Eligible since: 2003 (The 2004 Induction Ceremony)
Nominated in: 2012
Previously Considered? Yes what's this?
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2004 (ranked #62) .
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They are not in yet?
Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Tuesday, 10.3.06 @ 08:55am
They should be in.
Posted by Jason on Monday, 01.1.07 @ 10:43am
A no brainer. They should have been in on the first ballot. Once the hall feels ready to open the door to the new wave bands (besides the Police) the first band in should be The Cure. They are without a doubt the goth giants.
Posted by lightninli on Sunday, 01.7.07 @ 00:48am
These guys practically ushered in a whole genre and managed to be one of the easiest acts to stomach in it. They REALLY deserve it. If bands like REM can make it (and they were similar in their early years) then Robert and his bunch deserve it just as much.
Posted by Josh L. on Monday, 01.8.07 @ 17:59pm
Robert Smith's image overshadows the band's music in many eyes, I'm sure. That is a shame... they have influenced so many bands, it is criminal that they have not even been nominated!
Posted by Marc on Saturday, 02.10.07 @ 14:44pm
This is a question I have, whenever I mention the Rock Hall, attracted my attention - probably because I assumed that bands became eligible 25 years after their first American release, they would have only been eligible in the 2005 induction ceremony.
I would think they would be inducted at some point. You would need some new blood on the Committee, though. Some people who have a much better understanding and less dismissive attitude about 80's music generally. The Cure, The Smiths, Depeche Mode...all need serious consideration, but the current membership on the Board that decides these things think that rock ended around 1980.
Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 02.20.07 @ 09:11am
They should be in by now. Their music has lived on and there's been a huge-ass amount of bands that've been influenced by them. Same goes with D.Mode
Posted by maplejet on Tuesday, 02.27.07 @ 11:12am
The Cure is the, THE, most influential band in the history of "alternative" music. While certainly being influenced by Nick Drake and (particularly, as different as they sound) Pink Floyd, The Cure brought to the table the use of repetition that has engendered the best music of this generation. Their interweaving multiple instrumental melody lines, their layers of texture, the beauty and depth of Smith's poetry, the quirkiness and humor of his lyrics; the inspired vocal stylings...Without The Cure, as we know them there would be no Modest Mouse, no Mogwai, no Lush, no Yo La Tengo, no Sigur Ros, no Pixies, on and on. And anyway, if the only album they'd ever release was "Disintegration", that would be enough for them to deserve entry. (Of course, the RnRHoF is a bit of a joke, so I'm not sure it really matters at all.)
Posted by -G- on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 04:12am
ROBERT SMITH IS GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Posted by KEN on Wednesday, 03.14.07 @ 08:11am
If they're not inducted The Cure fans around the globe will start a riot including me. boo ya!
Posted by Anna on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 17:49pm
Definitely put them in along with The Smiths and Depeche Mode....all highly innovative and influential bands
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 03.15.07 @ 21:32pm
Not having The Cure in the Hall of Fame is a travesty and shows just what a joke the whole thing is. It’s just like any other awards show, and says as much about those doing the nominating and voting as it does about the actual musicians. Maybe more.
Posted by Chris on Sunday, 03.18.07 @ 11:38am
They should have been in already. Despite Robert Smith's "now tired" goth look, he is a brilliant songwriter and musician. He has been very devoted to making music and touring for nearly 30 years. Induct The Cure!!!
Posted by George on Friday, 03.30.07 @ 21:33pm
They're one of the most defining, biggest selling and highest charting bands in alternative rock. You could make the argument that they're one of the FOUNDERS of Alternative rock (they formed - and released an album before R.E.M. did)
Posted by Ryan Gibbs on Saturday, 05.19.07 @ 13:47pm
Would the Bon Jovi people mind doing the same thing for The Cure? A band that is way more deserving and should be in the Hall already. I would do it but I am not nearly as talented at hitting YES 200 or 300 times. Many thanks and Have a nice day
Posted by PJ on Wednesday, 05.23.07 @ 15:50pm
come on guys, "boys don't cry", "just like heaven", "a forest" etc, they're all classics
Posted by yomero on Monday, 07.16.07 @ 21:30pm
almost every band of the 80's, 90's and even 00's are heavily influenced by The Cure; it is a curse word that they're not in.
