TYF Discusses the 2016 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Nominees

  • Re yr Deep Purple comments: “I just don’t know what separates them from some of the other 70s rock giants that aren’t in yet….Outside of your first lessons and the denizens of your local Guitar Center, do they really seem worthy of any Hall of Fame?”

    What separates Deep Purple is the fact that they are HUGELY influential in the development of metal, just after Black Sabbath and more so than Led Zep. In the early 70s they were massively popular, outselling Sabbath, who did quite well, by about a factor of six. In Rock (1970) is quintessential proto-metal sandwiched between the first two Sabbath albums, and just a timeless hard rock album, as is Machine Head. Without Deep Purple there would have been no Judas Priest, no Iron Maiden, and while heavy metal would exist thanks to Sabbath, it wouldn’t be what it is today. They are significantly more influential than Motorhead (who are also great and deserve an eventual nom). Plenty of other great but less influential bands have been inducted in the past. A good example is Traffic, who navigated the path between psych and prog with style. Of course Deep Purple belong in the Hall. They are worthy, and you are not.

  • IJ2014

    Janet Jackson’s nomination is WAY overdue. If I had a ballot I’d select Janet Jackson, Cheap Trick, Nine Inch Nails, NWA, Chic and Deep Purple.