Source: Rolling Stone
The latest inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Kiss, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, and Cat Stevens (a.k.a. Yusuf Islam) made the cut this year. They’ll be honored along with Bruce Springsteen’s more-than-just-a-backup-band The E Street Band (going in as winners of the Award for Musical Excellence). The Beatles’ late manager Brian Epstein will be inducted as co-recipient of the Ahmet Ertegun Award, along with the Rolling Stones’ first manager, Andrew Loog Oldgham.
Nominated this year, not making the cut were The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, LL Cool J, The Meters, N.W.A., The Replacements, Link Wray, and Yes.
They weren’t the only ones snubbed. As usual, there is a long list of deserving artists who have gotten the finger from the Rock Hall. Some are total head-scratchers like The Cars, Cheap Trick, LL Cool J, and The Smiths. Others are worthy candidates lost in the shuffle, like The B-52‘s or The Shangri-Las.
For the past couple of Rock Hall induction cycles, I’ve come up with lists of artists whom the Hall has failed to acknowledge with induction. Here is this year’s edition, with twelve more artists who deserve a place in the Hall.
Reed, who recently passed away, is already in the Rock Hall as a member of the legendary Velvet Underground. He should have already been inducted as a solo artist as well. Reed’s solo catalog includes such the legendary single “Walk on the Wild Side,” and the albums Transformer, and Berlin. His still-controversial Metal Machine Music has been credited as an harbinger of the industrial rock genre.
The Spinners were nominated for the Hall back in 2011, but failed to get in. Their absence is amazing, considering the fact they are one of the few classic R&B/soul groups that haven’t been inducted. They recorded for Motown in the Sixties, but are probably best remembered for their classic Atlantic singles “I’ll Be Around,” “Could It Be I’m Falling In Love,” and “The Rubberband Man.”
Don’t hold “I Want to Know What Love Is” against them. Foreigner were the of the most successful rock acts in the late 70‘s and early 80’s, with classics such as “Double Vision,” “Hot Blooded,” and “Urgent.”
Junior Walker & The All-Stars
Although Junior Walker & The All-Stars recorded for the Motown-affiliated Soul label, they are fondly remembered as being among the Motown greats. Mostly for their greatest hit, “Shotgun,” which ranks among the greatest singles in Motown history.
Is Nirvana in the Rock Hall making you feel old yet? Consider that Soundgarden’s first album, Ultramega OK, was released in 1988, and cry for your lost youth. The first of the Grunge bands to emerge from Seattle, Soundgarden went on to record the classic albums Badmotorfinger, and Superunknown.
The Commodores/Lionel Ritchie
Killing two birds with one stone here, as Richie was one of the group’s original members. Don’t hold that (or his notorious daughter, Nichole Richie) against them. The band produced one of the 70’s classic R&B hits, “Brick House.” They’re better known for Richie-written ballads like “Three Times a Lady,” and “Still.” Richie of course went on to become one of the 80’s biggest solo artists with pop hits like “All Night Long.”
The group that counted both Bryan Ferry and Brian Eno among its original members evolved from the experimental art rock of its eponymous first album and followup For Your Pleasure, to the slick new wave of Avalon. Eno left following For Your Pleasure, going on to become an influential artist and producer. Artists he's worked with include Talking Heads, U2, and Coldplay.
Marianne Faithful was arguably the original and greatest rock and roll girlfriend, overshadowing Yoko Ono and Linda McCartney just by being more talented than both of them combined. Discovered by the Rolling Stones’ then-manager Andrew Loog Oldham, her first major single was "As Tears Go By," written by Oldham, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards. She garnered a cult following throughout the decades, and went on to a long recording career, which includes the acclaimed album Broken English
Duran Duran’s music has always been eclipsed by its legendary early music videos. That’s a shame, as the group made a series of singles such as “Hungry Like the Wolf” that are quite capable of standing on their own merits. The group was one of the first UK acts in the 80’s to become popular in America.
Lauper made a huge splash were her debut album, She’s So Unusual, and singles such as “Girls Just Want to Have Fun.” The later has become something of a feminist anthem. She stopped hitting the Top 40 with the gorgeous “I Drove All Night,” but she has continued to be an influence on the female artists after her. She recently conquered Broadway with Kinky Boots, for which she won a Tony Award for Best Original Score. It also won the Tony for Best Musical.
Along with The Sex Pistols and The Clash, The Buzzcocks were among the first UK punk bands. The band released a series of classic singles, including “What Do I Get,” and “Ever Fallen in Love (With Someone you Shouldnt’ve).” Founder Howard Devoto went on to form Magazine, most famous for “Shot From Both Sides.” Pete Shelley also recoded the classic single “Homosapien.”
Do I have to say anything else? Lemmy and crew paved the groundwork for Heavy Metal’s conquest of the 80’s, not to mention Speed Metal, Grunge, Nu-Metal, and whatever the molten swill modern hard rock has devolved into.
Do you have an artist or artist that you think have been snubbed? Share it with the rest of the internet in the comments section.
(Note: for the lists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame classes of 2012 and 2013, click on the dates.)
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