Part 9 of my series on bands and artists that should be in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but aren’t, for some bizarre reason. From BestClassicBands.com, who did all the heavy lifting; I just built the playlist.
John Mayall, “Room To Move”: He’s the father of British blues — Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor all came out of his bands.
MC5, “Kick Out The Jams” (NSFW): These wild Detroit rockers bucked convention in the late ’60s, mixing hard rock and revolutionary rhetoric — inspiring countless punk bands.
Meat Loaf, “Paradise By The Dashboard Light”: Larger than life in several ways, his Bat Out of Hell collaborations with Jim Steinman have persevered as classic rock staples.
The Meters, “Stormy”: They are nothing less than the quintessential New Orleans funk/R&B band. That makes them pretty important, no?
The Monkees, “Pleasant Valley Sunday”: Enough with the “didn’t play their own instruments” excuse. Their records were some of the finest pop-rock of the era, and their influence on the rock video medium was incalculable.
Part 10 next Friday. That’s Five For Friday, June 10, 2022.