The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a Joke

KISS, the band spawned from the 1970’s that forever influenced the next several generations of Rock ‘n’ Roll and Heavy Metal, is easily one of the most recognizable and iconic groups of all time and arguably the greatest rock band to have ever existed; among many of us music geeks, Kiss is considered gods among rockers, and why not? They were essentially the embodiment of “Sex, Drugs, and Rock ‘n’ Roll” from the 1970’s forward. With countless immortal hits including God of Thunder, Detroit Rock City, and Rock and Roll All Night, as well as excellent stage shows filled with fire breathing, explosions, and Simmons’ classic bleeding tongue, who can dispute their clear impact within the world of Rock? Well, apparently the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame can, because even after over thirty-five years of Rock deliverance, Kiss has yet to be inducted into the Hall of Fame. Can anybody see anything wrong with this picture, or is it just me?

This isn’t one of those cases where you see the music nerd complaining about their favorite underground band from the 1980’s not being more popular or making it into the Hall of Fame; this isn’t even a one-sided or debatable stance. Not a single person on the planet can deny the impact Kiss has had on Rock ‘n’ Roll, or the fact that they hold an important place in the history of music. Sure, you can say that they are not the greatest band in the world, or that they’re not nearly as talented as other bands that also deserve to make it in the Hall of Fame, but that really comes down to a matter of opinion, and liking the band. However, even if they aren’t as great as everybody makes them out to be, they still hold a great piece of history and that cannot be argued.

And Kiss is not the only band to be cheated out of recognition in the Hall of Fame. Other great bands that have forever influenced the Rock world, such as Yes, Rush, and Judas Priest, have also been neglected to be included. If Madonna and Metallica can make it into the Hall of Fame before Kiss, then you know there is something wrong with the workings of the Hall, which raises the question of whether or not anything in the museum is valid as being part of a true “Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.” Frontman Paul Stanley even had something interesting, yet so true, to say about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame during an interview with

“The beauty of America is that you can basically start any kind of private club you want to. This one happens to be called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s a very impressive name for a club but it’s an illusion. It’s the creation of a group of industry people and critics who decide who they deem as qualified to be in their little admiration society. It’s their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but it’s not the people’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Have you ever voted? I know I haven’t. That’s why the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, besides having people who very much belong in there, have an abundance of people who most people will scratch their head and not even have a clue who they are. I don’t have anything against anybody who’s been inducted, but more than a couple of them are a joke. A band or musician’s impact is measured by how they change and influence society and other musicians. That and how many albums and concert tickets they sell should be what gets them into the Hall of Fame. As far as I’m concerned it’s a private club with a misleading name. It’s a sham.”

And yes, now we reach the height of this little rant of mine: the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not to be taken seriously, and their methods are a joke. Sure, many influential artists have been rightfully inducted, and I bet they have a helluva setup in that museum, however the way things are done by a single closed-committee of people that think they have authority over these kinds of decisions leaves little for interpretation; this Hall of Fame is nothing more than a group of amateurs telling the world what they think is good, rather than listening to what the world thinks is good, yet this museum happens to have a lot of money to make their decisions appear validated.

Now, I’m not going to pretend I have authority over these kind of decisions either, so I’m going to open it up to my tiny group of followers. If you had to arrange a Top 5 list of Rock bands that should be recognized for their achievements and impact on the world of Rock ‘n’ Roll, but haven’t due to the illegitimate workings of the “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame”, who would be in it? Personally, mine would look a little something like this:

5. Dream Theater

4. Misfits

3. Judas Priest

2. Rush

1. Kiss

But of course, I’m just as biased as the current Hall of Fame, which is why I’m interested in your opinion. What is your Top 5 Rock bands that have yet to be recognized for their contributions to  Rock ‘n’ Roll? If you aren’t aware of who is currently in and not in the Hall of Fame, here’s the complete list of inductees. Go!