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62.  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 two Boston albums and fought with his label constantly. If you classify Arena Rock as high production values, catchy hooks and strong harmonies, than absolutely Boston fits the bill and was one of the best of that genre. To those who see Arena Rock as a soulless entity fueled by money; they can certainly find bands that fit that mold; but categorizing Boston like that is so hard when they certainly left so much cash on the table by not making more albums or touring more. Boston’s shot relies totally on how history views the Arena Rock period for which they were always associated with.


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Should Boston be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 90.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.9%

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  • Previous Rank: 2011: #91
    2012: #79
    2013: #75
    2014: #71
    2015: #70
    2016: #70
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 2001
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Boston, MA)
  • Why they will get in: The monster album they had in 1976 still draws in new fans today.
  • Why they won't get in: The “Arena Rock” label they have does not draw critical acclaim.
  • Essential Albums: Boston (1976)
    Don’t Look Back (1978)
    Third Stage (1986)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: More Than A Feeling (From Boston, 1976)
    Peace of Mind (From Boston, 1976)
    Rock and Roll Band (From Boston, 1976)
    Don’t Look Back (From Don’t Look Back, 1978)
    Amanda (From Third Stage, 1986)

Should Boston be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 90.6%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 4.2%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 3.2%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 1.9%

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+4 #5 Bob Ross 2016-04-25 22:32
Great innovative music, huge album sales. Really great straight rock and roll band. Seems perfect for an outfit calling themselves the rock and roll hall of fame, right? Minuses are this kind of straight rock was not popular in Europe when they were big and were only huge in America, and everyone seems to hate Tom Scholtz, he does come off as a smug, egotistical jerk. He defines rock and roll primadonna. Was Axl Rose before Axl Rose, was not a good bandmate and was sued or sued everyone. Brad Delp also killed himself, which is a big downer when weighing an induction. Probably gets in one year after he dies so no one has to hear him talk.

I think the Hall considers this band every year, thinks how annoying Scholtz's induction speech would be, and says "Nope!"
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+7 #4 Brian Parsa 2016-02-10 02:04
Boston's first two albums were staples on album-orient ed/classic rock radio for at least 10 years. And Scholz deserves credit for the production of their guitars -- their sound was a revelation back in 1976!
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+9 #3 Lee Roschen 2014-01-17 04:13
Boston's monster debut album is perhaps reason enough to get them in, and their 2nd and 3rd albums weren't bad, but the quality of any new releases since then has been pretty mediocre at best, below average at worst. I would support their induction, I guess, but I am not real gung-ho about it.
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+9 #2 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
easy choice here. put them in. innovative and popular enough to take to another level in the 70's they may not have a lot of albums but the ones they did have were huge and there was not a house party that i went to for ten years that theri debut album was not played. that album still lasts today as one of the essentail ten in rock history.
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+5 #1 Musicologist999 -0001-11-30 00:00
Yes, Boston had not one, but *two* monster albums: "Boston " and "Third Stage". And "More Than A Feeling&quot ; is an all-time rock classic, I'll admit. But, let's face it, Boston's recorded output is shockingly small, as they don't release new albums all that much. Also, their brand of Arena Rock may be popular, but there's nothing really GREAT about it. And Tom Scholtz, as good a guitarist as he is, is a bit full of himself (his pompous liner notes on the back of "Third Stage" are pretty vomit-induci ng). And are Boston popular anywhere else besides America? I think not. Boston have their fans, to be sure, and two top-selling albums, but that may not be enough to induct them.
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