Van Halen, R.E.M., & Others Enjoy Rock Hall Success

In New York on January 12, 2007, Van Halen, R.E.M., Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five, The Ronettes, and Patty Smith are set to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Van Halen’s most noted tunes included that of “Hot For Teacher”, “Jump”, and “When It’s Love”. Van Halen is one of seven rock groups that have had two albums sell more than ten million copies in the United States. Other artists that have accomplished this feat include Led Zeppelin, The Eagles, Pink Floyd, Def Leppard, and The Beatles.

R.E.M. is most noted for the tunes, “Stand”, “Orange Crush”, and “Losing My Religion”. When Rolling Stone named R.E.M. “America’s Best Band” in November 1987, drummer Bill Berry said, “We’re not the best rock ‘n’ roll band in America.” Pylon, he said, was the best.

Via Yahoo, R.E.M.’s lead singer, Michael Stipe had this to say:

“R.E.M. and myself in particular are really terrible at looking backward, we kind of as a band continually look forward so it’s really fantastic that someone, especially the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, are looking backward to recognize the work that we’ve done.”

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five gave us the basis of what hip hop music is today. Their biggest hit, “The Message” brought us a new sound, in a time where hip hop music was a pioneering musical form. Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five pioneered emceeing, freestyle battles, and invented some of the staple phrases in emceeing. They performed at Disco Fever in the Bronx beginning in 1978.

The Ronettes, of course, bring no memories to mind. That is, of course, because they were a girl group of the sixties. Their claims to fame include: “Be My Baby”, “Baby I Love You”, and “Walking In The Rain”.

Another artist of which nothing comes to mind would be Patty Smith. Not to be confused with Patty Smyth of Scandal fame, Patty Smith’s singles included, “Because The Night”, “Frederick”, and “Dancing Barefoot”.

To be eligible for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, artists must have issued a first single or album at least 25 years before nomination. Congrats to the inductees.

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