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

    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

        78. Supertramp

        The next selection found the NIHOF committee reminiscing a little bit more than some of our other selections. It seemed we all had an older sibling or knew of one with a worn out vinyl of Breakfast in America. They were like comfort food; they may not have been the best out there, but Supertramp just felt so comfortable to listen to.   Supertramp was not always so palatable. After producing a pair of Progressive Rock albums that failed to find an audience they altered their sound in a more pop oriented way. The move proved fruitful as they made successful albums, radio friendly singles and international success. They kept enough of the Progressive sound to still appeal to those devotees and in the latter half of the 70’s few bands were more successful. Supertramp never did make it through the MTV era, but they did have a solid career.…
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          77. INXS

          Considering how much Western Pop Culture is inundated with Australians, we would have thought we would have had an Australian act by now. Instead, our first selection from “Down Under” was on the brink of flirting with being the biggest band in the world at one point. It didn’t happen, but it is hard pressed to find anyone who can’t hum an INXS song or two.   It isn’t that difficult to figure out why INXS got so big. Originally starting out as a pub band they incorporated just enough of the New Wave element to fit in with that crowd, but kept enough of their original Rock credo to attract that set. As they evolved, they created a danceable Rock sound that could play on any radio station. Throw in the sultry good looks of the deceased Michael Hutchence and you had an instant recipe for international stardom. The…
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            76. Gil Scott-Heron

            We severely doubt that there will be anytime soon where music fans will debate the validity of Rap music especially in terms of its placement in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To those who raise that vocal inquiry, we can only imagine the reaction should the Proto Rap pioneer, Gil Scott-Heron get in.   Granted, Gil Scott-Heron has to be considered the most important Proto Rap artists ever, but that label is too simplistic for him. Scott-Heron was not just a brilliant wordsmith, painting an urban picture that would help shape future Rap and Hip Hop artists. He was also an underappreciated musician with the ability to fuse Jazz and Soul, and much of his work also can be heard in today’s Acid Jazz. Like many on this list, his influence vastly eclipsed his success and with a possible fear of what he might say should he get…
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              75. Mötley Crüe

              The next choice generated more debate from us in terms of their genre and not so much in terms of the band itself. Mötley Crüe was one of the many Metal bands to come out of L.A., but they were likely the band most closely associated with Hair Metal, and the debate we had is just how worthy that genre is.   It isn’t a debate that Mötley Crüe is much better than bands like Warrant, White Lion etc… Crüe was first and were a much more polished outfit than their image lent them to be. What works in their favor is a recent album proving that they are still great rockers and can deliver a great performance long after many of their peers have been “laughed” off the musical spectrum. They may get in, but we find it very hard to rank them in before the Metal artists who…
              • Motley Crue
              • Nikki Sixx
              • Vince Neil
              • Tommy Lee
              • Mick Mars
              • John Corabi

                74. Black Flag

                A lot of people have criticized the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for its perceived bias towards Punk Rock. There may be something to that, but at the present the wave of West Coast Punk Rockers have no inductee. X would be our best guess, but if Black Flag were to be that representative, it would not be a surprise.   X may have been more critically acclaimed, but Black Flag may have been a more symbolic representation of the Punk scene in Los Angeles. Their Hardcore Punk sound flirted with Metal and with a verbal assault as edgy as their guitars, few bands ever sounded as fierce. Their ace in the hole may be the charismatic Henry Rollins, who has developed a larger than life personality and as such could propel Black Flag into an induction over other Punk bands that may be equally (or more) deserving.  …
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                  73. Blue Oyster Cult

                  If “Don’t Fear the Reaper” comes on the radio, can you hear that song without thinking “More Cowbell”? Many in the current generation can’t, which is a bit of a shame as The Blue Oyster Cult deserves to be remembered for more than that Saturday Night Live skit.   The Blue Oyster Cult was one of the top Hard Rock/Heavy Metal bands in the 70’s.  As much of their music was based on more science fiction and literary references than their peers, they were called by some as “the thinking man’s Heavy Metal band”. Simultaneously, they were able to generate some radio friendly songs that were able to expose them to additional audiences that other Hard Rock/Metal bands couldn’t generate. Metal bands are not the most beloved genre in the Hall, but as an American group they may possibly squeak in over some of their British counterparts should the Hall…
                  • Blue Oyster Cult
                  • Buck Dharma
                  • Eric Bloom
                  • Albert Bouchard
                  • Allen Lanier
                  • Joe Bouchard