Another Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nomination cluster-blank (but with some good news.)

27 09 2011

This year’s nominees are:

  • The Cure
  • Beastie Boys
  • Donovan
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Guns N’ Roses
  • Heart
  • 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
  • War

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.




2 responses

29 09 2011
Bill Gedeon

without a doubt this selection committee has to do some homework..a lot of deserving musical entities left my opinion, the most glaring..ROXY MUSIC, after the beatles, the most influential band…there music and style drifts into so many repertoires..and the band itself produced some great, weird, innovative music..the frontman, BRYAN FERRY, is a genius and one of a kind..DONNA SUMMERS, is great, if you’re on the disco floor..

29 09 2011

Bill, you’re right. There are so many groups and artists that could be nominated and inducted that, thus far, have gotten no mention by the committee. Yet, there are marginal types, even two-hit-wonders that have been sitting in the RRHOF seemingly forever.

I like Rufus and Chaka Khan OK, but how can they get nominated before Yes, Rush, T. Rex and Stevie Ray Vaughn? That can never be justified in my mind. If you don’t mind accepting that the RRHOF covers multiple genres — I don’t like that, personally, but that’s the way it is — you have to put Willie Nelson in before Eric B. & Rakim. Why the committee feels it needs to cover every pop genre each year, rather than picking the most deserving artists, regardless of genre, beats me. It’s a foolish way of putting together a HOF, if you ask me.

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