Well gang, the votes are in and like every year, surprises have occurred.
First let’s take a look at who got inducted this year.
We at Notinhalloffame.com are thrilled with this induction and will be happy to have Alice Cooper leave our list. This was his first nomination, after being eligible for over fifteen years, and in many ways this feels like the committee is “righting a wrong”. However, a look at the other nominees may also point at Cooper being the true “Rock” representative of the list; a possibility that becomes increasing ironic considering the name of the institution. Regardless, when we redo our list in February, removing this name and placing him in the Current Rock and Roll Inductees will be an absolute joy.
Inducted on her fourth try, this may be the one induction that will receive the most second guessing. Nobody can question her vocal prowess, but with her muddled history and her biggest hit being of the Christmas variety, she is largely anonymous to most people at this stage. We congratulate her, but are of the opinion that there are other artists of her generation more deserving.
Like Alice Cooper, Dr. John waited a long time for his first nomination and when finally nominated, got in on his first try. It could easily be argued that “the Night Tripper” was aided by a large sentiment towards New Orleans, but his body of work is solid and with a unique sound, a certifiable hit, and critical acclaim he brings a better resume than half of the inducted artists. He is not out of place here.
Alice Cooper may have waited a long time to be inducted, but Neil Diamond waited a lot longer. Diamond may be thought of my some as a cheesy Adult Contemporary artist, but many within the industry consider him one of the best songwriters ever and he is easily among the most covered. He has a large legion of fans who will be thrilled with this induction, and his detractors really should take a look at his early material and give it another listen. He does belong in the Hall in our opinion.
Uniqueness is what sets Rock Stars apart from each other, bit Tom Waits was in his own category. His raspy voice may have been only matched by his prolific songwriting ability and though he does not have a catalogue of hits, he certainly had a long laundry list of beloved albums and legions of loyal fans. If Leonard Cohen can get in, than Tom Waits makes perfect sense.
Those who didn’t make the cut……
The Beastie Boys
This was their second nomination and a lot of people (us included) thought it would be their year. The inductees this year lacked a modern urban act, and despite their Caucasian exterior, the Beasties fit that bill. With their impact and innovation, there should be no doubt that they will be nominated again.
Hands down, the most successful of the nominees, Bon Jovi would have been a marquee attraction. They are still recording and selling out stadiums and you can count on them getting in the Hall eventually. This may seem like a snub now, but they will get in one day.
Chic and Donna Summer
We are lumping them together as there is much in common here. They have both been nominated many times, they are both considered icons of the Disco era, and they both will see themselves here again. Our belief is that they cancelled each other out and as such gave them little chance to get in this year. With that said, we would not be surprised that if one of them does get in, the other will be permanently left out.
As much as we respect Donovan, this just felt like a token nomination and we really didn’t think he would get in. Our guess is that will be the only time he would be placed on the ballot. Hopefully, we are not wrong.
J. Geils Band
With all due respect to Peter Wolf and company, this is not a band that should be on their third nomination. With that said, had they not disbanded at the height of their popularity, would they be in the Hall now? It certainly seems like there is a strong contingent looking to put them in.
LL Cool J
Much like the Beastie Boys, we thought LL Cool J had a really good shot. LL has been nominated two years in a row in his first two years of eligibility and this has to indicate an excellent shot for induction. Should he be the lone Rap artist nominated in a future year, consider him a lock.
She is talented and respected, but she doesn’t have the cache name that may put her over the edge. She is however coming off of two consecutive nominations, but her legacy isn’t exactly growing and that has to change for her to get over the hump.
Now 0 for 4 in terms of nominations, Joe Tex just seems to be someone who will always be on the bubble. Many consider his music on the goofy side, and with the amount of acclaimed songwriters they inducted this year, Tex was not someone who could have fit in with that group.
Even worse than Joe Tex’s 0 for 4, is Chuck Willis’ 0 for 6. Five of those failed induction attempts took place consecutively between 1986 and 1990 and it was a great surprise to see Willis back on this year’s ballot. Despite the beautiful music he created, there wasn’t a lot of it, and he just isn’t well known. His spot, likely went to Darlene Love.
What are your thoughts on this group? Did they get it right, or did they just nominate the wrong people in the first place? You know our thoughts, now tell us yours!