Jason’s Jukebox: Rock n Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2017 Nominations

It’s that time of year, time to analyze the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame’s Nominee list and unveil my picks. This year, we have a whopping 19 performers, some of which have been nominated for the first time. Of these, only 5 will be inducted.  Let’s get started. Note: performers in orange are my picks.


1. Bad Brains: Some of these nominees were chosen not because of popularity, but because of influence. Bad Brains is one of those chosen because of their influence.  If you are a fan of bands like Smashing Pumpkins, Black Flag, or Dead Kennedys, chances are they were influenced by Bad Brains. Notable songs and albums:“Banned in DC”, I Against I


2. The Cars: This band started in the late 70’s, and was a big hit on both the rock and new wave scenes throughout the 70’s and 80’s. They were one of the first performers who used MTV to promote their music. Notable songs: <“Let the Good Times Roll”, “You Might Think”

3. Chaka Khan: This disco performer was in a funk band Rufus before breaking off into her own act. She appeared in the movie “Blues Brothers”, and her music has been sampled by many hip-hop acts. Whitney Houston covered her song “I’m Every Woman” for The Bodyguard’s soundtrack. Notable songs: “I Feel For You”, “Ain’t Nobobdy”, “I’m Every Woman”
4. Chic: This disco act dominated the genre in the 70’s. One of the members, Nile Rodgers, later became a producer and produced albums for David Bowie, INXS, and Duran Duran (does that sound rock enough for you, snobs?). Their song “Good Times” was sampled in the very first rap song ever, “Rappers’ Delight”, by the Sugarhill Gang. Notable songs: “Le Freak”, “Good Times”


5. Depeche Mode: One of the most prominent New Wave acts, and one of the few New Wave acts to thrive past the 90’s. Notable songs and albums: “People Are People”, Music For the Masses, “Personal Jesus”


6. Electric Light Orchestra: Formed in the 1970’s by Jeff Lynne, this band was one of the innovators of the “progressive rock” movement, along with Yes, Rush, and Pink Floyd. Notable albums: Out of the Blue, El Dorado

jgeils6. J. Geils Band One of the premiere rock bands of the 80’s and one of the earliest stars of MTV’s golden age. It should be noted that J. Geils is the lead guitarist, not the lead singer. The lead singer is Peter Wolfe, who had a solo career of his own after the band split. Notable songs: “Freeze Frame”, “Love Stinks”, “Centerfold”

7. Jane’s Addiction: One of the most controversial acts of the 90’s. When their cover for Ritual de lo Habitual got pulled from record stores for its shocking cover, they re-released it, replacing the offending image with a copy of the First Amendment. Perry Farrell, the lead singer, was the founder of the Lollapalooza Music Festival, which showcased many performers of the 90’s alternative scene. He also formed another band called Porno For Pyros. Notable albums and songs: Ritual de lo Habitual, Jane Says”


8. Janet Jackson: Michael Jackson’s sister finally gets her chance in the spotlight. Janet didn’t make her music just like Michael’s. She was a bad girl, maybe not as bad as Joan Jett, but she was not someone to take lightly. Her album Rhythm Nation was one of the best-selling albums in the 80’s. Let’s forgive her for that infamous “wardrobe malfunction”. I’m sure she’s learned from that mistake. Notable albums and songs: Rhythm Nation, “Nasty”

9. Journey: Journey was one of the premiere groups of the 80’s rock scene. Journey has had a bit of a revolving door with its lineup. In fact, Steve Perry, their most popular lead singer, was actually the second lead singer in the band’s history. (If you listen to Greg Rollie’s era as leader, it’s markedly different from when Steve Perry eventually took over) Even if Steve Perry doesn’t actually show up, I see no reason to not induct them. Notable songs and albums: “Don’t Stop Believing”, Raised on Radio Escape


10. Joan Baez: A contemporary of Bob Dylan (and occasional lover as well), and an originator of the folk rock scene of the 60’s. Notable songs: “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down”, “Wildwood Flower”


11. Joe Tex: A pioneer of the Southern Soul genre. He made the first Southern Soul record, and was an early influence on hip-hop, with his preacher-like delivery. Notable songs: “I Gotcha”, “The Love You Save” “Ain’t Gonna Bump No More”

kraftwerk12. Kraftwerk: This German quartet was the founder of the electronica genre, an influence on New Wave, alternative music, rap, and even today’s dubstep. Many of their songs were sampled by early rappers. Notable songs: “Autobahn”, “Trans Europe Express”


14. MC5: The name stood for Motor City 5, and they were yet another band from the prosperous Detroit, home of the Motown sound. But this band was nothing like Motown. They were loud, fast, and paved the way for the Punk Rock scene. Notable songs: “Kick Out the Jams”, “Looking At You”


15. Pearl Jam: Like Nirvana, Pearl Jam was one of the premiere acts of the Seattle grunge movement. They made headlines for their refusal to make videos for MTV after they released their debut album Ten, and for their refusal to use Ticketmaster. Notable songs and albums: Ten, Vitalogy, “Evenflow”


16. Steppenwolf: Led by John Jay, this blues-rock band coined the phrase “Heavy Metal”, leading to the creation of a whole new genre. Their song “Born to Be Wild” became the anthem for biker gangs everywhere. Notable songs: “Born to Be Wild”, “The Pusher”, “Magic Carpet Ride”


17. Tupac Shakur–The late Tupac Shakur’s impact is still felt on the rap scene. His untimely death did not deter that impact. Notable songs: “California Love”,  “All Eyes on Me”


18. Yes: One of progressive rock’s best and longest-running supergroups, and a definitive representative of the subgenre.  Yes deserves this. They’re one of my favorite prog rock bands, right up there with Rush, (who’s already in) Pink Floyd, and Genesis. (also already in) Chris Squire, who died this year, was one of the best bassists in the business. They’re famous for recording suites that take up a whole side of an album, and have done it even more times than Rush. This induction is long overdue. Notable songs: “Roundabout”, “Owner of a Lonely Heart”


19. The Zombies: An integral part of the psychedelic rock scene, along with Jefferson Airplane.  One of its members, Rod Argent, would go on to form his own band, Argent. Notable songs: “Time of the Season”, “She’s Not There”


Author: rocklobsterjwt

I am a Christian and an anime fan. My blog will cover anime reviews and maybe an occasional story

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