Changes in Freaks Hall Elections Coming Next Year

Beginning with our class of 2019 election, which will be conducted in late 2018, the following changes will be made regarding eligibility and groupings of nominees.

The biggest change is that the date which artists and groups will initially become eligible is being moved from 35 to 25 years. That will make eligible anyone who debuted by 1993 for our next election.  We will also be adjusting the boundary dates for the Modern and Golden Era ballots and will have a new twist to the first round of voting. All changes are outlined below:

  • Round 1: We will now have two short ballots in round one. There will be a 10 name Oldies ballot made up of artist and groups who debuted before 1952, and the top two vote-getters will be inducted. The other 10 name ballot will alternate between Sidemen, who will be voted on for odd-year classes, and Contributors, who will be considered for even year classes. The top two vote-getters from each of these ballots will be inducted.
  • Round 2: We will vote on both performer ballots simultaneously . The Modern Era ballot will be made up of artists and groups who debuted between 1973 and 1993. The Golden Era ballot will be made up of groups or artists who debuted between 1952 and 1972. There will be 25 nominees on each ballot and the top 5 vote-getters from each will be inducted.

2018 Freaks Hall Inductees

The Move

Hasil Adkins

Big Star

Blue Cheer

Blue Oyster Cult

The Dictators

The Easybeats

Danny Fields

The Monks

The Move

The Runaways

The Standells

Rufus Thomas

The Turtles

Tom Wilson

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Six Groups Added to Freaks Hall Class of 2018

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and we are proud to announce our inductees from the Modern Era ballot for this year. Six names finished in the top five (five were tied for 2nd), and they will join our rounds one and two inductees as the class of 2018.  Thanks to everyone who voted this year, helping make this the ONLY rock ‘n’ roll hall of fame BY and FOR the people!

Congratulations to our inductees,….


Big Star


Blue Cheer


Blue Oyster Cult


The Dictators


The Runaways


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2018 Freaks Hall Election Round Three – Modern Era Ballot

Rockpile

Welcome to the third and final round of our class of 2018 Freaks Hall election. In this round, we are voting on artists and groups who made their recorded debut between 1968 and 1982.

HOW TO VOTE:

Below is a list of 25 nominees. Select up to ten (minimum five) and send your choices to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com to have them counted. The top five vote getters in our election will join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall as part of our class of 2018 with the winners from rounds one and two. POLLS CLOSE AT NOON EST ON SUNDAY, DECEMBER 24 (Christmas Eve). 

I’ve linked each to their Wikipedia entry.

Nominees:

Badfinger
Big Star
Black Oak Arkansas
The Blasters
Blue Cheer
Blue Oyster Cult
The Dead Boys
The Dictators
DMZ
Grand Funk Railroad
The Gun Club
Hawkwind
The James Gang
The Pagans
Pere Ubu
Suzi Quatro
Rockpile
The Runaways
The Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Suicide
Television
Thin Lizzy
The Weirdos
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X-Ray Spex

Suicide

Seven Added to Freaks Hall Class of 2018

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and we are proud to announce our inductees from the Golden Era ballot for this year. Seven names finished in the top five (3 tied for 5th), and they will join our round one (already announced) and round three inductees in the class of 2018. Stay tuned to this page for details on our third and final round, the Modern Era ballot, which will feature artists and groups who debuted between 1968 and 1982.

Congratulations to our inductees,…. 

Hasil Adkins

The Easybeats

The Monks

The Move

The Standells

Rufus Thomas

The Turtles 

2018 Freaks Hall Election Round 2 – Golden Era Ballot

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs

Welcome to the second round of our class of 2018 Freaks Hall election. In this round, we are voting on artists and groups who made their recorded debut before 1968.

HOW TO VOTE:

Below is a list of 25 nominees. Select up to ten (minimum five) and send your choices to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com to have them counted. The top five vote getters in our election will join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall as part of our class of 2018 with the winners from rounds one and three. POLLS CLOSE AT NOON EST ON SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 26.

