Here’s part three of my analysis of nominees for the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
I’ve made my case for why I believe Janet Jackson, Def Leppard, Stevie Nicks and LL Cool J should make it in. I also believe The Cure should be inducted.
Why The Cure? Formed in 1976 in England, the band was one of the originators of Great Britain’s post-punk gloom-rock trend, with a mysterious image made famous by lead man Robert Smith.
Smith and the band had found success in the U.S. during the onset of the gothic rock movement. Smith’s dark eye make-up and classic red lips made him a standout on MTV. Success was evident, but Smith saw more potential as the decade moved on.
In 1987, The Cure released the album, “Kiss Me, Kiss Me, Kiss Me,” which caught commercial success with singles like “Just Like Heaven” and “Hot Hot Hot.”
The album, “Disintegration,” was the one to put the group on top. With “Lullaby,” “Fascination Street,” “Lovesong” and “Pictures Of You,” it seemed the band had finally found itself.
Other hit albums followed, producing such hits as “Never Enough,” “Close To Me,” “High” and my favorite Cure song, “Friday I’m In Love.”
The Cure has sold 30 million albums and released 37 singles. The band helped to put a face to the punk-gloom genre as well as introducing the movement to the masses by making hit radio-friendly tracks and music videos.
Thank you to everyone who took time to write me about your thoughts about this year’s Hall of Fame hopefuls. I received hundreds of emails agreeing with Jackson, Def Leppard and Nicks, but also commenting about those overlooked again.
I have to agree with several people who cannot understand why Olivia Newton-John, Pat Benita, Kansas, Sting, Kool & The Gang, Foreigner, Cyndi Lauper, Kenny Loggins, Huey Lewis & The News, REO Speedwagon, Duran Duran, Kenny Rogers, Whitney Houston, KC & The Sunshine Band and Bryan Adams have not been nominated. I have to agree with these, too. So many artists deserve it.
One email, in particular, turned me on to know more about Todd Rundgren. David Scofield educated me on Rundgren’s contributions to the music industry and it blew me away. Rundgren is definitely worthy of induction. He also produced classic albums “Bat Out Of Hell” (Meatloaf) and other albums for Hall & Oates, Grand Funk Railroad and the New York Dolls.
He has recorded more than 30 studio albums in solo, with Nazz and with Runt and released 21 charting singles with “Hello It’s Me” being his most successful, peaking at No. 5 on Billboard.
His humanitarian work is admirable, too. His foundation has put instruments into the hands of students. He also is credited for devising Apple’s first tablet, known as Apple Graphics Tablet. It was the first paint box program of its kind that used cutting-edge programming to build a tool intended for artists. The software was meant to be a companion program to graphics tablet hardware Apple was making as an accessory.
To vote for your Hall of Fame choices, visit www.rockhall.com. The top five artists selected by the public will comprise a fan ballot to be tallied when determining the final list of 2019 inductees. You have until Dec. 9 to cast your ballot.
— David T. Farr can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.