It’s obvious to anyone that, while many of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees deserve to be included, there clearly have been artists who have been inducted or excluded due to politics, personal feelings many on the voting committee have towards the artists, and even some inductees who still cause some to scratch their heads as to why they were or not yet inducted.
This year’s inductees included one head scratcher (Green Day), personal (Ringo Starr), and one we really can’t figure out why he’s being inducted (Lou Reed). Was I the only one surprised to learn Reed wasn’t already inducted as a solo artist (his band Velvet Underground were already inducted and some even question why they’re even in there since many critics and fans consider them as overrated as Reed)? I guess death causes people to have a change of heart. Anyway, here’s my take on the 2015 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees and congrats to most!
Overrated, most people feel that way privately, but am surprised he wasn’t already in since most of the voting body is made up of the same jaded baby boomer crowd that feels everything artistically that happened during their generation was better and more important than anything else artistically before and after.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Yes, a supremely underrated guitarist who can play blues one minute then become the most important musician on David Bowie’s most important 80’s album, Let’s Dance.
Yes, far more influential to other female rockers today than any other female rock artist, she was also an important influence on many male rock stars today.
Eh, he’s a Beatle so naturally the baby boomers finally came around to induct his solo career into the Hall of Fame despite the fact that, his solo stuff being good at best, most people can’t name anything he did that was influential to a large group of artists.
I’m indifferent to since I’m only familiar with his hits. I don’t have a problem with him being in the Hall of Fame since his music is a staple of classic R&B stations.
A great band from my generation, I honestly don’t feel they have reached the levels Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Smashing Pumpkins or Soundgarden have. Great songs no doubt but I really don’t hear their influence in today’s music.