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JollyOlStNick
12/06/2009

Kansas 4

point of know return

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kwhitedaman
05/24/2008

Kansas 5

Hmm...I must be missing the point, but the primary criteria for a band to qualify for the RRHOF is the influence they have exerted along with their popularity, creativity, etcetera. Well, let's see. Prog Rock (not just in America but all over the world) still has a very strong following and the most popular of those current bands like Dream Theatre often claim Kansas as one of their main influences. The violin sound was very unique in a rock and roll context (though Jethro Tull's equally famous flute hasn't garnered them admission either). They had three quadruple platinum albums, a platinum double-live album, another platinum studio album, and five more gold albums. They had two million-selling singles (being two of the most influential and ubiquitous songs in all of pop culture), 8 top 40 hits, a wide range of styles from Wagnerian classical to hard rock

Journey and Styx? Kansas' first five albums show them to have a musical IQ at least two standard deviants higher than either of those bands even flashed. Moreover, SOMEONE from the art rock spectrum simply HAS to make it someday. It is an irresponsible travesty to point to critical disfavor when these bands had and have such massive levels of continuing influence, airplay, legacy sales, live appearances, and cultural relevancy (see South Park's Carry On-drenched episode or the show Supernatural for Kansas). It (art-rock) is an important sub-genre of music, and certainly Kansas rocked - their use of violin should be no more a disqualification than the use of saxophone (or must I point to pure jazz musicians like Miles Davis who got in with relatively little shouting).

 Anyways, if someone can give a reasonable reason why Kansas doesn't deserve, I will respect it, but these one-line quips based solely on personal preference should carry no weight.

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STYXr4kidz
04/24/2008

Kansas 2

point of no induction

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MadeInCanada
04/07/2008

Kansas 1

all we want is Dusty to Win.

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lmorano
03/12/2008

Kansas 5

Americas premier prog rock band. Prog rock that included the ROCK part. Platinum sellers songs like DITW and COWS that are FM staples to this day.

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detroitdiezel
02/07/2008

Kansas 5

Phenominal musicians. They should get in for their album "Drastic Measures" alone.

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Elect2140
01/21/2008

Kansas 5

Simply THEE Greatest!

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poopiman1011
12/06/2007

Kansas 5

now they may not have any #1 hits they still have two immortal songs which is important to the hall of fame

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IanDavis1
11/21/2007

Kansas 5

Kansas was one of my favorite rock bands of the 70's era. They were incredible as a live act and had a reputation for blowing many established acts off the stage (Bad Company, Queen) when they were coming up as an opening act. With that said, I can't make a strong argument for them getting in the hall. Their best and most memorable work occurred between 1974 - 1979, and even though they produced 2 timeless classics in Dust in the Wind and Carry On Wayward Son, I don't believe they had the volume of hits that a hall band should have. Though they did sell a lot of records, they lacked the intangible coolness factor that could attract and keep a mammoth underground following. On the otherhand, one could argue that hits, and the coolness factor that puts you on several covers of Rolling Stone are bullsh** and shouldn't matter.

Bottomline? Great band, great musicians, the flagship of American Prog rock, etc. What the hell.....if it were up to me, I'd put 'em in the hall!

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prairiedawg
06/28/2007

Kansas 4

In the mid and late 70's, (even early 80's), Kansas was a good to sometimes great American rock band.  Much of their work has had a lasting quality to it and their uniqueness of their sound, including the use of the violin, separates them from most 70's rock bands.  However, when Kerry Livgren left, so did the songwriting and "heart" of Kansas.  The group then went through a multitude of changes, and today only about half of the members remain that made Kansas a great band.  As a sidenote, those of you who liked the Kansas line-up in their hey day should check out "Somewhere to Elsewhere," an album they put out in 2000 with the original line-up.  Livgren wrote all the songs and it has flashes of the Kansas that many of us grew up with and loved.  Now, is this band Hall of Fame worthy?  I can make the case either way.  If you are looking at the overall work of the band and the duration, they might just miss the mark.  I mean which of the many band members over the years would get inducted?  However, when you look at some of the acts that have made the hall with less quality work to their credit, you can make the case that they should.  I mean, "Carry On Wayward Son" has been rated as one of the top songs on AOR and classic rock radio even today.  I guess if I had to vote, I would vote yes.  I would rather see more in the hall than less.  Besides, I would love to see the original line-up on stage one more time during the induction ceremony.  That would be awesome!

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marto
07/22/2006

Kansas 1

NO

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Engstfeld
12/16/2005

Kansas 2

Sorry man. My idea of rock and roll doesn't include guys jumping up and down on stage with violin in hand. I don't think so.

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ElvisC
12/04/2005

Kansas 1

Falls into the Styx, Foreigner, REO, Journey category.

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dwind2003
11/07/2005

Kansas 5

Kansas Is The One Of The Best Classic Rock Group Of The 70's. They Have Great Songs Like The Pont Of Know Return, Carry On Wayward Son, Dust In The Wind, The Pinnacle, The Wall, Mysteries & Mayhem, What's On My Mind, Portaint, He Knew & Song For America. I Had More Than 9 Kansas Cds, Both Of Them Are Good. They Deserve To Be Inducted Into The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame.

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kingguiness
07/14/2005

Kansas 3

I like Dust In The Wind and Carry On My Wayward Son. Oh, also that song about People On The Mountain is cool too. But overall they are a part of the overindulgent prog rock which I dont like and quite a few people feel the same way. So, I give credit for their abilities and accomplishments but I vote no to the HOF.

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deves
05/18/2005

Kansas 5

I bought Leftoverture at the age of 12, back in 1978 together with Point Of Know Return. I didn't know Kansas, but I like the albumcovers & the song Dust In The Wind. I put them on and........ I directly bought the first 3 albums. It's now 2005 and I have al their CD's, Lp's, 7 etc. Kansas together with Styx US best Prog/Symfo/Rock band.

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