HALL OF FAME
Demos and B-Sides includes one of my favorite sections - the Hair Metal Music Hall of Fame. We put a lot of time, effort and research into making sure our Hall of Fame was as accurate as possible.
The worst thing about any Hall of Fame is when they over saturate the membership with inductees that are “borderline” worthy of the establishment. There are more than 300 people in the Major League Baseball Hall of Fame. There are hundreds of artists in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. To be honest, in both cases it is just too many and it cheapens the honor of being selected. We've inducted 24 bands into the Hall of Fame. Did your favorites make it?
So for our Hall of Fame we wanted to limit it to the Best of the Best. If we had to debate for more than thirty seconds on a band, then that band didn’t make the cut. Doesn’t mean they weren’t great. Doesn’t mean they didn’t put out some fantastic music. It just simply means they weren’t the Best of the Best.
We basically used the same criteria here that we used to rank the Top 1,000 songs and 350 albums list. Billboard success, touring numbers, iconic nature of the band/music, how good the band was with their respective instruments, interviews with musicians, as well as several other factors. And again, this isn’t a list of our “favorite” bands. If it was, Tora Tora, Junkyard and Dangerous Toys would be sure-fire Hall of Famers!
There are a few bands that you are going to say “wait a minute, these guys should definitely be in the Hall of Fame.” And we get that. And to be honest, a couple of the bands left out did surprise us at first. But when you look at the numbers….their career totals just didn’t add up to the bands that made it.
We set our Hall up in tiers, like the other Halls should have done! Alan Trammell shouldn’t sit side-by-side with Babe Ruth and Willie Mays. Our Hall of Fame includes three tiers - Mt. Rushmore, Headliners and Openers. Hope you enjoy.