The nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007 are in, and they are as follows (please note that each is linked to a video which you should hurry up and watch before YouTube implodes any further):
Off this list, the shadow organization that votes on these sorts of things must choose five for induction. Were I in charge, which I am not, I would go with Grandmaster Flash (pictured), R.E.M., the Ronettes, Patti Smith, and the Stooges, mostly just because I like the idea of the Waldorf-Astoria’s ballroom looking like this (NSFW) when Iggy’s done.
addCredit(“Grandmaster Flash: Adrian Boot/Retna UK”)
Okey-dokes! That was easy enough, right? Wrong. See, lurking outthere in the ether is a massive list of about a kabillion other bandsand individuals who have waited the necessary 25 years since theirfirst record and are waiting to be honored. Or, more specifically,their fans are waiting for them to be honored. My coworker Chris Willman pointed me towards this list of groups that continue to be snubbed,which takes a long time to load and seems to think that Rush is themost snubbed band of all, followed closely by Van Halen, Chicago, and,yes, Yes, leading me to believe the people who have visited this pagehad a very specific group of posters up in their bedrooms when theywere 15. Personally, I’m fascinated by the fact that both Madonna andMetallica were eligible this year, and neither made the cut.
Um… your thoughts? Who’s missing from the list? Who shouldn’t benominated this year? And do you agree that I was totally psychic when Iused to think the words to the song were “The heart of rock ‘n’ roll is in Cleveland” because then they built the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland?
(PS: Induct the D!!)