Faced with ever dwindling prospects, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has finally been forced to acknowledge the 1970s. Their list of possible inductees includes Linda Ronstadt and Hall & Oates, each if not for the first time, for the first time in a long time.
As I wrote several weeks ago, the group immediately put Nirvana up for induction. We knew that would happen. They will get in on the first ballot, case closed. But they also put up NWA, a rap group that has no business being in this Hall of Fame certainly. That’s some kind of joke.
Other nominees include The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Yes, Link Wray, The Zombies, The Replacements, Cat Stevens, KISS, LL Cool J, The Meters, Chic, Deep Purple, and Peter Gabriel.
Snubbed again: Sting, Bon Jovi, Chicago, The Moody Blues, Carly Simon, the late Billy Preston, Chubby Checker, Cyndi Lauper, Todd Rundgren, Sonny & Cher, and so on. The J Geils Band and Peter Wolf have also finally vanished, sadly, after many years of hoping they’d get in.
They’ve waited so long now to induct Ronstadt, by the way, that she can’t sing because of her Parkinson’s Disease. Just FYI.
This year the public can vote along with the 600 members of the Rock Hall. I’m not sure it would count, but you’ll feel like you said your piece.