Nirvana, Kiss, Hall & Oates, Linda Ronstadt, Bruce Springsteen’s E Street Band and the singer formerly known as Cat Stevens were among the acts inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Thursday.
But many great bands were left out of the mix.
Musicians become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Beyond that, it’s not clear what exactly the Hall of Fame is looking for in a legend.
Induction criteria “include the influence and significance of the artists’ contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll,” according to the Hall of Fame’s Web site. Unfortunately, there’s often disagreement on who has best perpetuated rock.
These tonsured garage rockers were American serviceman in Germany in the 1960s who anticipated punk’s irreverence.
Gang of Four
These socialist post-punkers took the genre beyond the Sex Pistols in the late 1970s.
Boogie Down Productions
Led by Lawrence Krisna Parker, a.k.a. KRS-One, BDP’s 1987 debut LP “Criminal Minded” paid respect to the South Bronx’s place in hip-hop.
Still Washington, D.C.’s best hardcore band.