Posted by krazy pig on Monday, 07.16.07 @ 21:36pm
The Cure is one of the more egregious omissions so far by the RRHOF.
Posted by Dezmond on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 07:47am
True, but there are other much worse "misses"
Posted by Anon on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 12:58pm
"True, but there are other much worse "misses"
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 14:33pm
The Cure are at the front of the line as far as post-punk is concerned.
Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 17:08pm
I love the Cure - I just think there are other "misses" in front of them - spare me the dramatics please...
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 22:16pm
In the realm of post-punk, that is, the microcosm we must view The Cure through the context of, no, there aren't any misses ahead of them. Maybe you could make a case for Joy Division. Maybe. But you can't induct both at the same time because that would be amazingly depressing.
Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 07.17.07 @ 22:36pm
Sure, there are obvious "subgenres" in music, but we need to look at the big picture. There are innumerable other acts in "Rock" due in way before The Cure. As I have seen someone say, "Get in line boys."
Posted by Anon on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 09:16am
Do you enjoy not getting things?
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 18:12pm
"There are innumerable other acts in "Rock" due in way before The Cure."
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 19:26pm
Why do I not get things? I get it quite clearly. Sure, within the "postpunk" genre, the Cure is in front - I agree and see that. I was merely pointing out that there are other snubs, in GENERAL, that are due in before the Cure. True maybe not "innumerable", but there are enough. Again, I was only speaking in general.
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 21:18pm
None of those bands are the biggest standout in their respective subgenres as The Cure is. None of them have anywhere near the influence on popular culture and music The Cure had. Therefore, "get in line, boys." Said line forms behind The Cure.
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 07.18.07 @ 22:58pm
That is nothing more than your opinion. And, of course I wholeheartedly disagree. While I am a fan of the Cure, an 80's "post punk" band needs to get in line behind some of the giants of rock and heavy metal from the 60's and 70's. But, that will never happen because the hall has a tendency to let in punk type bands, and essentially disregard heavy metal and progressive...oh well..that is what makes the hall not an institution to be taken that seriously and a "piss stain."
Posted by Anon on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 08:34am
And, BTW, many of the bands I listed were at the forefront of their respective genres - the Moody Blues, not influential? - c'mon.
Posted by Anon on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 08:45am
This is kind of a silly argument. We agree that there are a handful (or maybe more than a handful) of egregious omissions so far in the RRHOF. Now we are basically arguing over a matter of degree.
Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 08:59am
That is only your opinion and I disagree. I listed some "pioneering" bands. Sorry, the Cure were good, but they are from the 80's. In any event, my point was really more of a temporal one...but I think that has been lost here.
Posted by Anon on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 09:12am
Well, if you are looking at influence, yes. I don't see any other band more influential than The Cure on the outside still looking in.
Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 17:56pm
I don't mind Cat Stevens, but he's hardly what comes to my mind when I think of the Hall of Fame.
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 18:03pm
Dammit. I knew I'd forget some snubs. OK, After my main list, the RRHOF should go back and also reconsider some of the following:
Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 18:10pm
Here is my list:
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 18:37pm
The Smiths aren't eligible so they aren't a snub...yet.
Posted by Kit on Thursday, 07.19.07 @ 19:03pm
Dezmond and Anon: Does Yes, Genesis, and Rush being higher on your snub lists than King Crimson have to do with their better commercial success?
Posted by shawn on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 00:29am
Posted by SG on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 00:35am
For me it is simple. I am a bigger Rush fan (obviously I am biased, I know that) and I think they are "better" than KC in many ways, one of which is commerically, the other is with their overall sound. Of course that part is nothing more than personal preference. But, you are right that KC is considered at the "forefront" as you say.
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 05:50am
Good question, shawn. And I thought about when ranking my snub list. Commercial success, no question. All three were much more commercially relevant than KC. You cannot take away KC's pioneering status in prog rock, but at the same time, I think Yes and Genesis were almost equally pioneering in their own way and how they developed their sounds. KC was one of the ones who opened the door, but Yes and Genesis were also both there essentially at the beginning. (Rush a little less pioneering, but great in other ways).
Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 09:07am
...And the bottom line is that it is absurd that all four (Yes, Genesis, KC, Rush) are not already in the RRHOF anyway. And The Cure. And Peter Gabriel as a solo artist. And Jeff Beck. And...
Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 09:10am
Good points Dez...the more I think about it...Shawn and Kit are probably right though. As much as I am a huge Rush fan, if I "step back" I would have to admit that KC was at the forefront of progressive rock and should probably be in first before latter bands, like Yes, Rush, Genesis, etc. But, I think like Dez said, the most important point is that they are all big bands with longevity, influence, etc. and at this point NONE are in....it really makes the hall look bad. I genuinely believe that when you leave out so many pioneering and big bands from the 60's and 70's, the hall loses some credibility. And, everyone knows (like the pink elephant in the room), a lot of it has to do with personal vendettas, personal preference, etc. I wish the hall were a bit more objective and it did not have to be so "personal." I think the hall would gain a lot more credibility..
Posted by Anon on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 10:11am
Dez: "Genesis and Yes were, overall, greater. They not only helped to create the template for prog rock (as KC did), but a much larger number of people listened to (them) than listened to KC, and therefore my feeling is that Yes and Genesis had a bigger impact."
Posted by shawn on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 12:12pm
I think the answer might be that commercial success can be a factor, the other factors being equal. Shawn basically said it, but assuming you are comparing two bands that both pioneered in their genre, influenced lots of other musicians who came after...but one also was much more successful commercially than the other? Then I might give the edge to the one who managed to be influencial and musically relevant...and who also reached a huge audience.
Posted by Dezmond on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 14:45pm
Dez said it right. Naturally, to some degree success (commerically that is) comes into play. For me, the ultimate band is one that is both influential or innovative and commerically successful. Those are the giants of rock music -for instance, see Police, U2, Zeppelnin, The Who, Beatles, etc.
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 17:00pm
This assumes that all the people who listened to them also went out and started a band. That's why there's no direct connection between commercial success and influence. Most music consumers are not musicians.
Posted by William on Friday, 07.20.07 @ 23:33pm
It assumes nothing...your points are true but obvious. They are obviously mutually exclusive categories. My point was that the "giants" of music are those that are BOTH influential and commercially successful - a rare combo.
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 07.21.07 @ 06:48am
" That's why there's no direct connection between commercial success and influence. Most music consumers are not musicians."
Posted by shawn on Saturday, 07.21.07 @ 16:15pm
Great thoughts, guys.
Posted by SG on Saturday, 07.21.07 @ 21:24pm
I have to agree with William here. At least for me, the term "influence" means to other rock artists or musicians. It does not mean the general buying public. If the latter were the definition, then every band would be seen as influential.
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 07.21.07 @ 22:14pm
" At least for me, the term "influence" means to other rock artists or musicians. It does not mean the general buying public."
Posted by shawn on Sunday, 07.22.07 @ 12:35pm
Well, influencing other musicians is really the only way you CAN make an impact. Even if you invent a whole new sound, and millions of people buy your albums, but no one ever tries to copy or expand on what you did, where's the impact?
Posted by William on Sunday, 07.22.07 @ 16:21pm
I think Shawn's point is that "influence" is a vague term as used by the HOF. I have made the point for Cat Stevens for hall induction. So, his influence has certainly been on fans - not sure about musicians nor do I care. His soul searching lyrics (i.e. father and son, where do the children play, etc.) have impacted literally millions of people (i.e. fans), have made people think and examine their own lives in a deeper manner - if that is not influential, then I do not know what is. I think you can have a profound impact and be influential without having other musicians try to mimic or borrow from you. Whether his "influence" on fans qualifies him for HOF induction is another completely different story.
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 07.22.07 @ 19:57pm
"Influence" is a vague term. Anonymous, I like what you said, but I tend to think that by Influence they are indeed talking about influencing the music, as in influencing later musicians and sounds (or lyrics).
Posted by Dezmond on Monday, 07.23.07 @ 08:26am
"Well, influencing other musicians is really the only way you CAN make an impact.
Posted by shawn on Monday, 07.23.07 @ 15:26pm
How is it myopic? In what way do you have real, lasting impact on music as a whole if no one tries to expand on what you've done? Music has a genealogy. If you turn out to be an evolutionary dead end, then that's it. You were there. You're gone. You'll be forgotten in time. It's like dying without children. A poster is not influence. A band t-shirt is not influence. Sound influences sound.
Posted by William on Monday, 07.23.07 @ 23:18pm
It is myopic William, because for the type of Rock Hall we have here, your screening method is understood and meant for too select of an audience who have the special knowledge and interest that you do. In a word, your criteria is too esoteric for a populist oriented Hall of Fame.
