Weak Rock and Roll Hall list this year

I don’t know about you but this is one of the weaker crops of inductees in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Rock Hall’s 2015 class includes the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Green Day, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Lou Reed, Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble [SRV] and Bill Withers, all in the performer category.

Ringo Starr got in as part of The Award for Musical Excellence category. He didn’t have a huge solo career. Probably the reason not listed in the Performer category.

Green Day is probably the best known of the group, cradling between post-punk, rock and pop. [Can you be a post-punk group and release singles?] They helped in the “modern” punk era.

SRV had a short career. Very promising with plenty of push from David Bowie, Jackson Browne and Eric Clapton, but died in a crash in 1990 at a young age. Had he lived, he would have had a great career.

Lou Reed was inventive and creative with the Velvet Underground and later as a solo artist [the reason he was inducted]. The fact that he died after last year’s inductee nominations makes me think that he got in partially to honor him.

Joan Jet advanced the career of women in hard rock but that was mostly in the earlier part of her career. Her output [other than compilations and re-issues] has been less than stellar for some time.

Paul Butterfield Blues Band was basically before my time and the only thing I’ve seen or heard from him is footage from the Woodstock in 1969 movie. But since it took him this long, I suspect he got in partially because of the weaker field.

That leaves Bill Withers who had a few hits with a single number one hit [“Still Bill”] and a string of albums in the 1970s and one in 1985. Also I suspect he got in because of the weaker field.

But there are plenty of artists who could have been in but still haven’t. Nine Inch Nails, Sting, Marillion, Def Leppard, Yes,…

It is worthy to note that SRV received about 31% in the fan vote. Nine Inch Nails received 22% [but didn’t get in]. The percentages drop off quite fast after them. The fan vote probably has limited power in the final vote but still indicates the [at least] popularity of the artist.


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