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Nine More Join Freaks Hall Class of 2017

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and we are proud to announce our round three inductees for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class of 2017.  In this round, we considered artists and groups who debuted between 1967 and 1981, and nine names finished over the induction line. They will be inducted with the contributors elected in round one (for contributors) and round two (for artists who debuted no later than 1966), completing our new class for this year.

Please welcome our class of 2017 round three inductees!

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Buzzcocks

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The Damned

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Devo

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The Fleshtones

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The Modern Lovers

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Motorhead

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Mott the Hoople

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Roxy Music

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Slade

Freaks Hall Class of 2017 Round 3 Ballot – The Polls Are Open!

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Rounds one and two for Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class of 2017 are complete, and so far we selected ten new inductees.  Next up is our third and final round, in which we’ll be selecting from performers who debuted between 1967 and 1981, representing our 35 year cut-off date for consideration.

For those not already familiar with the Freaks Hall, here is a quick explanation:

The Freaks Hall honors artists, groups and contributors who have not been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Commercial success and/or critical acclaim are not factors in choosing candidates or inductees. Rather, we seek to spotlight those people who embody the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in their recordings, performances, and in the lives they’ve lived. In fact, we often strive to recognize those who are not likely to ever be invited to one of the establishment’s made for TV galas – the forgotten heroes, the renegades, and the free spirits who have left a unique imprint on the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

HOW TO VOTE: Below is the list of our 25 nominees. Select up to 15 (minimum of ten) and send your ballot to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com. The polls are open until Friday, November 25 at 8:00 PM EST. The top five vote getters will be inducted as part of our Freaks Hall class of 2017.

2017 Freaks Hall Round 3 Nominees: 

Blue Cheer
Blue Oyster Cult
Buzzcocks
Billy Childish
The Damned
The Dead Boys
Devo
The Dictators
The Fleshtones
Grand Funk Railroad
Hawkwind
The Jam
Moby Grape
The Modern Lovers
Motorhead
Mott the Hoople
Pere Ubu
Radio Birdman
Rockpile
Roxy Music
Slade
The Soft Machine
Suicide
The Sweet
Thin Lizzy

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Six Names Added to the Freaks Hall Class of 2017

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and we are proud to announce our round two inductees for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class of 2017.  In this round, we considered artists and groups who debuted before 1967, and six names finished over the induction line. They will be inducted with the contributors elected in round one and those who make the cut in round three (debuted between 1967-1981).

Please welcome our class of 2017 round two inductees!

 

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Richard Berry

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The Chocolate Watchband

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The Bobby Fuller Four

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Wynonie Harris

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The Kingsmen

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The Wailers

Freaks Hall Class of 2017 Election Round 2: The Polls Are Open!

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Hasil Adkins

Round one for Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class of 2017 is complete, and we selected four new inductees for the contributor category.  Next up is round two of three, in which we’ll be selecting from performers who debuted no later than 1966. Round three will be conducted in November, and will include artists who debuted between 1967 and 1981.

For those not already familiar with the Freaks Hall, here is a quick explanation:

The Freaks Hall honors artists, groups and contributors who have not been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Commercial success and/or critical acclaim are not factors in choosing candidates or inductees. Rather, we seek to spotlight those people who embody the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in their recordings, performances, and in the lives they’ve lived. In fact, we often strive to recognize those who are not likely to ever be invited to one of the establishment’s made for TV galas – the forgotten heroes, the renegades, and the free spirits who have left a unique imprint on the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

HOW TO VOTE: Below is the list of our 25 nominees. Select up to 15 (minimum of ten) and send your ballot to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com. The polls are open until Friday, October 28 at 8:00 PM EST. The top five vote getters will be inducted as part of our Freaks Hall class of 2017.

2017 Freaks Hall Round 2 Nominees: 

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Davie Allan
Richard Berry
Roy Brown
The Chocolate Watchband
The Collins Kids
The Easybeats
Esquerita
The Fugs
The Bobby Fuller Four
Wynonie Harris
The Kingsmen
The Monkees
The Move
The Music Machine
Suzi Quatro
Doug Sahm
Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs
The Shadows
The Standells
Rufus Thomas
Hound Dog Taylor
The Wailers
Jerry Williams (Swamp Dogg)
Johnny Winter

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Johnny Winter

Dewey Phillips, Lenny Kaye, Miriam Linna & Billy Miller Enter the Freaks Hall

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and we are proud to announce our Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall inductees for the class of 2017 contributor category. This year, we had a three-way tie for the top spot, and they’re all going to be inducted with the performers selected in our forthcoming rounds II and III later this year.

Previous Freaks Hall non-performer inductees have been Lester Bangs, John Peel, Joe Meek, Kim Fowley, Greg Shaw, and Shadow Morton.

So, without further ado, welcome our newest Freaks Hall inductees!

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Lenny Kaye is perhaps best known as Patti Smith’s long-time guitarist and collaborator, but his contributions to rock history and rock ‘n’ roll culture go much deeper than that. In 1972, he collected then forgotten garage and psychedelic singles to create the Nuggets compilation album, which proved to be one of the most influential records of all-time, leading to countless 60s garage rock comps and inspiring generations of new rock ‘n’ roll bands. He was also part of the first generation of rock critics, his writing appearing in publications like Fusion, Crawdaddy, Rolling Stone, Creem, Disc, Melody Maker, Hit Parader, and Rock Scene.

