The Class of 2018 Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Nominees are Announced
Today we learned who the 19 nominees for induction into the Rock ‘n Roll Hall Of Fame are. As usual, there are a few obvious choices on the list, but selecting five seems to get awfully challenging.
2018 Rock Hall Nominees
- Bon Jovi
- Kate Bush
- The Cars
- Depeche Mode
- Dire Straits
- Judas Priest
- LL Cool J
- The Meters
- Moody Blues
- Rage Against the Machine
- Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan
- Nina Simone
- Sister Rosetta Tharpe
- Link Wray
- The Zombies
My Thoughts on the Most Deserving Rock Hall Nominees
One of these Artists will be selected
My expertise was more in mainstream rock, so my knowledge on acts like LL Cool J, The Meters, Nia Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Link Wray is minimal. None of these artists really fit the popular definition of rock music, they are more Rockabilly, Bluegrass, Folk, Soul, or Hip Hop. Nonetheless, the Hall of Fame picks at least one of these “stretch” artists every year – last year it was both Tupac Shakur and Joan Baez. This year it should be Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She became famous in 1938 with a record called “Rock Me.” She was a black woman singing gospel music to the accompaniment of her own driving electric guitar. Sounds good to me.
Rock ‘n Roll Artists but not Hall of Fame material
- Kate Bush – not running up this hill.
- Depeche Mode – I really like this band and grew up immersed in their music, but there were other more influential bands in their niche.
- Eurythmics – They were decent and both performers talented, but they don’t even belong on the ballot.
- The MC5 – interesting group from the early 70s – they were ahead of their time, but didn’t make much of an impact.
- Rufus featuring Chaka Khan – Early integrated group with some rock stylings, but not enough to merit HOF consideration.
Close, but no Guitar
- The Cars – I’m all mixed up on this one. They are one of my favorite studio bands ever, they were video music vanguards, their first five albums were superb, but they sucked live.
- J. Geils Band – Underrated and on my ballot last year. They were a great bluesy rock band with some of the most rollicking early classic rock, and some of the weirdest shit (see “No Anchovies. Please”). Then they reinvented themselves in the early 80’s with a few legendary albums.
- Radiohead – These Brits have been one of the most creative rock bands ever. Their original 1992 hit “Creep” is like nothing they have done since. They are super talented and constantly relevant, but they finish #5 on my ballot.
- Rage Against the Machine – in true rock fashion, they lived up to their Leftist name, but they only had a few songs that I would consider great. Not enough.
- The Zombies – Just two albums, but they made one hell of an impact. This was the sweet, melodic Rod Argent, and they were stalwarts in the British Invasion of the Sixties. Just not enough meat on the bone to get this quintet over the hump.
The Top 2018 Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Nominees
- Bon Jovi – I saw them before they had broken through and love their early music. Probably the most commercially successful band on the list with over 100 million albums sold. It’s hip to knock them as rockers, but damn, they really rocked in their hey day. Not a rubber stamp, but they are deserving.
- Dire Straits – They were special, and distinctive when they crashed onto the scene in 1978. From the first wonderful notes dripping off of Mark Knopfler’s guitar on “Sultans of Swing” I knew this band was special. And they got better and better over the next decade plus. Uber-talented musicians with a unique sound and a ton of commercial success. They should be in.
- Judas Priest – They were the biggest name in metal for a few years and put on legendary live shows. They get in because they influenced so many other influential rock bands over the next few decades.
- Moody Blues – This is amazing to me. They’ve been eligible for almost 30 years, and this is the first time they have been on the ballot. That my friends is bullshit. They have created hit rock music for 25 years, and still tour today with their core lineup 50 years after their iconic album Days of Future Passed. They paved the way for Genesis, Yes and many other progressive rock acts, and morphed their style to stay a relevant force on the rock scene for 30+ years. They should have been in 20 years ago. Make this right Hall of Fame!
So, there you have it – my official ballot. How did I do?
You can also place your own votes in the official Rock Hall fan vote here.
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