Sade

Not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

Eligible since: 2009 (The 2010 Induction Ceremony)

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Will Sade be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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No one does the whole lite jazz-adult contemporary thing better than Sade. No one sounds like them, and their albums continue to sell kajillions. But they're not rock, and they're too smooth. Despite being true originals - and making perhaps the only decent music one will ever hear in the grocery store - Sade will be passed over.

Posted by Andrew on Tuesday, 03.6.07 @ 23:50pm


I'd love to see Sade inducted, just because I love her and her voice is one of my favorites. But I'm not sure she will.

Posted by Mountaineer on Tuesday, 07.15.08 @ 13:04pm


As a fellow Brit it would be interesting to see Sade (almost typed "Slade", who are a completely different matter) inducted; her new album just got to #1 in the U.S. and every studio album has gone top 10 in the U.S. and top 20 pretty much everywhere in Europe (in the U.K. at least), which proves she has staying power. Also, "Smooth Operator" remains a timeless tune. But I don't think she (or they) will, as the impact on R'N'R is minimal. Now, if they started a Jazz Hall of Fame, then maybe...

Posted by Sam on Thursday, 02.18.10 @ 16:43pm


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Posted by haleygoc@aol.com on Thursday, 03.25.10 @ 07:21am


Sade wont ever actually make it to the Rocx Hall, but I give her a Yes vote anyway. Her music is compelling/enjoyable. She's been missing for a long while now, but I just watched new video for Soldier of Love. Pretty good.

Posted by Telarock on Tuesday, 03.30.10 @ 11:41am


Never say never, Sade have been outstanding musicians since the beginning. Sade's blend of smooth jazz and icy detached vocals could propel Sade into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in the very near future.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 04.6.13 @ 14:00pm


Coast to coast, L.A. to Chicago: This will keep Sade out of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because Chicago is not on the coast.

Posted by Roy on Sunday, 09.1.13 @ 12:08pm


Seeing Sade on the nomination list for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame is quite encouraging, hopefully The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame will follow suit.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 10.11.13 @ 17:02pm


From the time that I had heard,'Smooth Operator,' I was immediately hooked. I had always been wondering who this artist known as Sade was?

Then, I would purchase a copy of "Diamond Life," "Promise," "Stronger Than Pride" and "The Best Of Sade;" this would further inspire me to buy a copy of "Lovers Rock."

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 05.25.14 @ 02:41am


So let me make sure I have this right. Donna Summer is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Sade is not??? In a word? Comical.

Posted by Luis on Friday, 05.30.14 @ 18:54pm


Actually, I don't have a problem with Donna Summer being inducted, but Sade definitely deserves this honor as well. So what is about Sade's music that we find so appealing? Opinions, please.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 10:05am


Actually, I don't have a problem with Donna Summer being inducted, but Sade definitely deserves this honor as well. So what is it about Sade's music that we find so appealing? Opinions, please.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 10:05am

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 15:11pm


I personally appreciate her (band's) music's ability to masquerade the amount of time it really takes to get from the first to the fifth floor of an apartment building.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 06.3.14 @ 20:43pm


There is a lot of depth to Sade's songs. I do not consider Sade to be elevator music Philip; that is just so insulting.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 06.23.14 @ 04:40am


Well, it was meant as a compliment, Enig! Just like it's a compliment to point out how wonderful her (band's) music goes with the third martini prepared by a bartender who wears a tuxedo while nonchalantly working his shaker.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 06.23.14 @ 19:55pm


Okay, I get your point. Sade's music is great dinner music at a very high end restaurant, but her band's music is so much better than those of other artists, who are attempting to ride the coattails of their siblings, into the Rock Hall, n'est-ce pas?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.20.14 @ 15:07pm


I prefer the term "cocktail lounge", but if you're referring to Janet Jackson in your diss, then no, I would not agree. Janet's much more deserving than Sade. If you're referring to Mike McCartney's band the Scaffold, riding the coattails of brotherhood with Sir Paul, then yes, I'd agree there.

