Let me start off by saying that I have a major problem with recent inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. When you have "rock 'n' roll" acts on the ballot like Kiss and the Red Hot Chili Peppers and they get overlooked for bands like ABBA, there is a problem with the system. When you have Run D.M.C. and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in the hall of fame, but "rock 'n' roll" acts like Alice Cooper and Rush are not even nominated, there is a problem with the system. Now don't get me wrong, all the artists on this year's inductee list are talented, but the fact that ABBA has never had a successful album in the US and Kiss has had more gold albums than any other band, besides The Beatles, and ABBA gets in over Kiss shows that there is a problem with the system. They either have to change the voting criteria or change the name of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame to just the Music Hall of Fame.
Now there are some inductees this year that deserve their place in the hall of fame and first on that list is Genesis. They are one of the pioneers of Progressive Rock (Prog Rock) and went from an underground art band in the early 1970s to a powerhouse singles pumping machine in the 1980s and 90s. Switching from front-man Peter Gabriel to Phil Collins only made the band stronger and their amazing 2007 arena reunion tour showed how timeless their music is.
The Hollies were a key member in the British Invasion. Songs like "Bus Stop" and "On A Carousel" were big hits for the band in the 60's. Even after singer/songwriter Graham Nash left the band to join Crosby, Stills & Nash; The Hollies motored on with "Long Cool Woman in a Back Dress" and one of the 1970's anthem "He Ain't Heavy, He's My Brother". The band also had 21 consecutive Top 20 UK hits through 1970.
The Stooges are one of the pioneers of what would become "punk" music. Their three albums were landmark and their live shows and energy became legendary. Front-man Iggy Pop supplied the voice for such songs as "I Wanna Be Your Dog" and "1969".
Bob Marley broke down the barrier between reggae and rock, but it was Jimmy Cliff who created the ultimate reggae album, "The Harder They Come". Jimmy Cliff was the first international reggae star to bring this style of music to the masses. He paved the way for legends like Bob Marley and Toots and the Maytals and very much deserves his place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
So hopefully, future Rock and Roll Hall of Fame classes actually include "rock 'n' roll" performers. Remember the bands that paved the way for the musicians of today. Don't forget to check out this year's show on Monday, March 15th at 8:30PM on the Fuse channel.