WRITTEN BY MICHAEL CHRISTOPHER
Last Saturday (April 19) in Cleveland, the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony took place with the likes of Green Day, Bill Withers and Joan Jett & the Blackhearts celebrating their place among legends in music.
During the bloated five hour spectacle, there were also posthumous inductions of Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughn and Double Trouble and the Paul Butterfield Blues Band.
As is always the case, there’s grumbling about who has been continuously passed over for entry, leaving many to call the nominating committee elitist and full of snobs.
Rock Music Menu is always willing to jump into this fray. Since there are — these days at least — eight inductees each year, let’s look at the same number of artists who need to be put in the Hall next year. The only requirement is 25 years must have passed since their first recording was released to make them eligible.
Nine Inch Nails
Trent Reznor was nominated but didn’t get in. It shouldn’t take long for the man behind NIN who put industrial music into the mainstream to make it into the Rock Hall and he’s very likely on the shortlist for 2016. If he gets passed over for some odd reason, it’ll be a shock.
Eligible for more than two decades, the hard rocking band out of the UK were nominated in 2013 and 2014 but not for this year’s class. Rumors have heated up guitarist Ritchie Blackmore is looking to dip his toes back into rock and roll as opposed to the folk rock he’s been doing with his wife in Blackmore’s Knight since 1997.
Responsible for single-handedly introducing legions of bummed out kids who were writing bad poetry in their darkened bedrooms to the Goth music and look, The Cure also put out some of the catchiest and consistently strong material and have been eligible since 2003, yet nominated just once.
Joy Division/New Order
This is still one of the biggest head scratching omissions out there. Joy Division has influenced so many bands past and present it’s ridiculous. U2, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins and Arcade Fire all owe them a debt. When frontman Ian Curtis took his life in 1980, the three surviving members went on to form New Order, who were responsible for much of the synth-pop dominating dancefloors in the 80s with songs like “Temptation” and “Blue Monday.” Yet, despite having been eligible in 2003 and 2006 respectively, they haven’t been nominated once separately or together.
Already in as a member of Black Sabbath, it’s puzzling as to why the Ozz man hasn’t gone in as a solo artist. He’s had the bigger career than Sabbath, and while not as influential, needs to be in on his own. Albums like ‘No More Tears,’ ‘Blizzard of Ozz’ and ‘Diary of a Madman’ are hard rock classics.
The seminal gangsta rap outfit has been nominated for the past three years, but hasn’t gotten the nod yet. Late summer will see them back in the headlines when the hotly anticipated biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is released. Being in the spotlight right as the nominating committee is set to make their nominations public will make Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and the rest of the crew hard to ignore.
The Crüe toed the line between hair metal and hard rock in the ’80s but stayed popular much longer than their then contemporaries did. They are in the midst of a two year long “The Final Tour,” culminating with a series of shows in their native Los Angeles at the end of 2015. A Hall of Fame induction would be a great way to cap off a career.
How in the world is a group eligible for 28 years yet only nominated twice in that time period? It makes no sense, which comes as no surprise to critics of the Rock Hall, that similar but less successful acts like The Dells have long been inducted.
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