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


31 comments so far (post your own)

If anyone can solve the mystery of why the Chili Peppers were the ones who got famous instead of these guys, I'd love to hear about it.

Posted by Al on Wednesday, 01.24.07 @ 08:10am

"If anyone can solve the mystery of why the Chili Peppers were the ones who got famous instead of these guys, I'd love to hear about it."

The answer is: "Under the Bridge" and "Give It Away".

Posted by shawn mc on Thursday, 06.14.07 @ 13:16pm

I voted yes, because Fishbone is considered one of the first bands that popularized "funk metal". Not only that, but they are considered one of the most important "funk metal" bands out there. For those who have never heard of Fishbone, listen to their albums like Truth and Soul and The Reality of My Surroundings.

Posted by Kevin on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 18:27pm

I had never listened to them so I went to Rhapsody...interesting. They did a fairly nice version of "Freddie's Dead".

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 10.13.08 @ 19:20pm

I like them. They do good songs.

Posted by Mike on Tuesday, 03.24.09 @ 15:50pm

Fisbone is more deserving of induction than most of the 2010 nominees. Even if they're not as well-known as some, they are pioneers in their own way.

Posted by Emily on Sunday, 04.19.09 @ 10:36am

Oops...I guess I did check out their rendition of "Freddie's Dead"...not too bad. Anything else?

Posted by Gitarzan on Sunday, 04.19.09 @ 10:49am

Fishbones' catalog and live shows embody the true
spirit of 'Rock 'n Roll'. Their defiant genre
bending and refusal to sell out has won them the
respect of many fellow musicians and dedicated fans. They have remained underground for 25 years
influencing many other artists who have gone on to
cash in. The RnR Hall of Fame has an opportunity
to reach out to those underground acts who have over the years sacrificed so much to 'keep it real' and help keep RnR valid.

Posted by JahFree on Wednesday, 05.13.09 @ 12:25pm

very simple.the reason fishbone never got huge commercial recognition is because they don't appeal to rednecks.

Posted by laz on Wednesday, 05.13.09 @ 20:06pm

Internationally, L.A. has an image crisis. Chili Peppers are poseurs, always looking for the camera, so they fit the image. Fishbone evokes the diversity and energy of L.A., much like Ozomatli has followed in those foot steps.

It all comes back to marketing and packaging products, rather than developing and promoting artists.

Fishbone soldier, at ease.

Posted by El Gabacho Chingón on Thursday, 05.14.09 @ 03:20am

The answer to why the Chili Peppers became famous and Fishbone barely got any play - even after producing some of the best albums of the last 20+ years - is an easy one. And unfortunately even though the Peppers had their great moments, it's not because they were necessarily making better music.

Posted by Kev on Thursday, 05.14.09 @ 05:05am

Fishbone Rocked!

Posted by Bill on Tuesday, 05.19.09 @ 22:02pm

It's the same old story, Black Band doing rock and roll and never getting there due. But if one of them dies than you'll hear about the greatness of FISHBONE. This type of racism has to STOP. And we can do it. JUst like we got behind Obama, lets get behind a truly good band for once.

Posted by Ashley Garrett on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 11:20am

You had me until you said Obama.

Fishbone? Awesome band. They would be in my personal Hall of Fame, even if they have no shot whatsoever of actually getting into Jann Wenner's personal suckoff club.

But Obama? That's an insult to Fishbone.

Posted by Ralph on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 11:36am

This is a rock n roll website. Please keep politics out of the discussions here.

And please keep race out of the discussions here too.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 12:14pm

Unfortunately, race does become an issue when it comes to music as long as the conversation stays about the music. And that is fine as long as it doesn't turn ugly and derogatory.

It's the same old story, Black Band doing rock and roll and never getting there due. (Ashley)

This is one of the dumbest statements I have read yet on this site. Have you noticed that B.B. King, Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson and all the other great American Blues artists have been inducted? How about all the Motown acts? Or some of the great Soul Artists like Otis Redding? And let's not forget Hendrix. And the Hall has even started inducting Rap bands in. They are all in. Now some here may argue that Rap does not belong in the Hall; but that has more to do with musical style than race.

If Fishbone is or is not inducted, it will have more to do with their musical innovation and influence than the color of their skin. That and the insanity which is the RnR Hall of Fame nominating comm. Personally, I would love to see them inducted, but I am not going to take bests on it.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 12:33pm

There are lots of black artists/groups that have featured black artists that I would like to see inducted like Thin Lizzy(Phil Lynott), Chubby Checker, Bad Brains, Guns N Roses(Slash, and when they are eligible), Living Colour(when they are eligible), etc.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 13:01pm

Agree with your choices DM, although I am on the wrong side of the bubble with Chubby.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 15:37pm

Understandable Dameon, not all music from that time period can crossover in everyone's mind so well.

Posted by Dude Man on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 17:13pm

Fishbone so great!

Posted by Bill on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 17:51pm

How do you feel about AWB, since they also had a Black member?

Posted by Philip on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 18:23pm

For me, C.C.'s Twist is very relevant in the history of popular music. You cannot go to a function these days without someone yelling for the Twist. I just think that the dance is more important than the actual song.

