Rock and Roll (582)

Music.  It has the ability to bring people together.  It can stir up hidden emotions.  It can cause you to get up and physically move.  It can help you through your work day.  It separates generations.  We could describe it for page after page in terms both specific and vague but music simply means different things to different people.  Likely, many of these things were on the mind of the builders of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio, a tribute to those who built up the genre of Rock and Roll.

Their intentions certainly seemed clear enough.  Their website states that “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame honors the legendary performers, producers, songwriters, disc jockeys and others who have made rock and roll the force that it is in our culture”.  For our purposes, we are going to focus on the performer section of the Hall.  That being said, the first rule of eligibility is very simple.  Once an artist has gone twenty five years after the release of their first record, they become eligible.  After that it becomes a little murky.  The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame states that “criteria include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll”.  Influence and significance is certainly open to interpretation.  For that matter, so is Rock and Roll.  When Bill Haley sang Rock around the Clock over sixty years ago was he describing a sound, a look or maybe just an attitude?  Did the songwriters just like the word “rock”?  The origin of Rock music is so difficult to pinpoint its subsequent evolution is just as equally hard to chart.

With these vague parameters we at Not in Hall of Fame put our own committee together and came up with the top 250 artists whom we feel deserve consideration for enshrinement in Cleveland.  Are we right?  Are we wrong?   We know two things for sure; the first is that while compiling this list we felt we could make a viable case for multiple artists to be in our number one slot, the second was that it was a blast coming up with it.  Let us know what you think and based on who gets inducted, who becomes newly eligible, your opinions and how our own perceptions change, we will see how we rank them in the following year.    

Until then, Keep on Rockin’ in the Free World!

Sincerely,

 

The Not in Hall of Fame Rock and Roll Committee.

Although it has certainly been seen that Metal is struggling to find a solid place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, it will be interesting to see what they do with Tool who by no means was a traditional Metal band.  Tool added Post Punk and Progressive styles and with dark imagery (both in videos and in lyrics)…
Is it possible for a group that has stated that they hate Rock music to ever be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? This is the question we pose when discussing the Pet Shop Boys, the British Dance music duo who may be the most critically acclaimed of their genre.
While compiling this list, non committee members asked us about out ranking and pointed out albums sales as to why our rankings made no sense to them. As often as those debates began (and will perpetually continue) we expect a series of debates based on concert attendance. If that was our factor, how many people would be higher than Jimmy…
Her huge success is unquestionable. Mariah Carey is not only one of the most successful artists all time in the United States but in the world. Her vocal skills are undeniable, and when people discuss who is the greatest singer ever, her name belongs in the discussion.
As the British Invasion dominated the 60’s, few American bands seemed able to stand up to them. The Turtles were one of those bands that were successful in doing so; even though many casual fans may have thought they were British.
We asked ourselves a lot during this process why did so many Punk bands fizzle out so quickly? Was it truly just better to burn out than fade away? That is a debate for another time (and someone else’s website) but again we find another American Punk Rock group that had more historical significance than mainstream success.
Anyone taking a look throughout this list will see the vast amount of artists from the United Kingdom. Primal Scream is another such artist, but if anyone seemed to represent the last twenty years of British music better than they did, we would like to know who that might be.
Considered one of the biggest icons of British Blues, John Mayall may be revered far more as a mentor than as a performer. The large string of British Blues Rock stars that were inspired or taught by Mayall is an endless one. John Mayall and his Bluesbreakers certainly recorded a lot of material, but he will likely go down in…
Sometimes its fun to look back at the early days of MTV and see which of the stars survived and which haven’t. Depending on who you ask, you might get a different answer as to whether Cyndi Lauper “survived” or not.
A superstar in the Adult Alternative world, Sarah McLachlan’s atmospheric Pop-Folk blend garnered her many friends worldwide. Her song writing and vocal skills made her very successful on both the critical and commercial front. It can be argued that her greatest musical contribution was the creation of Lilith Fair, which celebrated the female songwriter and helped launch a few careers…
Although Mitch Ryder may have come from the land of Motown, he was certainly credited with some of the most driving Rock sounds that came out of the United States in the 1960’s. Although, a closer look may link Ryder closer to the Soul sound then at first glance.
Each year during the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination process only a handful of artists are selected. Because of this, many artists only have to be nominated once or maybe twice before they get inducted. Chuck Willis was nominated five consecutive years from 1986 and 1990 yet never got inducted. Willis has not been nominated since.
Many Singer/Songwriter types don’t have that Rock and Roll type of voice but that was not the case for Jeff Buckley as his voice was full of grit, soul and was a throwback to the classic rock era of the late 60’s and early 70’s.  Maybe, it was this aspect that helped him appeal so strongly to the Adult Alternative set…
He did not have a lot of success as “Romeo Blue” when he looked back at developing a Retro Funk career, but under his given name of Lenny Kravitz, success was found when he channelled a Classic Blues based Rock sound mixed with a bit of Psychedelic. Retro is a great word to describe Kravitz as everything from his style,…
One of the top of acts from Australia, Midnight Oil initially struggled to achieve stardom but when they did they were able to bring their brand of Alternative Rock to more than just their native Australia. Their politicized messages while often rooted in their own national causes were still able to strike a chord with youth worldwide. Already reaching legendary…
Another important Punk band from Los Angeles, Bad Religion achieved the rare feat of selling multiple records without losing their status in the Underground scene. Always evolving, Bad Religion would always flirt with other musical styles though keep them in Hardcore Punk setting. Bad Religion could squeak into the Hall in years to come as they have a representation of…
Let us pose an ethical question shall we? Is it wrong for us to want to see the Grass Roots inducted into the Hall of Fame, just so we can see an acceptance speech from their former bass player, Creed Bratton (of the Office)? Maybe it isn’t the worst reason to want to see a band inducted, though we are…
We did not have an internal debate as to whether Johnny Ace should be inducted.We agreed that he should but as the bulk of his work predated the Rock and Roll explosion we are not sure if he is a Roots and Influences candidate instead.
There are many artists on this list who are easy to categorize. If you were take one look at Billy Idol, you would assume he was a Punk Rock star, and while he was initially one (with his band Generation X), musically it would be difficult to say that he was the first Punk star of the MTV generation. It…
So much of the music that made it big in the early 80’s seems so dated today. There is a constant wonder about the bands and hits that emerged from that decade that made us wonder just what the hell were we thinking? With the Violent Femmes, it might just be the opposite, as this could be the music that…