From Roxy Music and The Cure to The Zombies and Todd Rundgren, we are really looking forward to the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. To help you get to know the nominees, we’ve compiled a full list of artists to read up on in our first post, but there are so many more phenomenal artists. So, without further ado, here’s part two of the remaining nominees.
Rage Against the Machine
Names as “one of the most original and virtuosic new rock bands of the nation,” Rage Against the Machine has had a flourishing career. Having self-produced a 12-song cassette, which includes one of their hottest hits, “Bullet in the Head,” Rage Against the Machine have released four records and have headlined music festivals like Lollapalooza and Coachella Music and Arts Festival. The band is known for their hardcore punk, censorship protests and high-energy performances and has won two Grammy Awards. Their music video for “Freedom,” was released in 1994 and became the number one video in the country while break-through tracks like “Bulls on Parade” and “Tire Me” has won worldwide prominence.
A rock band formed in 1970, Roxy Music has been celebrated for their glamorous fashion sense, cinematography and innovative pop rock. Their debut album Roxy Music was released in 1972 as they led the glam-rock scene and took number 98 on Rolling Stone’s “The Immortals – 100 The Greatest Artists of All Time” list. The band has released a total of eight studio albums and produced classics, including “Avalon,” “The Main Thing,” and “The Space Between.”
American funk band derived out of Chicago, Illinois, Rufus is known for initiating the career of Chaka Khan and standout hits, including “Tell Me Something Good,”, “Sweet Thing,” and “Ain’t Nobody.” Khan’s powerful vocals have been compared to both Tina Turner and Aretha Franklin, a voice that garnered the artist ongoing attention. Rufus and Chaka Khan have been named one of the most influential funk bands of the 70s and have released a total of 11 albums and 30 singles.
Stevie Nicks wrote her very first song before she turned 16 years old and since then, the artist has been a musical phenomenon. From love and heartbreak to magic and lust, Nicks is best known for her emotional songwriting and breathtaking vocals with Fleetwood Mac. As a solo artist, she has produced over 40 top-50 hits, sold over 140 million records and has been named one of the “100 Greatest Songwriters of All Time” and the world’s top “100 Greatest Singers of All Time” by Rolling Stone. From feel-good favorite tracks like “Dreams,” and “Rhiannon” produced with Fleetwood Mac, to her eight studio albums and memorable appearances on American Horror Story, Nicks has had a prolific career and has without doubt, earned herself a nomination for this year’s Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
The Zombies are one of the most iconic bands of the 60s and have garnered global popularity with hits like “She’s Not There,” (1964) and “Tell Her No” (1965). A psychedelic pop band with six studio albums, five live albums and 19 singles, The Zombies have won the hearts of fans with Rod Argent and Chris White’s stellar songwriting and their second mind-blowing album Odessey and Oracle, which ranked number 100 on Rolling Stone’s list of the 500 Greatest Albums of All Time.
Originally named Easy Cure, the band formed in 1976 with musicians Robert Smith, Michael Dempsey, Lol Tolhurst and Porl Thompson. It wasn’t until 1978 when the ‘Easy’ was dropped, along with Thompson, and the band became The Cure. Their debut album Three Imaginary Boys was released in May 1979 and received worldwide acclaim. Just a year later, the band experimented with a darker style of song-writing and released album Seventeen Seconds, along with their first standout single, “A Forest.” Often identified with goth-rock and new wave genres, The Cure has won several awards for tracks including “Friday I’m in Love” and “The End of the World.”
Singer, songwriter and record producer, Todd Rundgren was a previous member of the band Utopia and has performed a variety of styles as a solo artist. Rundgren began his career in the 1960s with psychedelic band Nazz, but after a two-year run, he went solo and quickly received his first US top 40 hit with “We Gotta Get You a Woman” in 1970. Some of his most famous tracks include “Hello It’s Me” and “I Saw the Light,” which gained radio prominence and influences many artists in the scene. Rundgren has produced 25 solo albums and released his latest album White Knight, which includes collaborations with celebrated musicians such as Trent Reznor, Robyn, Joe Walsh and more.
Will you be watching? Who do you want to see inducted next year? Let us know!