Country Joe & the Fish

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 1992 (The 1993 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

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The 'Fish' Cheer/I-Feel-Like-I'm-Fixin'-To-Die Rag (1967)

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


17 comments so far (post your own)

You can't ignore Country Joe forever...

Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 11.21.06 @ 15:09pm

Maybe Mr. Joe M. has been left out of the Hall of Fame basically because his music is not ageless ('s mostly recognized for being a part of a certain age and only that age). However, if the Hall built some sort of special wing, commemorating the use of the "F" word on records, Joe would be the first one in.

No, scratch that. Then you'd have to let in rap artists.

Posted by Romanowski Studios on Sunday, 12.10.06 @ 23:53pm

What goes around comes around. The antiwar songs Country Joe did back in the sixties are, unfortunately, once again relevant. Impeach the Decider!

Posted by punster1941 on Friday, 06.29.07 @ 00:31am

The best thing that CJ did was the Woodstock version of the Fixin'-To-Die-Rag. And that was by accident. CJ Fish have a reputation (undeserved, perhaps) for being a comic band. And that will hurt their chances for induction.

Posted by qoz on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 20:06pm

1 of a kind band.. The sound of Hippies of the 60's is Country Joe and the Fish

Posted by mrxyz on Tuesday, 09.9.08 @ 10:21am

knowone like them a 1000x's Yes

Posted by mrxyz on Friday, 01.9.09 @ 17:33pm

Wasn't the name "Country Joe" a reference to Joseph Stalin?

Posted by Keebord on Saturday, 06.20.09 @ 19:36pm

Country Joe should get in, but I heard the Fish always just worked for scale. Still, if they let the whole lot in I won't carp. They schooled a lot of bands of that era.

Posted by Vilos Cohaagen on Saturday, 12.5.09 @ 11:02am

I just wanna see them perform the rag at the induction ceremony -- let the bleeping commence!
Hey, I liked the band, but they probably weren't substantial enough to warrant a place in the HOF -- except maybe as part of an anti-war exhibit . . .

Posted by Michael on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 00:36am

Love country Joe I hope they do get in...!

Posted by mrxyz on Wednesday, 03.17.10 @ 06:04am

Saw them live at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. with Blue Cheer and Mobey Grape.

I was told it was a good show .. I was too busy hallucinating on the light show...

Posted by Steve on Tuesday, 05.11.10 @ 17:55pm

the "Fish Cheer" alone earns them a ticket to the Hall, imo . .. they did some other really good tunes, too, but will always be remembered for "Give me an F . . .!" . . .

Posted by Michael on Tuesday, 02.15.11 @ 04:02am

Waaay too "left field" for the NomCom but you should at least check out their album, "Electric Music for the Mind and Body."

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 10:46am

Funny story: I was browsing the records at a Used Book Superstore (it's a small chain of book retailers in Massachusetts/New Hampshire) and came across a Country Joe and the Fish album. The fact that I saw it next to records from Engelbert Humperdinck, Perry Como, and the Mormon Tabernacle Choir sums up the overall impact that these footnotes had on the world of music. In other words, nothing.

I hope that Country Joe and the Fish never get inducted in the RRHOF any time soon. Sure, it was trendy in 1969 to write anti-Vietnam songs, but that was more than 40 years ago. Times have changed, and protest songs relative to a certain era have no impact anymore. That's a fact. Do you hear anyone making or laughing Richard Nixon jokes anymore? I didn't think so.

Posted by Zach on Wednesday, 05.23.12 @ 19:38pm

countrty Joe did more than.protest songs!
Having said that , the folk of the 50 -60's open the door to most rock, rap , punk etc... singing about todays
social issues!
from Green Day to u2. !
CJ ... had some great music beyond ,,,,?1234 what are we fighting for,,,,

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 05.23.12 @ 21:21pm

countrty Joe did more than.protest songs!
Having said that , the folk of the 50 -60's open the door to most rock, rap , punk etc... singing about todays
social issues!
from Green Day to u2. !
CJ ... had some great music beyond ,,,,?1234 what are we fighting for,,,,

Posted by Happy on Wednesday, 05.23.12 @ 21:21pm

You had me until you said Green Day. Talk about a band that jumped on a bandwagon that was already starting to run off the rails. It was trendy and cool to namedrop or reference GWB in songs and concerts (i.e., Rock Against Bush, Dixie Chicks, Dear Mr. President, etc.) during his administration. Thankfully, that is long in the past now and none of those songs mean anything today. Hopefully no one will remember or care about Bush in another 50-100 years. I've already consigned him to that vast wasteland of fast-fading memories that will never return.

Green Day was only cashing in on a hopeless fad before the bottom fell out. American Idiot is a travesty of an album and doesn't deserve to be mentioned alongside far superior punk albums like The Dictators' Go Girl Crazy! (1975).

If anything, Green Day put the final nail in the coffin for punk with their prefabricated, Hot Topic-friendly garbage. Punk had so much promise in its formative years, but was murdered by the hardcore and pop punk sub-genres. Politics are the plaything of grumpy, disoriented old men and women. Musicians should stick to recording music, not brainwashing the masses with one-sided political diatribes.

Country Joe's expiration date passed more than 40 years ago. The only people who still care about him are either bitter hippies stuck in the past or deluded hopefuls who think he's going to have a posthumous revival after he dies. Fat chance. Country Joe is a mere footnote in music history who did nothing to further the overall development of the art form or any of the major genres.

Posted by Zach on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 21:50pm

they all create good sounds, each to. there own !
Cj did their job an did it well ,they were door openers !

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 05.24.12 @ 22:08pm

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