90. Tommy James & the Shondells

Somehow in the late 60’s, if you were not making a political stance or experimenting in the studio, you ran the risk of not being taken seriously. Sure, you could still be successful, but respect was hard to come by. In the case of Tommy James & the Shondells, their respect would come much later.   Think about this interesting fact from 1987; Tiffany’s hatchet job of “I Think We’re Alone Now” was replaced at number one by Billy Idol’s successful remake of “Mony Mony”. Musically, the best adjective to describe the1980’s was fun (though we are sure our readers will come up with others) and the songs of Tommy James certainly conjured up that. Although they were described as a Bubblegum band in their day, that is a label that appears to be diminishing over time. If they overcome that image and their original work continues to get covered by credible artists (we don’t mean Tiffany), they could overcome their long shot status for entry. The Bullet Points:   Eligible Since: 1991   Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Pittsburgh, PA)   Why They Will Get In: Many of their songs still hold up today, and they are gaining appreciation.   Why They Won’t Get In: They were not perceived as groundbreaking and have too much of a Bubblegum label to overcome   Nominated In: Never   Essential Albums: I Think We’re Alone Now (1967) Crimson and Clover (1968) Mony Mony (1968) Cellophane Symphony (1969)   Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Hanky Panky (Single, 1963) Mirage (From I Think We’re Alone Now, 1967) Crimson and Clover (From Crimson and Clover, 1968) Crystal Blue Persuasion (From Crimson and Clover, 1968) She (From Travellin’, 1970)   www.tommyjames.com {youtube}3C4HQQSz-K8{/youtube}{youtube}O8inV7hZErM{/youtube}{youtube}zieOAi9LaQI{/youtube}{youtube}ez10wjD3Xc4{/youtube} {acepolls 118}

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