Thursday, October 9, 2014


By: Connor Glowacki

Punk-rockers Green Day are one of 15 nominees for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class
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Stevie Ray Vaughn released his first album,
Texas Flood, back in 1983.
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      Fifteen acts were nominated on October 9th for induction into the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class. Seven of the 15 acts are newcomers, which include punk rock band Green Day, rock band Nine Inch Nails, legendary west coast rap group N.W.A., rock band The Smiths, guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughn, soul singer Bill Withers, and singer-songwriter Sting.
     In order for a music act to be eligible for nomination, it had to release its first recording 25 years earlier. In this case, the first recordings had to be released in 1989 or earlier. Nine Inch Nails' first album, 'Pretty Hate Machine' and Green Day's first extended play, '1000 Hours', were both released in 1989. However, acts like Bill Withers and Stevie Ray Vaughn have been added as nominees by the Hall of Fame nomination committee, even though they released material well before 1989.

Los Angeles hip hop collective, N.W.A.,
is best known for its 1988 debut album,
'Straight Outta Compton'.
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Others acts that are on the ballot this year include Joan Jett and the Heartbreakers, Lou Reed, The Spinners, ChicKraftwerk, The Marvelettes, War, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band.

Joel Peresman, the head of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame foundation, said in a statement, "This eclectric group of 2015 nominees represent the myriad places where rock and roll converges with blues, electronic, dance, motown, R&B, funk, and other genres. Rock and Roll incorporates the styles of so many different kinds of music and that's what what makes this group of nominees, and this art form, so powerful and unique."

Every year when the list of nominees and inductees are released, some acts are inevitably left off the ballot. This creates a wide amount of controversy among music fans throughout the world.

Here is a list of notable acts that have not been inducted and are NOT on the 2015 nomination list.

*The Cure (English rock band. Eligible since 2004. 13 released studio albums. Best known for their 1987 album, 'Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me' and hit singles like 1987's 'Just Like Heaven', 1989's, 'Lovesong', and 1992's 'Friday, I'm In Love'.)
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*Joy Division (British post-punk band. Eligible since 2004. Two released studio albums: 1979's 'Unknown Pleasures' and  1980's 'Closer'. Most famous for 1980's hit singles 'Love Will Tear Us Apart' and 'Atmosphere'.)

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*Bon Jovi (American rock band. Eligible since 2009. 13 released studio albums. Most famous for albums, such as 1986's 'Slippery When Wet', 1988's 'New Jersey', 1992's 'Keep The Faith', and 2000's 'Crush'. Have sold more than 130 million records worldwide. Hit singles include 1986's 'You Give Love A Bad Name' and 'Living On A Prayer', 1987's 'Wanted Dead or Alive', 1988's 'Bad Medicine, 1993's 'Bed of Roses', and 1994's 'Always'.

Lead singer Jon Bon Jovi.
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*Journey (American rock band. Eligible since 2000. 14 released studio albums. Most famous studio albums include 1981's 'Escape', 1983's 'Frontiers' and 1986's 'Raised on the Radio'. Have sold more than 75 million records worldwide. Hit singles include 1980's 'Any Way You Want It', 1981's 'Don't Stop Believing', 1982's 'Open Arms', and 1983's 'Faithfully'.

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*Joan Baez (American folk singer-songwriter. Eligible since 1985. 24 released studio albums. Known for her covers of The Band's 'The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down' and The Beatles' 'Let It Be'. Both of these covers were top 50 hits for Baez in the United States. Performed publicly for 55 years and incorporated various social and topical issues into her recordings.
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*Deep Purple (English rock band. Eligible since 2003. 19 released studio albums. Most famous albums include 1972's 'Machine Head' and 1973's 'Who Do We Think We Are'. Their biggest hit single, to this day, is 1973's 'Smoke On The Water'. Along with Black Sabbath and Led Zeppelin, have been referred to as the 'unholy trinity of British hard rock and heavy metal in the early to mid-Seventies'.
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*Kate Bush (English singer-songwriter. Eligible since 2003. 10 released studio albums. Most famous albums include 1985's 'Hounds of Love' and 1989's 'The Sensual World'. Known best for hit singles, such as 1978's 'Wuthering Heights' and 1985's 'Running Up That Hill'.

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*Iron Maiden (English heavy metal band. Eligible since 2005. 15 released studio albums. Most famous albums include 1982's 'The Number of the Beast' and 1983's 'Peace of Mind'. Overall, the band have reputedly sold between 80 and 100 million records worldwide.
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*Depeche Mode (English electronic music group. Eligible since 2006. 13 released studio albums. Most famous albums include 1990's 'Violator' and 1993's 'Songs of Faith and Devotion'. Known best for hit singles, such as 1984's 'People Are People and 1989's 'Personal Jesus'. Most recently in 2009, their album 'Sounds of the Universe' was nominated for Best Alternative Album at the Grammy Awards.

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The 2014 class contained Nirvana, KISS, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens, Linda Ronstadt, and The E Street Band.

Who do you think should be inducted, among the 15 nominees, into the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class?

And which acts, still NOT in the hall, should be inducted?

Leave a comment below or tweet me your comment @ConnorGlowacki.


  1. This seems like a good mix of music styles and genres. I love Deep Purple!

    1. I'm a big Deep Purple fan as well and am shocked they haven't made it in yet. I'm more surprised honestly by the exclusion of Bon Jovi and Journey. Say what you want about those bands, but they were among the biggest and most commercially successful bands of the 1980s.