|Rock & Roll Hall of Famer|
Inducted in: 2007
Inducted by: Zack de la Rocha
First Eligible: 2001 Ceremony
Snubbed Members: Jay Dee Daugherty, Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral, Richard Sohl
Inducted into Rock Hall Revisited in 2006 (ranked #185) .
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Of course Patti Smith will be inducted in 2007. R.E.M. would boycott the Hall if they passed her over again but voted to induct them. No brainer.
Posted by REM and Patti on Saturday, 10.28.06 @ 14:29pm
You couldn't pay me enough to listen to Patti Smith's caterwauling. She's always been a Jim Morrison wanna be.
Posted by Michael Boyd on Tuesday, 10.31.06 @ 09:25am
Of course!!! Patti rules!!!
Posted by Mirita on Saturday, 11.4.06 @ 16:59pm
Probably my favorite among this year's nominees.
Posted by Kit on Monday, 11.27.06 @ 14:57pm
The Pretenders made it in largely due to a magnificent (and magnificently influential) debut album. It's hard to believe Patti Smith hasn't based on "Horses" alone. Rumor has it she's had some disagreements with one of the officers on the RRHOF election committee. She will have her day, and it should be in '07, perhaps with Michael Stipe (who should make it in himself with REM) doing the induction honors.
Posted by TJWood59 on Wednesday, 12.20.06 @ 23:18pm
She would make the Ugly Hall of Fame
Posted by Elevation on Tuesday, 01.2.07 @ 17:39pm
Because that has so much to do with music.
Posted by Kit on Tuesday, 01.2.07 @ 18:28pm
Inducted? Hell, she should get her own wing.
Posted by Savannah Night on Wednesday, 01.3.07 @ 12:40pm
if you havent seen or heard her live,do it.
Posted by kamikaz[kat59 on Tuesday, 01.9.07 @ 19:02pm
I don't get the Patti Smith induction. What exactly was her "influence"? Who did she influence? I mean, as far as women go, I've heard Heart & Benatar's name far more, from current/recent female groups/individuals.
Posted by dave on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 12:00pm
SHE INFLUENCED MICHAEL STIPE! AND OTHERS BUT YOU PROBABLY JUST SEEM TO KNOW WHAT'S MAINSTREAM AND WHAT THEY PLAY ON THE RADIO.
Posted by CAYCE on Monday, 03.19.07 @ 13:58pm
Can anyone tell me the name of the song playing when Patti Smith walked on stage to accept her award?
Posted by Stone16 on Thursday, 03.29.07 @ 14:47pm
"If they renamed the place Rock and Roll Hall of Artists You Should Have Liked More Than the Ones You Actually Did, I would not begrudge them these exclusions." says Wade....referring to Rush and Kiss (For rest of quote see Rush page).
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 18:18pm
Except Smith's "Horses" album is better than the entire catalog of Rush/Kiss combined...
Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 18:38pm
That is only your opinion. I wholeheartedly disagree, at least with the Rush comparison. Rush has more talent than she could ever wish to have. Sorry, but one great album does not cut it.
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 19:14pm
Patti Smith is hugely influential though, that's what you're forgetting. And sale don't mean jack. Anyone with a love for rock and its history would list The Velvet Underground as one of the most important bands, and probably one of their favorites. They never had a Gold record, either.
Posted by Casper on Wednesday, 07.11.07 @ 22:16pm
Don't get me wrong in many, many instances, they have gotten it right. However, the "hall of fame" does put in more obscure and less known artists (i.e. the Dells, Moonglows, Solomon Burke, etc.). They have put in innumerable R & B artists, punk artists, and have even now put in rap. Yet, they ignore an entire genre - leave out bands like The Moody Blues, Yes, Rush, King Crimson, Jethro Tull, Deep Purple, all of whom have been very successful AND influential in the landscape of Rock music. The RRHOF is a joke people-----not to be taken seriously
Posted by Anonymous on Thursday, 07.12.07 @ 05:18am
With all the talk about how good of a record "Horses" is. You'd think it would be Gold by now.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 12:21pm
Joe-Skee, there's great albums every year that come out and don't go gold...many of them are on indie labels. You do know that to earn radio play the record company has to dish out large sums of promotional money, pay for an agent, and then influence the stations (most of them owned by ClearChannel) to play the music? Let's not forget that these same stations refuse to play much out of the ordinary and stick to their tired and predictable formats.
