No! I don't think we belong in the R&R HOF. Never have --- and never will --- until the curators change their markers.
The way the HOF is set now --- and this may make some sad --- so I am a little sheepish to say --- that is, to say --- shy --- about raising the point that the HOF is not set up to recognize what the Monkees were/are and what they represent. Those metrics are not included anywhere that I can see in the of the HOF. Ergo --- The Monkees do not fit on the metric that exists there ---- IMO --- and so be it.
A better name we all might use, in fact, might be the "R&R HOF IMO". Then those things must be included which are in our own definition of R&R. And the R&R HOF might inch closer to its real purpose.
The great writers and singers of those songs are already in the HOF --- Lennon and McCartney. They are two of my heroes and have full rights to belong.
The Monkees were the creative output of a Television show. (What did he say?? --- Full Stop?? Yes, Full Stop.) ---
So here is the rub --- until there is an organization that recognizes what the Monkees were and are I will remain awardless as will all of those who worked on the show --- or the "property" as it was called. And I will surmise that The Monkees will NEVER be invited. They are too outside any box in which you or I may place them --- and so far no one has "trumped" that problem --- that "the R&R HOF" is its own thing --- in which the Monkees are not considered. Not now -- or ever --- all fine with me.