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Friday, February 24, 2006

The Sex Pistols Snub Rock Hall of Fame

The Sex Pistols, scheduled to be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on March 13, have colorfully RSVP'd "no" via a handwritten missive posted on their website. It reads, in part: "Were not coming. Were not your monkeys and So what? Fame at $25,000 if we paid for a table, or $15,000 to squeak up in the gallery, goes to a non-profit organisation, selling us a load of old famous." (Imagine [sic]s wherever you find them appropriate)

Susan Evans, Executive Director of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation, took the rejection well, saying, "They are being the outrageous punksters they are, and that's rock and roll."

I can't tell whether she's cool with their decision or not. Something about her word choice makes me wonder whether she's possibly slightly less hep than when she was first appointed as Executive Director back in 1983. Different days back then. We began the year with hits like "Maneater" and "Down Under", heard plenty of Lionel Richie, and by the time 1984 rolled around... well, there was still room for Lionel. But it's a different world now. And, come to think of it, did anyone non-kiddingly say "outrageous punksters" in 1983? Is the term meant to be a bit condescending, is it meant to be a "fun" use of obviously unhip language but she's down with the rebellious punk rockers' decision, or is it unintentionally unhip language but she's cool with the decision?

In any event, the Sex Pistols will forsake a possibly-delightful Waldorf Astoria dining experience, which apparently they could have had for free. A Rock Hall of Fame spokesperson said each inductee receives two tickets for free, and can buy additional tickets for $2,500.

This was the outrageous punksters' fifth nomination, which means they've possibly been waiting several years to tell the Rock Hall of Fame they don't want to be accepted into a club that would accept them. Putting much time into that R.S.V.P. would have looked like they cared, though - a big "faux pas", as the kids say.

Dave Clark Five, Grandmaster Flash, J Geils Band, John Mellencamp, the Patti Smith Group, and the Stooges are among those who were nominated for induction this year and perhaps one of them could have taken the Sex Pistols' unwanted spot, had they withdrawn from the nomination process. More fun (and rock) to be wanted and then reject The Man, though.

The Sex Pistols - My Way (from The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle, Kiss This: The Best Of The Sex Pistols, etc.)


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