Up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John Prine Says the Zombies ‘Should Go In Before Me’

Up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John Prine Says the Zombies ‘Should Go In Before Me’

John Prine is one of the musical acts up for potential induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2019 — which would be a great honor for the legendary country/folk songwriter. He spoke a bit about his career in a new piece Billboard published on Wednesday, but he added something rather intriguing in his comments.

“I started out in the folk music world only because of the way my songs were written and performed, with just an acoustic guitar, but I always related to the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle,” he explains. “So that’d be great to be in there, no matter what year they want to put me in.” Prine does add, however, that, “I think the Zombies should go in before me.”

The Zombies are on the list of nominees alongside Prine, Def Leppard, Radiohead, Roxy Music, Rage Against the Machine and more, marking the fourth time the iconic band has been eligible for induction (after falling short in 2014, 2017 and 2018).

Will 2019 finally be the year the group enters the hallowed halls of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Here’s hoping Prine’s words resonate with those responsible for the votes …

Of course, the concept of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has become a bit controversial in recent years, with some bands considered more than deserving of induction continuing to be denied — though some acts themselves say they don’t care either way. Kate Pierson of the B-52s is not one of those, as she (rightly) considers her band’s accomplishments more than worthy:

“Well, you can say all you want that “I don’t care,” but it would be nice. I know it’s a political thing and you need to have a record company push to get in now, but I think we deserve to be in there for sure. There’s so many amazing people that deserve to be in there that aren’t.

But it would be nice to get in,” she told us in a new feature chat.

What do you think about the Hall of Fame and who should or shouldn’t be in? Let us know in the comments below!

9 Responses to "Up for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, John Prine Says the Zombies ‘Should Go In Before Me’"

  1. Rick Holly   November 15, 2018 at 10:10 am

    Sadly, the Rock and Roll HOF is becoming a joke. How do we keep getting rappers and divas who have zero connection to rock and roll? Meanwhile where are The Monkees, The Guess Who, ELP and so many other rock acts?

  2. My only Voice   November 15, 2018 at 10:15 am

    There are already TOO many acts that don’t deserve to be in there. It’s most ly laughable who gets in!
    Where’s Jan and Dean???? They should have been inducted LONG AGO. But they’ll likely never go in, while the dreck of “rock” gets included year after year.

  3. Randy B   November 15, 2018 at 10:21 am

    Todd Rundgren is way overdue. He is an acclaimed songwriter, singer, guitarist, producer and media pioneer. As a singer/songwriter he has such classic albums as Something/Anything, A Wizard a True Star and Hermit of Mink Hollow and has produced groundbreaking albums such as Meatloaf’s Bat Out of Hell and Grand Funk’s We’re an American Band.

  4. bc   November 15, 2018 at 10:31 am

    What a crock of shit “The R & R ‘hall of fame'” is ! EVERYBODY, EVERYBAND GETS IN. Period.

  5. Paul   November 15, 2018 at 10:41 am

    Marshall Tucker Band Six Gold Albums and two Platinum Albums! Labels Capricorn, Warner, Mercury and Capital – plenty in the industry got rich off of them – its long past time to respect and honor their achievements.

    The Marshall Tucker Band’s self-titled debut, was released in 1973, and certified gold in 1975. All of the tracks were written by Toy Caldwell After the album’s release the band began touring, playing upwards of 300 shows per year throughout the decade and recording dozen albums

    The Marshall Tucker Band – numerous hits tons of albums and a long career. They were the first rock n roll free agent – selling out MSG while all the major labels bid on them – Can’t You See – Heard it in a Love Song

    Plus four of the bands members served in the armed forces and Toy Caldwell was wounded in Vietnam

  6. David   November 15, 2018 at 5:11 pm

    I agree that the rock and roll Hall of Fame are leaving artists out that the majority of us have purchased a lot of music and still listen to today. I do not have respect for their choices because they leave people out they have sold millions of records and have influenced others. One such group is the Monkees that continue to have hit records even after being away for 50 years. That group influenced many of others not to mention MTV and Weezer.

  7. Dave   November 17, 2018 at 2:02 pm

    I don’t believe Steppenwolf are in yet. C’mon, Magic Carpet Ride, Born to be Wild, The Pusher, classic tunes and a major influence. Criminal.

  8. Jake Gerber   November 19, 2018 at 11:43 am

    You’ve got to be kidding me. I assumed the Zombies were already inducted the first year they were eligible. This is INSANITY ! Who the hell decides who’s worthy ? There are so many jokes of musicians that are in this “ elite “ group of musicians. They should have limited the inductees to two a year. Elvis,Chuck Berry,Little Richard , Everly Brothers were the original architects of the genre known as Rock and Roll , possibly Rick Nelson ,and Bill Haley as well. The first four I mentioned were all ground breaking in the 1950s. Then you get to the sixties. Beatles above all else ,they took what the originals did,and upped the ante by their second album ,and never dummied down. Dylan, Paul Simon,Stones , ALL Motown,Stax Volt,Chess etc. ,and the Zombies should be no brainers,and yet I’m reading here the Zombies didn’t make it in the first pass . Seventies, Queen were possibly the most advanced , but there were others ,Bee Gees ( Forget Disco ,and think in broader terms, they were great ) The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a JOKE. This should have been a very short list ,two a year period ! These no talents that deem who is worthy cannot possibly be musicians . The singers ,and groups I mentioned all had extreme musicality. When you start putting commerce over art , you’re finished . The B 52s are not musicians . You have Wilson Pickett,Otis Redding, Jerry Lee ,and God knows how many I’m leaving out that we’re truly great should have been in on any given year . The idea that this popularity contest is dictated by electing so many in a time frame is just stupid. You had to have been around for what, twenty five years ,and then they just pad this group of no talents because they had a few records out over twenty five years ago. It would be nice to see a REAL Rock and Roll Hall of Fame while there are still a few remnants of the first guard still alive . In other words have the nominees elected by their peers , not some imbecile that knows nothing about music. I know I’m leaving out some greats the point being there are enough true talents that could make a worthy list of true artists . They should have had the producers of some of the artists calling the shots . A one off ( Ahmet Ertegun ) knew his stuff, George Martin,Phil Ramone ,Roy Halee etc.
    This is a big Fuck You to the anti Christs of music … YES the board of directors of this laughing stock called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame !

  9. Joewillywilly   December 4, 2018 at 3:29 pm

    Any organization commemorating Rock that honors Tupac and not Maiden or Priest is irrelevent.


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