Posted by Philip on Sunday, 07.20.14 @ 20:14pm


The way that I see it, Sade made it really cool to like jazz again. Her band's songs are extremely well executed and her soaring voice adds a new dimension of depth and sensuality to those incredible songs.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 09:40am


Interesting postulation. Kind of like what Stevie Ray Vaughan did for the blues? To that end, there's a similarity, since it was never uncool to like jazz or blues. It just wasn't always popular. To that end, I would say that's where the similarity ends. SRV brought a blues and blues-rock revival to the mainstream, influence many in his wake. I don't think you can say the same for Sade. Jazz-fusion was already being led by the hand by the likes of Miles and Herbie. Sade was kind of an off-shoot of that which stagnated as a style. It's like a private road off a main stretch: it may be well-maintained, have a nice neighborhood in it with nice houses, may offer some lovely views... but as a road, doesn't really anywhere. That's kind of how I feel about Sade's music.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 20:20pm


*doesn't really lead anywhere.

Posted by Philip on Tuesday, 07.22.14 @ 20:22pm


I enjoy Sade's music and I wouldn't mind seeing them nominated at some point. Might have to wait a bit, though.

On another note, anybody who thinks that Janet Jackson rode her brother's
coattails doesn't know much about her or even his career. Janet completely eclipsed her brother's shadow and even outshined his success
for over a decade. The Jackson last name got her that first record deal and those first two albums she released were only moderately successful. Similar story with all of the other Jackson siblings, barring some solo success for Jermaine.

Janet fired her father as manager and linked up with Jam & Lewis and the rest was history.

And for the record, it was Michael Jackson that begged Janet Jackson to duet with him post-Rhythm Nation for many years. She wanted nothing to do with it. She only conceded for "Scream" because that's when he was at his lowest point in scandal. Janet stepped up nicely for her big brother, if you ask me.

To deny Janet's impact to the world of pop, R&B and dance music is unfair and a tad ridiculous.

Fingers crossed for Sade down the line, though.

Posted by Marissa on Wednesday, 07.23.14 @ 09:27am


I had heard that Toure had interviewed Sade recently for the 30th anniversary of "Diamond Life." i am wondering, if Toure would endorse Sade, would Questlove follow suit?

Who doesn't love Sade?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 08.7.14 @ 10:02am


Marissa,

Nobody had even mentioned Janet Jackson, but "Nipplegate" had left a very bad stain on her reputation. She made a bad decision and she was raked over the coals by quite a lot of people for it, meanwhile Justin Timberlake was let off "scoff free." Was that fair? Probably not.

Be that as it may, I happen to like Sade's music a lot more and find that it resonates with me more than many other artists.

Her band has released 6 consecutively great albums and despite the fact that most of the public know about 'Smooth Operator,' Her band has quite a few significant songs in their repertoire. I know that you're thinking does a jazz artist belong in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Well Miles Davis is in, so doesn't that alone set a precedent?

I was encouraged to see Toure interview Sade for the 30th anniversary of "Diamond Life." If one doubts that Sade is worthy of induction, do yourself a favor and pick up "The Best Of Sade" and listen to it. After nearly 30 years of great music, is it not about time that Sade receives a Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame nomination?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.9.14 @ 14:29pm


This is a no brainer to real and truly individuals to music. Sade will be in the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. The group has cross barriers for 30+ years. Sade Adu and her band sound awesome on CD and in person. They as a group are perfection in preparation for recordings and performing. Madam (she was knighted) Sade Adu sings "Is it a crime"; the answer is, "Yes" if they do not get into the Rock N Roll Hall very, very, very, very soon!! I am one of the groups biggest fan and look forward to their induction!!

Posted by KEVIN D. BROWN on Wednesday, 08.13.14 @ 12:50pm


I agree completely, Kevin

I have been mesmerized by Sade's great music for decades. Is it a crime that Sade is not in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Absolutely!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.31.14 @ 11:22am


Sade definitely has far too many superlatives to warrant their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame. I am certain that Roy could elucidate those reasons for their induction, if you really asked him too.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.6.14 @ 09:01am


I am sorry, I had meant to say that Sade has far too many superlatives as a band, to not warrant their immediate induction onto the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.7.14 @ 02:42am


At the time that had written this review of Sade's albums, I had not yet heard "Love Deluxe."

http://reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/1254/sade.htm

If I were to reevaluate those first 4 Sade albums, my ratings would look more like this:

Diamond Life *****
Promise *****
Stronger Thaneeded Pride **** 1/2
Love Deluxe *****

The Best Of Sade *****

Outstanding musicians, fronted by a superlative vocalist. One of the greatest artists of all time according to VH-1. A recent nominee for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. What other endorsements are needed for Sade to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?


