10 No-Brainer Rock Legends Never Nominated For The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame

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Sonic Youth.
This weekend, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inducts its class of 2012, which consists of Donovan, the Beastie Boys, the late singer-songwriter Laura Nyro, the Small Faces and the Faces, blues guitarist Freddie King, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and Guns N' Roses, although not lead singer Axl Rose, who declined the induction earlier this week. Rose notwithstanding, dozens of artists have been snubbed for the Hall over the years; it took the Stooges—the Stooges!—a half-dozen ballots to make it in. The Hall's official party line states that it honors "the influence and significance of the artists' contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll." But the list of artists who issued their first records 25 or more years ago (the Hall's qualification for nomination) who would be first-ballot shoo-ins in any Rock and Roll Hall of Fame committed to the continuous, vital culture of rock music is long. Even without considering influential jazz, folk, hip-hop, electronic, dance, pop, funk, dub, and dance artists, staggering amounts of genuine and important rock artists have never even reached the ballot.

Here are 10 artists who've made legitimate contributions to rock and roll as the term is generally understood (even by baby boomers). Sure, to actually enshrine any of them would also negate the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame's symbolic importance for all that is hilarious about itself, and that would be a loss. But it's only rock and roll.

1. The Monkees

Somebody had to be the first the manufactured band, and the Monkees weren't even that. But they were the best, made amazing records, and—whether considered as individuals, an actual band, or a collective containing producers and songwriters—became an unquestionable and archetypal part of rock's narrative.

2. Sonic Youth

R.E.M. made it as soon as they were eligible in 2007, but the early-'80s indie underground remains entirely untapped by the powers that be. Let Sonic Youth's silvery noise-pop, art-world fusions, and godparenting a generation of avant-rockers, then, stand-in for their unnominated brethren in the Minutemen, Yo La Tengo, Hüsker Dü, the Feelies, and dozens of others.

3. GG Allin

If one accepts the notion of rock and roll as dangerous, there were few more dangerous—and creatively so—than G.G. Allin. As the above video of his final performance in 1993 shows, he used chaos to completely annihilate every boundary between rock and roll, life, and death.

4. Os Mutantes

As rock and roll has played a part in our national story, it has served equal importance in dozens, if not hundreds, of countries around the globe, sometimes even feeding back into the American pop mainstream. Though it took some decades for their music to take hold outside of Brazil, Os Mutantes, the fresh-faced flower children of the Brazilian tropicalismo, have been a beloved reference point for international musicians for some two decades now. (See also: Caetano Veloso, Gilberto Gil.)

5. Spïnal Tap

Nearly every song in the slim Spïnal Tap songbook, and nearly every line of the accompanying This Is Spïnal Tap mockumentary, has become part and parcel with rock and roll's lingua franca.


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gebobs
gebobs

The Monkees? Really? Sorry. You lost all credibility there.

kilroyrogers
kilroyrogers

Let's not forget CANNED HEAT. For all the purists who insist on original lineups, well, The Beatles are out, then, and the Stones. The HEAT made blues and boogie relevant to counter culture. Listen to On The Road Again. Right now.

saints25
saints25

Deep Purple, the band tyhat startyed heavy metal/hard rock. Even Metallica gives them credit as inspiration and they're in R&R HOF!!!  Just listen to"In Rock", "Fireball" and "Machine Head", enough said!

ballerinagirl830
ballerinagirl830

TODD RUNDGREN!!!!.......................KISS!!!!!!!!.........AWESOME MUSICIANS!!!!! What's WRONG with you people?!!!! MADONNA??????? REALLY????????

