I give you the 2019 edition of MisplacedStraws Rock Hall Snubs:
3 – Pat Benatar
Eligible Since – 2004
I actually read an article recently that asked someone to explain exactly what the difference is in the careers of Pat Benatar and Joan Jett that would allow Jett to be in while Benatar has never been nominated. The question is perfectly valid, especially when you consider that Pat Benatar has arguably had the bigger solo career. Both are well deserving of induction but Benatar is long overdue.
This year saw the induction of The Zombies, although a great band and well deserving of the honor, did the Zombies really have more of an impact on Rock N’ Roll than Jethro Tull? The band is celebrating it’s 50th Anniversary and still packs a crowd. Jethro Tull have never been nominated.
There are many bands in the Hall that shone brightly for a short period of time but left a lasting impact, The Zombies, The Sex Pistols, Buffalo Springfield to name a few. The Dolls influenced everyone that heard them. Their Todd Rundgren produced debut record is still the template for sleazy, guitar driven rock that gets anyone up and dancing. The New York Dolls were nominated once in 2001.
There’s no need to go into the stunning success Ozzy has had as a solo artist, or the incredible list of guitar players that have started in his band. Whether you’re talking sales or influence as the main criteria Ozzy meets it. Plus, he just returned to the Top 10 with his collaboration with Post Malone. Despite all of his achievements, Ozzy Osbourne has never even been nominated for induction as a solo artist.
In the 80’s metal bands had Motley Crue as a template while pop bands had Duran Duran. They ruled MTV and radio with hit after hit. Simon LeBon and John Taylor were on hand at the 2019 induction to introduce Roxy Music and the crowd reaction proved that this is a band who belongs on that stage for their own induction. Duran Duran has never been nominated.
9 – Dio
Eligible Since – 2007*
There’s an * for the reason that Ronnie James Dio could easily be inducted multiple times. He should have been inducted with Black Sabbath in 2006 but the Hall caved into pressure from Sharon Osbourne, he should be inducted with Ritchie Blackmore in Rainbow (eligible since 2000) or with his band Dio. He is widely considered one of the greatest singers and frontmen in rock history. Ronnie James Dio may be the perfect candidate (along with Todd Rundgren) for the Award For Musical Excellence which would induct him for all of his work as opposed to a single band. Dio has never been nominated.
10 – Oasis
Eligible Since – 2019
Normally I’m not big on a band being inducted in its first year when there are so many still waiting, but it’s Oasis! Arguably the biggest band in the world in the 90’s their legend has only grown. Oasis created the Brit Pop sound and did it better than anyone else. The influence of this band is still so great that after the Manchester concert bombing in 2017 “Don’t Look Back in Anger”, from their 1996 release (What’s The Story) Morning Glory, became the unofficial anthem of the city and helped it begin to heal.
So there you have it, 10 bands that are all deserving of induction into the Rock N’ Roll Hall of Fame. This is by no means an exhaustive list, honorable mention to bands like The Black Crows, Motorhead, Soundgarden, Foreigner and many others.
Ian Hunter…David Bowie tells us at the Freddie Mercury concert at Wembly that Hunter was one of the most infleuntial artists of the 70's.