Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2019 inductees announced

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The list of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees for 2019 has been announced and it’s a mixed bag of warranted and what the… So let’s rank them.

It’s 2018 and opinion is more important than fact, apparently, so I’m going to rank the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees and discuss their contributions to music. Feel free to discredit me in the comments and give your opinions – we all have a hole in our backside and we all have an opinion. So here goes.

Radiohead – Radiohead are the single most important act in music since the ‘90s in my opinion, hence their number one status on my list. The band kicked off their career with the sometimes dazzling, sometimes turgid Pablo Honey but thereafter went on a run of albums across 12 years that was peerless.

TORONTO, ON-.Radiohead for Ben Rayner review. Thom Yorke  lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards. Jonny Greenwood  guitar,. July 19, 2018.TORONTO, ON-.Radiohead for Ben Rayner review. Thom Yorke lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards. Jonny Greenwood guitar,. July 19, 2018.

While many of us were busying ourselves with whether Liam would knock out Damon, Radiohead rewrote the rulebook on what can be expected from a seminal rock act, knocking out the Bends in 1995 and OK Computer in 1997 instead.

Then in 2000, they discarded that book and made Kid A – an electronic masterpiece. Subsequently, the brilliant Amnesiac, the varied Hail to the Thief and the sublime In Rainbows followed to complete their purple patch and mark them out as the most important band since the Smiths. Efforts after In Rainbows have become increasingly harder to like but that 6 studio album run is enough to rival anybody's.

Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Rik Kenton, Roxy Music posed group shot at the Royal College Of Art in London on July 5 1972Andy Mackay, Paul Thompson, Bryan Ferry, Brian Eno, Phil Manzanera, Rik Kenton, Roxy Music posed group shot at the Royal College Of Art in London on July 5 1972

Roxy Music – A fine band with a fine back catalogue that could boast not just Bryan Ferry but Brian Eno among their ranks. Songs as varied as Love is the Drug and Avalon, Street Life and Dance Away represent why Roxy Music were so influential. A warranted inductee and a warranted second on my list.

The Cure – I like the Cure. They’re good. I’m not as head-over-heels as some are about them but I can certainly see the quality of their songs and albums, along with the huge influence they had on the goth movement, as reasons for the entry into the Hall of Fame. And Boys Don’t Cry is one of few songs I could hear on repeat and not get bored of.

(EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE)  Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during the  iHeartRadio Music Festival  at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.(EDITORIAL USE ONLY, NO COMMERCIAL USE) Stevie Nicks of Fleetwood Mac performs onstage during the iHeartRadio Music Festival at T-Mobile Arena on September 21, 2018 in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Stevie Nicks – This is a difficult one. Her contributions to Fleetwood Mac alone could put her in but do we then add Joe Strummer as well as the Clash? Edge of Seventeen is a cracking song but, beyond it, I’m not a fan of the solo stuff. Maybe inducting seven acts is overzealous.

Def Leppard – OK., I’ll probably get some stick from hair metal lovers but they’re absolutely non-descript outside of Pour Some Sugar on Me. I get why they’re in though.

The Zombies – I’m not sure why the psychedelic movement also-rans are here at all. I went through a period of not minding some of their stuff but I can’t see how they could be in a Hall of Fame at all.

Janet Jackson performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain.Janet Jackson performs on stage during the MTV EMAs 2018 at Bilbao Exhibition Centre on November 4, 2018 in Bilbao, Spain.

Janet Jackson – The Best Things in Life are Free. And Luther had the best bits. Oh, and that “everywhere I go” one was catchy. And a deliberate nip slip. Sorry but I’m not having this one.

So, there we go. Radiohead great, Janet irrelevant. Come at me.

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