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22.  Big Star

The NIHOF Committee knew that we had would be placing many artists that achieved limited commercial success. Yet when we looked at Big Star, we just couldn’t figure out why they never did hit the mainstream. Had they achieved more than just critical acclaim, they would likely be in the Hall already.

One has to wonder if Big Star was just plain unlucky. Drawing from the melodies and harmonies from the British Invasion groups along with an American Rock edge they became the embodiment of Power Pop. Considering their influences and that their music appeared radio friendly, it is strange that they never did catch on with the public and essentially remained anonymous. Although their time as a band was brief and their record sales were dismal the 80’s saw a new batch of guitar based alternative bands (R.E.M. & The Replacements for example) that emerged citing Big Star’s work as a big influence on the music they were creating. Considered, now a cult band, the biggest question around Big Star was not why they didn’t produce more music: but why the music they put out was barely played in the first place. Had it been, they may have lived up to their moniker.

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Should Big Star be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 67%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 17.4%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #19
    2012: #19
    2013: #19
    2014: #16
    2015: #17
    2016: #17
  • Eligible Since: Wednesday, 01 January 1997
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Memphis, TN)
  • Why they will get in: They meet the influence criteria which include current Hall members, R.E.M.
  • Why they won't get in: Cult bands generally don’t have a shot.
  • Nominated in: Never
  • Essential Albums: #1 Record (1972)
    Radio City (1974)
    Third/Sister Lovers (1978)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Thirteen (From #1 Record, 1972)
    In the Street (From #1 Record, 1972)
    September Gurls (From Radio City, 1974)
    What’s Going Ahn? (From Radio City, 1974)
    Kanga Roo (From Third/Sister Lovers, 1978)

Should Big Star be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 67%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 11%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 4.6%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 17.4%
Last modified on Monday, 04 February 2019 17:42

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+4 #4 JOSHUA BLINDER 2014-02-08 17:48
If the Velvet Underground and the Stooges can get inducted into the HOF based on a bunch of albums that influenced a lot of people but sold in single digits, then Big Star's omission is a travesty of justice. They were both influential AND tuneful. RIP Alex Chilton and Chris Bell.
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+4 #3 biograph 2013-05-12 08:43
Yeah, in the VU/Stooges tradition, Big Star should be in as one of those indispensabl e bands not enough people ever heard of. (New York Dolls should be in there, too.)
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+7 #2 LeftOfTheDial -0001-11-30 00:00
It's too bad Alex Chilton won't be alive to see it happen if they ever do get in. What a tremendous talent he is/was.
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+6 #1 Sean -0001-11-30 00:00
Probably deserving, but they'll probably never make it since they aren't popular. One of the biggest bands that followed them (The Replacements , also deserving) probably won't make it either for the same reason. Still, Alex Chilton is probably more famous than either of his bands (Box-Tops or Big Star). I could see them eventually getting inducted simply due to Chilton' s respect in the industry, but probably for no other reason. Knowing the hall, they'd probably choose the Box-Tops first since they had a hit in the '60s (and they seem to like almost anyone who had a hit in the '60s while ignoring later decades...)
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