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.
  • Janes Addiction

    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.
    • George Michael

      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.
      • Pixies
      • 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

          162. Jan & Dean

          The sixty ninth selection is a band synonymous with early 60’s surf music.  Jan & Dean was certainly a key part of that scene, though they always seemed to be in the shadow of the Beach Boys. To many, surf music was mostly fun, but lacking any real depth.  Granted, lyrics about surfing situations and partying on the beach was not going to make anyone contemplate the meaning of life.  What set Jan Berry and Dean Torrence was their rich harmonies and textured craftsmanship in which they delivered their music which was the result of being on a different production level than their contemporaries.  Their greatest musical rivals were also their close friends in the industry; The Beach Boys.   Jan & Dean influenced no less than the legendary Brian Wilson through their production values and the later Punk scene with their anti-establishment attitude.   Their music literally came to a screeching halt when Jan…
          • Jan and Dean

            161. Poison

            The last half of the 1980’s was very kind to Poison. They were one of the top Hair Metal bands selling out arenas world wide and dominating music television. Their music was fun party music mixed with some of the most successful power ballads of the era. Like many bands, drug abuse and infighting hampered their growth, but in the early 90’s “fun” music was not selling records anymore and Poison became synonymous with everything that was wrong with music from the 80’s. One of Poison’s biggest hits was preaching about having nothing but a good time, which was one of Rock and Roll’s original messages. They were not a deep band, but they never tried to be.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible In: 2011   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Pennsylvania)   NIHOF’s Favorite Album: Open Up and Say….Ahhh! (1988)   NIHOF’s Favorite Song: Talk Dirty…
            • Poison

              160. Lenny Kravitz

              160. Lenny Kravitz
              He did not have a lot of success as “Romeo Blue” when he looked back at developing a Retro Funk career, but under his given name of Lenny Kravitz, success was found when he channelled a Classic Blues based Rock sound mixed with a bit of Psychedelic. Retro is a great word to describe Kravitz as everything from his style, his stage presence and of course his music, had a “retro cool” feel. Even though he had a remarkably consistent career, it is that Retro label that could work against him as the Hall may feel that he was not innovative enough and musically looked too much to the past as opposed to the future. The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2014 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (New York City, NY) Why He Will Get In: He had a strong and consistent career. Why He Won’t Get In: He was not the…
              • Lenny Kravitz

                159. REO Speedwagon

                There is a lot to be said if you can help define a style of song. Some will call you pioneers and others may call you innovators. REO Speedwagon did get those accolades, but we have a feeling that for every person who may agree, there is likely an individual who despises the style (Power Ballads) they helped create.   REO Speedwagon became huge stars and sold out many arenas for a period of time, but they were far from overnight successes. After ten years, the band began to take shape and with there blend of Rock and ballads, REO Speedwagon found a formula that allowed them fame and success and they were constantly on the radio and selling out arenas. Their blueprint was often copied, but time has viewed them as more of commercialized Rock and they have not been blessed with a lot of musical respect in recent…
                • REO Speedwagon

                  158. Echo & the Bunnymen

                  There are many themes on this list, and it is time to again explore that of British bands that achieve critical acclaim and commercial success in Europe but not so much in the United States. Considering that Echo & the Bunnymen drew a bit from the Doors, it could be considered a little puzzling that they did not become bigger in North America.   With an interesting combination of Post Punk gloom and Psychedelic, Echo & the Bunnymen were able to crack the charts and the critics’ top ten with efforts that produced a rich integration of strings and drums. As dark as the mood they invoked, there was always a sense of beauty to the music they created. Known as a solid live act, Echo & the Bunnymen are still together today, but a trip for them to Cleveland could be a long time (if ever) away.    …
                  • Echo & the Bunnymen
                  • Ian McCulloch
                  • Glide
                  • Les Pattinson
                  • Pete de Freitas
                  • Jake Brockman