Feb 262013

Rush before Yes? Are you kidding me? Take it from Trevor Horn. Take it from David Thomas. Let’s put Yes in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame…once and for all.

Does Yes belong in the Rock 'n Roll Hall of Fame?

  • Yes. (76%, 22 Votes)
  • No. (24%, 7 Votes)

Total Voters: 29

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  15 Responses to “Once and For All: Put Yes in the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame!”

  1. Maybe this should have been another more open category. Once & For All: Who Is Not In The R&RHoF But Most Deserves To Be.

    We wouldn’t need any TV if we had T. Rex!

  2. Ha, I love you, Al, but we’re never going to see eye to eye on the value of T. Rex. I see that band as a 5-song wonder.

    I probably don’t like many more than 5 songs by Yes, either, but they run for 3 hours:) Seriously, the reason I’m bugged they’re not in the stupid HoF is that they’re so much more tuneful and good-spirited than their prog contemporaries. Rush is tuneful and good-spirited, I guess, but they’re such a second-rate prog band. I’d be pissed if I were our old friend tonyola.

  3. Although I really don’t like Yes, if Rush is in they certainly should be.

  4. I’m totally in agreement with you on Yes. I voted them in.

    I think their impact/contribution to rock & roll was surely big enough to warrant inclusion. The fact that I don’t particularly enjoy that contribution is irrelevant.

  5. Oh, and put a little Marc in your heart!

  6. 2000 Man

    I like Yes. Mostly because they were my first “favorite” band. I think Steve Howe is a blast to listen to (in fact, right this moment I’m actually listening to Tales From Topographic Oceans). Sure they can be more than a bit pretentious and overblown, but I always thought it sounded like they were at least having fun. So many progressive bands have their heads so far up their own asses it sounds like they never even laugh. Yes always seemed to fill the space between bong blasts pretty well.

  7. Put ’em in there. Put anyone who’s fan base makes enough noise in as a way to stoke controversy and score media coverage!

  8. ohmstead

    I remember reading an old review about Horn/Downes joining the band that said they should change the name of the band to “Yeah”.

    So I vote yeah…besides, 18 different band members…that’s got to be some kind of record – right? (Hmmm…I smell a thread there). And how many bands can boast two lead singers named Trevor?

  9. ohmstead

    Correction: although Trevor Rabin was lead singer of Cinema, he’s only credited with backing vocals with Yes.

  10. diskojoe

    This past Friday, I was having lunch when the Sirrus Classic Rock Channel that was on the background started playing a Yes song that wasn’t ‘Roundabout” & it wasn’t half bad at all.

    Another band that’s overdue for the R’nR HOF would be the Monkees. I’m also on board w/T. Rex. Marc Bolan may have been full of it, but he was entertaining.

  11. I don’t really like them but they did create something all of their own so I say sure, why not? Their contribution to music is at least as unique as Heart’s.

    But no one should be inducted until the MC5, Big Star, the Replacements, Cheap Trick, Don Covey, Nick Lowe and Irma Thomas get in. And that’s just my short list.

  12. jeangray

    Actually I’ve seen him credited with co-lead vocals & if’n you listen to any of the Yes albums he’s on, he & Chris Squire sing nearly as much as Jon Anderson does.

  13. ohmstead

    Thanks JG – that’s what I thought but then when I went back I couldn’t document it (not having any liner notes handy). I know Squire specifically recruited Rabin as a vocalists but then I guess Jon Anderson immediately rejoined the band. Still though, need a scorecard to keep track of all of the permutations of Yes.

  14. Happiness Stan

    I’ve described here previously my experience of seeing Yes live at Glastonbury and the speed with which I moved across the site as soon as they started playing, despite being full of good intentions to stay and watch. Despite that, I voted yes, they obviously mean a lot to lots of people even if I’d rather be consigned to a dark place for the rest of eternity listening to fingernails scraping down blackboards than ever have to hear another track by Yes.

    T Rex were my favourite band when I was a slip of a lad, I’ve been meaning to dig out the singles for the last few weeks, and feel spurred once more now to do so.

  15. Were you thinking of the recent passing of Caeser Antonio Zepelli? Roundabout perfect for Anime. One of my fave film forms. Its a f.ing kicking ass rocking song.

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