Posted by Casper on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 13:37pm
Yeah I'm aware of that!!! But "Horses" came out in 1975!!! Way before ClearChannel started gobbling up national radio outlets.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 14:43pm
And The Velvet Underground never had a gold album, but anyone would be hard pressed not to include VU&Nico on a greatest albums list. Sales don't mean squat. Creed has a diamond selling album.
Posted by Casper on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 16:19pm
Oh, enough already about the VU and their great influence. They were not that good, which is why they could not sell many albums.
Posted by Anonymous on Friday, 07.13.07 @ 23:05pm
Here is a little fact for y'all.
Posted by SG on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 00:59am
Posted by SG on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 01:17am
I didn't say she wasn't influential!!! All I'm saying is as much as I've heard about how good "Horses" is through out the years. I thought the damn album would already be Gold. Since its release in 1975. That was the impression that I got.
Posted by Joe-Skee on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 12:00pm
This is a new low in stupid. Patti Smith not influential? Try telling that to, oh, just about every woman to make an album in the past twenty goddamn years. All of them have a debt to Patti. Christ off the cross.
Posted by Kit on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 13:39pm
Kit, nobody here denied Patti Smiths influence....try to move past that point
Posted by Anonymous on Saturday, 07.14.07 @ 17:28pm
Patti who?? I can honestly say I have never heard one of her songs on the radio, I always turn it off.
Posted by E String on Tuesday, 09.11.07 @ 20:37pm
You wear your ignorance so very proudly, like a naked, fat guy parading around in his fruited hat.
Posted by shawn on Tuesday, 09.11.07 @ 23:32pm
You gotta love this review though:
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 00:01am
Also, found this:
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 00:14am
Wow. Couldn't disagree more. I legitimately love "Horses", regardless of how critics feel about it.
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 01:31am
The core of E String's stupidity though, is his premise that Patti Smith is a jok because he's never heard one of her songs on a radio.
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 01:36am
One thing I know is that her rendition of "My Generation" is enough to cause nauseau and dizziness - just plain awful and gheez, she cannot hold a note. I know she was inlfuential and all and it is "hip" to like her, but as a famous lyricist said, "It's really just a question of your honesty."
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 05:58am
I can't help but find it a little odd that while Anon loves going against the popular opinion for "underground" artists like the Velvets and Patti, he didn't seem too thrilled with my negative comments toward Led Zepellin (although that exchange has been deleted at this point).
Posted by William on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 06:33am
EDIT: Should be Zeppelin, although at least I didn't write "Zepplin."
Posted by William on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 06:34am
Yeah, b/c comparing Zep to PS is a fair comparison. One are the greats of all time compared to the most overrated, talentless garbage.
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 06:42am
Interested in what I like? That has no relevance here - this is an "open" forum. Consistency? I have always consistently been a fan of Zep and consistently been a realist when it comes to bands like the VU and PS.
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 06:48am
"Yeah, b/c comparing Zep to PS is a fair comparison. One are the greats of all time compared to the most overrated, talentless garbage."-Anon
Posted by William on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 06:51am
Don't you have something better to do? I merely pointed out my opinion of PS - I do not like her and think she is way overrated. If you do not agree - that is fine. It is my opinion and I think there is some truth to that, as was seen in those posts above. Sure, I admit she was influential and was a "critics" choice. But for me, it comes down to - "It is really just a question of your honesty." And, I know it is hip to like bands like the VU or PS, but I do not have that connection. And, the fact that both artists cannot really sell many albums, CD's, etc. probably not many people connect with the music. I know, I know, you are going to say sales means nothing, the "people" know nothing, etc. yawn....