I am certain that Roy could elucidate those statistics if he had wanted to.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Tuesday, 09.9.14 @ 09:40am


I had purchased, Sade's BluRay from their 2011 tour, a few months ago, and I am really looking forward to watching it sometime this weekend.

Meanwhile, I have been listening to "The Essential Sade" for the past few days.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.13.14 @ 13:47pm


Helen Folasade Adu is ageless. She still looks and sings like she's in her early thirties, yet she is in her mid fifties; how is this possible?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 09.15.14 @ 09:18am


I had just finished watching "Bring Me Home Live 2011," on BluRay yesterday. I must admit that it was really quite a magnificent presentation.

Of course, their performance of 'Smooth Operator' was definitely the highlight of this spectacular concert, in my honest opinion.

So once again, I have to wonder why Sade is not in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.18.14 @ 18:47pm


Enig, in all seriousness, there are several reasons why Sade isn't in. The Hall has been very picky about 80's artists, they've been almost just as picky about R&B in the past decade or so, and they have been incredibly slow to recognize artists that has been almost completely lite about their sound. Now you can argue about all their rhythmic greatness and all, but to the average listener, they are lounge jazz/R&B. They are lite, polite, and the most exciting thing about their music is the bass line... not even a fuzz bass, not even the rhythm line because the drums are subdued. Note that word. "Subdued" is a word that is almost the antithesis of the ethos of rock'n'roll, as held by the Foundation.

On top of all that, Sade is the 80's equivalent of Percy Sledge. Had several songs, but ultimately known for ONE song. Ask John Q. Public to name another song beside "Smooth Operator", and they can't do it. No mention of "Paradise" (which imo, is Sade's magnum opus), no mention of "No Ordinary Love" or "Sweetest Taboo." It's just "Smooth Operator."

Beyond that, Sade is pretty far back in the line for "biggest snubs". Maybe not your line, but the line for most other people. If I were to give you a list of artists I think are big snubs... Sade won't even be in the Top 50. Plus, who cites Sade as an influence? How are they innovative? Not very either way.

So there. You want an answer to your question. That's why Sade isn't in the Hall, and probably won't be in the Hall for a long time. I could be wrong, strange stuff has happened, but I don't see it.

Posted by Philip on Thursday, 09.18.14 @ 23:06pm


Philip, thank you for all of your astute observations, but I am still going to support Sade's induction.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 10:04am


That's fine. There's a case to be made for Sade, I suppose. Just please remember that most of us here wouldn't care to be reminded of your support for Sade any more frequently than once a month, if even that often.

Posted by Philip on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 22:15pm


I enjoy them while in the dentist chair.

Posted by BeastMode on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 23:02pm


I haven't seen a dentist in more than a quarter century. Of course, I do not normally drink tea, or coffee.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.20.14 @ 23:52pm


That explains a lot. (just kidding)

Posted by BeastMode on Tuesday, 09.23.14 @ 19:21pm


I was over at Rolling Stone Magazine's website yesterday and had noticed that Sade now has a Biography page. Could this mean something important?

At the time that had written this review of Sade's albums, I had not yet heard "Love Deluxe."

http://reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/1254/sade.htm

If I were to reevaluate those first 4 Sade albums, my ratings would look more like this:

Diamond Life *****
Promise *****
Stronger Than Pride **** 1/2
Love Deluxe *****
The Best Of Sade *****
The Essential Sade *****

Outstanding musicians, fronted by a superlative vocalist. One of the greatest artists of all time according to VH-1. A recent nominee for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. What other endorsements are needed for Sade to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?


I am certain that Roy could elucidate those statistics if he had wanted to.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.5.14 @ 14:25pm


Is it a crime that Sade has not yet been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Yes, it is!

I had written this comment quite a while ago:

I was over at Rolling Stone Magazine's website yesterday and had noticed that Sade now has a Biography page. Could this mean something important?

At the time that had written this review of Sade's albums, I had not yet heard "Love Deluxe."

http://reocities.com/SunsetStrip/Lounge/1254/sade.htm

If I were to reevaluate those first 4 Sade albums, my ratings would look more like this:

Diamond Life *****
Promise *****
Stronger Than Pride **** 1/2
Love Deluxe *****
The Best Of Sade *****
The Essential Sade *****

Outstanding musicians, fronted by a superlative vocalist. One of the greatest artists of all time according to VH-1. A recent nominee for the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame. What other endorsements are needed for Sade to be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

I am certain that Roy could elucidate those statistics if he had wanted to.
Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 10.5.14 @ 14:25pm

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 05.2.15 @ 10:36am


Nice band but boring. Too boring.

