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!

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

      20. Green Day

      20. Green Day
      Leading the Punk Revival charge, Green Day has a claim as one of the more influential bands of the 1990’s. This was ironic as they never exactly broke new ground, but their echoes of the music that came fifteen years before, ushered in the Neo Punk movement. While doing this, they remained a relevant band and continued to outsell many of the bands they inspired. They would continue to play with their sound and add more political awareness to their lyrics, which may have aided to keep their shelf life significantly longer than most of the other Punk bands that existed. Critically, they have are loved or hated, as their legion of fans is contradicted by the previous Punk generation who may feel they are on the poser side of the ledger. Whether that is true or not, they did usher in a revival of Punk and as such this…
      • Green Day

        18. T. Rex

        The discussion of our next band generated a few embarrassing admissions. A couple of us acknowledged that they first discovered T.Rex with the Power Station’s somewhat capable cover “Get it On” in the mid 80’s and accordingly worked our way backward. Regardless, of how we discovered them, we are all glad we did.  
        • T Rex
        • Marc Bolan
        • Gloria Jones
        • Mickey Finn
        • Steve Peregrin Took
        • Steve Currie

          17. Dick Dale

          We at NIHOF were pleasantly surprised by the recent induction of the Ventures to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Although we were happy for them, we couldn’t help but feel that someone else who represented the Surf sound should have gotten in there first.   In the 1990’s Dick Dale was virtually unknown to the general public until they heard his blazing guitars in the film, Pulp Fiction. It is a shame that the man labeled the “King of the Surf Guitar” could be so far out of the public eye for so long. Dale gets credit for inventing the blistering and exotic surf guitar sound which was influenced by his own upbringing listening to Middle Eastern and Eastern European music. Dale pushed the limits through his equipment and was responsible for many of the advancements of amplifiers. Dale remained the most gifted guitar player of his genre…
          • Dick Dale

            16. Big Star

            The NIHOF Committee knew that we had would be placing many artists that achieved limited commercial success. Yet when we looked at Big Star, we just couldn’t figure out why they never did hit the mainstream. Had they achieved more than just critical acclaim, they would likely be in the Hall already.   One has to wonder if Big Star was just plain unlucky. Drawing from the melodies and harmonies from the British Invasion groups along with an American Rock edge they became the embodiment of Power Pop. Considering their influences and that their music appeared radio friendly, it is strange that they never did catch on with the public and essentially remained anonymous. Although their time as a band was brief and their record sales were dismal the 80’s saw a new batch of guitar based alternative bands (R.E.M. & The Replacements for example) that emerged citing Big Star’s…
            • Big Star
            • Alex Chilton
            • Chris Bell
            • Jody Stephens
            • Ken Stringfellow
            • Jon Auer

              15. The Cure

              After we came up with our rankings, it just seemed right for the Cure to be associated with number thirteen. The mystical number might fit the gothic image of a band (who ironically despised that label) better than any other group on this list.  
              • The Cure
              • Robert Smith
              • Porl Thompson
              • Laurence Tolhurst
              • Simon Gallup
              • Roger ODonnell

                14. Judas Priest

                When the NIHOF committee gathered to discuss our next entrant we did what we could to forget the terrible Mark Wahlberg movie (Rock Star) that was loosely based on them. Instead we chose to focus on how important Judas Priest was in Heavy Metal’s progression. There are some fans of the genre who have debated that the work of Judas Priest in the 70’s was more important to Metal than anything current Hall members Black Sabbath ever did. That may be a very bold statement, but it can’t be overlooked is that those early albums laid the fabric for the Thrash sound that would occur years later. The 80’s saw Priest as one of the few Metal acts who were able to create radio friendly hooks while still keeping a Metal sound that did not alienate their core fans. From Rob Halford’s high pitched Heavy Metal wail to the guitar…
                • Judas Priest
                • Rob Halford
                • K K Downing
                • Glenn Tipton
                • Ian Hill
                • Tim Ripper Owens

                  13. Chicago

                  Had we done this list with the criteria of chart success, Chicago would have easily been in our top ten. Having charted over multiple decades, Chicago has enjoyed a devoted following that few on this list can match. One has to wonder if the band was a little flashier, and the fans a little louder if it would not come as such a great shock as to the average music fan as to just how successful they were.  
                  • Chicago
                  • Peter Cetera
                  • Robert Lamm
                  • Terry Kath
                  • James Pankow
                  • Danny Seraphine