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!

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

      45. Warren Zevon

      The Singer/Songwriter movement of the 70’s produced many great artists. Although, our next selection, Warren Zevon is primarily known for just one song “Werewolves of London” my many people, a deeper look at his career shows a man who was among the most respected of his genre.   Warren Zevon used his dry sardonic sense of humor which when interspersed with political and historical context set him apart from the others. His peers such as Jackson Browne, Tom Petty and Bruce Springsteen have called him the greatest songwriter and praise from those giants should never go unnoticed. Zevon never lost his wit even faced with terminal cancer and he was able to produce some of his most poignant work ever. Based on other Singer/Songwriters already in the Hall, Zevon has a decent chance for induction.         The Bullet Points: Previous Rank: 2010: #58   Eligible Since: 1994…
      • Warren Zevon

        44. Procol Harum

        The Progressive Rock question returns again with an act that could have had the biggest hit of the genre in “A Whiter Shade of Pale”. That song may not only have been Progressive Rock’s biggest hit; it may have been the first real one too.   Selling well on both sides of the Atlantic, Procol Harum’s use of classical themed music with a Rock edge invoked the very beginnings of the Progressive Rock movement. Their music was rich and textured and for a seven year period between 1967 and 1973 they were one of the most respected bands in the world. The draw against them is the Progressive and Classical label which as illustrated in previous entries will earn them no favor to Hall voters. Like the other Progressive Rockers listed earlier they have a decent shot to become the Hall’s next Progressive act; not that fans of the genre…

        43. The Doobie Brothers

        One of our committee members asked why it was that whenever they think of our next selection they are constantly reminded of Michael Douglas reading in a paper in the jungle that they broke up while rescuing Kathleen Turner in Romancing the Stone. Gordon Gecko aside, the Doobie Brothers are of course known for much more than that 80’s Pop culture reference.   As one of the more successful bands in the 1970’s the Doobie Brothers may have gone through as many style changes as they have lineup changes. Originally a standard Rock band favored by the biker set, the Doobies became a melting pot of differing genres in their early work. Rock, Country, R & B and Bluegrass could all be heard in the series of successful albums that churned out songs that would become staples of the decade and on Classic Rock stations today. Upon the departure of…
        • The Doobie Brothers
        • Michael McDonald
        • Tom Johnston
        • Michael Hossack
        • Patrick Simmons
        • Jeff Baxter

          42. The Monkees

          Many of the musicians on this list create a polarizing opinion as to their “validity”. In the latter half of the 1960’s, there likely was no group that separated fans as much the Monkees did. Their bubblegum image and status as a corporate creation were labels that they couldn’t shake, and despite the fun solid music they made they were a group that was not considered “cool” at their height.   The Monkees have to be the most successful band in the 60’s who have not been enshrined in Cleveland. Granted, they were assembled together to create a television show and did not play on their first album, but after they fought for some semblance of creative control, they proved to be a very capable group. This was certainly proven by their live shows, later albums and fact that their fans included such legends as John Lennon and Jimi Hendrix.…
          • The Monkees

            41. The Cars

            In our countdown we discuss many artists that have crossover appeal. With The Cars, we wonder if it is possible to fit into so many genres that you almost forget what genre they originally came from.   The Cars were one of those bands that it didn’t really matter what kind of music you were into because they would likely be there. If you were a hard rocker, their music was there. If you were into the Alternative scene, they were just Alternative enough to be on the fringe of your album collection. They were in the top 40 crowd and they were safe enough for the older adults as well. This was the perfect group for those who were listening to one specific type of music to get their feet wet while they explored another. Ironically, it is that ability to crossover that has labeled them as not very…

            40. Brian Eno

            As shown by our earlier and later inclusions we don’t have a problem listing artists (in varying capacities) twice. Already on this list as a member of Roxy Music, Brian Eno would probably be in our top five should we ever get around to listing producers but for now we will settle for a solid top fifty rank for his solo work.   Because of Brian Eno’s stellar work as a producer, it is sometimes forgotten how talented he was as a performer. Upon leaving Roxy Music in 1973, Eno followed his own path experimenting with music both in how it was produced and how it sounded. Eno’s foray into Electronic music resulted in the creation of a new genre, Ambient, in which notes and rhythm were less important than the actual sounds created. We can’t imagine that Brian Eno won’t get into the Hall someday. The real question is…
            • Brian Eno

              39. Soundgarden

              Welcome to the first true heavyweight entry of the Grunge question.  The question is not whether a Grunge associated act will get in; because one will.  The question is how many, and does the Hall have a quota.  With Soundgarden now eligible, we are fascinated to see what will happen. While many of the other Grunge acts drew from Punk, it could be argued that Soundgarden had more of a Metal root.  They received a lot of notice in the Pacific Northwest and many musical experts predicted that it would be Soundgarden (and not Nirvana) that would bring the musical focus to that region.  Although they were not the first to hit it big, they did make it, and quickly became a favorite of many.  The mid 90’s were especially good to Soundgarden as they had hit records, and headlined Lollapalooza.  They broke up in 1997, but many look back…
              • Soundgarden
              • Chris Cornell
              • Kim Thayil
              • Matt Cameron
              • Ben Shepherd
              • Hiro Yamamoto