While looking over the full list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees (that now include 5 more very deserving acts: Heart, Randy Newman, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer,) it became even more increasingly clear that there are some acts that aren’t just absent, they’re being snubbed. It’s a different thing altogether to “wait your turn,” so to speak. I get it… Chuck Berry and Elvis Presley had to be inducted before the Beatles and Stones, but that’s just a matter of lineage. Now it seems as if they’re jumping around simply because they feel they need to, and deserving artists, many of them vitally influential to the acts inducted before them, are being completely left out. That’s what I call a snub. So I’ve compiled a list of 50 artists and groups that have either never made it past the nomination, never gotten to that point, and some that heartbreakingly probably never will. With an entire new wave of artists that will be up for nomination on the horizon (i.e. 90s bands,) such as Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Green Day (all shoe-ins,) I’m becoming increasingly nervous that these acts are going to have to take a backseat indefinitely. However, with Rush being welcomed in this year, and some of these acts actually getting their first nomination this year, the hope definitely exists!
ERIC B. & RAKIM
When you look at the history of hip hop, Eric B. and Rakim were pioneers. The former a DJ and the latter an MC, the duo blazed their way through scratched-up soul samples and moveable beats. When you look at the lineage of the genre, the duo is one of the most important acts of its formative years. Now, the Hall of Fame did give them a nomination back in ’11, but they weren’t inducted and haven’t been nominated since. Other hip hop acts like the Beastie Boys and Public Enemy have seemingly beat them to the punch, and despite being worthy of acknowledgement, it seems that the Hall may have indefinitely moved on from Eric B. and Rakim.
I’m not sure what LMFAO were talking about, but the B-52s were the original party rockers. Finding themselves caught up in the post-punk and new wave movement, the co-ed group took themselves in a completely different direction. Referencing everything from current dance to 60s surf rock, the B-52s were always about going somewhere totally “out there.” Songs like “Rock Lobster” and “Love Shack” are party anthems through and through, and as bizarre as they are, the group has figured out a way to be taken seriously. Their legacy is one of fun, imagination, and whimsy, but their music is serious and absolutely has earned them a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Yet another hip hop pioneer that was seemingly pushed to the forefront and nominated, not inducted, and forgotten about is Afrika Bambaataa. Combining sounds from soul, electronica, fuck, and rock, the MC paved the way for countless acts that followed. His “Planet Rock” is considered not just one of the greatest hip hop records of all time, but one of the greatest records of all time. Period. Between intricate samples, varied deliveries, and diversity in genre, hip hop just wouldn’t be what it became with Afrika Bambaataa, and a seriously hope that he hasn’t been passed up forever. He really deserves an induction into the Hall of Fame.
BLUE ÖYSTER CULT
Blue Öyster Cult is really one of those bands that is easy to forget how awesome they are. With hits like “Godzilla,” “Burnin’ For You,” and most famously, “Don’t Fear The Reaper,” the group obviously did something right. They really defined an era of rock when things were changing faster than ever before. There was so many new sounds, ideas, techniques, etc., and Blue Öyster Cult went out and made rock and roll. Sure, it was hard rock, and there was a unique approach to its sound, but the band never needed to be something it wasn’t; the music always felt organic. Almost every metal act that followed owes a great debt to the Blue Öyster Cult, and it’s about time the Hall of Fame acknowledged them.
Kate Bush was one of the first female rockers to fully incorporate a proper artistic perspective in her music. With elaborate masterpieces centered around thought-provoking lyrics, striking arrangements, and unusual structures, critics have practically lauded her every move. There isn’t a single female singer-songwriter that hasn’t been compared to Kate, usually on an extensive level. The fact that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hasn’t acknowledged her influence and importance is astonishing. I’m holding onto the hope that she’ll receive her proper recognition sooner or later, but it’s rather difficult to believe that she hasn’t even been nominated yet. Kate Bush is an irrefutable legend.
Now, Cheap Trick’s absence from the Hall of Fame is more surprising because I actually would’ve thought they’d go for them! The band, in their hey day, were legitimate rock gods, bringing an infectious pop sensibility to hard rock. A good majority of alternative rock from the 80s and 90s was directly influenced by them, and many already inducted acts cite them as influences. Cheap Trick hasn’t been totally panned by music critics, tracks like “I Want You To Want Me” and “The Flame” are classics through and through, and their live performances are just legendary. It’s just totally surprising to me that the band has just been (noticeably) left out of the mix!
