Rock and Roll (567)

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.

It always seemed like Ween was deliberately odd and thrived in producing material that had an Andy Kaufamnesque quality to it.  Their ironic songs gained them fans who reveled in the joking atmosphere and the seemingly self contained world that Ween created.  They never really got past the Underground scene but it is doubtful that they wanted to try to…
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…
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…
The average person might recall Gary Numan’s greatest hit, “Cars” and think of it as a quirky one hit wonder that was a flash in the pan of the New Wave era. Gary Numan’s career was actually much more than that and his contributions to the world of Electronic music may be incalculable.
Known on his birth certificate as Richard James, Aphex Twin had received the high praise of being called one of the most influential and innovative figures in contemporary Electronic music.  The high acclaim was earned as Aphex Twin pushed the envelope of Acid and Ambience and took the Electronic genre to places never before thought.  The question (as with many…
Now that Dr. Dre (approrpriately) got into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as a member of N.W.A., the question we ask now is whether he should get in as a solo act.  Already making a more than strong case as a producer, Dr. Dre’s solo efforts and collaborations are amongst the most respected in the Hip-Hop world.  A…
The term “diva” is a common used term these days. Sometimes the connotation is positive, sometimes negative, but for the legend named Diana Ross (who has been called the first Pop diva) both connotations may have been accurately applied.
Though they may have despised the term “Trip Hop”, there is little doubt that the English duo which comprised England’s Massive Attack was the originator of that genre.  With a Hip Hop, Soul, Dub mix a hypnotic Dance sound was created that was amongst the most influential of its time.  The Trip Hop sound exploded through the 90’s and its…
Many a band has become best known for launching a career of a lead singer who had gone on to eclipse that of his/her former group. Rufus is likely best known for introducing the world to the sultry Chaka Khan who managed to have a great career on her own. Having said that, the best way for both parties to…
Known primarily as a band that Kurt Cobain once worshipped, Melvins were a Washington state based band that have been called by some as the true “Godfathers of Grunge”. Their music had a deliberately slow and plodding pace and their Godfather nickname does have some credence as many Grunge acts cited them as an influence. They were far from one…
If you take one look at the Siouxsie & the Banshees the quick reaction is to view them as a Goth Band. Looks are certainly deceiving in this case, and though that does describe their look and a component of their music that is hardly all that they were.
If any artist associated with Disco gets into the Hall next, the current top contender would have to be Chic. Ironically, if people wanted to make the argument that they aren’t a Disco band, a few of us at NIHOF would not completely disagree.
With U2 already in the Rock and Roll Hall, it can be easily said that Ireland is already represented. Yet, when listening to the entire body of U2’s work, does it really scream “Irish”? Nationalism aside, there may not be a band that sounds more like they are from Ireland than the Pogues; which is a little ironic considering that…
Blues based Rockers permeate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so on the initial surface George Thorogood may seem to be a potential choice for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Throw in the fact that Blues purists tend to despise him, the picture becomes rapidly unclear.
The sixty ninth selection is a band synonymous with early 60’s surf music.  Jan & Dean was certainly a key part of that scene, though they always seemed to be in the shadow of the Beach Boys.
What is it about Rock Stars and plane crashes? Another casualty taken just as his star was about to shine was the American Singer/Songwriter Jim Croce. In fact, had he survived it would not have been inconceivable for Croce to have emerged as the top man of his genre.
There have been many who have fans and critics who have felt that Rancid was the second coming of the Clash.  That is high praise and big shoes to fill but it is easy to see how there were parallels between the two bands.
When we look at out list we see many artists who had a broad appeal that they could have came from any English speaking country. This is certainly not the case for the Sir Douglas Quintet as a listen of their music and the time period of which it came from, really could it have come from any place other…
The more we thought about it, the more we became amazed as to just how much musical influence was coming out of Germany in the late 60’s and 70’s. One of those bands was the Berlin based group; Tangerine Dream was no exception as their musical contributions is felt very much in multiple genres.