 

nynl06
nynl06

Terrible List.  The educated music fans that preceded my comment make any further unnecessary.

cj_benoit
cj_benoit

Link Wray (brought Distortion to the World), Jason & the Scorchers, Hasil Adkins (Forbearer of Punk), Esqurita, Clifton Cheneir & his Red Hot Louisiana Band, The Upsetters (Little Richard's backing band), Dean Carter (the ORIGINATOR of Noise Rock), Evan Johns & his H-Bombs (resilient bastards), Roy Buchanan & Danny Gatton (The Twin Tele Towers), The Flat Duo Jets (JACK WHITE OWES HIS ASS TO THIS BAND!!!!) . . . the list goes on and on.

aaronfidller
aaronfidller

blue oyster cult should be in without a doubt

rusbus1
rusbus1

Tower of Power,and Blood, Sweat and Tears introduce a horn laced rock that revolutionized post- Beatles Rock/Pop/Jazz/Funk/Soul.

jre-kj-joe
jre-kj-joe

KISS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Enough said! End of discussion.

tilmosltd
tilmosltd

OK, go ahead and laugh. The Justin Hayward-era Moody Blues were ridiculed from the get-go. So how did they react? They stuck to their guns. The Stooges, God luv 'em, were never ridiculous?

Jmv100
Jmv100

The replacements.they were the last great rock and roll band. Ps I would rather have relations with Betty white than listen to rush.

Geo Smith
Geo Smith

Yes, Jethro Tull, Chicago, Doobie Brothers, 3 dog night, bad company/free, Joe Cocker, The Guess Who, Grand Funk,, Steppenwolf,  etc. Just to name a few that are better than some of garbage that is in there.

Dub LA
Dub LA

Can I get some love for BOTH Jethro Tull & Yes.  Both bands wrote stunningly beautiful music in their respective genres which still holds up quite well to this day.

Lmur61
Lmur61

I am aware that for 20 yrs, maybe more, that Moody Blues fans have been rallying for their nomination into the Hall of Fame to no avail. I then recall reading that one such group of staunch fans received a reply from the Hall of Fame claiming that Moody Blues music was decidedly "elevator music." WHAT????? Linda M

Amusia
Amusia

And what about Procul Harum? Traffic, The Move, I could probably think of 20 bands that should have made it in before Madonna.  Madonna rock and roll?  Who exactly started that one?  And yes to Moby Grape!  Are The Zombies in there?

Aviv N
Aviv N

Any discussion of Hall of Fame snubs without mentioning Moby Grape is useless.

Brandon
Brandon

having criminal records really might affects artist.maybe one of the reasons why this following band don't make it to the rock and roll hall of fame. the only band i always appreciated is the Gun's and roses. article content spinner

Harry Knuttz
Harry Knuttz

I thought this was serious article when you started with the Monkees, then I realized as you went on that your musical knowledge doesnt extend past what some stuckup East Village record store hipster told you or you overheard one day.

A no-brainer would be someone like Chicago, who is the 2nd biggest American band after the Beach Boys in record sales alone. They should be in based on their first 10 years alone.

No-brainer's aren't just old rock bands or bands from the 60s or bands who've been around for 25 years. Os Mutantes is a cool band, but far from a legend or a hall of fame band.

Expand your listening palette and read & understand musical history as told/written from many people and maybe you can get a better perspective of who truly is a no-brainer

maalesh
maalesh

Mott the Hoople. Thin Lizzy. Brian Eno. Then complain about the others on your list, but only then.

doktordubbs
doktordubbs

and i am amazed only one comment has pointed out how effin absurd the r n r hall of fame is. i am glad that most bands i admire (such as many of those that apparently have been slighted) are NOT ever going to be placed in the same pantheon as KISS, guns n roses, and other overblown bullshit. country music hall of fame is way better. 

Peter Gerstenzang
Peter Gerstenzang

Simple Jesse: The New York Dolls. Mott The Hoople. The Spinners. Randy Newman.

Jdprim
Jdprim

The passing of Dick Clark only reminds me of 4 of the most popular R&R artists on his Philly show that had huge hit records. A couple of the guys along with Elvis werethe main  teen idols to zillions of young chick.....these are not in the hall....an embarrasment .....Frankie Avalon....Bobby Rydell....Fabian....Annette Funicello!

