2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

Longtime readers know that I have a particular interest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year, despite being appalled at the performers who still aren’t in the hall. The nominees for the 2015 induction class have been announced, and while there are some good choices, it’s still amazing to me the bands who aren’t given a chance to get in after far too long.

The nominees are: Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A, the Smiths, Lou Reed, Sting, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan, War and Bill Withers.

Some of theses seem obvious to me. Joan Jett should have been in the hall years ago. Stevie Ray Vaughan too. Sting and Lou Reed are already in the hall as part of other bands (the Police and the Velvet Underground, respectively), but I’d put Sting in as a solo act for an incredible body of work over the last 30 years. Green Day and Nine Inch Nails? Hell no. Maybe someday, but certainly not now. Putting those bands in the hall while Deep Purple and Yes aren’t even getting a nomination at this point is a travesty.

I don’t know if I’d put Chic in there, but I might vote for Nile Rodgers for his work with that band and for his producing for everyone from David Bowie to Madonna to INXS to Steve Winwood. And I’ll probably vote to put the Spinners and N.W.A. in there as well. Your choices?

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  • Michael Heath

    Yes to these nominees:

    Stevie Ray Vaughn (no-brainer)

    Sting (for same reason Ed argues plus his live performances)

    Kraftwerk (for their influence)

    No to these nominees:

    Green Day, Nine Inch Nails, Lou Reed, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, War, and Bill Withers.

    I think Green Day is capable of deserving it someday. I think the criticism against them being too pop isn’t credible for the same reason it wasn’t credible criticizing the Beatles or Stones for largely aping their predecessors.

    I have some Bill Withers songs that blow me away. But like Joan Jett, his notable body of work approaches a mere handful of songs.

    Not literate enough to judge Yes or No:



    The Smiths

  • themadtapper

    Vaughan isn’t in there yet? And neither is Deep Purple? You’re right, that is a travesty. And Sting definitely should be too, especially if the Police already are. Sting’s solo work outstrips his days with the Police in every way.

  • AnatomyProf

    Green Day wouldn’t be my first choice of semi-modern punk band to induct into the Hall of Fame, but you are off the mark to reject them. They have a had a long, productive career with a quality level higher than most bands producing that number of albums. Also, to remain relevant the Hall needs to pick something to appeal to younger (but not young) people. Nine inch Nails does not have the body if work or the degree of influence Green Day has (e.g. American Idiot the Musical, tens of punk pop bands). They have not yet had the long career of Sting, and may not be access able to as many generations as SRV, but they have been important to Rock, hugely so.

  • vicvanity

    Or Ronnie James Dio how is he not in already ?

  • http://cycleninja.blogspot.com cycleninja

    Green Day are not deserving of nomination, let alone induction. NIN, yes–put them in.

    Now, to whom do I speak about getting The Cars inducted? Or Jeff Lynne of E.L.O. as a producer? Their body of work is fantastic.

  • Al Dente

    Joan Jett and the Blackhearts or Deep Purple aren’t in? The mind boggles.

  • AnatomyProf

    While not as convincing as a listen to their body of work (general quality and consistency surpassing most other nominees), consider the Guitar Hero and Rock Band video games.

    A number of artists have their own game:



    The Beatles

    Green Day


    Van Halen

    Green Day is the only one that is not already inducted. Too soon? Maybe. Not influential enough, hardly. Tastes may vary (I think the Cars are horrible, but I also detest Steely Dan, a band that deserved its induction). Influence is a measurable quantity.

  • postwaste

    Warren Zevon is left off again.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_R2XG9CnOj8 Olav


    Longtime readers know that I have a particular interest in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame every year, despite being appalled at the performers who still aren’t in the hall.

    Perhaps they aren’t in it because more people are appalled with them 😉

    That aside, I still don’t understand the fascination. What should it matter if some musician is on some stupid list or not. I gather this “Hall of Fame” is entirely a commercial enterprise. So probably any nomination is not purely for artistic reasons.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    The “Rock and Roll” “Hall” of “Fame” is dead to me on account of them snubbing Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem.

  • Jack Krebs

    I don’t know anything about the Rock and Roll hall of fame, but the Butterfield Blues band with Michael Bloomfield is one of my favorite old bands, so I’d vote for them!

  • Al Dente

    Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem

    Animal needs to be recognized as the R&R icon he is.

  • http://raisinghellions.wordpress.com/ Lou Doench

    Sigh… no Jethro Tull once again. And I already foresee the snub list getting longer as whoever makes these decisions is forced to consider the explosion of women in alternative and modern rock in the 90’s. Considering how long Joan Jett has waited can you imagine how long it will take to induct groundbreaking artists like Tracy Chapman, Tori Amos, Liz Phair or Suzanne Vega?

  • dhall

    The Moody Blues are being snubbed again too………….

  • sugarfrosted

    @7 AC/DC has their own version of rock band? They only have one song. The awful one.

    (At one point I liked AC/DC, now they’re a band I change channels for. One the least creative repetitive bands in the history of music.)

    Wait, they’re Seriously in it? but not deep purple? Bwahaha. Not taking this seriously ever now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KacyRay kacyray

    Gotta disagree with you on Withers, Heath. I don’t think you realize how impressive his pedigree really is.