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Miriam Linna and Billy Miller, like Lenny Kaye, are known to many first as musicians, leading the long running New York City rock ‘n’ roll band the A-Bones for more than two decades. Linna was also the drummer for an early version of Freaks Hall inductees The Cramps. In 1979, the couple started Kicks magazine, which over the next decade was an influential publication that carried the flag for early rock ‘n’ roll in it’s most basic, primitive, and exuberant glory. They continued to build on that legacy when they formed Norton Records, which has grown to become one of the greatest American rock ‘n’ roll labels of the last several decades, releasing archival material as well as new music, and is still going strong in 2016.

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Dewey Phillips was one of rock ‘n’ roll’s first legendary disc jockeys, famous for his show “Red, Hot and Blue” on KHBQ in Memphis, TN. He was the first man to ever play Elvis Presley on the radio and broke many of the Sun label’s early hits on his airwaves. His frantic style and infectious passion were his trademark and he was widely emulated by radio personalities around the country as rock ‘n’ roll caught fire and swept the continent in the 1950s. The popular musical Memphis is based loosely on Phillips’ life and career.

 

Freaks Hall 2017 Election: Non-Performers

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It’s time to begin our election for the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class of 2017. This year, we’ll be conducting our non-performer election first, and then in October, we’ll begin the balloting for our performer inductees.

For those not already familiar with the Freaks Hall, here is a quick explanation:

The Freaks Hall honors artists, groups and contributors who have not been recognized by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Commercial success and/or critical acclaim are not factors in choosing candidates or inductees. Rather, we seek to spotlight those people who embody the true spirit of rock ‘n’ roll in their recordings, performances, and in the lives they’ve lived. In fact, we often strive to recognize those who are not likely to ever be invited to one of the establishment’s made for TV galas – the forgotten heroes, the renegades, and the free spirits who have left a unique imprint on the history of rock ‘n’ roll.

In our previous three elections, we’ve inducted a total of six non-performers: Lester Bangs and John Peel in 2014, Kim Fowley and Joe Meek in 2015, and Shadow Morton and Greg Shaw in 2016.  For the class of 2017, we’ll be selecting two more from the list of nominees below.

HOW TO VOTE: Below is the list of our ten nominees. Select up to five (minimum of three) and send your ballot to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com. The polls are open until Friday, September 30 at 8:00 PM EST. The top two vote getters will be inducted as part of our Freaks Hall class of 2017. 

2017 Freaks Hall Non-Performer Nominees: 

Rodney Bingenheimer (disc jockey, nightclub owner, Rodney on the ROQ, Rodney’s English Disco)

Harold Bronson & Richard Foos (Rhino Records)

Danny Fields (manager, publicist, journalist and author)

Lenny Kaye (rock journalist, Nuggets originator)

Miriam Linna & Billy Miller (Norton Records, Kicks Magazine)

Malcolm McLaren (manager, impresario)

Dewey Phillips (Memphis disc jockey, “Red, Hot & Blue”

Lillian Roxon (rock journalist, Lillian Roxon’s Rock Encyclopedia)

Paul Williams (editor of Crawdaddy, author)

Tom Wilson (record producer)

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2016 Freaks Hall Inductees Johnny Thunders & the Heartbreakers

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The Heartbreakers, also known as Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers, were an American punk rock band, formed in New York in May, 1975. The band spearheaded the first wave of punk rock. L.A.M.F. is the only studio album by  The Heartbreakers, which included Johnny Thunders, Jerry Nolan, Walter Lure and Billy Rath. The music is a mixture of punk, R&B and rock and roll.

Johnny Thunders (July 15, 1952 – April 23, 1991), born John Anthony Genzale, Jr., was an American rock and roll/punk rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. He came to prominence in the early 1970s as a member of the New York Dolls. He later played with The Heartbreakers and as a solo artist.

2016 Freaks Hall Inductee Big Mama Thornton

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Willie Mae “Big Mama” Thornton (December 11, 1926 – July 25, 1984) was an American rhythm and blues singer and songwriter. She was the first to record Leiber and Stoller’s “Hound Dog” in 1952, which became her biggest hit. It spent seven weeks at number one on the Billboard R&B charts in 1953 and sold almost two million copies.  However, her success was overshadowed three years later, when Elvis Presley recorded his more popular rendition of “Hound Dog”. Similarly, Thornton’s “Ball ‘n’ Chain” (written in 1961 but not released until 1968) had a bigger impact when performed and recorded by Janis Joplin in the late 1960s.

2016 Freaks Hall Inductees T. Rex

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T. Rex were an English rock band, formed in 1967 by singer-songwriter and guitarist Marc Bolan. The band formed as Tyrannosaurus Rex, releasing four underground acoustic albums under the name.  In the early to mid 1970s, the band, now known as T. Rex,  reached huge success with fourteen top-20 UK glam rock hits: “Jeepster”, “Get It On”, “Ride a White Swan”, “Solid Gold Easy Action”, “Children of the Revolution”, “Hot Love”, “Telegram Sam”, “20th Century Boy”, “Debora”, “Teenage Dream”, “The Groover”, “New York City”, “I Love To Boogie” and “Metal Guru”. During this period the band also released six UK top-30 albums, including Electric Warrior, which hit the top of the album charts. In 1977, Bolan was killed in a car accident, and the band disbanded.

2016 Freaks Hall Inductee Slim Harpo

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James Isaac Moore (January 11, 1924 – January 31, 1970), known as Slim Harpo, was an American blues musician, a leading exponent of the swamp blues style, and “one of the most commercially successful blues artists of his day”. His most successful and influential recordings included “I’m a King Bee” (1957), “Rainin’ In My Heart” (1961), and “Baby Scratch My Back” (1966) which reached no. 1 on the R&B chart and no.16 on the US pop chart. A master of the blues harmonica, his stage name was derived from the popular nickname for that instrument, the “harp”.