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 14:02pm
"In what way do you have real, lasting impact on music as a whole if no one tries to expand on what you've done?"
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 14:59pm
I do not care about "underground" status. It has always been irrelevant to me. The Hall as it is sucks because it is a tourist trap, not a museum, which it should be.
Posted by William on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 15:41pm
"The Hall..sucks because it is..not a museum, which it should be."
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 17:21pm
"because that is too elusive, undefinable and wildly subjective to pretend like artists can be plugged into it like an equation."
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 17:44pm
BTW, one more thing. Shawn made a great point...measuring influence is quite difficult. Not in all cases, but in many. Were the Doobie Brothers influential. I am sure you could find a bunch of bar bands, as Shawn puts it, or some bigger artists that would say the Doobies influenced them...So, by that standard they should be in...
Posted by Anonymous on Tuesday, 07.24.07 @ 17:46pm
Making these determinations is difficult, I agree. But as William said, I don't see why we shouldn't try. The whole fall-back "well, art is all subjective anyway" argument is kind of a cop-out. It is easy to be objective on the extremes (The Beatles, objectively, are "better", more innovative and more influential than Britney Spears). Obviously it gets more difficult and somewhat subjective in between those extremes. But it is a cop-out to just throw up our hands and say, "oh well, it is all a matter of taste".
Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 07.25.07 @ 08:35am
I am always struck by that article (it is posted somewhere on this site) where an anonymous former member of the Nominating Committee was trying to bring up a discussion about The Moody Blues (I believe), and Jon Landau shot down even discussing them. Landau asked: "Do you like them?" The Committee member said that he personally did not, but they should still be discussed. Landau then ended all discussion on The Moody Blues.
Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 07.25.07 @ 09:00am
Listen, I wholeheartedly concur with some model of an objective gauge that includes complex levers and multiple blood tests. I'm not proffering a philosophy of "let-em-all-in".
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 07.25.07 @ 09:53am
Morrissey - "The Cure: a new dimension to the word crap"
Posted by liam on Saturday, 09.15.07 @ 16:32pm
Wow, I did some research and Morrisey really did call the Cure crap - I guess he does not think they were snubbed by the RRHOF
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 09.22.07 @ 23:55pm
i doubt its got anything to do with the hall. Probably something to do with what their drummer said about him. Or it could be the other way around.
Posted by liam on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 07:08am
Morissey has called pretty much everyone crap at one point or another. He does not play well with the other children.
Posted by Kit on Sunday, 09.23.07 @ 14:47pm
No doubt about it, The Cure should have been in the day the doors to the HoF opened.
Posted by Lori on Sunday, 11.25.07 @ 18:24pm
If the Cure do not get in it will just prove what a sham the hall of fame is.
Posted by Jim on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 10:42am
"Sure, there are obvious "subgenres" in music, but we need to look at the big picture."
Posted by liam on Friday, 12.14.07 @ 10:47am
this is the band. they need to be in next cycle.
Posted by gary on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 11:57am
Completely agree, gary.
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 12:17pm
Maybe this lot should be considered aswell:
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 12:38pm
All worthy of consideration to my mind, liam, and I'd be interested to know how you would change my list, and also if you agree with the format I proposed, categorizing and forcing voters to induct from a preselected pool of those categories.
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 12:50pm
I agree with Joy Division over Gang Of Four, as I think that ian Curtis' group had more impact than GO4, and because I think that JD actually stands a better chance.
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:08pm
I'd replace Depeche Mode with the Buzzcocks, because I'd say more artists owe Shelley and Devoto than DM.
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:11pm
Liam, you get 1 more nominee in Metal and 2 more in Post-punk, as my model was 2 of 6, and you also listed Buzzcocks twice.
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:11pm
Hahahaha, I'm stupid.
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:12pm
Ok for metal, I pick Judas Priest
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:18pm
"I'd replace Depeche Mode with the Buzzcocks, because I'd say more artists owe Shelley and Devoto than DM." -liam
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:23pm
I'd rather see the Buzzcocks inducted, to be honest, no matter how obscure the US mainstream sees them, because I really think that their impact is greater than that of DM, and because the Ramones, the other majot player in pop punk, have been inducted.
