Long before the days when dance and electronic came together, Radiohead was an early entry way into electronic music for many. Their music fused alternative rock with electronic elements like synthesizer FXs and warped waveforms. They were inspired by the hip-hop sampling style of DJ Shadow, the song arrangements of Aphex Twin, and the very same stereo analogue filter that has been a staple in Daft Punk’s catalogue.
Now the members of Radiohead are celebrating their induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2019. This year marked 25 years since the release of Radiohead’s debut album, Pablo Honey, and Radiohead’s eligibility for the Hall of Fame.
The Cure, Def Leppard, Janet Jackson, Stevie Nicks, Roxy Music, and The Zombies were also included in the 2018 list of inductees.
It was Def Leppard, Roxy Music, and Stevie Nicks’ first nomination as potential inductees — though Nicks is already in as a member of Fleetwood Mac. The Cure and Radiohead has been nominated twice before, but just missed the cut. Janet Jackson’s third time nomination was the charm and The Zombies finally got in after being nodded to four times previous. The induction leaves a few fellow nominees behind, including Devo, John Prine, Kraftwerk, LL Cool J, MC5, Rage Against The Machine, Rufus & Chaka Khan, and Todd Rundgren.
To determine the inductees, each year’s inductee nominees are voted on by group of “over 1,000” previous winners, historians, and members of the music industry. Since 2012, the RnR Hall of Fame has also included a fan vote, with the winning top five artists compiled into a single ballot. That ballot is then factored into the total tally of 1,000-plus votes from the Hall’s voting membership. Those members weigh factors “such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique are taken into consideration,” the Hall explains of the process.