The Guess Who would be in long before Alice Cooper if it were up to me.
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I agree about the Guess Who. But I think the biggest travesty is not having Chicago in. Granted they have not reased anything of quality since XI but they should be for their music when Terry Kath and Pete Cetera were with them. I have heard that they have been black-balled due to a comment by them early in their career regarding a music review by some "name" reporter.
I don't pay much attention to the RRHOF (or the Grammys, Emmys, and Oscars). But count me as a big fan of the Guess Who, a creative band in several genres; pop, rock, Canadian-flavored blues. I still enjoy listening to Burton Cummings and the Guess Who. In fact, I've been looking for a copy of "Guess Who #10" for years...can anyone help?
Also enjoy Alice Cooper, at least through "Killer". I think their best guitarist (who joined post-Killer) was Mike Pinera, who should be better known. He also greatly enhanced Iron Butterfly (check out "Metamorphosis") and Blues Image (their "Open" album is still one of my very favorites).
Lastly, I agree that Chicago's single-digit albums were ground-breaking and still remarkable.
Well twist my knickers! Don't know the story of why the Moody Blues are passed over, but they are one of rock's iconic bands, so there's that.
As for the Guess Who, how can they be overlooked? Lots of hits with real hooks, great singer. Maybe this is payback for Burton Cummings solo stuff, specifically that over the top cheeseball "Stand Tall". Just thinking of it makes me feel embarrassed for him.
They really should be in the hall of fame.One of the things that might not help them was the fact that there was so many different members of the Guess Who through the years.
The Guess Who,Rush,and Heart are three that should be in the hall.
Alice Cooper deserves to be in the hall of fame for sure though.He was very innovative.
GB: Agree completely with your second sentence, but as to the first, I think most folks making rock and pop music, at least, know full well they're not worthy of their idols. And to cite the wit and wisdom of the Dictators once again, too many of 'em are just "careering in the industry", or trying to.
A friend of mine emailed exultantly the other day with a news item about how Phil Collins is officially packing it in due to ill health sustained on account of his drumming. My buddy's exact phrase was, "Words cannot describe my hatred for Phil Collins. I hope he dies a slow and painful death". Me, I just can't get that worked up over the guy. (This also gives you some idea about the intellectual maturity of my friends. The man is an architect pushing 50, for crying out loud, but refuses to let go of, or even let mellow, his punk self-identification.) However, Geddy Lee did immediately spring to mind when I thought of what performer I could say that about. Needless to say, neither of them graces my collection or is in my personal HOF. And all my Guess Who is pre-RCA. TEHO...