Massive Attack

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2013 (The 2014 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? No  what's this?

Inducted into Rock Hall Projected in 2020 (ranked #200) .

Essential Albums (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3Amazon CD
Blue Lines (1991)
Protection (1994)
Mezzanine (1998)

Essential Songs (?)WikipediaAmazon MP3YouTube
Unfinished Sympathy (1991)
Safe from Harm (1991)
Teardrop (1998)
Angel (1998)

Massive Attack @ Wikipedia

Massive Attack Videos

Will Massive Attack be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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Massive Attack are THE progenitors of trip-hop, a genre that is EVERYWHRE today. They cannot be ignored.

Posted by Kailash on Saturday, 09.2.06 @ 21:59pm

I agree with Kailash,

Along with Bjork, Massive Attack have pretty much established the Trip-Hop genre. They have made superb songs and albums, and in terms of 'influence' they should be regarded as one of the most influential for trip-hop lovers/wannabes.

Posted by Cabbeh on Wednesday, 05.9.07 @ 13:08pm

A ''shitface'' is what you are indeed.

Posted by king floyd on Wednesday, 12.24.08 @ 13:05pm

Yep. I'm not sure how big trip-hop is, but they did start in, are a great band, and there are certainly worse picks. I say yes.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 02.17.10 @ 20:19pm

Start "it." Sorry.

Posted by Sam on Saturday, 02.20.10 @ 14:18pm

Oh my god no. They were awful.

Posted by Ned on Tuesday, 05.25.10 @ 19:03pm

Nope. They were great. Blue Lines and Mezzanine are classics.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 05.25.10 @ 19:11pm

I personally hate Massive Attack but they did help innovate trip-hop. Maybe they'll get in eventually.

Posted by lame on Tuesday, 05.25.10 @ 19:11pm

Actually Mezzaninne and Protection are good albums, but the rest of their albums aren't that good. I prefer the Prodigy by about a mile.

Posted by lame on Tuesday, 05.25.10 @ 19:14pm

Also great, but apples and oranges really.

Posted by Chalkie on Tuesday, 05.25.10 @ 19:19pm

WERE great? They're still around, actually. I hope they get in, but we've seen the Hall's attitude to important bands who had little to no US success. Probably won't get in first-ballot, but hopefully soon after they'll sneak in.

Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 05.26.10 @ 21:49pm

Influence: They pretty much created Trip Hop.
Innovation: Look above, they were one of the first to mix rap with electronic and reggae so well.
Critical Respect: Another band critics love.
Sales: They are the most famous trip hop band, but in the US they aren't well known.

Posted by GFW on Monday, 06.20.11 @ 16:41pm

Hey GFW, do you want to update that post with numbers? I'd do it but since you already started it.. (I want to see what score you give them)

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Saturday, 12.3.11 @ 15:47pm

Actually, since you probably know more I'll let you.

Posted by GFW on Saturday, 12.3.11 @ 15:52pm

Alright GFW, I'm on it:

Innovation: Invented trip hop (+20), but it isn't a big genre (-5). Merged rap with electronica. 15

Influence: Influenced practically every trip hop band that followed them and also an influence on industrial hip hop. I know UNKLE and Spiritualized cite them for example. Few of these bands, however, are as important as Massive Attack and if the Hall were ever to care about trip hop, Massive Attack would surely be the only one getting the nod. 15

Commercial success: On name recognition alone, they are the most well-known trip hop band, they are also well known in electronica circles. (+20), unfortunately, they weren't as big in the U.S. (-5). 15

Critical acclaim: They've collaborated with acts the Hall loves like Sinead O'Conner, David Bowie, etc. So they should know who they are (step 1, accomplished!). Blue Lines has been named one of the greatest albums of all time in several publications. 20

Total: 65

Conclusion. Hmmm. Same score as UB40 who I just tried to rank. Interesting. Anyway, yes, they deserve consideration.

Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Tuesday, 12.6.11 @ 06:47am

Massive attack represent bristol! Trip-hop for the win :)

Posted by Mark on Sunday, 01.29.12 @ 15:17pm

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