Posted by King Kong on Sunday, 05.3.15 @ 07:38am


What else can I say or write about Sade, that I have not already said or written? Yes, 'Smooth Operator' is their signature song, but if you look closely you will find other gems as well. Sade's music does not seem to be dated; you will still be able to play a Sade song years later and it will still feel fresh.

I really do not think that Sade's music is boring, either. It may be mellow, but it's still extremely well put together. By that same token, if you consider Sade to be boring, then you might consider Rush's music to be boring for the same reasons. I happen to prefer their mellower music, overall.

Is It a crime that Sade has not yet been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? I would resoundingly say, "Yes, absolutely!"

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 06.7.15 @ 13:21pm


I think that Ryan Davis of the San Francisco Examiner has made a very compelling case for Sade's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 07.12.15 @ 12:41pm


Last Saturday, I had to have my oil changed in my S.U.V. Since the dealership where I had purchased my S.U.V. is approximately an hour and a half away, I had needed some music to listen to along the way. I had chosen "The Best Of Sade." It was a very appropriate choice. At the first major intersection, the cd started playing the beginning of 'Your Love Is King.' when I had arrived at the dealership, the final notes of 'Pearls' had ended. I had almost one and one half hours of uninterrupted blissful smooth jazz to listen to during that interim period. Helen Folasade's voice had soared on 'Is It A Crime' especially. 'Smooth Operator' was extraordinarily spectacular, each note had been played with amazing precision. Throughout most of their songs, the saxophone playing of Stuart Matthewman was phenomenal. The same thing could be said about Andrew Hale's keyboards and Paul Denman's bass playing. Also, the guitar work was clean and precise. It is no wonder why Sade is so beloved. When I informally ask, does Sade deserve induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? The answer is always a resounding Yes.

Sade is considered to be the most successful soul
artist in the United Kingdom. As far as I am concerned, whether you classify this group as "soul," or "jazz," or perhaps even "adult contemporary," leaving them out of our popular music hall of fame is indeed a crime!

One might argue that Sade is jazz and jazz
doesn't really belong in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but considering the passion behind each of their songs, how much longer should Sade have to wait for induction?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 07.30.15 @ 09:50am


I agree with Enigmaticus

Posted by Happy on Thursday, 07.30.15 @ 20:43pm


Thank you, Happy for supporting Sade.

Whenever I encounter a situation like a major traffic jam, or just want something pleasant to listen to, Sade always fits the bill. Since Sade is defined as smooth jazz and since smooth jazz is the child of jazz fusion and because jazz fusion is a branch of "progressive rock," then by extension, Sade is "prog adjacent." The characteristic about jazz is that although it may sound simple on the surface, it really is not. There are underlying levels of complexity to this music. This means that those musicians in Sade are top notch musicians and Helen Folasade Adu is not only an extraordinary vocalist, but also a great composer, in her own right.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 14:26pm


I disagree with Happy. It's a no...

Posted by Sad on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 15:34pm


That's really peculiar Sad, add an "e" to your name and it is Sade.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 16:19pm


That's actually pretty funny. I Didn't even realize that when I posted it. 'No Ordinary Love' is a classic.
Mariah Carey makes more sense though.

Posted by Sad on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 17:04pm


"By Your Side" and "The Sweetest Taboo" are as well. I liken Sade to a female-led version of "get it on" soul music in the vein of Marvin Gaye and Barry White. Not exactly the same style, I know, but Sade seems to get the mood going more than anyone. Very sexy music with an added emotional element to it.

Posted by dmg on Saturday, 08.1.15 @ 17:55pm


dmg,

That is an interesting perspective on Sade. Thank you for sharing it with us.