I think that it’s almost criminal that hip hop was welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame before Chic… and very few will argue for hip hop’s inclusion more than I. And I’d hate to base that entire mentality on the fact that the Sugarhill Gang’s “Rapper’s Delight” (maybe the most important hip hop record ever) sampled their “Good Times,” but considering the track is one of the most influential records of all time, I’d say it’s valid. The bassline in “Good Times” is enough to earn them recognition, but their high caliber of funky soul dance just keep getting ignored. Hopefully they’ll make it past the nomination stage next year.
Chicago’s absence is another shocker simply based on the fact that there isn’t any reason for them to get ignored. They have the critical backing, the popularity, the longevity, and the influence to earn themselves a Hall of Hame induction. By folding jazzy horns into their forward-thinking rock records, the group brought a new perspective to the genre. They get lumped in with the whole “prog rock” thing, but much like Genesis, that shouldn’t be holding them back like it did for Rush for song lo and is still holding backm so many other groups. Chicago is a legendary group, and there’s no successful way to argue against that. Like the music or not, they at least did something different.
Country music has already been acknowledged by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, so there’s no reason Patsy Cline isn’t there yet. She was just as much a rock star in her day as most of the inductees were, anyway, especially considering how close she bordered on blues. Her music has been considered nothing short of legendary, and her voice iconic…”Crazy” alone makes every “best of” list there is, and will continue to for pretty much ever… so why on earth has been passed up in favor of someone like Brenda Lee? Patsy literally meets all the criteria for Hall of Famer and then some! I’m holding onto the faith that her day will come soon enough, but until then I’ll continue to scratch my head.
Joe Cocker is a genius, point blank. A majority of his career may have been based around cover songs, but the way he transforms them into almost completely new songs is absolutely astonishing. Besides, there are plenty of Hall of Famers that didn’t write most of their own tracks, so I find that to be an irreverent point. Cocker’s voice is chilling and pleasantly uncomfortable, and layered on top of his extravagant bluesy arrangements, his songs are truly masterpieces. His absence is borderline embarrassing, if you ask me. There’s no reason some acts have beat him to the Hall.
When I saw that The Cure was nominated for induction in the Hall of Fame in 2012, I almost passed out in shock. The melancholy new wave band practically invented gothic rock, but have such a varied range of work that it’s impossible to properly classify them, and criminal not to acknowledge them. Tracks like “Boys Don’t Cry” and “A Forest” are simple tracks that ooze with atmosphere while their late 80s and 90s output, like “Lovesong” and “Friday I’m In Love” folded in a beautifully melodic, polished sound. The Cure didn’t receive a second nomination after they weren’t inducted the first time around, and I sincerely hope they’re not going to be forgotten about forever.
I breathed a major sigh of relief when Deep Purple was finally nominated for 2013 induction, and quite honestly, a little shocked when they were passed up. I’m confident they’ll be welcomed to the Hall sooner rather than later, but it’s already so overdue at this point that I’m putting a giant “snub” label on them. As one of the forefathers of hard rock, the band left an enormous imprint on music. Everything else they did aside, “Smoke On The Water” alone is enough to get them in, honestly. If Buffalo Springfield can be inducted for, realistically, one song, why can’t Deep Purple’s classic tacked on top of their impressive catalog not have guarantee them a spot in the Rock Hall years ago?
Depeche Mode has one of the most impressive catalogs in all of alternative and pop music. From their bubbly synth pop beginnings (“Just Can’t Get Enough,” “Everything Counts,”) to their melancholy landscapes (“Never Let Me Down Again,” “Enjoy The Silence,”) to their grungier rock sounds (“Personal Jesus,” “I Feel You,”) there’s no way to argue against their brilliance. They’ve sold hundreds of millions of records and have been long lauded by critics. Add to that Martin Gore’s unparalleled songwriting/crafting skills and Dave Gahan’s powerful baritone and commanding stage performances, Depeche meets all the criteria I can think of.