    Just the Two of Us

    Use Me

    Lovely Day

    Ain’t No Sunshine

    Grandma’s Hands

    Soul Shadows

    And those are just the “radio hits” that are routinely covered by everyone and their brother, used for TV ads, and ripped off for hip-hop tunes. He has a huge list of songs that are every bit as good, just weren’t as popular (I suspect because they were not released as singles back when that pretty much determined what an artist’s “hits” would be).

    Oh, and how about that little gem called “Lean On Me”?

    If anyone here hasn’t listened to Bill Withers before, I envy you… discovering his music was a kind of euphoria.

    Certainly more relevant than Joan Jett. I Love Rock and Roll was about the only thing she ever did worth listening to (Although her version of Bad Reputation is fun to hear during the opening credits of Freaks and Geeks).

    Deep Purple belongs in. That’s the most significant omission from the nominee list since Rush.

  • ricko

    The Smiths.

    There are others I’d put in, but The Smiths have at least as good a career as The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=513405942 matthewheath

    That the Smiths, Chic and Kraftwerk aren’t already in is enough to discredit the place.

  • wildbill

    No question:

    Lou Reed, he should have gone in long before he died (Shame on the hall),

    Kraftwerk, Stevie Ray Vaughn (don’t understand why either are not in already)

    marvalettes, Spinners, Chic, or War (but I doubt any of these get in if it is just popular vote).

    Joan Jett,

    Not sure:

    Paul Butterfield, I know his rep, but not familiar enough with his own work to say (I’ve probably heard more of whis work with others)

    The smiths, this one is a close call, what they did put out was very good, but . . . wish there was more than only 4 albums (and at times Morrissey annoys me)

    Sting haven’t listened to much of his solo work to say,

    Bill Withers, is there enough there to really warrant his inclusion (I do like some of his songs)

    NWA, again I know their rep, but really haven’t heard anything


    Green day, don’t get this one, I’ve one CD and its ok (has one song I really like)

    Nine Inch Nails

    The glaring omission for me is Roxy Music (I could also add RIchard Thompson, Fairport Convention, but they have no chance)

    Though I’m not a big fan I do agree Deep Purple should be in there, they should have gone in before Rush (who I don’t think belong), I could sort of also agree on yes (definitely should have gone in before genesis).

  • tuibguy

    Doc Neeson died this year. No one in the States noticed because the Angels didn’t catch here. But tell any Aussie the Angels don’t belong and they will rightly cut you.

  • deityfree

    IMO the R&RHOF really should change its name to the Pop Music HOF. Then their strange list of nominees over the years might make some sense

    Green Day , the Smiths, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, the Spinners, Stevie Ray Vaughan and War are rock and roll. All great artists, but all pale in comparison to the mighty Deep Purple!!

    The Marvelettes are borderline early rock and roll – maybe OK. I suppose you could argue NIN too… Great artists anyway

    Sting, Bill Withers, N.W.A, Kraftwerk, Lou Reed and Chic – all great artists/bands, but NOT rock and roll.

    IMO of course…

  • http://onhandcomments.blogspot.com/ left0ver1under

    My choice? A fan designed music hall of fame with well defined criteria or categories, and not beholden to the greed of record companies.

  • gardengnome

    I can’t take it seriously if Deep Purple are omitted.

  • davehooke

    Lou Reed is an iconic musician. Must be in.

    The Smiths were so influential and should be in already. I guess there is a lot of American bias.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    What, no Bieber? Robbery!

  • davefitz

    My only beef is with Green Day. Nothing really against them, but you can’t put them in before Bad Religion.

  • http://www.facebook.com/KacyRay kacyray

    Though I’m not a big fan I do agree Deep Purple should be in there, they should have gone in before Rush (who I don’t think belong)

    24 gold records, 14 platinum record (3 multi-platinum), placing them 3rd all-time behind the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, 40 million record sales worldwide putting them at 79th among all recording acts ever, a career that spans over 40 years, 2 of the 3 band members listed as #1 best at their respective instrument on ranker, and they’re still rocking today.

    But they don’ belong in? Really? Why, because you don’t like their music?

  • http://www.facebook.com/chris.rhetts Chris Rhetts

    Regardless of what anyone thinks of their music, The Monkees should have been inducted a long time ago. Their impact on rock was huge, not to mention the fact that they virtually manufactured hit albums. Sure, they were controversial, and lots of people never considered them a “real” band. But I think that’s bullshit.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001548104064 jimatkins

    Gotta put in a word for King Crimson here. Heavy metal for those with a 140 IQ was a good short description. Robert Fripp’s guitar work on Bowie’s Heroes and Eno’s St. Elmo’s Fire is masterful, and you haven’t lived unless you’ve seen them live. Best guitarist I ever heard.

  • Dave Maier

    +1 for Fripp/Crimson, Roxy Music, and Richard Thompson. Brian Eno too, but I’m not expecting that.

    jimatkins: I saw Crimson in 1981 (Discipline tour) and it was one of the greatest shows I’ve ever seen. Bruford was incredible, enough said!

  • thecalmone

    What happened to Deep Purple? Why aren’t they in there?

  • caseloweraz

    I don’t follow the R&RHoF at all. To me the selection criteria seem… irregular. Graham Nash was inducted for CS&N in 1997; for The Hollies, not until 2010. Sammy Strain got in with the O’Jays in 2005; his induction for Little Anthony and the Imperials was not until 2009. The times seem out of joint.

    But I must admit that the building, designed by I. M. Pei, is distinctive.

    By the way: Considering a recent posting here, readers may be interested in a video of Carrie Underwood on 2014 inductee Linda Ronstadt.