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I am going to list a whole pile of musical acts that will be eligible for the RRHOF this next year.

From this vast list, choose like your Top 10 that you would want to see make it, plus alternates:

 

R. Kelley

Dr. Dre

Tupac

Hootie and the Blowfish

Radiohead

Stone Temple Pilots

Tool

The Verve

Ace of Base

The Replacements

King Crimson

Roxy Music

Faith No More

Yes

Iron Maiden

The Cars

Journey

The Doobie Brothers

Motley Crue

Bad Company

Ronnie Dio

Mott the Hoople

Bon Jovi

Slayer

The Melvins

The Moody Blues

The Cure

Guess Who

ELP

ELO

Def Leppard

Megadeath

Jethro Tull

Sammy Hagar

Judas Priest

Dire Straits

The Pixies

Pantera

The Smiths

Ted Nugent

Nine Inch Nails

Soundgarden

Big Star

Motorhead

Pearl Jam

Common

Beck

Rage against the Machine

Janet Jackson

Smashing Pumpkins

Sonic Youth

New York Dolls

Link Wray

Kraftwerk

Chic

Gram Parsons

Joan Baez

Warren Zevon

Little Feat

The Monkees

The B-52s

Tori Amos

Rick Astley

No Doubt

Insane Clown Posse

Dixie Chicks

Wallflower

Alannis Morrisette

The Cranberries

Boyz 2 Men

Alice in Chains

The Black Crows

Celine Dion

Kid Rock

Wilson Phillips

Moby

Mariah Carey

Bare Naked Ladies

Cherry Poppin Daddies

Lenny Kravitz

Queen Latifah

Sarah McLachlan

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Melissa Etheridge

Morrisey

Phish

Paula Abdul

Tracy Chapman

Boy George and Culture Club

Gloria Estafan

Janes Addiction

MC Hammer

Sinead O'Connor

Wendy and Lisa

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Didn't want to make one post too long....here is the next grouping:

 

Bruce Hornsby

Crowded House

Poison

Lyle Lovett

Allison Krause

Chris Isaac

Enya

All the Fine Young Cannibals

The Indigo Girls

Joe Satriani

2 Live Crew

Whitney Houston

Steve Vai

Sade

Pet Shop Boys

LL Cool J

Cyndi Lauper

Frankie Goes to Hollywood

The Hooters

KD Lang

10,000 Maniacs

Adam and the Ants

Marshall Crenshaw

Sting

A Flock of Segulls

The Bangles

Billy Idol

Depeche Mode

Duran Duran

The Eurythimics

James Ingram

Lionel Richie

Phil Collins

Tears for Fears

Wang Chung

Christopher Cross

Huey Lewis and the News

INXS

The Knack

Simple Minds

Twisted Sister

Weird Al Yankovic

Blues Project

Chaka Khan

Los Lobos

Rick James

Toto

Whitesnake

Devo

Eddie Money

Iggy Pop

The Village People

Boston

Luther Vandross

Southside Johnny and the Asbury Jukes

Eric Carmen/The Raspberries

Michael Bolton

The Tubes

Brian Eno

Robert Palmer

Robin Trower

Stanley Clark

Blue Oyster Cult

The James Gang

Loggins and Messina

Peter Frampton

America

Carly Simon

Meat Loaf

Nazareth

Olivia Newton John

Thin Lizzy

War

Badfinger

The J. Geils Band

Supertramp

Todd Rundgren

Uriah Heep

The Carpenters

Grand Funk Railroad

Humble Pie

Joe Cocker

John Denver

Poco

Slade

3 Dog Night

Blood, Sweat and Tears

Free

Iron Butterfly

Quicksilver (Messenger Service)

Rare Earth

Steppenwolf

T. Rex

The Fifth Dimension

Arlo Guthrie

Procul Harum

The Association

Ten Years After

The Grass Roots

Jim Croce

Boz Scaggs

Edwin Starr

Golden Earring

Herman's Hermits

Richie Havens

Sonny and Cher

The Turtles

Tom Jones

Johnny Rivers

Peter and Gordon

The Zombies

The Mindbenders

The Chiffons

Leslie Gore

The Searchers

Gerry and the Pacemakers

Barbara Streisand

Dick Dale

Glen Campbell

Herb Alpert

Patti LaBelle

Frank Sinatra

Cab Calloway

Lou Christie

Ben E. King

Paul Revere and the Raiders

Chubby Checker

Jan and Dean

Carol King

Neil Sedaka

The Big Bopper

Patsy Cline

Petula Clark

Screamin Jay Hawkins

The Tokens

Harry Belafonte

 

Peggy Lee.....and don't ask if that's all there is.....because that is all I am going to type. You can add anyone else if I missed anyone.