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 07:06am
Actually, I think it's relevant because you nearly threw a shitfit when I talked about the seamier side of Zep (the blatant thievery). I think that's "honest" on my part, that I'm willing to actually look at the bad aspects of popular bands and accept them rather than try to excuse them. On the other hand, for saying these things, which are true, and not opinion, you jumped on me for criticizing a band that, in your own words "lots of people love" or something. It was basically a big "HOW DAR U!" I think being "honest" about a band you don't like and demanding others keep quiet about a band you do like shows a lot of inconsistency.
Posted by William on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 07:18am
"...but as a famous lyricist said, "It's really just a question of your honesty." -anon
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 09:13am
I gotta say I lean more towards Anon on this one. I own "Horses", I own "Easter", I own the "Land" set...so I really have tried and given her a fair shot. The best I can say is that her attitude is mildly amusing. Perhaps she was more effective in her day, but listening to it now much of it comes across as the female version of Jim Morrison (bad high school poetry intended to have deep meaning). I do dig a handful of her tunes, but just a handful.
Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 10:17am
Wow, someone actually agreed with what I said - thanks Dez. No, Shawn - what that means or at least what I was saying is that some bands are "cool" or "hip" to like. So, my point was, sometimes you just need to be honest with yourself...do you in fact genuinely like and enjoy the music. I do think for some, they SAY they like certain bands because they fit in to a crowd or it makes them feel hip or whatever. Obviously, I am not suggesting that about anyone here because I do not know anyone on this site on any personal level.
Posted by Anon on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 11:25am
I would also listen to Journey over Patti Smith about 9 out of 10 times. Journey rocks, corporate or not.
Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 11:29am
Okay Dez, now that is what I meant by honesty - it is so refreshing.
Posted by Anon on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 12:02pm
"Wow, someone actually agreed with what I said - thanks Dez."
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 12:55pm
Wow, that's dramatic...how about responding to the content, rather than resorting to personal attacks...we would all be better off.
Posted by Anon on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 13:01pm
OK, how's this: I like Patti Smith's "Horses", YOU SANCTIMONIOUS TURD BALL, because she is good.
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 13:56pm
sorry, but even i think this is a case of 'lookat me i listen to patti smith so i must be a music buff'
Posted by liam on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 13:57pm
Okay, as long as you are being honest with yourself...I can accept that. What's up though with the 3rd grade language thing (i.e. turd ball). Ghheezzz, calm down Shawn...I do not think anything in these posts was aggressive or rude on my part or Dez, etc. For gods sake, I even complimented William and Kit...
Posted by Anon on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 14:02pm
liam, did you hear me? I said I legitimately like "Horses". I naturally cannot speak for all who claim to value Patti Smith, but as for myself... were you talking to me directly, or speaking in general?
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 14:17pm
"I do not think anything in these posts was aggressive or rude on my part" - anon
Posted by shawn on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 14:24pm
Children, children, please. It's only rock and roll (but I like it).
Posted by Dezmond on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 17:32pm
I love how Anon just quotes random other people instead of defending his own viewpoints. I don't care what that guy thought, what do you think?
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 19:50pm
In a post above, I said: "I do not like her and think she is way overrated." And, also said: "Sure, I admit she was influential and was a "critics" choice."
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 20:09pm
That's fair enough, but I don't like it when you pull a random critic's list or quote out and point to it as justification for your viewpoint. That's weak, I think.
Posted by Kit on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 20:49pm
I understand your point, but I only quote other critics or reviews to show that I am not spewing out some random BS (i.e. that in fact, someone else agrees). But, the point is well taken...
Posted by Anonymous on Wednesday, 09.12.07 @ 21:03pm
"I only quote other critics or reviews to show that I am not spewing out some random BS"
Posted by liam on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 15:36pm
Oh, nice to follow up to my post that is over two months old and your post is not even relevant to the flow of the "old" conversation. Now, you know you are bordering on a blog "stalker"...
