Each year around this time, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees are announced, and, each year around this time, I’m invariably disappointed with the crop.
The qualifications are simple: put out your first album 25 years ago or longer. Seriously, that’s it. It has to be, right? Why else would LL Cool J and ABBA be on this year’s list?
This year’s nominees also include: The Stooges, Red Hot Chili Peppers, KISS, Donna Summer, The Hollies, The Chantels, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, Darlene Love, and Laura Nyro. And the worst thing about it? Five of these nominees HAVE to get it. It’s not like the Baseball Hall of Fame, where one or even no people can be inducted.
So groups like The Chantels and singers like Laura Nyro get nominated, while bands like The Smiths, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Sonic Youth, and Joy Division will probably never get inducted? I could really go on forever on this, but it just makes me so angry.
And to top it all off, the only nominated group/artist who truly deserves to be in ANY Hall of Fame-The Stooges- will probably never be inducted.
I started out writing this post thinking I would outline each nominated artist, their chances of getting into the Hall of Fame, and my thoughts on their work. That plan has obviously come off the rails.
So who do you think should be in the Hall of Fame? And in case I haven’t made myself abundantly clear, I do NOT think the Red Hot Chili Peppers should be in the Hall of Fame. Wearing a sock on your dick doesn't make you clever, it makes you ridiculous.