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

          224. Spirit

          A California Rock Band that seemed to be able to do it all, Spirit was able to blend multiple Rock influences anywhere from Hard Rock, Psychedelic, R&B, Classical and Folk. Often they would veer from influence to influence and this may have been why they had only modest success as many music fans in that era searched for acts that were more specific as opposed to diverse. Spirit was clearly an influence on Led Zeppelin, and if there are members of the Hall committee who believe that Zeppelin is one of the greatest bands ever (and many fans do), it is possible that Spirit could get a peek.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1993   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Los Angeles, CA)   Nominated In: Never   NIHOF’s Favorite Album: Spirit (1968)   NIHOF’s Favorite Song: Nature’s Way (From Twelve Dreams of Dr. Sardonicus, 1970)…
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            223. Johnny Rivers

            In an era of the British Invasion and Motown, there appeared to be little chart room for anyone else. One of those exceptions was Johnny Rivers whose live albums may have showed he had more love of Rock and Roll than anyone else ever could.   Through the middle portion of the 1960’s Johnny Rivers cemented his status on the charts with stellar live albums and singles based on the basic Rock and Roll formula. Rivers scored hits either penned by his own hand or 50’s Rock staples that were not watered down as had been done by previous performers. Switching styles as his career went on; Rivers was also a brilliant producer working in multiple genres. At present, Rivers has yet to receive a nomination, and after twenty years it has to be wondered if he ever will.         The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1989…
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              222. America

              Many a Rock band had an ironic name or they just simply took the name of the geographic place they were from. In the case of the band America, neither was true. They were basically a British Folk Rock band who chose a name that paid homage to their American parents.   Maybe it was because they were devoid of that sarcastic irony that a lot of bands have led to America being disrespected. Maybe it was because their first big hit sounded so much like Neil Young that were branded as unoriginal. The many fans that refused those negative labels found a Folk Rock group with rich harmonies and producers of some solid Soft Rock (is that an oxymoron?) music that generated them a large fan base. As the critics didn’t pander over them either, we have a hard time seeing America in the Rock and Roll Hall of…
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                221. Danzig

                Although we think we can make an overall case for the induction of Glenn Danzig’s overall career, we aren’t going to make travel arrangements for him to Ohio just yet. Glenn’s first great moments may have been with the Misfits, but his best work was with his self-named band, Danzig. This incarnation was able to take Danzig’s brooding nature and take it towards the Heavy Metal vein as opposed to the Punk side. The horror imagery was still there, but it took on a more sinister tone than a comical one. They had a very good start, but they never seemed to capitalize on that success, and they remain one of the more underrated acts in music history.           The Bullet Points: Eligible In: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Lodi, NJ) Why They Will Get In: The overall body of work of Glenn Danzig would be the best shot. Why…
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                  220. The Treacherous Three

                  Many a music fan has debated whether Rap music should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is a debate that is not going to go away anytime soon. As such, we expect that much of the comments here will be about Rap’s credentials to the Hall. For those who do not dispute the genre’s Hall resume, the pioneers of Speed Rap may have a claim for induction.   As one of the groundbreaking Rap groups, the influence of the Treacherous Three can’t be ignored. With lyrically complex rhymes in a rapid fire delivery much of the later Hip Hop vocal blueprint was engineered by them. They also were one of the firsts to combine rap with Rock riffs (though this would later be perfected elsewhere). They may not have racked up any major hits of note, but what they did to accelerate the growth of Rap…
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