Dire Straits, in general, is a pretty under-appreciated band, but I really just don’t get it! They’re one of the biggest selling bands ever, Mark Knopfler is one of rock’s most skilled guitarists, and tracks like the impeccable “Sultans Of Swing” are total classics. How on earth have they not been considered for inclusion yet? The 80s were a time when most rock that was popular was pretty terrible, but they were the group that held true to the spirit of the genre and managed to find success at the same time. Dire Straits should be inducted for that alone, but the fact that they were able to embrace the current sounds that Top 40 was saturated with and produce acceptable music should make them no-brainers… but, they’ve been constantly snubbed.
THE DOOBIE BROTHERS
C’mon now! The Doobie Brothers shouldn’t even be up for debate. Their music is a time, a place, a spirt, an essence… it’s rock, it’s soul, it’s country, is blues, it’s a memory, it’s timeless. I’m not overhyping them as much as I’m considering them a “period band.” Throughout the 70s, the Doobie Brothers took all of the sounds floating around in the air and made great pop records filled with catchy melodies and tight harmonies. Sometimes I just feel like the Hall of Fame has some sort veil blocking their view of what a great band is. The Doobie Brothers are a great band that absolutely deserve to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and have been for quite some time.
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA / JEFF LYNNE
The reason I have ELO and Jeff Lynne up there isn’t so much an “all inclusive” (it would be ridiculously redundant,) but more of an either-or situation. Electric Light Orchestra, a pretty accurate band name for the music they made, certainly deserves to be inducted for their elaborate progressive classics, but it’s Jeff Lynne whom I think should be inducted by himself as an “all encompassing” recognition. His work as a producer was just as noteworthy (probably more) as his performances, and the amount of work he did outside of ELO really earns him that. If the full band inducted, all of his other efforts would go totally unnoticed forever. Alas, neither seem on the horizon of a Hall of Fame induction.
Annie Lennox and Dave Stewart, better known as the Eurythmics, were one of the greatest new wave acts of all time. With their synth orchestrated melodies, imaginative arrangements, soulful delivery, and thought provoking lyrics, the duo found a way to format a relatively uncommercial genre in a way the public could take to. Dave Stewart is an all-around musical genius, and Annie Lennox easily has one of the best voices this side of Aretha, and together they somehow manage to put out truly magical music. I like to believe it’s only a matter of time before they’re inducted, but each year without a nomination brings them closer and closer to being completely ignored. The Eurythmics are literally one of the coolest bands ever, and they’ve more than earned their spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Connie Francis was the female pop icon that predated all female pop icons. Her popularity in the 50s and 60s was incredible, but it was her music that really makes her noteworthy. She managed to capture all of the excitement surrounding rock and roll’s beginnings and keep up with the “pop” sounds of the time (torch songs, etc.) In many ways, she was a one-girl-girl group. Connie Francis was at the epicenter of rock and roll’s early popularity, and managed to really keep up. The fact that artists like Dusty Springfield have been inducted (and she deserves to be,) and not Connie is a bit of a head scratcher. This one’s a blatant snub.
Now, Peter Gabriel has already been inducted into the Hall as a member of Genesis, but let’s be honest, the group was welcomed in thanks to their anti-progression into the Phil Collins-led pop group, more than their Gabriel-led progressive days (criminally.) His solo work, though, is an entirely different animal. Peter Gabriel was an experimentalist to the core, but always managed to crank out the most appealing tracks. Whether incorporating African sounds, synthesizers, or innovative lyrics, he helped take rock and roll to exciting places, and he more than deserves his credit for that.
HALL & OATES
Daryl Hall and John Oates were legitimate soul stars. In reality, they folded pop and rock sounds into the soul, as opposed to the other way around. They found a way for a completely different demographic to pull of the genre that was so widely dominated by another. Hall & Oates found their fair share of chart success, but it’s really the quality of their tunes that warrants their induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I have a feeling the duo will appear on the ballot sooner or later, but every year without a nomination just brings them one step further to “total snub.”
