attached to one of the most provocative voices is about as powerful as it comes. Their later albums embraced more Pop/Rock standards and flirted with a bit of R&B, which Lennox’s voice could easily pull off. They might get in to the Rock Hall; however chances are they will…
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                • Annie Lennox

                  104. Anthrax

                  In a previous entry we mentioned that Metallica’s entry to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame we questioned whether this could be the catalyst to induct Slayer as the second member of the “Big Four of Thrash Metal”. We still think they have the best shot of the remaining four, but if they look towards innovation than Anthrax may be the one they turn to.   As much as the other bands in the “Big Four”; Anthrax helped usher in the new genre of Thrash Metal. Where they differed form their peers was that Anthrax was far more experimental and they appeared to take themselves a little less seriously both in terms of looks and lyrics. Anthrax receives a lot of credit for fusing Rap and Metal, something that was not common of at the time. The biggest obstacle for induction for Anthrax is whether the Hall feels that…
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