179. Moby Grape

Many times when a band gets inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame critics of the group may point to members who may seem undeserving in comparison to their bandmates. Should, Moby Grape ever get inducted that will be one label that they would not have as they were known for the equal contributions of their members.   Moby Grape was known for a lot of other things too. Considered, by some as the greatest band to come out of the 60’s San Francisco scene, they were also among the most over hyped. A bizarre marketing decision (they had five songs from their debut album issued simultaneously) almost caused fans to dismiss them as hype. Fans did find that a band that on their debut album could seemingly do it all, as songs that blended Psychedelic, Blues, Rock, Jazz and Country so effortlessly that they overcame their initial backlash and were christened the next big thing. It didn’t happen as infighting and inconsistent future efforts led Moby Grape to become one of the biggest disappointments in Rock history. Still, a cult band representing an important music scene (San Francisco) can’t be completely dismissed and might receive a look from the Hall.     The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1992   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (San Francisco, CA)   Nominated In: Never   Why They Will Get In: Their debut album might just be important enough.   Why They Won’t Get In: Inconsistent work thereafter may derail all chances.   Essential Albums: Moby Grape (1967) Moby Grape ‘69 (1969)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Hey, Grandma (From Moby Grape, 1967) Omaha (From Moby Grape, 1967) Come in the Morning (From Moby Grape, 1967) Changes (From Moby Grape, 1967) Seeing (From Moby Grape ‘69, 1969){acepolls 185}

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