Iron Maiden literally has one of the biggest, most loyal fanbases on the planet. The British metal rockers pushed the envelope when it came to being “heavy,” with their legendary performances and classic anthems. It wasn’t so much about record sales and charting hits as it was about uniting rock lovers far and wide in celebration of great music. And it still is. If there was one heavy metal band that didn’t need to rely on all of the “fluff” to be successful and legendary, it’s Iron Maiden. It seems that Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has tunnel vision when it comes to the genre, and unfortunately, the band is being left out as a result.
I think many just see Janet as the baby in the Jackson clan who was little more than a successful pop star. That’s just totally wrong. Her work with Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis on albums like Control and Rhythm Nation 1814 have forever changed the landscape and R&B and even hip-hop. Janet’s tracks were masterfully crafted and authoritative through and through. If you think that the credit should be be given to the producers and not her, I would strongly suggest re-familiarizing yourself with her body of work. She’s a true artist with fresh ideas and legendary output, not just a vessel for Jam & Lewis. Ms. Jackson (if you’re nasty) deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame more than most realize.
Rick James was a beast of a musician, almost like a bolt of lightening shocking the pants off of r&b. With his own brand on funk (as it goes,) tracks like “Super Freak” and “Give It To Me Baby” were exciting and innovative, mixing in blaring horns, sweet keys, and some of the sickest basslines in history. On top of that, Rick James had his hands in it all. He was a performer, multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, producers, and so-on. The latter day-Motown artist was a rock star through and through and absolutely deserves to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. I’m actually extremely surprised he hasn’t been yet.
TOMMY JAMES & THE SHONDELLS
Tommy James & The Shondells absolutely wreak of “Hall of Fame.” They’re just the kind of band that gets inducted, plain and simple. Most of their direct peers are already in, but strangely enough, Mr. James and co. are being totally overlooked. The group has produced legendary hits such as “Crimson and Clover” and “Mony Mony,” leaving a huge impact on psychedelic rock. They may not have this “undeniable legend” status, but just one look at their body of work, and it’s clear that they deserve to be in the Hall. It’s really just that simple.
If there was one progressive band that had an undeniable trademark, it was Jethro Tull. Outside of brilliantly tricking the public into thinking they were one man with that name, the music was always the focus. How frontman Ian Anderson managed to make the flute cool is more than enough reason to induct them alone, but it’s the quality of the music that truly earns it. Songs like “Aqualung” may be classic, but it’s their deeper material that truly exhibits the band’s brilliance. With Genesis and Rush in, I would certainly hope that Jethro Tull is right on the verge of being inducted into the Hall of Fame, but they’ve certainly gotten the cold shoulder for quite some time.
JOY DIVISION / NEW ORDER
This is another one I just don’t see happening, but shouldn’t even be up for debate. The group that started as Joy Division and ended as New Order was one of the most important post-punk bands, and were truly trailblazers in the 70s and 80s. Critics far and wide consider tracks like “Love Will Tear Us Apart,” “Blue Monday,” and “Bizarre Love Triangle” to be amongst the best ever. Joy Division trail-blazed post punk and when lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide, the band, now New Order, embraced synthesizers without losing their rock and roll cred in the slightest. So why not give the groups their due, and induct them together in the same way Parliament/Funkadelic and The Faces/Small Faces were? Unfortunately, it’s seemingly a upsetting long shot.
King Crimson is very much a “music enthusiasts” band. They almost single handedly invented progressive rock, and have been worshiped ever since… but apparently not by the Hall of Fame. The band was one of the first to really go “out there” and turn rock and roll on its head. There probably isn’t a genre King Crimson hasn’t included in their extensive repertoire. The group weren’t popstars or even really famous rock stars… they were musicians through to the core. Some of the music may have been wild, but many consider it pure genius. Bands like Genesis, Rush, Yes, etc. etc. owe a great deal to them, and it’s really hard to imagine the Rock Hall getting away with leaving them out for too long.
If any electronic-based act is inducted pre-Kraftwerk, I am probably going to throw a fit. Everyone, and I repeat, everyone who’s made it big in the “electronic era” owes a debt to Kraftwerk, and considering how accepting rock and roll has been of synthesizers and vocoders over the last 25-30 years, it’s clear that their induction is criminally overdue. They’ve been nominated, but have never made in it, which brings me hope that it’s only a matter of time, but the fact that they weren’t rushed in there almost as soon as they were eligible (17 years ago,) makes me pretty upset. They made rock and roll just as good as anyone else, they just didn’t pick up a guitar to do it. I call that genius.
