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.

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Older baseball fans may remember the 1976 season of the Detroit Tiger’s phenomenon, Mark “The Bird” Fidrych whose rookie campaign was laced with instant superstardom and a promise of a legendary career. This didn’t happen, as Fidrych was essentially done after that year and never came close to that and fans waited for a “Second Coming” that would never arrive.…
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While many white artists were blurring the racial line across many musical genres, the traditional platform of Rock and Roll seemed to be a “whites only” club; at least that was the perception among many in the late 80’s. Virtually anyone who thought that had their opinion change when they saw Living Colour perform epically on Saturday Night Live; which…
The Rock and Roll world is littered with performers who peaked at their first album and never seemed to even come close to that level of success commercially or critically again. In the case of John Hiatt, it took him years to find that high water mark.
A California Rock Band that seemed to be able to do it all, Spirit was able to blend multiple Rock influences anywhere from Hard Rock, Psychedelic, R&B, Classical and Folk. Often they would veer from influence to influence and this may have been why they had only modest success as many music fans in that era searched for acts that…
We have to admit that we were all shocked that Leonard Cohen got inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It isn’t that we did not feel that he deserved it on some level; it is just that we did not think that this was an artist that the Hall would ever nominate let alone induct. With Cohen’s…
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Not exactly the type of music that you may expect to come out of Oklahoma, the Flaming Lips became critical darlings with their brand of Alternative Pop. With music as weird as it is beautiful and with a fearless attitude towards their music making, it shouldn’t be a surprise if this band climbs the ranking in our future lists as…
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Although we think we can make an overall case for the induction of Glenn Danzig’s overall career, we aren’t going to make travel arrangements for him to Ohio just yet.