Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Week: Rock Hall Snubs

It's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction week! Now, I love that the Rock Hall is in Cleveland and I love that the inductions are here this year. However, in the spirit of education, since many people don't know who's in and who isn't in, this blog is to give you an idea of who has been left out.  The goal isn't to harp on those that have repeatedly been overlooked (most notably - at least according to their fans - Rush and Kiss).  It's more to let you know some of the bigger acts that for some reason have not been deemed Hall of Fame worthy by the voting committee. I'll start with giving you a couple of sources that have made strong cases for those that have been ignored.  Then, list a few (not all) bands that have been glaringly overlooked.  Finally, I'll leave it up to you to leave your comments on who you want to see in...Kiss and Rush fans, have a ball!

Nationally, one of the most vocal critics of the Rock Hall has been Eddie Trunk (pictured with me to the left).  To make his point, he's wearing the shirt shown below. He's made his case many times on his website, radio shows and on That Metal Show. While criticizing the Rock Hall (note: he's made sure to clarify that his criticisms is toward the New York board and voting committee and not the hard working Cleveland employees), his main goal is to get the information to people who simply don't know some bands are not yet inducted.  He's had Joel Peresman, the President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, on his radio show to explain the nominating and voting process.  He also stated his case. At the end, they agreed to disagree, but the overall interview was very respectful on both sides and very well conducted.

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Locally, Rocksnubs.com is a website and petition that was conceived by Patricia Kellogg (@patriciakellogg) and built by Greg Bellan (@gregbellan).  It list 40+ bands that have been overlooked and includes a petition you can sign with the hopes of convincing the Rock Hall to induct them.  Click below to check them out and sign the petition.

Rock Snubs – An eminent domain petition…

So, who's not in, exactly...here's a small sample:
  •  KISS - Sold millions upon millions of albums and influenced countless musicians and bands.
  • Rush - One of the most influential progressive rock bands ever. Not to mention, Cleveland played a big role in giving the band exposure early on.
  • Deep Purple - Influenced countless musicians, including some that have made it into the Hall already.
  • Judas Priest - After Black Sabbath, the quintessential heavy metal band. Oh, and a bit influential.
  • Iron Maiden - Similar to Judas Priest and huge following.
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble - One of the best rock/blues guitarists of all time. Clapton can get in for his solo career, but no Stevie Ray? How does that make sense?
So, that's just a small sample (for a fuller list, check out www.rocksnubs.com).  Peresman said that the #1 factor in the nomination process is how influential the artist is on other artists. Taking a look at the list above (and countless others), influence is not an issue with any of them.

Meanwhile, artists like Madonna, ABBA, Michael Jackson and other pop artists make it in. Sorry, but it's the ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame, not the Pop Music Hall of Fame. At the Rock Hall, they've even added a big explanation printed on a wall (next to a photo of Madonna) that basically disclaims why these non-rock artists have made it in.  In other words, it looks to me like Cleveland employees got tired of answering that question, so they just put it on the wall.

So, now it's your turn.  What are your thoughts?  Who are your overlooked artists? As usual, feel free to agree or disagree, but tell me what you think.  Thanks for reading and please sign up to be notified by email when my blog is updated.


  1. I do agree with the snubs but the process of nomination is pretty much in the hands of the current members of the hall and board. I doubt Madonna knows who Deep Purple is.

    1. I doubt Madonna knows who Deep Purple is too. There's a committee that decides on who is nominated and then that committee, Rock Hall inductees and "others" vote on the nominations. The problem with non-rock artists like Madonna being in is that the more of those that get it, the harder it will be for actual rock artists to get in. She'll be voting for people like Britney Spears, while Deep Purple and Rush still wait on the sidelines.

  2. There was a great piece at CRACKED.com recently (www.cracked.com/blog/5-people-cheated-out-rock-roll-hall-fame/) on influential, successful artists who are ignored by the Hall, and one that really stood out for me was The Cars. Five platinum albums, a debut album from which every single song can still be heard on rock radio, 13 Top 40 singles (including four Top 10s), innovators in the field of music video . . . why aren't they in there?

    Also the complete disdain for the indie and hardcore genres is baffling. Black Flag looms larger in their genre than any other band in history except maybe Black Sabbath. They practically invented hardcore, and there's no reason they shouldn't be in there.

    1. I agree with both. I don't know much about Black Flag, but do know they've been very influential and should be included.

  3. Link Wray.
    an innovator, rebel....
    influenced damn near every guitarist in the RRHOF.
    his song "Rumble" regarded as first heavy metal riffs...from way back
    probably wouldn't give a flick if he was in the hall or not, not just cause he's dead, he never sucked up to phonies or toadies... was the classic definitive rock 'n roller

    1. Absolutely agree with Link Wray. Defined his own style and way of playing.