It's not an opinion, really, it's more based on knowing who gets into the hall of fame. Alice Cooper is musical theatre, do you want to induct Andrew Lloyd Webber too? Plus he pretty much had 2 good albums at the beginning of his career and then created worthless **** for the next 30 years. He's pushing it, though. He did make Love it to Death and Welcome to my Nightmare, true, but he also made Special Forces (yikes!) and Trash (Which had the best review I had ever read in one major music rag - simply the word "Garbage").Originally Posted by douchebag
Iron Maiden's way too niche. The hall of fame doesn't do niche, which is why the Cure isn't in there. Boston is ostensibly a one hit wonder (which is not entirely true, but they could never match the success of their debut, unless you want to count Amanda). Journey's might get in, as well, but they don't deserve it, considering they don't have an original bone in their collective bodies. Journey is what happened when the 70's hit machine put Styx, Foreigner, Boston, and the Babies in a blender and squeezed out the most banal arena rock imaginable. Not to say they didn't write a few classic songs here and there, but 90% of Journey is crap. STP won't get in because they're not innovative, either. They're actually much better (and much more original) than they're given credit for, but history will forever remember them as "the grunge band that wasn't from Seattle".
NIN will get in because they brought electronic rock to the mainstream. Before them, we had depeche mode and the human league and soft cell - not exactly "rock". NIN brought the rock, and that's enough to get them in. I'm not a huge fan, but I can respect them for their contribution. Ditto Green Day and punk. Before them, punk was feared and hated by the mainstream. They also had a lot of hit songs (counts a lot in the hall of fame, ask the Eagles) and at least one amazing record. As for Heart, they inspired a generation of women - myself included - to pick up a guitar and rock out. I also really don't understand your objection to the Beastie Boys. You do realize that if it weren't for those three Jewish kids rapping over Led Zeppelin beats, Hip Hop would never have gotten the mainstream recognition it has. License to Ill was the first rap album to hit #1, and they've had a steady string of acclaimed albums and hit songs ever since. They're way to influential to not get in.
Now Judas Priest, that one's a toughie. It was really a toss-up between Priest and Maiden, and Priest is more well known, and Halford is a better vocalist (and an infinitely better lyricist). Maiden has better musicians, true, but that can get in the way of making good music, imho. I tend to say Priest is a better band, but being good has nothing to do with being in the Hall of Fame (just ask the Eagles!)
EDIT: I forgot Crue! The reason they deserve to be in is because in Hollywood in the 80's, everyone wanted to sound like Motley Crue, but no one could. Now personally, I think they should be drawn and quartered for inspiring the likes of Winger, but I'm giving them a pass for just about every other 80's hair metal band that ripped off their sound and look.