 

Make your choices.

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From the above I cut my list down to about 30....then had to whittle down from there. I got it down to 12. This is my personal preferences....and likely NONE of these will be selected...though in my opinion they should:

 

Todd Rundgren

Meat Loaf

ELO

Jethro Tull

The Moody Blues

Mott The Hoople

The Raspberries

Joe Cocker

Procul Harum

Golden Earring

Sonny and Cher

Chubby Checker

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OMG this is worse than MLB.

 

I would like to see some of the 1960s and earlier 1970s groups in before they're all gone.

Some list to ponder.

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I remember there was a controversy he was at the center of when they opened up the hall. He was demanding they place a statue of him outside.

WSS

Chubby Checker? Don't remember that. If he really pulled a stunt like that then no wonder he has not been put in the the 25 years or so it has been open.

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I am going to list a whole pile of musical acts that will be eligible for the RRHOF this next year.

From this vast list, choose like your Top 10 that you would want to see make it, plus alternates:

 

R. Kelley

Dr. Dre

Tupac

Hootie and the Blowfish

Radiohead

Stone Temple Pilots

Tool

The Verve

Ace of Base

The Replacements

King Crimson

Roxy Music

Faith No More

Yes

Iron Maiden

The Cars

Journey...but I hope I never hear "Don't Stop Believing" ever again

The Doobie Brothers

Motley Crue

Bad Company

Ronnie Dio

Mott the Hoople

Bon Jovi

Slayer

The Melvins

The Moody Blues

The Cure

Guess Who

ELP

ELO

Def Leppard

Megadeath

Jethro Tull

Sammy Hagar

Judas Priest

Dire Straits

The Pixies

Pantera

The Smiths

Ted Nugent

Nine Inch Nails

Soundgarden

Big Star

Motorhead

Pearl Jam

Common

Beck

Rage against the Machine

Janet Jackson

Smashing Pumpkins

Sonic Youth

New York Dolls

Link Wray

Kraftwerk

Chic

Gram Parsons

Joan Baez

Warren Zevon

Little Feat

The Monkees

The B-52s

Tori Amos

Rick Astley

No Doubt

Insane Clown Posse

Dixie Chicks

Wallflower

Alannis Morrisette

The Cranberries

Boyz 2 Men

Alice in Chains

The Black Crows

Celine Dion

Kid Rock

Wilson Phillips

Moby

Mariah Carey

Bare Naked Ladies

Cherry Poppin Daddies

Lenny Kravitz

Queen Latifah

Sarah McLachlan

Toad the Wet Sprocket

Melissa Etheridge

Morrisey

Phish

Paula Abdul

Tracy Chapman

Boy George and Culture Club

Gloria Estafan

Janes Addiction

MC Hammer

Sinead O'Connor

Wendy and Lisa

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Man... whole lotta non-rockers in those lists... Barbara? Really?
Also one hit wonders... or one LP wonders (Alannis M.)... longevity has to account for something.

 

But still plenty to choose from... actually hard to draw a line at 10...

  1. Yes - HTF are they not already in? Prolific, inventive, AOR pioneers...
  2. ELP - Ditto... the original power trio... filled stadiums... when stadium rock was new.
  3. Joe Cocker - HTF? Plus can throw in The Grease Band for good measure who put out a fine, Cockerless solo LP
  4. The Doobie Brothers - HTF?
  5. Jethro Tull - HTF?
  6. Little Feat- HTF?
  7. Supertramp - inventive, unusual, composers of rock... C'mon...
  8. Todd Rundgren - the man's a rock genius whether solo or with Utopia
  9. Humble Pie - studio work is good, but Rockin' the Philmore is great
  10. Iggy Pop - my punk nod... I bought Skull Ring on a lark... and to my surprise loved it...
  11. The Moody Blues - created a whole rock genre FFS...
  12. Mott the Hoople - even if on Bowie's coattails...
  13. Huey Lewis and the News - sounded like no other when they hit it big...
  14. Def Leppard - adapted to a one-armed drummer... and got better...
  15. Cyndi Lauper - for my daughter...