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 17:58pm
"It shows you can QUOTE bullshit, as well"
Posted by Anonymous on Sunday, 11.18.07 @ 18:01pm
Having seen Patti Smith back at CBGB's in the beginning I can say that although I am not a fan of hers as an artist, you cannot deny her influence on the 70's Punk movement. She wrote excellent poetry and was an excellent reflection of the times for some. As a musical artist (singer), at best, she was an okay singer in the studio. Live, she was not very good at all. However, I have not seen her since her days at CBGB's. Begrudgingly, I agree with her inclusion into the HoF. What I do find insulting is her entrance before Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, ELP, etc. Patti Smith somehow became an icon for the Indie movement "Intelligent Rock". Personally, I prefer my music not try and teach me anything. I rather just be entertained. As for this ongoing arguement on this site about record sales; of course it should count for something.
Posted by dameon on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 11:48am
"I was just wondering if you were even around when the Stooges and MC5 were doing their thing in Detroit and the rest of the State of Michigan and the VU, NY Dolls, Ramones and Patti Smith were doing their thing in the East Village of NY?"
Posted by LLIIAAMM on Saturday, 12.22.07 @ 11:53am
What a bunch on twits!!!
Posted by subhuman on Saturday, 03.15.08 @ 19:29pm
Hello Patti how are you?Hey have you ever gotten a chance to check out my demos?Damn...dinasours will be ready to roam earth again before i get any help from rock stars...???anyways be cool,peace,db...
Posted by DAN BARCAN on Thursday, 05.8.08 @ 14:17pm
H-O-R-S-E-S < Horseshit
Posted by blah-blah-blah on Friday, 11.21.08 @ 07:12am
Patti Smith is a joke
Posted by Bad Grammer on Friday, 11.21.08 @ 15:57pm
"Horses" is worse than horse shit.
Posted by ORMISTON on Friday, 11.21.08 @ 15:59pm
Horses for courses.
Posted by denyo on Friday, 11.21.08 @ 17:54pm
I can't see how Patti Smith was inducted before The Stooges
Posted by Keebord on Wednesday, 07.8.09 @ 17:04pm
She is terrible....no talent what so ever! Stop pretending that all of you pretensious cocksucker indie/alt lovera are so amazed by her 'talent'! She sucks. That's it. Get over it. And Rolling Stone magazine is the worst piece of mooseshit ever! And yes I will repeat what a lot of people have said already, BUT: DEEP PURPLE, YES, KING CRIMSON, ELO, ELP, KISS, RUSH, PROCOL HARUM, UFO, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, HELLOWEEN, ACCEPT, JOY DIVISION, BAUHAUS M-U-S-T B-E I-N-D-U-C-T-E-D B-E-F-O-R-E all the garbage like patti smith!
Posted by Gentle Giant on Tuesday, 08.4.09 @ 23:45pm
She is terrible! Jethro Tull ELO, ELP, Nazareth, Uriah Heep and Procol Harum should have been there before her!
Posted by ak47 on Sunday, 08.9.09 @ 01:37am
Posted by abc on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 21:59pm
Posted by abc on Wednesday, 08.12.09 @ 22:01pm
BUT: DEEP PURPLE, YES, KING CRIMSON, ELO, ELP, KISS, RUSH, PROCOL HARUM, UFO, JUDAS PRIEST, IRON MAIDEN, HELLOWEEN, ACCEPT, JOY DIVISION, BAUHAUS M-U-S-T B-E I-N-D-U-C-T-E-D B-E-F-O-R-E all the garbage like patti smith!
Posted by Sam on Friday, 07.9.10 @ 14:56pm
That Patti Smith was inducted really isn't life and death to me. But it is worth a comment.
Posted by astrodog on Thursday, 08.11.11 @ 21:48pm
I just realized that Lenny Kaye, who co-wrote and helped arrange so many of her songs, was not inducted. I have my issues with this induction, but who cares? If you are going to induct her then how the heck is Kaye excluded?
Posted by astrodog on Sunday, 09.18.11 @ 03:27am
Lenny Kaye is on the committee. He'll induct himself in the sideman category.
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