Six People or Groups who are not in the RRHOF - By Jay & Diane

Friday, October 05, 2012
Honestly it has been a much discussed topic in our home every year that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees are named and Rush is not on there. We know they are a prog rock band. We know they’re from Canada. But they have been putting out amazing music for 38 years. Rush has been eligible since 1998 and have NEVER been on the ballot. Never.  Seriously?  This year they finally have a chance to be nominated by popular vote. You can vote for them or some of your other favorites here.

Here are six other bands we have deemed worthy to be in the ballot:

1. Thin Lizzy is not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. No seriously. Phil Lynott and the guys who are both rock n roll innovators and influencers have not been inducted. Their influence the new wave British heavy metal groups alone should get them in. The Irish rockers left us with a host of great music with it’s signature dual lead guitars and a tight rhythm section made them the most distinct hard rock group of the 70’s Have some Whiskey In The Jar and tell me why these guys aren’t in the Hall Of Fame.

2. Called the most important alt rock band to emerge from London in the 80’s, The Smiths have been overlooked by the Hall of Fame. Morrissey and company departed from their more pretentious synth-pop peers by crafting rock and roll masterpieces keeping to the basics of guitar and drum oriented music.

3. How does, arguably, the biggest alt rock bands of all time, having sold over 27 million albums not end up in the Hall of Fame. The Cure is the Rush of alt rock. The Cure was the first alt band to achieve some success commercially. The legendary, if sometimes gloomy, band has been writing great songs for the past thirty-three years (god that makes me feel old). They are still out there releasing music and touring even today and they deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

4. The Turtles – I’m sorry but how has this group been overlooked? Does anyone not remember “Happy Together”, “Eleanor” and “She’d Rather Be with Me”. I think it might be all the problems the group had with members and labels that left them hanging without any real appreciation for the sound they created in the late 60’s.

5. Hall and Oates – I am not a super fan of theirs. Yes, I like some of their pop hits like “Rich Girl” and “Maneater”.  Still, they have been a very influential group since they began with six Number One hits on the Billboard top 100 and Billboard Magazine named them the best selling duo of the rock era.  That alone should put them in the R&R Hall of Fame!

6. Cat Stevens – Yusuf Islam
“Well I think it’s fine, building jumbo planes, or taking a ride on a cosmic train. Switch on summer from a slot machine. Yes get what you want if you want, ‘cause you can get anything. I know we’ve come a long way, we’re changing day to day, but tell me, where do the children play?”
“Peace Train”, “Wild World”, “Morning has broken”, “Moonshadow”.  I respect him for his choices; I still think he is one of the most talented songwriter/singers we have on the planet.

Videos after the jump...
Thin Lizzy - Whiskey In The Jar (TOTP 1973) 
The Smiths - Bigmouth Strikes Again
The Cure - Boys Don't Cry
The Turtles - Happy Together
Hall & Oates - Kiss On My List
Cat Stevens/Yusuf Islam - Where Do The Children Play?

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