4RockNRollers

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

          142. Meat Loaf

          Regardless of your career how fathomable is it to have two great accomplishments sixteen years apart with virtually nothing in between? Beyond Meat Loaf, who did that with his two Bat out of Hell Albums we can’t think of very many.   It can’t be underestimated how popular the first Bat out of Hell album was. Teaming with writer Jim Steinman, Bat out of Hell was a Teen Rock Opera that was the perfect vehicle for the booming voice of Marvin Lee Aday; best known to the world as Meat Loaf. The album combined Rock and Roll with Wagner and with Meat Loaf behind the microphone, he was able to deliver the songs in a way that could appeal to the hardest rocker and the Pavarotti set. It was not until the album’s sequel in 1993, that Meat Loaf teamed with Steinman again, and literally found his voice again. As…
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            141. Public Image Ltd.

            Is it wrong for us to see this band get inducted just to see what kind of letter John Lydon (Johnny Rotten) would write to the Hall next? Seriously, when our little committee got together that topic was all we could talk about for an hour. With that said, though Public Image Ltd., will never approach the legacy of Lydon’s first band, the Sex Pistols, is it possible that PIL was actually a better group than the Pistols?   Whether you agree with the above statement (and for the record, we did 3 to 2), it seemed that John Lydon probably though so. After the Sex Pistols disbanded Lydon was able to assemble a group he wanted, and rather than carry on Punk, Public Image Ltd., created a rich music that was influenced by Reggae, Pop and the ashes of the Punk sound that Lydon helped build. Critics and fans…
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              140. Kate Bush

              Fans of Popular music often try to emulate the singing styles of their favorite performers. Kate Bush had legions of fans, but many of them probably never tried to sing like her. They knew it couldn’t be done.   Kate Bush did have an unusual singing voice which was matched by her material. She was an unlikely superstar whose literary references and broad themes seemed even more unique considering the young age in which she created them. After her initial success, Kate Bush slowly became a musical recluse which has only served to expand her myth and the collection of idealist strong females who found her influential is a bountiful and talented lot. A superstar in England, Bush did have some success in America, but it may not have been enough for her to crack the Hall who may look for an American version of the female songwriting prodigy that…

              139. The Jesus and Mary Chain

              There is an old saying in Rock regarding The Velvet Underground; they did not sell a lot of albums, but every one who did buy one formed a band. We are not sure, but our guess is at some point the members of The Jesus and Mary Chain bought a few copies themselves. It would not be a big surprise if many of those who bought Jesus and Mary Chain albums felt inspired to start bands up themselves.   Of the Post Punk bands of the 80’s, The Jesus and Mary Chain producing some of the most hauntingly beautiful of the era. Their debut album (Psychocandy) was an amalgamation of Pop brilliance, lyrical introspection and a heavy dose of feedback and echoes; the latter, proving to be especially distinctive. It was a spectacular album which garnered them critical acclaim around the world and would later spawn many imitators. Future albums…
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                138. Ministry

                In 2014, we expect there to be a strong contingent lobbying for the induction of Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails. We will debate that in four years time, but until then we will settle for debating the induction of a band that is credited by some for introducing Industrial music to the public; Ministry.   Calling Ministry a band can be a bit of a misnomer. Essentially, the product of its only constant member; Al Jourgensen, Ministry was the first outfit that brought the Industrial genre attention. With their hard driving Metal guitars, and various samples they garnered attention from devotees of other Alternative based music. With the Alternative boom in the early 90’s, Ministry became more widely known, though they never hit it as big as they perhaps should have. Constant side projects and drug abuse may have hampered the long term affects of Ministry as a band,…
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