These people belong in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!!!
I don't know who votes for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but they are some of the most incompetent boobs of all-time. Madonna? Really??? When's the last time you heard Madonna on a rock station? Try never. This is supposed to be a ROCK Hall of Fame, not a POP Hall of Fame, or a Rap Hall of Fame. No slight to Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, but if rappers want a Hall of Fame, let them get their own building in New York or L.A. and put it there.
The people who vote on this honor have just overlooked some of the greatest and most powerful acts in rock history for no good reason. I wish the voters would be identified so we can see what perspectives these people have, and why they vote the way they do. And why they don't get who should be there and who shouldn't.
Having a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without the artists I'm gonna name is like having a Baseball Hall of Fame without Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Steve Carlton, Tom Seaver, and Bob Gibson. You don't omit some of the biggest stars in the industry without losing credibility.
So, without further ado, here are the acts I think should not only be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but belonged there years ago. It's a slap in the face to all of these deserving acts that John Cougar Mellonhead got in there ahead of them. (What were the voters thinking? Really??? That poser in the Hall of Fame???)
Deep Purple: How the hell can you have a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame without Deep Purple in it? Their 1972 album "Machine Head" , with the classics "Lazy", "Space Truckin'", "Highway Star", and "Smoke on the Water" should've made them first-ballot material when they became eligible in 1993. Not to mention one of the greatest live albums ever, "Made in Japan", and more classics like "Strange Kind of Woman", "Speed King", "Black Night", "Child in Time", "Might Just Take Your Life", and "Hush".
What more do you need? Influences? Rainbow and Whitesnake came out of this band, and guitar players have grown up trying to play Ritchie Blackmore's opening riff to "Smoke on the Water" for 40 years now. It's an insult that these guys aren't in the Hall of Fame.
Jethro Tull: Forget the fact that they won the first Heavy Metal Grammy because the voters had no idea who they were voting on. Focus on the eclectic style of music that Ian Anderson, Martin Barre, and their bandmates made over the years. Tull was an "album band" in the '70's that defined the concept album. In one of the gutsiest moves in the history of rock, Tull issued two albums that had no songs, but a continuous piece of music, "Thick as a Brick", and "Passion Play". Just one 43-minute piece. That would be death to acts today, but Tull did it.
"Aqualung" is the bands' best-known song, but the album of the same name it came from is an iconic piece, featuring Ian dressed as Martin Luther, is an indictment of the hypocracy practiced by organized religion. Listen to "Hymn 43", "My God", and "Windup" for the full effect. The album also contains Tull classics "Cross-Eyed Mary" and "Locomotive Breath", and is a must-listen to all classic rock fans.
"War Child", "Benefit", and "Stand Up" are also must-haves for any classic rock fan who wants to know what progressive rock sounded like. Ian's infatuation with the midieval time period would show in the band's later works, particularly "Songs From the Wood" and "Broadsword and the Beast".
Imagine classic rock radio without Tull songs, and you get the impact these fellows had on the industry. They belong in the Hall of Fame.
Rush: I'm not a big fan of Rush, but one can't deny its influence in not only heavy metal but progressive rock. These guys have made some truly great music, and its album "2112" is a major work, a total concept album which sounds more like a symphonic piece than a rock album.
I always crank up "Working Man" when I hear it on the radio, but songs like "Tom Sawyer", "Fly By Night", and "Limelight" all have good grooves that must be heard. Alex, Geddy, and Neal are long overdue for their entry in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
KISS: Yeah, I know that a lot of people wouldn't put them in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, thinking that the band is a cartoon and not really a rock band. I know that someone said of Gene Simmons, that he didn't want to be Led Zeppelin, he wanted to be Coca-Cola. But KISS is one of the greatest live bands of all-time, with or without the makeup. Unfortunately, a lot of rock critics saw all the marketing to kids and thought of them as a teeny-bopper band rather than actually listen to their music.