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:37pm
Then we should implement a proto-punk category the next year!
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:48pm
Shit - can't believe I forgot The Jam in the proto-punk category! Who would they replace of the 6?
Posted by shawn on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:50pm
Hmmm. I actually think that a Britpop selection would be wasted on the voters: I doubt any of them have even heard of the likes of Supergrass, and Blur are one hit wonders over there, so the voters might just end up picking a random vote. I'd actually do it like this, without Oasis:
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 13:59pm
I'd put the Jam in as replacement for the Damned.
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 14:00pm
Damn; forgot about the Beautiful South. They've got superb lyrics, a strong discography and enough influence. The comparisons to the Smiths' lyrics won't do them any favours, though.
Posted by l i a m on Thursday, 12.27.07 @ 14:21pm
OK, I'm putting up the "Snubs Queue" as I see it:
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 15:12pm
Damn, I guess New Order is just an elusive group (see Casper's list). I'll put 'em between 17 and 22.
Posted by Liam on Saturday, 02.9.08 @ 15:21pm
Shall I assume that my list is totally perfect, or has nobody-bothered seen it?
Posted by Liam on Friday, 02.15.08 @ 13:47pm
For some odd reason, I confused Judas Priest as Def Leppard on my list. What a silly mistake.
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 03.30.08 @ 09:45am
They are not there. That's an insult to me..they are the greatest neopunk band, I think if the hall of fame wants fame they should put in, inmiadetlly
Posted by lissette on Tuesday, 04.8.08 @ 14:35pm
At the moment, Joy Division are at the front of my post-punk queue, mainly because Robert Smith was so heavily influenced by them and they would not have gone down their "Pornography" road without the influence from Unknown Pleasures and Closer, so The Cure are second.
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 04.13.08 @ 11:46am
Definitely should be. Not only did they spark off their own genre, (which has since sparked off its own emo subgenre,) they were one of the founding members of alternative rock, which means that all indie/alternative rock bands have The Cure to thank for their careers. And they've influenced a huge amount of mainstream pop/rock/hard rock/ teen angst/post-punk revival/80's revival music. Apparently Robert Smith was one of the first men in rock to make self-pity and weakness a central theme in songwriting, which basically means most, if not all, modern music has been influenced by him to some extent. Thirty years since they formed, teenagers still listen to their music and go to their concerts, and loads of Cure hits have become fixtures of rock radio stations. This is definitely a band without which modern music would be completely different.
Posted by oh on Sunday, 05.4.08 @ 12:14pm
"Not only did they spark off their own genre," - oh
Posted by Liam on Sunday, 05.4.08 @ 12:39pm
Forget about genres; The Cure were an excellent RnR band that had a mood in their music that reached past expectations and touched many people. They wrote good songs, recorded them well and performed them even better. I never understood what was so Goth about their music. He wrote great songs from the heart. Now bands may have done similiar stuff before the Cure, but they didn't do it as well which is why their reach went past the little sub-genres that have pigeon-holed so many other bands. I do hope the Cure are inducted one day.
Posted by Dameon on Sunday, 05.4.08 @ 20:43pm
I believe that The Cure will see their day in the Hall of Fame. Their relevance and influence is undeniable.
Posted by aquadonia on Wednesday, 05.7.08 @ 03:16am
Posted by FNT on Saturday, 05.10.08 @ 21:01pm
ok..i thought they'd be in by now. Why aren't they in?
Posted by J on Thursday, 09.4.08 @ 07:46am
Joy Division should get in before the Cure. Yeah, The Cure should definitely get in, but Joy Division first. In fact, Induct them both on the same ballot! that'd would be one heck of a year. Put Sonic Youth on there two. 80's Alternative giants are being snubbed, except for R.E.M. I'm Sick of it.
Posted by Calzone on Saturday, 11.29.08 @ 09:52am
The Cure does deserve it but I take issue with some of the comments about them being "The Most Influential" alternative rock band (I'm guessing these are from superfans)...
Posted by Elastic Man on Saturday, 01.17.09 @ 04:14am
They should be in. Influenced a lot of artists.
Posted by Rudy on Sunday, 04.5.09 @ 19:31pm
Wow... I really thought they were already in. They should be. Like the genre or not, they're practically responsible for the en masse creation and popularization of New Wave.
Posted by Jess on Sunday, 04.19.09 @ 00:19am
Another overlooked 80s band totally deserving of Hall of Fame status.