I’ve linked each to their Wikipedia entry.

Nominees:

Hasil Adkins

Davie Allan

The Barbarians

Ronnie Dawson

The Easybeats

Esquerita

Charlie Feathers

Nicky Hopkins

Moby Grape

The Monks 

The Move

The Music Machine

The Rationals

Doug Sahm

Sam the Sham & the Pharaohs   

The Shadows of Knight

The Standells

Screaming Lord Sutch

Rufus Thomas

The Trashmen

The Turtles

Johnny “Guitar” Watson

Andre Williams

Larry Williams 

Sonny Boy Williamson 

The Standells

Danny Fields, Tom Wilson Elected to Freaks Hall Class of 2018

Pristine Condition and Danny Fields in the documentary Danny Says.

The polls are closed, the ballots have been counted, and with round one complete for the 2018 Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall class, we are proud to announce our inductees in the Contributor category for this year. Two names finished on top and they will join our round two and three inductees in the 2018 class.

Danny Fields’ career has spanned more than five decades as a music journalist, manager, and publicist. He signed the MC5 and the Stooges to Elektra Records and the Ramones to Sire. Early in his career, he wrote the article in Datebook magazine that launched the controversy about John Lennon’s quote calling the Beatles “more popular than Jesus.” He was a DJ on WFMU in the late 60s, and was Elektra’s publicist for the Doors. In 2015, a documentary about his life and career, Danny Says, premiered at South by Southwest.

Tom Wilson

Tom Wilson was an American record producer who worked behind the boards for artists like the Velvet Underground, Bob Dylan, The Mothers of Invention, Simon & Garfunkel, Eric Burdon & the Animals, the Soft Machine, and the Blues Project as well as jazz greats like Cecil Taylor, Sun Ra, and Eddie Harris. As a staff producer at Columbia records, he helmed several of Dylan’s key albums, including The Times They Are A-Changin’, Another Side of Bob Dylan, and Bringing It All Back Home. He signed the Mothers of Invention to Verve Records and produced their groundbreaking debut, Freak Out. While at Verve, he also produced The Velvet Underground and Nico. Wilson died of a heart attack in Los Angeles in 1978, aged 47.

Next up will be round two of the Freaks Hall class of 2018 election, our “Golden Era” ballot, which will feature groups and artists who debuted before 1968. Stay tuned for more details!

2018 Freaks Hall Election, Round 1 – Contributor’s Ballot

Danny Fields (right), with Andy Warhol and Lou Reed

Welcome to the first round of our class of 2018 Freaks Hall election. In this first round, we are voting on people who contributed to the history of rock ‘n’ roll in their own unique ways – record producers, disc jockeys, venue owners, label owners, rock journalists, and others who worked behind the scenes.

HOW TO VOTE: 

Below is a list of ten nominees. Select up to five (minimum three) and send your choices to rocknrollfreaks@gmail.com to have them counted. The top two vote getters in our election will join the Rock ‘n’ Roll Freaks Hall as part of our class of 2018 with the winners from rounds two and three. POLLS CLOSE AT NOON EST ON SUNDAY, OCTOBER 29.

I’ve linked each to their Wikipedia entry or another informational link.

Nominees: 

Rodney Bingenheimer 

Danny Fields

Hilly Kristal

Pete “Mad Daddy” Myers

Murray the K.

D.A. Pennebaker

John Sinclair

Guy Stevens

Paul Williams

Tom Wilson

Paul Williams

2017 Freaks Hall Inductees

Class of 2017 top vote-getters Devo

Richard Berry

Buzzcocks

The Chocolate Watchband

The Damned

Devo

The Fleshtones

The Bobby Fuller Four

Wynonie Harris

Lenny Kaye

The Kingsmen

Billy Miller & Miriam Linna

The Modern Lovers

Motorhead

Mott the Hoople

Dewey Phillips

Roxy Music

Slade

The Wailers