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Saturday, September 17, 2005

Rock Hall of Fame Snubs the 80s



Or 1980 at least -- it's the only part of the 80s they were able to snub at this point. If they could have, maybe they would have snubbed as much of the 80s as they could. Oh, the injustice of it all! It's been 25 years since '80, so artists who released their first record then were first eligible this year, but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominating committee did not include any of the "Class of 1980" on their ballot, which was sent to voters this week.

Those who were nominated include eight-time nominee Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd (seven-time nominees), the Sex Pistols and the Stooges (who were both five-timers), and Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, first nominated last year. Other repeat nominees include the J. Geils Band, John Mellencamp, the Patti Smith Group, Chic, and Joe Tex. Blondie, Miles Davis, Cat Stevens, the Paul Butterfield Band, the Dave Clark Five, and the Sir Douglas Quintet were all nominated for the first time. The artists who garner both the most votes and greater than 50% of the vote will be inducted. In November the announcement of the inductees (most likely around five to seven) will be made. The ceremony will be held in March in New York.

Although Miles Davis was not a rock artist, Terry Stewart, President and CEO of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum -- who also sits on the nominating commitee (wonder who gave him that gig) -- cited his influence over other musicians as a reason for his appearance on the ballot. His music and attitude were both mentioned as having influenced rock artists.

mp3:Sex Pistols - Pretty Vacant (from Never Mind the Bollocks Here's the Sex Pistols)

mp3:Iggy Pop & the Stooges - T.V. Eye (from Telluric Chaos )

mp3:J. Geils Band - Centerfold (from Freeze-Frame)

mp3:Patti Smith - People Have the Power (from Dream of Life)

mp3:Patti Smith - Dancing Barefoot (from Wave)

mp3:Blondie - Heart of Glass (from Parallel Lines, The Best of Blondie, etc.)

mp3:Blondie - Dreaming (from Eat to the Beat, The Best of Blondie, etc.)

mp3:Miles Davis - Nature Boy (from Blue Moods, The Talented Mr. Ripley soundtrack, etc.)

mp3:Paul Butterfield Blues Band - Work Song (from East-West, An Anthology -- The Elektra Years, etc.)

mp3:Dave Clark Five - Glad All Over (The History of the Dave Clark Five. The song that ended the reign of the Beatles' "I Want to Hold Your Hand" at the top of the British singles chart)

2 Comments:

Blogger bigrockcandymountain said...

not that he probably cares, but has anyone noticed that Tom Waits has never been nominated?

7:12 AM  
Blogger trill42 said...

He was nominated in 2000 (for the "class of 2001") but absolutely right that he hasn't been inducted and he has barely made it onto the ballot (I think that was the only time though I'm not 100% positive). Which is better (or less bad): to be overlooked by the nominating committee or repeatedly nominated and then rejected like Black Sabbath, the Sex Pistols, et al? The whole process seems a bit strange, and of course pretty subjective. I also wonder whether one of these artists that finished their body of work long ago is somehow going to be more worthy of inclusion in the Hall of Fame in two years than they were three years ago? It seems fairly arbitrary, but maybe there's no way to do it that would satisfy everybody.

6:29 PM  

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