The Moodies have the rare distinction of having chart success in three different decades (60’s, 70’s & 80’s). They were one of the first bands to utilize Classical influences and have to be considered to be the masters of combining the Rock ideal with a Symphonic feel. Their complex arrangements and mastery of the previously unused mellotron on their early albums were certainly unique. What appears to be hampering their chances are the twin perceptions of being a Progressive Rock band (which as documented in earlier entries) and the very classical elements they use which is again devoid of any Hall representation. Already eligible for twenty years for induction, their wait will likely be longer until the Hall looks at the genre.
The Bullet Points:
Country of Origin:
United Kingdom (Birmingham, England)
Why They Will Get In:
They have a loyal fan base and a history of commercial success.
Why They Won’t Get In:
Critically disrespected and lacking a “Rock” edge.
Days of Future Passed (1967)
A Question of Balance (1970)
Seventh Sojourn (1972)
Long Distance Voyageur (1981)
Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee:
Nights in White Satin (From Days of Future Passes, 1967)
The Story in Your Eyes (From Every Good Boy Deserves Favour, 1971)
I’m Just a Singer in a Rock and Roll Band (From Seventh Sojourn, 1972)
The Voice (From Long Distance Voyageur, 1981)
Rock ‘N’ Roll Over You (From The Other Side of Life, 1986)