Inside Rock
Inside Rock
Oct 16, 2020
Cleveland Rocks (S1-E1)
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Cleveland Rocks (S1-E1)

INSIDE ROCK launches with insights to those performers who have made the cut for induction into the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame, and those who haven't.  Interesting backstories, early inductees, obvious choices, recent snubs, and the confusion around voting criteria.

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First song released a minimum of 25 years prior to being nominated.
The Rock Hall says induction decision based on the performer’s contribution to the industry, not popularity or album sales.

2020 Inductees

First Inductees: 1986

The JabberGuys discuss ‘Glam-Rock’

Who isn’t in? (as of 2020)

The Commodores and Lionel Richie
Biggest Hit: “Three Times a Lady”
Based on their global popularity, nicknamed “the Black Beatles”

First Music Video on MTV: “Video Killed the Radio Star” (Buggles)

Pat Benetar
Second video on MTV: "You Better Run"
2 multi-Platinum albums
5 platinum albums
3 gold albums
15 Top 40 singles
4 consecutive Grammy wins in the Best Female Rock Vocal Performance

Name refers to “devolution” of humankind due to technology
Original videos of disturbing images were shown during concerts to underscore their philosophy  

Warren Zevon
ligible for 26 years.
One of his most popular songs: "Werewolves of London"

The Guess Who
Most successful Canadian rock group of the late 60s and early 70s
Burton Cummings – lead vocal, went on to a successful solo career
Randy Bachman, went on to form BTO
'American Woman' reached No. 9 on the Billboard Pop Albums chart,  only Guess Who album to reach Top 10.

B 52's
Most popular song: 'Rock Lobster'
The debut single, Rock Lobster only sold 20,000  in 1978.

The Carpenters
Richard Carpenter was the writer and recognized as being a pioneer of the love ballad in popular culture.
Popular song: "Close to You"

The Monkees
Members: Michael Nesmith, Peter Tork, Micky Dolenz, Davy Jones
The Monkees actual first hit was not by Jones, it was Mickey Dolenz with
'Last Train to Clarksville'
Jimi Hendrix opens for the Monkees:  1967

Eligible since 2005

Thin Lizzy
Eligible since 1996 (1 nomination)
Popular song: "The Boys are Back in Town"

Nominated most times without being inducted
By 2017, nominated 11 times

Weird Al  Yankovic
Cha makes a case for Weird Al, but alas, 3 thumbs down

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