Another criminally under-championed band, Little Feat, is a deserving act that will probably never be welcomed into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And that is a major shame. The group took the sounds coming from southern rock and embellished them with a variety of styles. Little Feat was all about the music and not the popularity, which, unfortunately may be just the thing keeping them out of the Hall of Fame. Countless acts, many of them were even their peers, consider the band’s work to be incredibly influential to their own. Little Feat is an example of a great band with the musical credibility to be deserving of induction. They’re just GOOD, but unfortunately that’s not enough in the eyes of the Rock Hall, and they’re probably going to be on the “snub” list forever.
Meatloaf has really covered all of the bases with his career. He’s got an amazing voice, a real distinct delivery, and the spirit of rock and roll flowing through his veins. Finding his niché in rock opera, Meatloaf has been renowned for his elaborate epics such as “Paradise By The Dashboard Light” and “I’d Do Anything For Love (But I Won’t Do That,)” and his exhausting live performances. His Bat Out Of Hell album is a total classic, and, alone, is probably enough to consider him for induction to the Hall of Fame. It blows my mind that anyone would ever consider Meatloaf a stretch when it comes to being inducted. What about his career hasn’t earned him a spot in the Hall?
THE MOODY BLUES
Out of all of the British Invasion groups, The Moody Blues were the ones really doing something off the wall for the time. Folding in classical music to rock and roll, the band re-created the “wall of sound” in a really exciting way. Tracks like “Nights In White Satin” absolutely ooze beauty and still manage to feel like rock. Critics have long written them off, but when I listen to their body of work I just can’t understand why. In one of the most exciting eras in music history, they were the group who dared to explore something off the map. Hopefully the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will wake up!
I know, I know, The effing Monkees. Why on earth would they be inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, right? They’re “just a pop group” and “more of a brand than a band.” But c’mon now! They were huge, and their music really had a great deal of merit. There’s no good reason that 60s Top 40 has been overlooked as much as it has, and if there was one act that deserved it over the rest, it’s the Monkees. They were at the center of a very exciting time for pop music, when it wasn’t all processed and bland. The Monkees honestly have one of the most impressive pop catalogs in history, and they deserve to be acknowledged for it.
THE NEW YORK DOLLS
Maybe they weren’t the most commercially successful band in the world, but The New York Dolls were trailblazers, much in the same way the Velvet Underground was. They turned glam into an art form and even a genre, really, helped piece together the makings of punk, and literally opened to doors for an incredibly prolific New York scene that spawned inductees such as Blondie, Talking Heads, and the Ramones. The fact that their influence has been completely ignored is criminal, and, why? It’s not like they’re completely underground, and as time has gone on, their acclaim and popularity have grown exponentially. The New York Dolls were one of the most pivotal acts in rock history.
PETER PAUL & MARY
Folk music in general has been rather overlooked in the Hall of Fame, if you ask me. Sure, Dylan, Joni Mitchell, etc. (full blown rock stars, mind you) easily found their way in, but Peter Paul and Mary seemingly don’t have a prayer. There really isn’t any reason why the group has been overlooked other than a select few people (stupidly) just don’t see them fit for induction. Their melodies were beautifully tight, the dynamic was original, and their songs were strikingly simple, yet powerful. They deserve to be in the Hall just as much as anyone else, really. Folk music is an integral part of rock and roll.
If there’s one song in rock history that can stop your breathing from start to finish, it’s “A Whiter Shade Of Pale.” If that was the only song Procol Harum ever recorded, I’d still be arguing their induction into the Hall of Fame. It seems that they finally got a clue when the band was nominated this year, but unfortunately didn’t make the cut. I still call them a snub because it took an inexcusable amount of time before they were up for induction, and then were still passed up. Their music, a bluesy, soulful take on rock is just impressive through and through. I assume they’ll be welcomed to the Hall eventually, but I really hope this wasn’t their only shot, because that would be completely unacceptable.