Posted by Breaker on Friday, 09.11.09 @ 08:51am
The Cure should be inducted and i believe they will be. The biggest snub i see is that of Hall & Oates. Their accomplishments have been many and there are countless artists in Pop, Alternative, Hip Hop, R & B and even Country Music who have claimed influence including The Killers, MGMT, Kanye West, Gym Class Heroes, Jimmy Wayne, Mary J. Blige, Rob Thomas and many others. Gym Class Heroes released a mash-up album and two other bands are currently working on tribute albums. Their fans also include Smokey Robinson (who said he would induct them) and Mick Jagger. With their first Boxset out and sells over 80 million they were recently nominated for a Grammy pitted against The Black-Eyed Peas. Arguably the biggest artist of the 80's next to Michael Jackson and 2012 will mark 40 years in the business for the considered legendary duo that once won AMAs three consecutive years for best group or duo.
Posted by Dan on Friday, 02.19.10 @ 09:55am
Sure. I believe they have some influence so I can certainly support their induction.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 04.15.10 @ 19:30pm
"Shawn made a great point...measuring influence is quite difficult. Not in all cases, but in many. Were the Doobie Brothers influential. I am sure you could find a bunch of bar bands, as Shawn puts it, or some bigger artists that would say the Doobies influenced them...So, by that standard they should be in..." - Dezmond
Posted by Sam on Wednesday, 06.2.10 @ 20:43pm
Robert himself once said to Blender that whether or not they get inducted "isn't keeping me up at night". So he probably wouldn't show up even if they were inducted. It would be cool to see a national TV performance by them, but how many people would watch it? Many people would've in the 80's and early 90's, but they only have a cult following now.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.9.10 @ 21:32pm
I'm surprised The Cure isn't already in. They should be.
Posted by Mike on Saturday, 09.25.10 @ 05:54am
I think Depeche Mode deserve it a bit more but yes the Cure were an amazing band in the 80s and early 90s and should be inducted, i just feel that they're last two releases in general were quite poor and thats hurt them a bit imo.
Posted by Paul on Thursday, 11.11.10 @ 18:40pm
"I guess we have to try and do the research. I'd love to hear people's feedback on how to knuckle down and decide whether what looks like a borderline case (Foreigner, Motley Crue, Boston) can be considered (though I've come up with my answers for those.)"
Posted by Jim on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 00:05am
Well apparently these artists were influenced by Guns N Roses
Posted by GFW on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 06:14am
Valid points Jim. Unfortunately my response was rejected as spam (due to a connection problem) and I really can't be bothered writing it again. Maybe some other time. I'll just say that influence is difficult to figure out, but it's a necessary evil if we want to do things properly. I fully agree with the last paragraph, though I still hold out hope that The Cure and Depeche Mode (and maybe Eurythmics) will be inducted eventually.
Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.1.11 @ 06:15am
Tool? Are you sure? I don't know whether they've actually said it, but there is no similarity in sound at all. Equally dubious with Korn and Manson.
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 01.6.11 @ 05:59am
Based on the Snubs queue posted way back (by Liam), I decided to do one of my own:
Posted by Sam on Thursday, 01.6.11 @ 07:13am
"If anyone (Jim, GFW etc.) wants to help me with this that's fine."