Worthy, but no room..

  1. Boston
  2. Robert Palmer
  3. The James Gang
  4. Loggins and Messina
  5. Peter Frampton
  6. War
  7. The J. Geils Band
  8. Nine Inch Nails
  9. Steppenwolf
  10. Johnny Rivers

Maybe someday...

  • King Crimson - not prolific enough
  • Roxy Music - love these guys, but an acquired taste...
  • The Cars - prolific, but not impactful
  • Journey - not really a fan
  • Bon Jovi - popularity nod... points off for "Dead or Alive"
  • Guess Who - not quite...
  • Dire Straits - but not if Knofler is already in...
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Man... whole lotta non-rockers in those lists... Barbara? Really?

Also one hit wonders... or one LP wonders (Alannis M.)... longevity has to account for something.

 

But still plenty to choose from... actually hard to draw a line at 10...

  1. Yes - HTF are they not already in? Prolific, inventive, AOR pioneers...
  2. What does HTF mean? Hard to Fathom?
  3. ELP - Ditto... the original power trio... filled stadiums... when stadium rock was new.
  4. I think Cream would be the original Power Trio.
  5. Joe Cocker - HTF? Plus can throw in The Grease Band for good measure who put out a fine, Cockerless solo LP
  6. The Doobie Brothers - HTF?
  7. Jethro Tull - HTF?
  8. Little Feat- HTF?
  9. Supertramp - inventive, unusual, composers of rock... C'mon...
  10. Todd Rundgren - the man's a rock genius whether solo or with Utopia
  11. Humble Pie - studio work is good, but Rockin' the Philmore is great
  12. Iggy Pop - my punk nod... I bought Skull Ring on a lark... and to my surprise loved it...
  13. The Moody Blues - created a whole rock genre FFS...
  14. Mott the Hoople - even if on Bowie's coattails...
  15. Huey Lewis and the News - sounded like no other when they hit it big...
  16. Def Leppard - adapted to a one-armed drummer... and got better...
  17. Cyndi Lauper - for my daughter...

Worthy, but no room..

  1. Boston
  2. Robert Palmer
  3. The James Gang
  4. Loggins and Messina
  5. Peter Frampton
  6. War
  7. The J. Geils Band
  8. Nine Inch Nails
  9. Steppenwolf
  10. Johnny Rivers

Maybe someday...

  • King Crimson - not prolific enough
  • More for their influence than anything else.
  • Roxy Music - love these guys, but an acquired taste...
  • I acquired the taste early on.
  • The Cars - prolific, but not impactful
  • Journey - not really a fan
  • Bon Jovi - popularity nod... points off for "Dead or Alive"
  • Guess Who - not quite...
  • Dire Straits - but not if Knofler is already in...

 

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HTF = How the Fuck...

 

Arguably right about Cream, but I think first "supergroup" more than power trio in their case.

 

ELP's use of synth over lead guitar raised the bar in my mind. Plus percussionist, Carl Palmer (he hated being called a drummer) brought more to the kit than Ginger... at least the Cream version of Ginger. Blind Faith? Closer call...

 

King Crimsom's Fripp popped up on projects all over including Bowie's Scary Monsters... another acquired taste. Other than him ELP's Greg Lake is the only other member I know of that emerged... but then he's the only other member I can name.

 

Side story: In the Court of's legendary gatefold artwork was faithfully reproduced freshman year at Case on the long interior walls of his suite by a guy named Chris something. End to end and floor to ceiling... one side on one wall, the other on the other... on the order of 8.5' by 14'. Even straight they were awesome...

 

Roxy was so cool. Brian Ferry's solo work... not so much, but had moments.

 

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