This band made some killer music over the years. "Rock and Roll All Night" got them over the hump, but listen to "Strutter", "Do You Love Me", "Black Diamond", "Love Gun", "I Love it Loud", and "Detroit Rock City" and tell me that's teeny-bopper bubble gum music. It isn't. And then, there's "Beth". Okay, it appealed to 13-year-old girls, but is a great classic song that showed the softer side of this band. It also showed KISS could do it all.
Gene and Paul Stanley were also intelligent men. Knowing they had to change with the times, they decided to remove their makeup in 1983 and play some kick-ass music, taking their chances with the MTV generation. Like most things they tried, it worked. "Lick It Up", "Heaven's on Fire", "Let's Put the X in Sex", and especially "Tears are Falling" became monster hits for the band, and KISS did very well in the '80's.
When the '90's hit, KISS reformed the original band, and put the makeup back on, and guess what? It worked, again. KISS has influenced a generation of shock rockers after them, most notably Motley Crue, Wasp, and Marilyn Manson, and showed us that rock and roll can be fun. There's would be a fun induction ceremony.
Heart: Oh, how I love Ann and Nancy WIlson's harmonies and the way they proved that chicks can rock! The Hall of Fame actually considered them this year, which was damn nice of them, but they should have gone in years ago.
This band was run by the Wilson sisters, with the usual problems that posed. "Magic Man" and "Barracuda" showed some of the romantic issues band members had with each other, but it didn't stop Heart from being one of the biggest bands of the '70's. These girls could rock, and write beautiful songs like "Dog and Butterfly". But they were better rocking to stuff like "Even it Up". "Kick it Out", and "Heartless".
Plus they influenced a whole generation of female singers that ladies could rock out just as hard as the boys. And Ann and Nancy still sound great today!
Judas Priest: When one thinks of the stereotypical heavy metal band with leather, chains, motorcycles, and all, one thinks of Judas Priest. If Black Sabbath are the godfathers of heavy metal, Priest are the ones who made it mainstream. Rob Halford' s uncompromising vocals along with the twin guitar attack of K.K. Downing and Glen Tipton set up the blueprint for heavy metal.
As far as influence,...are you kidding??? These guys are responsible for the metal explosion during the early '80's. So many bands tried to copy Judas Priest, but they didn't get it right. Yeah, they all had lead singers who could scream, they had the leather and chains, and the attiude, but they didn't have the songwriting depth of Priest. Heavy metal is thought of today as stupid music, but listen to "Victim of Changes", "Diamonds and Rust", "United", "Don't Have to Be Old to Be Wise", and tell me that's stupid music. Loud, yes. Stupid, no.
Of course, they could and still do rock, as "Heading to the Highway", "Parental Guidance", and the classic "Livin' After Midnight" prove. Priest has long deserved entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
The Moody Blues: When you are talking progressive rock of the '60's and '70's the Moodies have to be on top of the list. What i hear in a Moody Blues piece is musicanship. These are great musicians first of all, who could put together complex arrangements including flutes, violins, harps, and make them into rock songs, indeed classics.
Listen to "Days of Future Passed" and you will hear a great orchestral piece with the classics "Tuesday Afternoon" and "Nights in White Satin". plus a lot of instrumental pieces in between. Not only that album, but "In Search of Lost Chord", and "On the Threshold of a Dream" are concept albums of the highest order, going for a 45-minute concept rather than a single. Ironically, they had lots of great singles, and kept going into the '80's with "The Other Side of Life" album. Their music is timeless, and should be rewarded with entry into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Grand Funk Railroad: Why in the hell are they not in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Sorry to vent, but GFR has everything the committee looks for, hit singles, accessibility, success, a soul influence, and they're Americans. So why haven't they been picked?
These guys came out of the same Detroit scene that produced Bob Seger, Mitch Ryder, the MC5, and the Amboy Dukes in the late '60's. Detroit, being the home of Motown Records, had a definite soul influence, and GFR was no different in that respect. At first, they were an album band, eschewing singles for long FM-radio worthy pieces. (You see, for you younger folks, AM actually was relevant back then, and played singles. FM played album cuts.) Songs like "Mean Mistreater", "Heartbreaker", the brilliant 11-minute and change "Inside Looking Out", the naughty "T.N.U.C." (spell it backwards), and the beautiful "I'm Your Captain" came out of that period of the band, and made them concert favorites. GFR was as likely as anyone to stretch a five-minute song into 20 minutes on stage, which made them very popular.