Why do I think that Sade deserves immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

1. She and her band have written their own music.
2. She has written her own lyrics.
3. She has never lip synched in concert.
4. Three decades of consistent excellence.
5. Influence on numerous artists.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 08.6.15 @ 10:05am


My appreciation for the music of Sade goes back more than 30 years. I was 20 years old when Sade was first formed. I was 23 years old when I was first introduced to the music of Sade. I was also 23 years old when I had first purchased "Diamond Life." Over the past 30 years, I have purchased most of Sade's discography. I would really like to attend Sade's induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next year.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 08.16.15 @ 05:25am


I will not deny that Sade is still one of my favorite artists. I had developed an appreciation for the sound of the saxophone at a very early age. My first exposure to the sound of the saxophone may have been Boots Randolph's recordings.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 05:22am


Sade
Hear is a real band of musicians/artist /talent They wrote most of their tunes great production crossed over to the so call rock market....
Long over due

Once again I can't believe that Philip has make so many almost laughable statements.....
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the US. In 1986 the band won a Grammy Award for Best New Artist.[4] Their 2000 album, Lovers Rock, won the Grammy Award for Best Pop Vocal Album. Sade's sixth studio album, Soldier of Love, was released on 8 February 2010, and peaked at No. 4 in the UK, and No. 1 in the US.[5] In 2011, the band won their fourth Grammy Award for Best R&B Performance by a Duo or Group with Vocals.[4]

Sade's US certified sales so far stand at 23.5 million units according to Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA),[6] and have sold more than 50 million units worldwide to date. The band were ranked at No. 50 on VH1's list of the "100 greatest artists of all time."[7][8]

Posted by RBFAN on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 07:37am


Thank you RBFAN,

I think that Ryan Davis also gave several great reasons why Sade should be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, ASAHP.

We need more people to come forward and discuss what Sade's music means to them.

Posted by Enigmatus on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 10:05am


*steps forward*

Her music means a cure for insomnia for me.

Sorry, Enig. Just a small joke. I couldn't resist playing off that last line of yours.

You wrote awhile back, "Who doesn't love Sade?" Well, I don't. And a lot of other people who have posted one-liners on this thread don't. I don't hate Sade either (except "Smooth Operator," for some reason I find that song to be grating, perhaps because I got sick of hearing it), to be fair, but they do not float my boat, and I would not try to dock my boat into any woman's harbor with Sade as the soundtrack (in response to calling her the female Marvin Gaye).

That said, while I don't care for them, I do hear what excites you in their music--it just doesn't excite me, and I can hear why they might be part of the Hall's discussion. But for reasons I stated earlier, I don't see them as viable candidates this year. Again, I may be wrong, but I may be right.

Posted by Philip on Wednesday, 08.19.15 @ 12:49pm


Philip,

Thank you for your response. That certainly explains everything. It also means that you and I musically have almost nothing whatsoever in common, unfortunately!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Friday, 08.21.15 @ 14:52pm


Yesterday, I was watching an impromptu jazz fusion session on Prog Archives which had been, believe it or not, part of the song,'Smooth Operator' by Sade. One individual was attempting to convince various members of Prog Archives how 'Sade' had belonged to my favorite genre, "progressive rock" and even when confronted with the evidence, were entirely dismissive. Believe me, I certainly know how that feels.

I do not say this lightly, I am an aficionado of almost all forms of "progressive rock," and "art rock," in their many forms and I will defend most of it's numerous artists. Smooth jazz, Sade's genre, is the child of "jazz fusion" and as such, it is "prog" adjacent, therefore Sade is "prog" adjacent. I have not changed my mind, due to their body of work and their influence, I still believe that Sade does deserve immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.22.15 @ 09:32am


With very few exceptions, most of the people whom I have polled over the past several months like Sade much more than another often touted artist, on this website.

In my honest opinion, Quincy Jones was right about preserving this country's music traditions. Jazz has been an important genre of music for more than a century. Smooth jazz is the daughter of "Jazz fusion."

Sade exemplifies the best of this genre. Her band and she have remained popular throughout the world for more than 30 years. Their most recent live recording attests to the fact that her band can still put on a great show. Helen Folasade Adu appears to be ageless and her soaring vocals are both strong and passionate.

Sade has been recognized by VH-1 as being the 50th greatest artist of all time. Sade has been an influence on many major popular artists. Sade has been recognized with numerous awards. They have been nominated for induction into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame.

It is now the time for Sade, to be inducted next year, along with several other iconic artists into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 06:07am


You're a trip, buddy.

I love Sade. Hopefully they get a nomination someday.

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"With very few exceptions, most of the people whom I have polled over the past several months like Sade much more than another often touted artist, on this website. "

Posted by Mike on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 13:29pm


When you mean "trip" Mike do you mean annoying and exhausting to read because of how often he posts and comments on everything having any relation to Duran Duran, Rush, and Sade?

