The Jayhawks

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Eligible since: 2011 (The 2012 Induction Ceremony)

Previously Considered? Yes  what's this?

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Will The Jayhawks be inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame?
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SCREW THEM ALL GNR ALL THE WAY BABY.... LETS GO FOR A REUNION!!!!!!!!!

Posted by Jesse Z on Wednesday, 11.12.08 @ 17:58pm


Out of all the acts that are on the Previously Considered list, this is probably the most puzzling. This is an act that when I go to the local music shop, I see plenty of discs/albums from them. But they never piqued my interest until they made the Previously Considered list. And while my research on them has been anything but definitive, from what I've listened to so far... I still don't get it. There's really nothing about them that screams "INDUCT THEM!" in their music. If I ran my 4 I's analysis on the entire Prev. Cons. list, they come up somewhere near the bottom, maybe the very bottom. So, if someone who's more versed on the alternative scene of the '80s and '90s would care to provide some insight... what am I missing? Are they just a feelgood band from that scene that few might object to? Or is there something groundbreaking about them that I've missed so far? Or is this a pet act for someone on the NomComm?

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 02:27am


Out of all the acts that are on the Previously Considered list, this is probably the most puzzling. This is an act that when I go to the local music shop, I see plenty of discs/albums from them. But they never piqued my interest until they made the Previously Considered list. And while my research on them has been anything but definitive, from what I've listened to so far... I still don't get it. There's really nothing about them that screams "INDUCT THEM!" in their music. If I ran my 4 I's analysis on the entire Prev. Cons. list, they come up somewhere near the bottom, maybe the very bottom. So, if someone who's more versed on the alternative scene of the '80s and '90s would care to provide some insight... what am I missing? Are they just a feelgood band from that scene that few might object to? Or is there something groundbreaking about them that I've missed so far? Or is this a pet act for someone on the NomComm?

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 02:27am


Sorry about the double post, btw.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 02:28am


You're really puzzled that the NomCom considered a super safe, bland, country rock band?

Posted by DarinRG on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 02:55am


Well, considering they have pretty much no crossover mainstream success, and their members aren't tied to other famous efforts (like some of the members of Poco), that does make it a little bit puzzling that they managed to catch the attention of someone on the Committee.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 12:01pm


Well, the Rock Hall likes Tom Petty and people say he borrowed the guitar riff for "Mary Jane's Last Dance" from the Jayhawks' "Waiting for the Sun", after they toured with him, similar to how they say he borrowed the Replacements' "rebel without a clue" from "I'll Be You" for "Into the Great Wide Open", immediately after THEY toured with him. I don't know how much of an insider Petty is. He's not on the NomCom, but that could be why. It certainly isn't enough.

Granted, they could do better for '80s/'90s roots rock, even in the mainstream (Black Crowes), and much better in the alternative (Camper van Beethoven, and even they're probably more mainstream than the Jayhawks, especially if you count David Lowery's later work with Cracker.)

RateYourMusic voters really like Jayhawks, with three of their albums in bold print, but they don't seem to be that monstrous critical favorites otherwise.

Posted by Sean on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 19:13pm


So hearsay that Petty might have borrowed a riff is the foundation for their consideration? Not really going for that, but that's the theory to beat, I guess.

Posted by Philip on Friday, 02.17.17 @ 20:55pm


They have a cool name ;-)

I like one or two of their songs, but I could never see them in The Hall (unless they come out with 4 more awesome albums). It's a mystery...

Posted by Paul in KY on Saturday, 02.18.17 @ 07:36am


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