Friday, September 30, 2011

R&R HoF 2011 Nominees

 The nominations for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012 were announced today:
 The nominees are:
·    Beastie Boys
·    The Cure
·    Donovan
·    Eric B. & Rakim
·    Guns 'N Roses
·    Heart
·    Joan Jett and The Blackhearts
·    Freddie King
·    Laura Nyro
·    Red Hot Chili Peppers
·    Rufus with Chaka Khan
·    The Small Faces/The Faces
·    The Spinners
·    Donna Summer
·    War

I don't envy the claque that makes these nominations.

Personally, I think the Cure are for the ages, and that the Faces are criminally overlooked, if not underrated.

If I were voting, the Cure, the Spinners and the Faces would have a lock, and Erik B would edge the Beasties, much as I love them, for the hip-hop slot.

Would they could both win, but I think it's one rap group per induction ceremony, thank you. Place your money on Adam and the Boys. 
Freddie King would be giving a heartfelt acceptance speech, after an induction by Eric Clapton.  

Instead, you can bank on Heart, G&R, and with all due respect, Joan J.

Also, if you're asking me, and you didn't: Nyro, Summer and Donovan deserve respect. 

On War and the Chilis, I'm ambivalent; i.e. the Chilis probably have a lock they deserve a few years down the line. War has a handful of hits that deserve recognition, eventually. 

As to who've been left out, don't get me started.    

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