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

          166. Fugazi

          166. Fugazi
          Although Fugazi is easily one of the most important Post Hardcore bands of note, they rarely promoted themselves. They were true DIY artists who were uncompromising with their craft regardless of whether they were in the studio, on stage, or in life in general. Their lyrics were cerebral and their music was a unique Punk sound with Funk and Reggae beats. Ironically, the very things that made them have such a rabid fan base are the very things that will likely keep them out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The sad thing is if any D.C. based Hardocre band should get a solid look from Cleveland it is Fugazi. Chances are, they won’t           The Bullet Points: Eligible Since: 2013 Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Washington D.C.) Why They Will Get In: Punk in its variances always seems to have a legit Hall of Fame shot. Why They…
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            165. The Pointer Sisters

            On the surface, casual observers of the Pointer Sisters may view them as group who had a few catchy hits in the early 80’s. Scratch a little deeper and you find a group with longevity that was able to succeed in multiple styles.   The Pointer Sisters could very well be the chameleons of the Pop world. They have been able to be successful in genres as diverse as Pop, Disco, Jazz, Soul, R&B, Country, Rock and Funk. Other artists have recorded in such vast multiple genres, but nobody was able to do as effortlessly and naturally. Regardless of what style the Pointer Sisters did, it felt as if that was what they were meant to sing. These factors make the Pointer Sisters much stronger candidates than at first glance, as they can represent multiple genres in a potential induction. Throw in the fact that they had a very long…
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              164. Grand Funk Railroad

              Critically despised? Check! Played very little today on Classic Rock stations? Check! Sold out arenas in their day? Check! Sold a lot of platinum records? Check! Confused? Meet the Hard Rock enigma known as Grand Funk Railroad.   In an era where a lot of music was becoming bloated and a movement was afoot to strip it down, Grand Funk Railroad seemed to appeal to neither set. At their root, they were a basic Blues Rock band that sung simple songs that appealed to a blue collar demographic. The critics despised them, but that did not stop them from selling millions of records and selling out multiple venues. Their biggest song and eventual mantra “We’re an American Band” was their greatest label and their biggest curse. To their fans they are a great American Rock band, though they did so at a time when that wasn’t necessarily cool. They have…
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              • Don Brewer
              • Mel Schacher
              • Bruce Kulick
              • Max Carl
              • Tim Cashion
              • Mark Farner
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                163. Wire

                Often the British band, Wire has been cast into the Punk genre and although they were clearly influenced by that sound there was a time that they seemed hell bent to deconstruct it.   Many bands evolve and change but few seemed to do so at the pace that Wire did in the late 70’s. Their first three albums reflected Post Punk brilliance working on the fringes of multiple genres and experimentation. Wire always stayed true to themselves. They were a band that only recorded when they felt they had something to offer which would result in periods of bountiful activity and lulls where you thought they disappeared from the face of the Earth. With a glut of Underground and Alternative acts who found them influential, there is no doubt they met the criterion on influence. However, without a hit album (their productive work sold very little in the U.K.…
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                  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…
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