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52.  War

The United States of America has often touted itself as the “Melting Pot” of the world. We will let some other website debate the validity of that statement. For now, we will simply slot the ironically named band, War as the band on our list that we think best serves the Melting Pot analogy.

The multi ethnic California band were able to fuse the multiple genres of Rock, Soul, Funk, Reggae, Blues, Jazz and Latin that was delivered in a laid back delivery that certainly made them unique. They were fronted by former Animal’s lead singer, Eric Burdon for their first two albums though they were able to prove they could certainly deliver the goods after he left. Despite their perceived mellow approach and ironic name their music was more socially aware than they got credit for and with their recent nomination, their chances for induction is certainly stronger than one would think.


War

www.wartheband.com

 



Should War be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 67.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 22.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

The Bullet Points

  • Previous Rank: 2010: #57
    2011: #57
    2012: #54
    2013: #53
    2014: #51
    2015: #55
    2016: #54
  • Eligible Since: Monday, 01 January 1996
  • Country of Origin: U.S.A. (Long Beach, CA)
  • Why they will get in: They broke down racial and cultural barriers.
  • Why they won't get in: They are not the most recognized musicians of their era.
  • Nominated in: 2009, 2012, 2015
  • Essential Albums: Eric Burdon Declares “War” (1970)
    All Day Music (1971)
    The World is a Ghetto (1972)
    Why Can’t We Be Friends? (1975)
  • Our Five Favorite Songs as Chosen by Each Member of the NIHOF Committee: Spill the Wine (From Eric Burdon Declares “War”, 1970)
    Tobacco Road (From Eric Burdon Declares “War”, 1970)
    The Cisco Kid (From The World is a Ghetto, 1972)
    The World is a Ghetto (From The World is a Ghetto, 1972)
    Low Rider (From Why Can’t We Be Friends?, 1975)

Should War be in the Hall of Fame?

Definitely put them in! - 67.2%
Maybe, but others deserve it first. - 22.4%
Probably not, but it wouldn't be the end of the world. - 10.4%
No opinion. - 0%
No way! - 0%

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+7 #3 Lee Roschen 2015-04-12 04:00
War has already been nominated several times, and still given a thumbs down for induction. Time to nominate other deserving artists like The Moody Blues, Tommy James & The Shondells, Paul Revere & The Raiders, The Turtles, Chicago, Herman's Hermits, and Petula Clark and give them a chance for induction.
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+6 #2 Greg Legakis 2013-01-13 23:47
This is why it should probably be called the Pop Music Hall of Fame.

These guys deserve to be in, but not in the same wing as Madonna or Led Zeppelin.

Funk Soul Rock genre would be my choice.

(Madonna should not be in anything called a R & R HOF)
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+6 #1 NJRob68 2012-05-18 02:34
War were also nominees in the 2012 class.
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