This year’s nominees are:
- The Cure
- Beastie Boys
- Eric B. & Rakim
- Guns N’ Roses
- Joan Jett & the Blackhearts
- Freddie King
- Laura Nyro
- Red Hot Chili Peppers
- Rufus with Chaka Khan
- The Faces/Small Faces! (Finally!)
- The Spinners
- Donna Summer
Every year, the RRHOF continues to highlight what a joke it is. The museum is fine. But the nominating committee is made up of a bunch of chowderheads.
For example, once again the committee passed over Rush in favor of the likes (of good but hardly great) Joan Jett or Heart. I’m no Rush fan, but they’re one of the most influential, powerful rock bands of the last forty years. Lee, Lifeson and Peart are some of the best musicians in rock history.
Rufus & Chaka Khan? Really?
It’s so ridiculous that rock bands are being passed up for entry by hip-hop groups like Beastie Boys and Eric B. & Rakim. I love the Beasties, but let’s put rock and rollers in the RRHOF first before we start filling it with rap and hip hop.
I will credit the nominating committee for putting rockers like G N’ R and one of my favorites, The Faces, on the list. The Faces should’ve been in the RRHOF a decade ago. Donovan’s also long overdue for induction.
This about sums it up for me:
For the record, yes, it is a crime against humanity—resolvable only by a war-crimes tribunal—that none of the following have ever been nominated: T. Rex, the Smiths, Yes, Jethro Tull, Devo, Todd Rundgren, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Roxy Music, Willie Nelson, Warren Zevon, the Replacements, ELO, Chubby Checker, Hall and Oates, Los Lobos, Black Flag, X, the B-52s, Dick Dale, the Flying Burrito Brothers, Nick Drake, Captain Beefheart, Sonic Youth…
I wouldn’t put all those performers in the RRHOF if I were a one-man nominating committee — no Chubby Checker, no Jethro Tull, no Captain Beefheart — but many of them are better the crop of so-called rockers that have been inducted in the last 10 years or so.