Sade Adu and her backing band have been one of the most critically praised adult contemporary acts ever. Mixing together soul, jazz, rock, and folk, all dazzling with Sade’s sultry and tender-yet-powerful voice layered on top, the group’s body work is borderline flawless. Rock and roll really comes in all shapes and colors, and Sade is really the entire rainbow. It may be a softer brand, but between their commercial success, critical backing, and all around impact, there’s no denying that they’re deserving Hall of Famers.
Now this isn’t as much of a stretch as it seems. Sitarist Ravi Shankar was a rock star through and through. He played at Monterrey Pop and Woodstock, influenced the Beatles, Stones, and many others (in other words, changed the face of rock and roll forever,) and has been championed for bringing Indian (let alone anything Eastern) to the West. If Miles Davis can be inducted for being a jazz artist through and through, yet a total rock star at the same time, Ravi should get the same treatment.
The Smiths are widely considered one of the greatest bands of the 80s, and easily one of the greatest British bands ever. It wasn’t so much a matter of commercial success (although they did see a fair share in the UK at least,) as much as overwhelming critical acclaim and impact. Especially with one of the greatest guitarists ever, and one of the greatest lyricists ever on board. Hey, if the Velvet Underground can get inducted for the same exact reasons, why can’t The Smiths? I would literally be shocked if the band found their way onto the ballot, and that is a terrible shame.
The Specials are one of rock’s most under-championed legends. Their impact has been felt far and wide, and their music has almost always been well-recieved, but somehow they’re not getting the proper recognition for their work. Sitting brilliantly between ska and punk, the group captured all of the fun and energy that rock had to offer. Tracks like “Ghost Town” and “A Message To Rudy” were masterfully nuanced with authoritative horns, laid back keys, and walls of group vocals. They’ve had an incredible influence on rock, especially ska and punk, and deserve their Hall of Fame acknowledgement. It’s long overdue, but I do see it happening.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has somehow managed to noticeably keep ignoring Steppenwolf, and it just doesn’t make sense to me. The group was one of the formative acts for psychedelic rock, and influenced everything from metal to pop with classics like “Born To Be Wild” and “Magic Carpet Ride.” Their impact is sometimes overshadowed by some more acclaimed acts, but it’s impossible to completely write them off. Steppenwolf is another one of those “period piece” bands, but there’s no denying how much they did for rock and roll even in just their first few years.
Glam rock is really one of the most exciting eras for rock and roll. It really rejuvenated that “ballsy” rebellion felt in its beginnings, but in a completely unexpected direction (unlike the punk mentality.) It was all about extravagance and making the music tastefully “big,” and T. Rex was really the genre’s trophy act. With classics like “Get It On” and “Hot Love,” there’s no denying their commercial appeal, but their influence has been far reaching. Everyone from David Bowie to Oasis have felt the residual waves T. Rex put out in the world. It’s just criminal to leave them out of the Hall of Fame considering how much they really shaped a significant sub-genre of rock.
Why Thin Lizzy has been completely overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a complete mystery to me. The Irish rockers have long since been considered major influences by bands that followed, and songs like “The Boys Are Back In Town” are classic rock staples, but the group never gets their due! Even lead singer/bassist Phil Lynott is one of the most under-championed frontmen in rock. Thin Lizzy revolutionized the two-guitar technique and trail-blazed a path for metal, so I find it hard to fathom why they’re being ignored.
STEVIE RAY VAUGHAN
How can one of the most praised, acclaimed, and noteworthy guitarists of all time not be in the Hall of Fame? There are plenty of arguments out there that Stevie Ray Vaughan is second only to Hendrix (not that I’d agree with that.) Sticking mostly with a rocking blues sound, he was much less a pop star than a proper musician, just making music. I just find it inexcusable that he’s not been given the recognition of Hall of Fame status. There are plenty of inductees who weren’t exactly Top 40 centric, so why is Stevie being overlooked? Without even so much as a nomination, I consider this one of the most unreasonable snubs out there.
It seems that every funk act has their own distinctive brand of the genre, and while acts like James Brown and Parliament/Funkadelic have been welcomed in with open arms, War doesn’t seem to be able to make it past the nomination. The group was funk rock at its most diverse, bringing in jazz, Latin, reggae, and R&B, not to mention their ethnically diverse lineup. Songs like “Low Rider,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends?,” and “Spill The Wine” are classics through and through, but for some reason the group just doesn’t get their full due. I think they’ll make it into the Hall of Fame sooner or later, but they should have been in years ago.