Posted by Brian on Saturday, 09.5.15 @ 13:34pm


I guess it's open to interpretation.

Maybe Sade will get a nomination with their next album.

Posted by Mike on Monday, 09.7.15 @ 08:31am


Brian,

Actually, my list of so-called favorite artists is quite lengthy. I comment on the Rush page quite frequently because they are a highly regarded "progressive rock" artist. I do have a strong desire to see both Duran Duran and Sade inducted ASAP however.

Posted by Enogmaticus on Wednesday, 09.16.15 @ 06:30am


I just don't see it any time soon. Dozens and dozens of artists are more deserving. I could see it in 10-12 years though.

Posted by Alex on Wednesday, 09.16.15 @ 09:04am


Alex,

You certainly have an interesting perspective. When you refer to dozens and dozens of artists which are more deserving, just who are you referring to?

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 09.19.15 @ 16:24pm


Yesterday,


While driving to work, I had encountered a huge traffic jam. Ordinarily, I would have been much more than slightly upset about this. Luckily, I had a copy of "The Best Of Sade" with me. I try to never leave home without it. In any event, after placing Sade in my SUV's cd player, I was in a relatively mellow mood for the remainder of the day. It was especially useful for navigating through Tucson traffic during the mid afternoon.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 10.1.15 @ 12:16pm


I really wonder what's going on in Sade's world.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 11.14.15 @ 11:43am


First of all, I would like to wish a very Happy Birthday to Helen Folasade Adu. Thank you for more than 3 decades of excellent music. Hopefully, your band will be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame next year!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.16.16 @ 14:27pm


Happy Birthday! She's beautiful. It's a firm No on the Hall, though.

Posted by Sarah Sarah on Saturday, 01.16.16 @ 17:23pm


Sarah Sarah,

I certainly hope not. If there is one artist in the world of rhythm and blues and jazz, that many progressive rock aficionados will universally endorse, it is Sade.

Unfortunately, I have not written much about Sade during the past several months either.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 06.4.16 @ 07:26am


I will certainly not deny that I am a huge advocate for Sade's induction.

With very few exceptions, most of the people whom I have polled over the past several months like Sade much more than another often touted artist, on this website.

In my honest opinion, Quincy Jones was right about preserving this country's music traditions. Jazz has been an important genre of music for more than a century. Smooth jazz is the daughter of "Jazz fusion."

Sade exemplifies the best of this genre. Her band and she have remained popular throughout the world for more than 30 years. Their most recent live recording attests to the fact that her band can still put on a great show. Helen Folasade Adu appears to be ageless and her soaring vocals are both strong and passionate.

Sade has been recognized by VH-1 as being the 50th greatest artist of all time. Sade has been an influence on many major popular artists. Sade has been recognized with numerous awards. They have been nominated for induction into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame.

It is now the time for Sade, to be inducted next year, along with several other iconic artists into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 08.27.16 @ 11:41am


I will certainly not deny that I am a huge advocate for Sade's induction.

With very few exceptions, most of the people whom I have polled over the past several months like Sade much more than another often touted artist, on this website.

In my honest opinion, Quincy Jones was right about preserving this country's music traditions. Jazz has been an important genre of music for more than a century. Smooth jazz is the daughter of "Jazz fusion."

Sade exemplifies the best of this genre. Her band and she have remained popular throughout the world for more than 30 years. Their most recent live recording attests to the fact that her band can still put on a great show. Helen Folasade Adu appears to be ageless and her soaring vocals are both strong and passionate.

Sade has been recognized by VH-1 as being the 50th greatest artist of all time. Sade has been an influence on many major popular artists. Sade has been recognized with numerous awards. They have been nominated for induction into the Songwriter's Hall Of Fame.

It is now the time for Sade, to be inducted next year, along with several other iconic artists into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.1.16 @ 02:59am


That's quite a scientific poll you've run, enigmaticus.
And in a slightly disturbing turn of events you said the exact same thing last year. Over and over again.

Sade loves Janet Jackson, for the record. And has admitted that Janet's ballads have always influenced her own style.

I'm listening to No Ordinary Love as I type this. Surprised that isn't an essential track.

Posted by Ryan on Thursday, 09.1.16 @ 05:41am


So what is it about Sade that not only appeals to the classic rhythm and blues crowd, the Jazz aficionados and of course, to the prog aficionados? Well, Sade not only employs the structure of "progressive rock," but also the smoothness of jazz and the depth of soul. Combining these three elements together would require adding "art," or "progressive" to the genre that Sade belongs to. So, why not call Sade, "progressive soul?"