Posted by Jim on Thursday, 01.6.11 @ 15:15pm
Mostly I agree with that list, Jim. Replace the Mondays with Motley Crue. I'm going to be objective and remove The Stone Roses as they have no Stateside impact and for a short career (only one more album after the magnificent debut). LL Cool J can replace them. The Specials? Same reason. Put Heart there, or should Def Leppard go? The Gang I love dearly, but their reputation mostly rests on their first two albums. I like Def Leppard, so I don't have to hold my nose while putting them in that spot. The Fall? See The Stone Roses (except The Fall are still going), Mondays (most people think they hit they only had two milestone albums, so that hurts them) and Specials (again cramped by longevity and lack of Stateside impact) and put Chicago there. Ozzy deserves a second induction but since he's in already I can take him off. Motley opened for him, so I don't think he'd mind them taking his spot. The Doobie Brothers aren't that high a priority for me, so we'll agree to disagree there. I don't really like The Cars, but there are few bigger snubs in New Wave, so they can replace... Talk Talk. Now, I can save The Jesus & Mary Chain or Bad Brains, as Cheap Trick should replace one of them. I'll keep Bad Brains... actually, Duran Duran isn't that big a snub, so I'll keep both, at the risk of looking elitist, though considering I'm kicking GO4 off for Def Leppard I probably already have to prepare to dodge a torrent of abuse, since we know DL have been a touchy subject around here. Since The Melvins and Soundgarden technically aren't eligible yet (the Hall hasn't had the chance to look at them) they're not snubs yet, so we'll leave them for now. If GNR end up being the one 80's act on the ballot next year I do hope they get in, if only so the Hall doesn't skip over the rest of the 80's that they haven't acknowledged like it never happened. I guess I'll switch Deep Purple and King Crimson around; I'm itching to put them at #1, but it would be hard to argue that, as they haven't reached as many artists as Kraftwerk, and Sonic Youth and JD/NO are more relevant to what's going on today. No, scratch that; replace the Mondays with Motley and Ozzy with Cheap Trick. I don't feel Duran Duran is that pressing, so I'll agree to differ there as well.
Posted by Sam on Friday, 01.7.11 @ 17:10pm
I did some coin flips to determine who in the Top 5 would get the #1 spot if Kraftwerk is inducted in the fall. The results: King Crimson would move to the top, Sonic Youth would be 3rd, Deep Purple 4th and Joy Division 5th. Nah, drop them to 6th and put New Order 5th (longevity). How the rest of the list will be affected by newly eligibles will be determined in due course. For example, if the Chili Peppers get in on the next try and Soundgarden doesn't, Soundgarden would take their spot. If the Beastie Boys or LL Cool J got in, Eric B. & Rakim would replace whichever one was inducted. If both were inducted, I might give the other spot to a proto-rapper. If Depeche Mode got in, then Duran Duran might take their spot as the next in line for New Wave, and so on and so forth.
Posted by Sam on Saturday, 01.8.11 @ 05:48am
Atrocious that they did not get in on first ballot. They need to be let in on one condition-that they do NOT play Friday Im in Love at the inaugural.
Posted by Kevin on Thursday, 01.13.11 @ 05:49am
But I love that song. Can they play "Love Song" instead? Or something of Bloodflowers?
Posted by Sam on Friday, 01.14.11 @ 16:25pm
The Cure must make it very very soon, or the Hall will lose credibility. They are without question, THE definitive 80s post punk, goth band. Soooooo many of todays bands claim them as influences.
Posted by Matt on Monday, 01.31.11 @ 19:04pm
The Cure not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame shows that the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke.
Posted by Keith on Wednesday, 06.22.11 @ 23:36pm
First nomination this year, in its ninth year of eligibility.
Posted by JR on Tuesday, 09.27.11 @ 09:19am
The first act critics love that I'll assess is the Cure.
Posted by Charles Crossley Jr. on Thursday, 11.10.11 @ 04:08am
Never considered TV new wave. They were closer to Country Joe and the Fish in my mind. The earliest new wave bands (Talking Heads, Blondie, Devo, Costello, the Cars, etc.) were influenced more by pre-1967 synth sounds than anything else. Kraftwerk didn't have much to do with the formation. Later on some new wave bands became more electronic, and they were one of the influences, along with Moroder. The book "Are We Not New Wave" is a good history of the subject.
Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 11.10.11 @ 13:43pm
astro, is that book by Theo Cateforis?
Posted by Tahvo Parvianen on Friday, 11.11.11 @ 07:13am
I think The Cure have at least 6 good albums and a lot of songs to be considered in the HOF. As a mexican I can express about the influence they have had in the Latin Rock, for example with Caifanes (for Mexico) and Soda Stereo (for Argentina). In my case I have found in Joy Division, New Order and The Cure sounds and a lot of influence on other bands that have been mentioned here, and even U2 for exmple haven't done.
Posted by Oscar G on Saturday, 03.10.12 @ 23:23pm
It is with much regret that I have to make this comment so long after The Cure first became eligible for induction into the R&R HoF.
Posted by The Real Truth on Friday, 10.19.12 @ 02:08am
@The Real Truth-The R&RHF has a severe and well-documented aversion to the 1980s, which includes the whole post-punk/new wave era. That's the long and short of it
Posted by astrodog on Friday, 10.19.12 @ 16:54pm
@ astrodog - I do beleieve that they are willfully ignorant. I was over the moon when The Police were inducted. The Police and The Cure are my two favorite bands. For two very different reasons. But I am honest enough to admit when an artist that I do not care for in particular deserves induction.
