We’ve just finished up with getting the 2015 ceremony completed and already rock fans are back to thinking about who is yet to be inducted and should be, in 2016.
Rolling Stone magazine have published a poll, with readers named the top 10 acts that really should be in by now.
Deep Purple top the list. That’s not shocking. Long-time Rolling Stone magazine editor Jan Wenner, however, talks of their being British as perhaps the reason they’re not in yet. That sounds a little nuts to me. The Hall of Fame would be sorely lacking without British bands obviously.
Wenner serves as the chairman of the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Foundation, which oversees all elements of the organization.
From Rolling Stone: “You can’t blame the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame nominating committee for not bringing Deep Purple in. They’ve put them on the ballot several times over the past few years. It probably has something to do with the fact that the vast, vast majority of voters are American. If the people of Europe had the chance to vote, Deep Purple would have been in years ago.”
I smell bullshit with that.
Similarly with Jeff Lynne’s British band ELO. The Electric Light Orchestra land at No. 2 on the list, with Rolling Stone suggesting “maybe ELO were a little poppy and eclectic for the taste-makers of their day, but we have a feeling they’ll make it into the Hall Of Fame in the next few years.” (for the record, Lynne was part of the Traveling Wilburys, too and the man that introduced George Harrison to Tom Petty)
Another British band not yet in, that landed #3 in the bands that should be – YES. HOW ARE YES NOT IN THE ROCK AND ROLL HALL OF FAME. That’s a question I find myself yelling out in my sleep. While admitting “there aren’t a lot of prog-rock bands in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” Rolling Stone adds: “Yes, at least in the 1970s, were like pure-grade prog heroin. They were cut with nothing. Yes deserve to get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for their 1970 to 1974 work alone.” I bloody well guess so.
The Top 10 is rounded out with reader support for Cheap Trick, Chicago, singer/songwriter Warren Zevon, Little Feat, metal veterans Iron Maiden, The Moody Blues and The Smiths.
I’m not crying that The Smiths aren’t in yet, but I’m sure their millions of fans are. As for the rest in the readers poll – bloody well right on Chicago, Little Feat, Maiden, and Moody Blues. Warren Zevon too.
I’ve said it before – the number of artists that ‘get in’ each year is limited. The Hall of Fame need to stretch this out for years, in order to be viable. It’s not as if the current music industry is churning out the sorts of legends that broke out in the 60’s and 70’s. Still, Deep Purple are LONG overdue. And you know that were Wenner and his co-horts to extend the influence they have in the process, they would have been in already. My bet is they will be inducted in 2016. This whole thing smells like the long overdue event that was, the induction a couple years ago of RUSH. Even they were appalled that Deep Purple weren’t in yet.
To be eligible for a Rock Hall nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination.
Last month, the Rock Hall’s 30th annual induction ceremony honoured new additions Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Lou Reed (had to wait til he was dead to get in, jeezus), The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Bill Withers, and the “5” Royales.
- Deep Purple
- Electric Light Orchestra
- Cheap Trick
- Warren Zevon
- Little Feat
- Iron Maiden
- The Moody Blues
- The Smiths