25. King Crimson

Considering the amount of Progressive Rock bands on this list and the lack of Progressive Rock representation in the hall we have often wondered if any of them will ever get through. Despite the relatively high ranking we are giving King Crimson and the high regard they are held in many circles, this is likely not the band that will break down the door for the rest of the genre.   Although it is often debated whether King Crimson is the ground zero for Progressive Rock’s birth, there can be no argument that they are definitely one of the genre’s forefathers.  Granted, this is a band that even in their heyday received little airplay and even today are hard pressed to be found on Classic Rock stations around the dial, but commercial success was never what defined them. Guitarist Robert Fripp (The only constant member in King Crimson’s ever changing lineup) stated that “King Crimson is a way of doing things”. A great quote, as the band was (and still is) about experimenting and pushing the limits of whatever musical style they decide to tackle. Like others on this list the genre of Progressive Rock must be first acknowledged by the Hall before they get a decent shot. The Bullet Points:   Previous Rank: 2010: #35   Eligible Since: 1994 Country of Origin: United Kingdom (England)   Why They Will Get In: Way too many bands cite KC as a huge influence for them to be ignored forever.  Why They Won’t Get In: The Progressive Rock issue holds them back. Nominated In: Never Essential Albums: In the Court of the Crimson King (1969) Earthbound (1972) Larks’ Tongues in Aspic (1973)     Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Epitath (From In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969) The Court of the Crimson King (From In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969) 21st Century Schizoid Man (From In the Court of the Crimson King, 1969) The Night Watch (From Starless and Bible Black, 1974) Thela Hun Ginjeet (From Discipline, 1981) www.king-crimson.com   {youtube}OZL7AGvpS6A{/youtube} {youtube}wgfirIh0ej8{/youtube} {youtube}uim2jZHZ3YU{/youtube} {youtube}Z9IQnDRYIYU{/youtube}         {acepolls 39}

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