Posted by The Real Truth on Friday, 10.19.12 @ 23:33pm
The masters of alternative music and not yet in the hall of fame. Wow. No wonder the hall of fame is becoming less and less important to fans. True artists and musicians are continuously overlooked for those that fall so conveniently into the pop/money culture. Sad.
Posted by Trains on Tuesday, 07.30.13 @ 20:53pm
I seriously hope that the RRHOF will induct The Cure this upcoming year. Such a fantastic, innovative band that has been sadly overlooked in favor of lightweights like John Mellencamp, Randy Newman, and Laura Nyro.
Posted by Zach on Thursday, 08.8.13 @ 17:57pm
See Zach, I can totally agree with you here on both The Cure and The Cars, two very favorites of mine.
Posted by Dezmond on Thursday, 08.8.13 @ 22:10pm
Saw this band at Voodoo Music Fest. They closed out the weekend. Was the main band I wanted to see (along with Pearl Jam & Paramore).
Posted by Paul in KY on Tuesday, 11.19.13 @ 13:04pm
I've always wanted to see The Cure live but they just never come around St. Louis! Of course, I had my opportunity this summer if I would have taken the drive to Chi-town for Lollapalooza.
Posted by Jason Voigt on Tuesday, 11.19.13 @ 13:12pm
The Cure should make it in 2015. They are one of the best & influential groups not yet inducted. Remind me of REM & Red Hot Chili Peppers in that their music was hit & miss with me.
Posted by KING on Friday, 01.31.14 @ 01:56am
If not them then no one belongs
Posted by eric on Sunday, 06.1.14 @ 19:44pm
What is wrong with this people? Why The Cure is not in yet?
Posted by BulmaPunkRocker on Sunday, 07.6.14 @ 22:10pm
So Nine Inch Nails before The Cure? Amusing how voters seem to skip clearly qualified bands to nominate other bands that were admittedly influenced by the former. It's like putting in Prince before James Brown or Guns n Roses before Aerosmith.
Posted by The Real Truth on Thursday, 10.16.14 @ 22:57pm
The Cure and The Smiths totally belong. I mean, Linda Ronstadt is in for crying out loud.
Posted by Nolan on Saturday, 10.18.14 @ 13:34pm
The Cure deserve RRHOF induction. Made impactful music since the late 70's. The more I listen to The Cure back catalogue of songs, the more enjoyment every listen. I think The Cure gets nominated again in 2015 taking The Smiths spot from last year. They will definitely be inducted by 2020.Like to see Duran Duran and Def Leopard inducted too. KING
Posted by KING on Sunday, 05.10.15 @ 00:28am
Seventeen Seconds (1980), Faith (1981) and Pornography (1982) made for one of those top shelf three album runs.
Posted by DarinRG on Monday, 05.11.15 @ 00:45am
Listen to Disintegration in it's entirity again in 2015. It is no less perfect, or moving, than it was the day it was released ~25 years ago. And that is just one album!
Posted by clone on Sunday, 06.7.15 @ 23:52pm
I'm hoping The Cure is nominated this 2015 cycle. One of those groups who were both influential and commercially successful. They have a strong catalogue of CD's and songs that should put them in RRHOF in the next 5 years. Clone brought up a good point about Disintegration. Excellent album. I gave my copy to my sister and lost my other copy during the move. SOL I guess. The Cure are an outstanding group and RRHOF worthy. Agree with Dezmond... The Cure should be inducted. KING
Posted by KING on Thursday, 08.6.15 @ 03:59am
Saw The Cure last night in Atlanta and they put on a fantastic show. 3 hour set. They really deserve another nomination!
Posted by Mike on Saturday, 06.25.16 @ 10:38am
I created a petition to try to get The Cure inducted next year. Please sign & share! Thanks!
Posted by Bonnie Strohl on Sunday, 10.23.16 @ 21:31pm
If there really is a cap on the number of enshrined members (and by some other person's guesswork, the cap appears to be set at "8" per group), I'm guessing a future The Cure induction will include only the following members:
Posted by Joseph on Tuesday, 03.14.17 @ 22:52pm
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