The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame manages to snub Rush and other deserving acts yet again. The Nacireman gives his picks of who are most deserving for the HOF.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its latest members for 2012. Guns N' Roses. The Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Beastie Boys, Donovan, The Small Faces (aka The Faces), and Laura Nyro made the cut this year. Left on the outside looking in were acts like The Cure, Donna Summer, and The Spinners.
The HOF is notoriously fickle with its inductees, making big-name and popular acts wait years (sometimes decades) for induction. That GN'R made it this year is cool. But other metal big metal acts like KISS, Def Leppard, and Motorhead continue to be snubbed. So do more mainstream acts like Foreigner, The Moody Blues, and Bryan Adams continue to get no love, either.
Here are the ten acts that in my humble opinion seriously need to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. These are all acts that make the twenty-five year cut-off date the Hall imposes (acts aren't eligible for induction until twenty-five after their first recording.)
The HOF's notorious bias against progressive rock really stand out with the continual snubbing of Rush. The Canadian trio have never been much of a favorite with the rock critics, but their musical prowess and brainy lyrical content has garnered the band a legion of worldwide followers. Songs like "Tom Sawyer" and "The Spirit of Radio" have long been standards on classic rock radio. And even rock critics have had to give albums like 2112 and Moving Pictures their due.
2) The B-52's
The original New Wave feel good party band, which went on to inspire other Athens, Ga. bands like R.E.M. that they could make it big nationally. The group's music, which combined early-rock and roll influenced music with quirky lyrics, along with Cindy Wilson and Kate Pierson's retro fashion stylings helped shaped the early New Wave scene and 80's pop music in general. Songs such as "Rock Lobster" and "Love Shack" have become party rock standards.
3) Joy Division/New Order
Combined as one entry here, as New Order formed out of the ashes of Joy Division after the suicide of lead singer Ian Curtis. As Joy Division, the group were one of the original post-punk bands out of England, paving the way for the dark underpinnings of Goth and future acts like Nine Inch Nails (which covered "Dead Souls" for the soundtrack to The Crow). The remainder of the group's core continued on as New Order, and helped influence the synth-based sound English New Wave became known for in the Eighties.
4) LL Cool J
The rapper has made the list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finalists before, but somehow has yet to garner enough votes for election, which is a crime. LL Cool J was one of the artists who helped bring rap into the mainstream in the mid-to-late Eighties. Tracks like "Goin' Back to Cali" and "I Need Love" were among the first rap songs to hit the Top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100 charts. He also managed to crossover into Hollywood, starring in several hit movies and TV shows, the current hit NCIS: Los Angeles among them.
5) Johnny RIvers.
The Georgia native had a string of hits in the Sixties, including "Secret Agent Man," and "Poor Side of Town." Rivers style ranged from rock hits like his cover of Chuck Berry's "Memphis" to blue-eyed soul with "Summer Rain," and "The Tracks of My Tears" (a Smokey Robinson and the Miracles' cover. He also produced early hits for The Fifth Dimension.
6) Tommy James and the Shondells.
One of the most successful American rock acts of the Sixties, James and his band recorded a slew of classics such as "Mony Mony" (made infamous in the Eighies by Billy Idol), "I Think We're Alone Now," and "Crimson and Clover." James has a solo hits in the Seventies, including "Draggin' the Line" (later recorded by R.E.M.)
7) Janet Jackson
Seriously, how is Janet Jackson not in the HOF? She laid the groundwork for late Eighties and early Nineties R&B the way older brother Michael did at the start of the decade. Seriously, has the "wardrobe malfunction" at the Super Bowl in 2004 ostracized her that much?
8) The Smiths
Arguably the ultimate British alternative band of the Eighites. (The Cure notwithstanding.) The Smiths combined the bitter and stinging lyrics of Morrissey with the tremendous guitar of Johnny Marr. "How Soon Is Now?" was one of the greatest rock achievements of the Eighties. The group continues to inspire the alternative artists of today.
Three words: "Don't Stop Belivin'." If that's not enough, consider an utter landslide of pop-rock hits that made the San Francisco group one of the biggest bands of the Eighties.
10) Paul Revere and the Raiders.
Take away the cheesy Revoloutionary War costums the band was notorious for wearing, and you get what was probably one of the original Sixties' "garage rock" bands. Hits like "Kicks," and "Hungry" helped keep American rock music on the radio during the onslaught of the British Invasion of the Sixties.
Written or Contributed by: The Nacireman