But in the early '70's, they went for singles, and were immediately successful. GFR not only wrote original hits like "We're an American Band", "Footstompin' Music", "Shinin' On", "Rock and Roll Soul", and "Bad Time", They also dusted off two forgotten soul songs, "Some Kind of Wonderful" and the Little Eva hit "The Locomotion" to make a big chunk of change, which ironically, the band never saw due to management problems.
GFR reunited in 1981 to record a new album and the single "Queen Bee" for the soundtrack to the movie "Heavy Metal". That song was as heavy as anything else in the film.
I'd love to see Kid Rock induct these guys into the Hall of Fame. Drummer Don Brewer and keyboardist Craig Frost are already in there as members of Bob Seger's silver Bullet Band. It would be wonderful if they, Mel Schacher, and Mark Farner would get together and get their just dues.
Okay, these next two picks are a bit idiosyncratic, so bear with me.
Joan Jett: She began her career with the Runaways, the all-girl pre-teen heavy metal/glam rock band that also featured Lita Ford. That didn't work out so well because of all the hype surrounding them and the questionable management of Kim Fowley, so Joan became a solo artist in 1980.
She worshiped glam rock acts like T-Rex, Sweet, Mudd, and Gary Glitter, and took those as her influences, fusing glam with punk and basic rock and roll, melding into a unique combinations of rebelliousness and strangely enough, pop sensibilty. Her first album, "Bad Reputation", set the stage for her later works, showing a jackhammer, punk-influenced guitar and a rebellious spirit that made her someone to watch. But it was her 1982 album, "I Love Rock and Roll" that put her on the map.
The single was an old Arrows song that exploded on the scene. It was just so infectious that you never got tired of hearing it, and set her up as the new Queen of Rock.
She followed that up with great rockers like "I Hate Myself for Loving You", "Little Liar", the title track for the movie "Light of Day" (in which she co-starred with Michael J. Fox). In 1992 she released one of my favorite albums, "The Hit List", which is an album of cover tunes. She and the Blackhearts rock out to AC/DC "Dirty Deeds" (even though they left out one of the verses for a guitar sols), the Sex Pistols' "Pretty Vacant:, and ZZ Top's "Tush".
She was a huge influence on the riot grrrls of the '90's, and is still recording music today, as well as being an activist, supporting PETA and the U.S. military. Put her in the Hall of Fame already.
Slade: Okay, the other nine acts here have a decent chance of getting inducted someday. Slade has NO chance of getting inducted, because they didn't make it in the the U.S., but they were legends in England, and all across Europe. And since this is not an -American- Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Slade deserves induction.
They were the poster children for Glitter Rock, the goofy period of music from 1972-1976, most European, but it bled to the U.S. as well. But whereas David Bowie, Sweet, and T-Rex were hits in the States, Slade didn't quite make it. But they were worldwide stars throughout the late '80's.
Slade was a goofy-looking bunch of guys, from Noddy Holder's bright red beard, top hats and googly eyes, to Dave Hill's platform shoes and man-dresses. They would wear anything colorful on stage just to get a rise out of people. They had an incredible string of hits in the U.K., such as "Gudbuy T' Jane", "Look Wot You Dun", and "Coz I Luv You", "Get Down and Get With It", showing their songwriting skills as well as their utter inability to spell. But two other songs they recorded stand out. "Mama Weer All Crazee Now", and "Cum On Feel the Noize". Quiet Riot wouldn't have had a career if it weren't for "Noize". I leave you to consider if that was a good thing or a bad thing.
They could play live as well as any band every could, and they came off as just regular guys having fun doing what they were doing. The band eventually had modest success in the U.S. in 1983 with the hit "Run Runaway", as well as "My Oh My". I think they would be an excellent addition to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I'm sure most of you have other acts you think should go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and I would like to see your comments. Until then, keep on rocking!
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