Thread: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

SLIPPERYOS - 5/14/2018 at 02:39 AM

Recently took a look at the inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I know that everyone has their own tastes which I respect. But I am wondering why The Marshall Tucker Band has not been included.


BrerRabbit - 5/14/2018 at 02:50 AM

The best way to understand the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is to ignore it.


JimSheridan - 5/14/2018 at 02:37 PM

lol BrerRabbit!


It's a solid question. I think that the band needs to have a sustained level of popularity and / or influence or innovation , and MTB might not seem to have had that.

I look at the recent crew of inductees, and you could argue that The Cars were insanely popular commercially while also being trend setters in terms of New Wave pop and also music videos.

Bon Jovi are and were insanely popular, whether you like them or not (I don't). They have outsold most bands in the history of rock. They have filled massive stadiums and stayed very popular for a very long time.

I don't think of Heart as an original sounding band per se, but I think the idea of a hard rock band led by females is fairly unique. They also had an impressive stretch of popularity between their mid 1970s hits and then their 1980s resurgence.

Why the Moody Blues is a decent question; you could say that they were innovators of the meld of rock band with orchestra, and also the fact that they too had a 1980s resurgence suggests a certain level of quality. Very few bands have big hits in different decades.

So, I think the MTB's lesser degree of popularity, the shorter length of their time of popularity, and the perception that they were not as innovative or influential as many other bands are factors that will keep them out.

I think a lot of bands that I really like (the James Gang, BOC) or that other folks here might really like (Foghat, the Outlaws) will be held back from getting into the HOF by these factors too.


hotlantatim - 5/14/2018 at 02:50 PM

Iron Maiden is an even bigger snub. They can fill stadiums in some countries and hockey arenas in the US to this day. They only had a brief window when they were played on commercial FM rock radio in the mid '80s, but have sold 100 million albums. They pushed the envelope with combining punk with metal (early in career) and prog rock with metal. Loads and loads of bands that followed would call them heavily influential.


amyjared - 5/15/2018 at 02:53 PM

Nice (and likely accurate) post, Jim.

Another way to look at it would be: Why should they be in?

You can't let in everybody and there will always be acts snubbed that you (or I) love. So be it. They're trying.


robslob - 5/15/2018 at 03:10 PM

Finally Deep Purple got in a couple of years ago. I admit I had been whining about that for many years.

Nowadays my two biggest gripes about omissions are Grand Funk and Judas Priest. Both at certain times in history were just INSANELY popular but for some reason that does not matter to the HOF voters. After all now............this IS the Hall of FAME, correct?


detterm - 5/15/2018 at 11:32 PM

quote:
The best way to understand the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is to ignore it.


Couldn't have said it better!


CanadianMule - 5/16/2018 at 03:15 PM

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Iron Maiden is an even bigger snub. They can fill stadiums in some countries and hockey arenas in the US to this day. They only had a brief window when they were played on commercial FM rock radio in the mid '80s, but have sold 100 million albums. They pushed the envelope with combining punk with metal (early in career) and prog rock with metal. Loads and loads of bands that followed would call them heavily influential.



100% agree!!!

These guys are the road kings! Sustained the level with maybe only a slight dip during the Blaze years but came back super strong.

F'N Nice Guys Too.


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