JT Smith
JT Smith

Little Feat, J. Geils Band. They both should be in.

Anonymous
Anonymous

Jesus, this is the most Village Voice-y article ever published by the Village Voice.

tom kane
tom kane

How can Roxy Music not be in as of class of 1997 or 1998?  They should have been in the minute they were eligible.  How come FREE, one of the best bands ever (according to Al Kooper and Lynard Skynard, FREE was THE best band ever) not be in there.  If the Pistols and Clash are in, how come the Jam is not?  Fairport Convention, Richard and Linda Thompson, etc....damn, POCO is not in yet!!Just glad they finally inducted the Small Faces and the Faces (2 different groups in most ways, but membership) and Donovan. Let's just realize that this is not REALLY the hall of fame---I'm not even sure if Cheap Trick is in yet---that would be a crime.  And then, how about the MOVE.  Let me stop now but Roxy Music and Bryan Ferry (separately, he deserves the solo honour also) have to get in NOW!!! 

Saw5551
Saw5551

What about Todd Rundgren?

Spintotenore
Spintotenore

You must go back to the source: Who is missing from the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Easy. Favorite American Artist? (per John Lennon): Nilsson. Favorite American Group? (per Paul McCartney): Nilsson. The End.

Steve Messina
Steve Messina

Hello?  What about two incredibly obvious omissions, the Smiths and the Cure?

Golfg65
Golfg65

Wat about Amy LeeGrant,James Joseph Croce,The Mighty Clouds Of Joy,Boston,Stryper,and Sandi Patty?

Chris Q. Wheatface
Chris Q. Wheatface

Hey what about NRBQ? True rock n' roll royalty. Adored by Elvis Costello, Bonnie Raitt, Sir Paul McCartney, Dave Edmunds and many more. NRBQ's Terry Adams was an early mentor to The Shaggs.

Jane Langston
Jane Langston

 Kind of like the Hollywood Walk of Fame losing any claim to meaningfulness when they gave Dick Van Patten a star on it!

mw
mw

i think we have a long ways to go before nominating old punk groups.i think the biggest no brainer is t.rex, the Godfathers of glam!

Andrew Stricker
Andrew Stricker

This would be a good list if you hadn't included G.G. Allin. His music was atrocious and he was a joke. He was only famous because he took steamin' dumps on stage and sexually abused women during shows. He was known more for his heroin addiction than anything he produced musically. 

Inhaler
Inhaler

what about the Bad Brains? 

John Brodeur
John Brodeur

Editorial note: The umlaut goes over the N in "Spinal Tap." Very important!

allanbartlett
allanbartlett

Betty Whites pussy smells better than neilpearts.

njh64
njh64

You think the Replacements are a "Great" rock and roll band. But rather have relations with Betty White than listen to Rush. Well you either haven't heard early Rush and not just  the post 1982 mainstream/pop/techno crap. Don't know good music other than punk or really like Betty White lol. Plus if you like only punk/hardcore punk you are not going to like a band like Rush.   

njh64
njh64

Yes definitely should be in. and all those bands some I like more than others should all be in before a good bit  of this list. Yes along with and Emerson Lake & Palmer were the reason "Classical Rock" came into being and were part of the main forefront along with Pink Floyd,  Traffic , Moody Blues and Genesis of "Progressive Rock". Also Rush and Jethro Tull were considered "Progressive Rock" bands but Tull and certainly the early Rush albums had a decidely Harder Rock edge than the other bands. So Hard in fact that Metallica says early rush especially their 1st album is one of theer major influences. I am not a fan of anything past "Moving Pictures" for Rush. Unfortunately like a lot of bands most people don't come to know a band until they start having to start releasing mainstream pop type crap to gain popularity.

rusbus1
rusbus1

I think Chicago got in a few years ago

laurel
laurel

It's a crime that Little Feat isn't in.  I was glad to see at least one other person in the world thinks so!

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