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Who’s next for the dreadful selection process of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? The nominating committee– consisting mostly of people who either work for Jann Wenner now or worked for him eons ago–meets in the summer. But their choices are thinning out. The only group or act entering the eligibility for the first time is Guns N Roses. Look for Wenner to move heaven and earth to reunite Slash and Axl Rose and make sure they get in tout suite.

But just to show you how bad music got 25 years ago, here are some other names they could consider: Crowded House, Babyface, Bruce Hornsby, Salt n Pepa, Eric B Rakim, Lyle Lovett, and Matthew Sweet. And those are the cream of the crop. The low end is Bobby Brown, Samantha Fox, New Kids on the Block, and Roxette. Yes, 1986 was a very, very bad year and just the beginning. The following year gets worse, with Public Enemy the only name group.

So what to do? Wenner and his people are in a jam now, forced to retrieve names from the past whom they’ve snubbed. Of course, they do have Sting, who should have gone in this year. Bon Jovi is looking better and better. So is Cyndi Lauper. Beyond that trio, there are all the names we’ve mentioned recently. You can see the whole layout at www.futurerocklegends.com. I’d go for Chubby Checker, Carly Simon, Chicago, Rufus and Carla Thomas, Kiss, Lou Reed, and Neil Sedaka in addition to the three I’ve already mentioned. And if Wenner is upset there are no good names from 2011 and 2012– 1986 and 1987–he can blame himself. That was about the time Rolling Stone completely turned into a press release for rhe junk record companies churned out for MTV. By then the real Rolling Stone was way down deep where the bugs all creep.

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  1. “But just to show you how bad music got 25 years ago”

    Yawn… any bad band from the last 25 years ago that you point out, I can probably point out a good one (or two) to make up for it. Granted, the musical mainstream is a wasteland right now, but this baby-boomer doomsday stuff has to stop. Do I think GNR will be the only newly eligible to make the cut next year? Yes, and I’m fine with their induction. However, aren’t Eric B. & Rakim one of the best and most influential rap groups of all time? Soundgarden’s also eligible next year (better than GNR in my opinion), and though I don’t think they’ll get it right away they’ll be in eventually. You also have The Melvins (first-wave grunge along with Soundgarden, who they influenced), though they’ll never get it. As for 2012: Public Enemy’s a lock, and rightfully so. But don’t forget N.W.A., Pixies and Jane’s Addiction; I could see George Michael getting it as well, even if I think he’s only a borderline candidate.

    Cheers to ZJ: Husker Du, Black Flag, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Megadeth, Sepultura and New Order should all eventually be inducted, as should The Replacements, The Cure and The Smiths (cheers to other people for mentioning them). Also: Joy Division, Depeche Mode, Slayer, Anthrax, Siouxsie & the Banshees, Beastie Boys and Gang of Four just off the top of my head… Bauhaus is an overlooked band that I could go either way on. Oh, I left off Happy Mondays, The Jesus & Mary Chain, Sonic Youth and some others.

    Doug: Genesis and Tom Waits are in the Hall. As for the rest: Yes to Rush, Iron Maiden, Yes, Kiss, Judas Priest, Moody Blues, The Cure, Hall and Oates, Red Hot Chili Peppers (don’t worry, I think is their year), Cheap Trick, Deep Purple, Chicago, Duran Duran. I could go either way: Journey (leaning yes), Heart (also leaning yes), Styx, Dio, Bon Jovi, ELO (see Heart), Def Leppard (see Heart), Motley Crue (see Heart), Steve Miller Band, Warren Zevon, Joe Satriani. The rest: Foreigner, Boston, Sammy Hagar, Gerry Rafferty, Supertramp, Whitesnake and Poison (not eligible until next year) are sorry but no dice types. More convicing arguments are required here.

  2. This article is total nonsense. There are literally about 300 + eligible artists if not more…some of the bigger bands not in the rock and roll hall of fame….

    Iron Maiden
    Judas Priest
    Moody Blues
    Hall and Oates
    The Cure
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Sammy Hagar
    Cheap Trick
    Bon Jovi
    Def Leppard
    Motley Crue
    Gerry Rafferty
    Tom Waits
    Warren Zevon
    Steve Miller Band
    Deep Purple
    Duran Duran
    Joe Satriani

    I mean give me a break here…Jann Wenner could fill rosters for the next 20 years with who is NOT in the hall of fame.

  3. This may be a minority opinion, but I think Roxette had some great pop hits back in the day: Listen to Your Heart, Dressed for Success, Fading Like a Flower, It Must Have Been Love, and Knockin on Every Door, and two or three others, were finely crafted pop songs. I still pop in a couple CDs of theirs that I own and fast forward to hear these songs. They always give me a lift and put me in a happy mood. I don’t know from the R&RHF, but because of these songs Roxette is surely in MY Hall of Fame!

  4. Hey Roger- The Pixies (without whom there would be NO Nirvana) will be eligible in 2012-13, the same year as Public Enemy and no less deserving! Once again, you’re NOT the solution, you’re part of the problem!

  5. It would be a joke if the following five groups are not being considered:

    * The Moody Blues
    * Yes
    * Electric Light Orchestra
    * Kiss
    * Bon Jovi

  6. @Tammie
    You’re delusional. Crowded House placed exactly 2 songs in the US Top 40 in 25 years and the last was 24 years ago, they played NYC last year and couldn’t sell out a 550 seat room, and your fan club quote is absurd. They were a nice little one-hit wonder band and now play the nostalgia circuit. Maybe they’ll get into the ARIA hall in AU, but they have no shot at the US hall (nor should they). In any case, the Hall lost any credibility it may have had years ago and Wenner lost his looong before that.

  7. Are you aware of any of these bands from the 80’s: Black Flag, Husker Du, Dead Kennedys, Bad Brains, Soul Asylum ( who had mainstrream success w/ Runaway Train in the 90’s), The Smithereens, The Waterboys, The Bangles, Dwight Yoakum, Midnight Oil ( Deisal and Dust), New Order, Big Black, Robert Cray, The Minutemen, Ministry
    And for headbangers: Sepeltura , Megadeath, The Cult

    And many more.

    The R & R Hall of Fame recognizes music that is either commercially successful or aesthetically acceptable to the ‘Baby Boomer’ mindset.

    Music is good in any year – the listener simpley has to look beyond commercial trends.

  8. Cyndi Lauper will NEVER make it in; only one hot record/album? Bon Jovi will make it in. And they went back in time with Alice Cooper, Tom Waits, Neil Diamond, etc…Look for Donna Summer to FINALLY make it in next year. Crowded House would be fine as well….

  9. Crowded House are one of the greatest bands ever and are still making fantastic albums to this day. I think with recent sold out world tours and the 2nd largest fan club in the world(after Elvis)many others would agree with me

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