Posted by Dameon on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 18:28pm

They were one of my favorites...a group of very fine musicians...who cares what their ethnic background was. Funny thing, back in the day, a lot of people thought they were ANYTHING but Scottish...LOL!!!

Posted by Gitarzan on Monday, 06.29.09 @ 20:12pm

Fishbone rocketed onto the scene straight from Fairfax high school. deeply involved in the Los Angeles nightclub scene they rapidaly gained a HUGE following as an extremely energetic, often setting a nearly frantic pace. Those were some wild nights. Sunless Saturday, Change, Unyielding Conditioning, and lets not forget the timeless Party at Ground Zero, Bonin' in the Boneyard, Cholly, Fight the Youth, Fishbone is Redhot, UGLY, Zilla, etc. The list of amazing songs this band has consistently churned out over the years is staggering. influencing EVERY act to follow, including RHCP, No Doubt, etc., basically all the bands with a ska/funk thing going on owed more than a bit of thier success to Fishbone. Fishbone's story is decades long and is known quite possibly in its entirety only by the members, who are still serving up wicked music to this day. It was my pleasure to have seen shows where people were turning sommersaults on top of the crowd, one guy did a balcony dive into a crowded pit, broke his leg, and showed up the next night, saying "Hey! It's Fishbone!" his kind of true enthusiasm truly demonstrates the rock n roll attitude of the band and the fans alike. Fun, diverse, creative, melodic, and chaotic in the best of ways. I can think of no other band more deserving of being inducted to the hall of fame. Influential doesn't begin to cover it. These guys were out there defining the very edge of rock music. And the music world has never been the same.

Posted by merchmaster marteen on Saturday, 11.7.09 @ 23:50pm

from the begining of their career to now. there is no other band that incorporates more so called genres of music in there sound and the ones that are getting it now with such titles as "funk metal" weren't doing it back in 1985 before fishbone, most music groups were known for playing 1 style or type of music. the only exceptions were Parliament Funkadelic,Rolling Stones& Prince.listen to Fishbone's catalogue from 85 to present day and you will here;rock, funk, ska, reggae ,punk ,metal, gospel, swing, ragtime, R&B,jazz,blues,& country music. who else can say that!!!!! not only that, they have only 2 original members left out of seven and have been able to maintain the same force and direction and keep the same fan base and continue to grow while still being truly underground! tha rock n roll hall of fame is not worthy!

Posted by qrumsnatcha on Wednesday, 02.3.10 @ 16:18pm


One of the great bands, truly exciting to watch and listen to.

I'm guessing it's marketing by race that kept them from making the big time.

Living Colour is another example. Brilliant band, that collapses under it's own weight.

It is up to the public to hold our favorites up to the light.

Long live Fishbone!!

Posted by Greg Alexander on Friday, 09.24.10 @ 18:03pm

It took me over 25 years to finally see this band in Durango on 2/13. I missed them three other times and was not going to let it happen again. Even if that meant driving 225 miles on short notice. I can honestly say that I've never seen a stage show like this. For two solid hours, I was afraid to blink for fear that I might miss something. Not only did I witness the best show on earth....This band was cordial enough to invite me into their tour bus and spend some time with a lifetime fan. Please do not let this band fade from history. Their continuos innovations and contributions to music are appreciated more than you can imagine. Please save them the spot in your palace that they've more than earned. Some of the best music ever made does not need to be mainstream to be recoginzed.
Thanks for your consideration.

Posted by Mark The Roman on Tuesday, 02.22.11 @ 19:40pm

Anyone one who denies that the ethnicity of Fishbone's band members is a factor in their marginalization is either naive or duplicitous. You can debate over how significantly it (ethnicity) effected their success level, but there's no denying that ethnicity played a role. Ethnicity has been a deleterious factor long before the term "Race music" was coined. If not for endemic biases true originators of Rock & Roll, such as Wynonnie Harris, would be household names. These are empirical facts.

Posted by Angus on Saturday, 03.26.11 @ 23:43pm

This seems like a completely obscure game show trivia band that will get inducted before somebody like Bon Jovi, Cheap Trick, Blue Oyster Cult, SRV, Dire Straits, etc. Because they were the "first" to a marginal 90s trend and nominating them gets you way cool points unlike suggesting really deserving rock or heavy metal bands because that means you aren't cool. Why would you want a really successful, influential and talented band to get in when you can have FISHBONE?! Yeah, Fishbone should totally go in before Steve Miller Band and Iron Maiden, right?

Posted by Neckbeard on Sunday, 10.7.12 @ 18:28pm

Love The Chili Peppers, but they don't compare to Fishbone! I've followed both bands for far too long, and I will never understand the music industry. Fishbone is far more diverse, musically, and on stage. Maybe the only difference is commercially speaking. Fishbones songs aren't really radio-friendly. RHCP go for sales, so they seem to be very cautious when it comes to writing. Very calculated "formulas". I feel for Fishbone because just as they sing about on "Chim Chims Revenge" , they got the good ole boy treatment!

Posted by Cliff on Wednesday, 10.31.12 @ 10:40am

Saw Fishbone at Voodoo Fest in NOLA. What a show! Wish they'd played for 3 hours. Great music from a tight, rocking band.

Highest recommendation on seeing them live.

Posted by Paul in KY on Monday, 12.1.14 @ 14:57pm

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