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.

We believe that Robin Trower’s best chance for induction may come as a member of Procul Harum, but Trower really came into his own after he left that band and became a solo artist. Robin Trower was then allowed to continue his experiments with the guitar, and it has been said that Trower picked up where Jimi Hendrix left off.…
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Like many Singer/Songwriters, Harry Nilsson was writing songs for others long before he recorded them himself, and like other Singer/Songwriters, Nilsson was somewhat introspective and eccentric. Nilsson had songs that remain known today, a healthy respect from the Beatles and was considered very talented. He however performed so infrequently and though popular at one time has since become easily overlooked.…
The Guitar Man, Johnny Winter was as recognized by his ability to master the Blues as he was for his albino appearance. Winter was easily among the most talented Blues guitarists of his generation and his musical legacy saw him take his guitar across every variation of the Blues imaginable. Winter did have some chart success and had he chose…
The Fugees have been called a one album wonder, and that is a statement that bears a bit of truth as their debut album in 1994 was not popular nor was it that critically acclaimed.  However, the album that was considered to be that one album of greatness (The Score) was a brilliant effort that was amongst the best that Hip Hop…
Solo careers of the artists of massively successful bands seem to go either way. As successful as John Lennon was, it could be argued that solo efforts of Roger Daltrey is looking to escape a garage sale near you. The first glance may put Robert Plant somewhere in between.
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As the 1960’s ended a wave a bands that drove a harder edge to their sound began to emerge. Some found success in the States, some Europe, but few seemed able to crack both. Somehow, when we look back, we would have thought that Uriah Heep could have been one of those bands.
If you were to take a guess as to who was the first Motown act to score a #1 hit, few would guess the Marvelettes. It is hard to see why this would be the case as this was a girl group that had many hits in the early days of Rock. It also easy to see why they might…
Once again the NIHOF committee found itself debating the merits of a group with no real hit and a limited discography. Regardless, the Flying Burrito Brothers helped to set the groundwork for the Country Rock movement proving that the combination could be successful and paved the way for other artists to come.
Just because you are not known in the annals of Billboard Magazine does not mean that you are not well known to the world of musicians.  Should an informal poll of successful musicians as to which band has the most respect the Meters would be a serious contender to top that list.
One of the common threads on our site is that of the Indie band and whether they will have a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.  Let’s talk about another one shall we?
Although female rappers are common place today, when Salt N Pepa first broke through they were the first all female rap outfit of note. They were powerful women who gave Rap a new voice. Though they were pegged as probable one hit wonders, they had a solid career crossing over to Pop and R&B with a series of hits in…
A lot of Rock and Roll is image and there are examples upon examples where a carefully constructed image is what gets you noticed. Sometimes though the image you created to get you noticed is what may hold you back in the long run. On some level, Culture Club may fit this example.
The original “gangster of love” may have had the most versatile axe careers of all the guitarists on this list. Johnny “Guitar” Watson was a Blues star in the 50’s and easily one of the masters of the Stratocaster. Watson switched off to become a Funk specialist in the 70’s, which showed off his range and ability. The amount of…
A straight up Bluesy Rock band in a time when that was not in vogue, the Black Crowes echoes the Classic Rock bands of the past and were a breath of fresh air to those tired of the made up Hair metal acts who were about to be phased out.   Chris Robinson and company definitely had a retro feel to…
If you only know The Roots from their role as the house band on Jimmy Fallon’s late night talk show, than you really don’t understand just how important this group is.
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It is inarguable that the Blues are one of the most important genres in modern music. It has been a huge part of developing Rock and Roll, and the amount of artists who have looked to interpret the Blues and make it their own are uncountable. Most are unsuccessful at putting any kind of unique spin on it; Canned Heat…
As much as we love to categorize musicians in certain genres, we sometimes come across an artist that just seems to defy those pigeonholes. With Matt Johnson and his continuous project, The The, the genres that they would be placed in seems to change which each passing album.