Barry White produced an entirely different breed (pun intended) of baby-making music with his 70s soulful disco anthems. Known for his deep voice, elaborate arrangements, and catchy melodies, he really was one of the few who brought credibility to the genre. Barry’s not somebody who should be getting away with being overlooked, though. He had an incredible career and really made an impact just as much as some of the soul stars who have been inducted already. It’s about time the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame paid him some much deserved attention.
Yes is one of those bands that is blatantly being “snubbed.” There’s no argument against it. They’re one of the biggest bands of their generation, have a faithful legion of fans, have seen commercial success, and they’ve undoubtedly taken rock and roll to new and exciting places. But they’re progressive, and for some reason the Hall of Fame writes them off all together. Now, Genesis was the first prog rock group inducted in 2010, but most of their well-known material leans much more towards pop, so it wasn’t nearly as much of a stretch as some think. It’s Rush’s 2013 induction that truly brings me hope for Yes.
When it comes to the British Invasion, there’s no denying the impact that bands like the Beatles, Rolling Stones, Kinks, Who, Dave Clark Five,etc. had (all inducted,) but there’s really a glaring omission from the era: The Zombies. While not as widely successful as their peers, their short reign of success was absolutely stellar with hits such as “She’s Not There” and “Time Of The Season,” often considered two of the greatest songs in rock history. Their absence is noticeable, but strangely in no sight of being remedied.
In addition, there are a few supplemental corrections/additions that should be made. In 2011, the Hall welcomed 5 additional acts, all backing bands, whose lead singers were originally inducted by themselves: the Blue Caps (Gene Vincent,) the Comets (Bill Haley,) the Crickets (Buddy Holly,) the Famous Flames (James Brown,) and the Miracles (Smokey Robinson.) These were all long overdue, and I’m glad they’ve corrected their mistakes, but there’s a few more they need to make.
Darlene Love was inducted as a solo act in 2011 mostly because she simply did so much with Phil Spector in so many different forms. Bob B. Soxx & The Blue Jeans were an incredible group, but not Hall of Fame-worthy, and her solo career certainly didn’t earn her a spot, either. Add everything together and it makes sense, but the fact that rest of the Crystals are being left out as a result is criminal, especially considering Love didn’t even sing lead on some of their biggest hits, like “Da Doo Ron Ron” and “Then He Kissed Me”
THE E-STREET BAND
Bruce Springsteen was clearly a no-brainer for inclusion in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it makes sense that he was inducted by himself, but it’s time his E-Street Band was given their due. His band is legendary, renowned, and quite honestly essential to the Boss’ success as a performer and recording artist. They kind of sit somewhere in between “sidemen” and a band all to themselves, but if you ask me, they should be given the same treatment the groups were last year. They are rock and roll.
Now this one isn’t necessarily a mistake as much as it’s just a group that deserves recognition. Prince understandably was inducted as a solo act, but his backing band (technically from 1979 to 1986) was absolutely vital in successfully presenting The Artist’s music the way he wanted. They’re all brilliant musicians and really deserve their Hall of Fame cred.
I get it that certain eponymous lead singers totally eclipse their backing band, but it’s a bit of a head scratcher as to why Bob Marley and his Wailers were the exception. The full Jimi Hendrix Experience was inducted, as were Elvis Costello & The Attraction, and the entire Alice Cooper band, but not the Wailers? Along with the backing groups that were tacked on last year, it’s about time Marley’s incredibly talented band got their Hall of Fame recognition that they have more than earned.
This is unarguably the biggest blunder the Hall of Fame has ever made. Fleetwood Mac is a group with many incarnations, originally led by Peter Green, and, most notably, ending up with the lineup of Mick Fleetwood, John McVie, Christine McVie, Lindsey Buckingham, and Stevie Nicks. Right in the middle of the transformation was Bob Welch who stepped in to replace Green, and progressed the group to the direction that earned them widespread acclaim and mainstream success …but he was not included in the group’s induction. It goes without saying that it’s about time the Hall fixes their idiotic mistake.