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.4.16 @ 10:07am


So what is it about Sade that not only appeals to the classic rhythm and blues crowd, but also to Jazz aficionados and of course, to the prog aficionados? Well, Sade not only employs the structure of "progressive rock," but also the smoothness of jazz and the depth of soul. Combining these three elements together would require adding "art," or "progressive" to the genre that Sade belongs to. So, why not call Sade, "progressive soul?"

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 09.4.16 @ 10:21am


So what is it about Sade that not only appeals to the classic rhythm and blues crowd, the Jazz aficionados and of course, to the prog aficionados? Well, Sade not only employs the structure and virtuosity of "progressive rock," but also the smoothness and sophistication of jazz and the emotional depth of soul. Combining these three elements together would require adding "art," or "progressive" to the genre that Sade belongs to. So, why not call Sade and the genre that their music belongs to : "progressive soul?"

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 09.8.16 @ 22:53pm


If there are any artists, other than perhaps: Yes, The Moody Blues, Electric Light Orchestra and Duran Duran who I have been actively touting for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, during the past several years, Sade certainly fills the bill. Sade is 21st on my list of favorite "prog" artists and my 24th favorite artist, overall. In my honest opinion, only Fleetwood Mac, Stevie Nicks (as a solo artist) and Sting (as a solo artist) rank slightly higher.

I was greatly disappointed to not see Sade on this particular list. Hopefully next year, Sade will finally receive a much overdue nomination and induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2018.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 10.20.16 @ 12:36pm


It has been a while since I had written about Sade; that situation will change in the not too distant future.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Thursday, 11.3.16 @ 01:23am


Out of the 78 comments made on this page about Sade, I have written approximately 46 of them. I think that shows just how supportive I am of an induction for Sade.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:27pm


So Sade, if you're out there reading all this... he also enjoys long walks on the beach.

Posted by Philip on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:45pm


Philip,

That was really quite hilarious. Actually, I was R.O.F.L.M.A.O.W.A.D.R. @ that one! ;-P

Cheers!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:53pm


Philip,

That was really quite hilarious. Actually, I was R.O.F.L.M.A.O.W.A.D.R. @ that one! ;-P

Cheers!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Monday, 01.2.17 @ 12:54pm


My most sincere apologies to everyone,I have been extremely busy at work this week. Nonetheless, I have created a major faux pas which must be corrected:

Happy belated birthday to Helen Folasade Adu. Thank you Sade for over 3 decades of remarkable music!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.21.17 @ 10:57am


My most sincere apologies to everyone, for I have been extremely busy at work this week. Nonetheless, I have created a major faux pas which definitely must be corrected:

Happy belated birthday to Helen Folasade Adu. Thank you Sade for over 3 decades of remarkable, timeless music, which will continue to inspire future generations of artists.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 01.21.17 @ 11:00am


I was listening to "Soldier Of Love" yesterday while driving from Tucson to an eastern suburb of Phoenix yesterday. Although I like much of the album, the one song which I am not particularly fond of is 'Babyfather.' In my honest opinion, this song is far too repetitive and the lyrics are not particularly brilliant. E

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.29.17 @ 02:31am


Other than 'Babyfather,' which I had found to be rather annoying, I think that the remainder of the songs on "Soldier Of Love" are really quite good. If I had to provide an initial rating on "Soldier Of Love," I would give it (****).

However, Sade have created several masterpieces amongst their discography. I like the fact that there is certainly more orchestration in their newer works.

Although, I haven't listened to "Lover's Rock" for quite a while, I think that I will give it another listen in the not too distant future.

Do I still believe that Sade deserves immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Yes, absolutely!

Posted by Enigmaticus on Sunday, 01.29.17 @ 11:50am


First of all, I would like to acknowledge and thank, Eric Layton of E-Rockracy for mentioning Sade in his list of those artists who deserve induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in: "Thinking Outside The Pyramid: 10 New Acts for the Rock Hall Conversation." Thank you, Eric.

Second of all, I would like to acknowledge Bill G., for mentioning Sade in his posts.

Thirdly, I would like to continue to reiterate just how much, I actively support Sade's immediate induction into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame.

Posted by Enigmaticus on Saturday, 06.10.17 @ 08:16am


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