Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Living Legends

The other day some friends and I went to Cleveland, and were talking about the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. We ended up not going (I had been before), but it got me to thinking about which artists are out there today that have HoF potential. I did a similar exercise a few years back with a cousin of mine around baseball players – which players that we watch today will be in the hall of fame. It was amazing that at the end of it, a lot of players that you might think are locks, say Curt Schilling, may not really be as guaranteed as you think, given the average amount of players inducted per year against statistics and resume. More importantly, it also helped me to appreciate the great active players who I get to see everyday, reminding me to enjoy them while we have them and to respect them for how great their careers have been.

Well, I set out to do the same for music. Following the same method, I started by looking at the current inductees and determining the average amount of inductees per year, which sits at about 7. Then, I started listing bands and determining when they would first be eligible (the rule being 25 years after their first album).

As you can imagine, the list got long and the research cumbersome. A bit of further research with the help of our friend Google pointed me to this site. Amazing – my work was already done!

To augment the list, though, I thought I’d identify those whom I believe to be “locks” – the artists who we are listening to today that someday will be forever enshrined in the hall. Before I go through these, let me stress that this is a list of active bands/artists. There are many other bands that will surely get inducted but are not active, such as Joy Division or Nirvana.

So get out there and see them before it is too late!

Eligible already but not yet inducted (year eligible)
1. Jethro Tull (1993)
2. Leonard Cohen (1993)
3. Yes (1994)
4. Lou Reed (solo) (1997)
5. Tom Waits (1998)
6. Tina Turner (1998)
7. New York Dolls (1998)
8. Brian Eno (1999)
9. Patti Smith (2000)
10. John Mellencamp (2001)
11. Peter Gabriel (solo) (2002)
12. Iggy Pop (2002)
13. Van Halen (2003)
14. The Cure (2003)
15. Ozzy Osbourne (2005)

Eligible in 2006
16. Depeche Mode
17. New Order
18. Phil Collins

Eligible in 2007
19. Beastie Boys
20. Madonna
21. REM
22. Sonic Youth

Eligible in 2008
23. Metallica

Eligible in 2009
24. Bon Jovi
25. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Eligible in 2010
26. The Flaming Lips

Eligible in 2011
27. Guns N’ Roses

Eligible in 2012
28. Jane’s Addiction
29. Pixies (semi-active)
30. Soundgarden (Chris Cornell in Audioslave)
31. Sinead O’Connor

Eligible in 2013
32. Massive Attack
33. Fugazi

Eligible in 2014
34. Green Day
35. Nine Inch Nails
36. Smashing Pumpkins (reuniting…)

Eligible in 2016
37. Pearl Jam
38. Tori Amos
39. PJ Harvey

Eligible in 2017
40. Beck
41. Radiohead
42. Rage Against The Machine (3 members in Audioslave)

Eligible in 2018
43. Bjork
44. Dave Matthews Band


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