Belle & Sebastian

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible in: 2021 (The 2022 Induction Ceremony)

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2028 (ranked #264) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
If You're Feeling Sinister (1996)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Like Dylan in the Movies (1996)
Your Cover's Blown (2004)

Belle & Sebastian @ Wikipedia

Belle & Sebastian Videos

Will Belle & Sebastian be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
"Musical excellence is the essential qualification for induction."


13 comments so far (post your own)

Definitely won't happen unless they suddenly have some wide exposure. If their music was shoved down people's throats (played on the radio), they'd be a lock.

Posted by Casper on Monday, 12.11.06 @ 02:49am

Generic indie stuff...and hasn't been innovating yet

Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 07.31.07 @ 08:11am

I wasn't aware there was a "generic" "indie" sound.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 07.31.07 @ 17:46pm

"I wasn't aware there was a "generic" "indie" sound." learn something new everyday

Posted by TJ on Tuesday, 07.31.07 @ 18:12pm

Well considering "indie" simply refers to label status and there is everything from independent country to independent death metal, I think pinning down the common denominator might be a little tricky.

Posted by William on Tuesday, 07.31.07 @ 21:58pm

Certainly, I know of many indie acts (The Decemberists, other "twee" offerings) that were influenced by these guys...and I'm not sure how they can be considered generic when there's nobody quite like them.

It's almost as if many visitors of FutureRockHall are greatly uninformed. NO. Could it be?


Posted by Casper on Tuesday, 07.31.07 @ 22:07pm

If only the rest of the music world could write songs like these guys. I'm not just saying that because I'm a fan but they simply write the smartest tunes...

Posted by Jeremiah on Tuesday, 08.21.07 @ 11:23am

I chose not to vote either way for now but personally, I lean toward yes.

At this point, they're the last great British rock band. Tigermilk and If You're Feeling Sinister are outstanding records and the series of EPs and singles that they did in the late nineties are just about peerless. Dear Catastrophe Waitress and The Life Pursuit suggest they still have it in them to make fantastic music for years to come.

It doesn't help that they're still unknowns to the general public and the board will probably still be inducting many older acts by the time Belle's number comes up. They're among the most deserving artists for future induction but I wouldn't hold my breath. It'll be a while.

Posted by Jonas on Tuesday, 12.16.08 @ 02:39am

Probably will never make it, but a great group.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 05.4.10 @ 21:33pm

Influence: Belle And Sebastian definetly have influenced the alternative scene as it exists today. Yes 30%
Innovation: They seemed to be the first among the alt acts that used a softer sound and introduced "twee" instrumentation, i might be wrong here though. Yes 30%
Critical Respect: Belle And Sebastian have always been pretty well recieved. 20%
Commercial Sucess: The only thing that eludes them in the us, though they've had a bit in the Uk and other places. 5%

85%, should be first ballot.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 09.17.11 @ 17:08pm

"If You're Feeling Sinister" is a great album.

Posted by Chalkie on Saturday, 02.18.12 @ 16:15pm

yeah, I think i overestimated them too much there.

for innovation and influence i'll give them 20 instead. equals 65%, worthy but if they were ignored not a massive snub.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 05.12.12 @ 12:47pm

Saw this band at Bunbury. Both of the 'named' musicians impressed me with their multi-instument chops, Belle especially. Sebastian does most of the lead singing.

As far as induction chances (and we inducted them into Rock Hall Projected), I would say that if their set was 'Belle & Sebastian's greatest hits', then I would say 'no effing way' (and I might have voted for them in RHP). To use an example. Styx has many more killer tunes than what I heard on Sunday.

If the set was mostly new stuff & only a few 'greatest hits', then I would say 'you need to show me more'. Another great album or two to show me you still have it.

Am glad I saw them, though.

Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 07.16.13 @ 10:27am

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