Of all the names included among the nominees for the Rock and Roll hall of Fame’s class of 2017, the one that was perhaps most surprising and of interest to fans of metal and hardcore was Bad Brains. Unlikely known to many people under 30, the Washington D.C. quartet is widely acknowledged as one of the first hardcore bands ever. The fact that the band were also African American band just added to their legend. It’s been four years since they released an album, but Billboard reached out to the band to get their thoughts on getting nominated.
“That was a surprise to me! I never thought people cared enough to make us a Hall of Fame nominee,” lead singer H.R. tells Billboard. ”So, thanks a lot! I’m very honored for this privilege to be on the nominee list.”
It was a surprise to just about everyone, but the band’s influence has been felt by so many, that it’s encouraging they be nominated while the entire band is alive. H.R. and guitarist Dr. Know have all been battling health issues in the past year, which might have hastened them being nominated.