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

        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.  …
          • Black Flag

            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

              72. The Zombies

              Surprisingly, it is not uncommon for a musician to have their biggest hit after they passed away. We wonder if the Zombies could identify on some level, as they achieved their biggest success after they disbanded.   The Zombies were part of the British Invasion and like their compatriots they sought fame and fortune in the United States. Where they were a little different is that the Zombies focused more on their melodies and the use of minor keys. Their music was a little more classically infused and with a touch of psychedelic they have been considered by many musical historians as the most underrated bands of their era. Coincidentally, it appears that their chances may be improving in recent years as listeners appear to be unraveling the textures of their music. Their outside shot for induction seems to be improving each year.         The Bullet Points:…
              • The Zombies

                71. Boston

                We remember a bit from Wayne’s World where Wayne Campbell discussed how in the 70’s the Fleetwood Mac album, Rumors (in another bit he inputted Frampton Comes Alive) was shipped to every house. He very well could have inputted Boston’s debut album which likely was found in most turntables in suburbia. No joke, that album really was that big.   Arena Rock is loosely defined as a softer and some cases more of a corporate and commercial version of Hard Rock. Certainly, Boston was slickly produced; they were essentially the brainchild of Tom Scholz who spent years producing what he thought was the perfect “Rock” sound. His vision proved to be right, as Boston seemingly became an overnight success and became the highest debut album of all time. As successful as it was commercially, the label of corporate rock certainly did not fit as Scholz painstakingly labored over the next…
                • Boston

                  70. Steppenwolf

                  Our introduction to our Rock and Roll list depicted the ever changing face of what Rock and Roll is or was. There are artists on this list with whom we expect to hear a roaring cry that they are not “Rock and Roll”. We doubt we will hear that with Steppenwolf.   The word influence is brandished about on this list as it should be simply based on the verbage of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Steppenwolf does get credit for the creation of the term “Heavy Metal” from a line in their Hard Rock Classic; “Born to be Wild”. They may not have been the band that created Heavy Metal music but their place as one of the Hardest Rocking bands in the late 1960’s is not debatable and could be one of the best bands to listen to on the open road. Although some question their…
                  • Steppenwolf
                  • John Kay
                  • Larry Byrom
                  • Goldy McJohn