This morning, The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in Cleveland announced the list of nominees for its Class of 2012: The Small Faces & The Faces, Freddie King, The Cure, Guns 'N Roses, Heart, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Spinners, War, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Rufus with Chaka Khan, Donna Summer, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro, and Eric B. & Rakim.
As always, musicians become eligible for the Hall 25 years after the release of their first record, which means that a lot of these acts have been eligible for a few years but have not been on the ballot. The Cure became eligible in 2003, and Summer's magic year was 1999. War, Donovan, King and Nyro have likewise been on the bench for a long time - the latter two have been dead since 1976 and 1997, respectively.
What's odd is that the Red Hot Chili Peppers haven't made it in yet, but as tastes change among the voters and they start understanding that these groups were just as influential as their roots and soul favorites, we will see a glut of modern rockers entering the hall. It took a while for them to even realize that rap and hip-hop artists could stand along side the likes of Chuck Berry and Led Zeppelin.
This was Guns N' Roses' first year of eligibility, 25 years since the EP Live ?!*@ Like a Suicide. The Hall could have a big grunge class coming up, as Soundgarden, Nirvana and Pearl Jam will both be eligible soon (SG 2012, Nirvana 2014, PJ 2016). Dates reflect the year the ballot is released, not the induction ceremony - Ed.
Of course, the The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame is one of the most ridiculous and contested fake institutions in rock, seemingly built only to instigate arguments and frothing at the mouth. We stopped complaining so much after the Stooges made it in last year.
Older acts getting nods this year, like the Spinners, Freddie King, The Faces, and Donovan were too long coming. Seriously, the Gilmer, Texas-born King has been dead for 35 years, and we just now got around to this?
Big up to the ladies this year, with Heart, Summer, Jett, Nyro, and Chaka Khan (Chaka Khan) making the noms list this year. If there were a Singles Hall of Fame, Jett's old band The Runaways would have been in for "Cherry Bomb" a long time ago.
Here is a list of eligible artists not yet inside the hall, if you feel like feeling your insides liquefy with hate this afternoon. Don't shoot the messenger, talk to Jann Wenner.
Devo, X, Love, The Replacements, Motörhead, Roxy Music, Can, Big Star, Cheap Trick, Peter Gabriel, New Order, Joy Division, Thin Lizzy
New York Dolls, The Cars, Electric Light Orchestra, Bon Jovi, Gram Parsons, KISS, Kraftwerk, The Flaming Lips, The Pogues, Tammi Terrell, Warren Zevon
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