The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Selections have been announced!

Gang..... Our Christmas Day is here.....

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have announced their selections for this year's class, and the selections to us, really don't come as a surprise.

We will take a look at this group based on our rankings and give a few random (which is what we do best) thoughts on the selections.



5. The Red Hot Chili Peppers

The Peppers should have got into on their first year of eligibilty, and it was only a matter of time for them to get in.  When they were nominated this year, many (including us) thought this would be the year.

8. The Beastie Boys

Again, another previous nominee that you knew HAD to get in eventually.  Their influence and impact are undeniable and we are thrilled to see another of our top ten selections inducted.


15. Guns 'N' Roses

If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is expecting that Axl Rose will reunite with Slash, they might as well forget it.  As big a deal as that would be (and it would be massive), the two mortal enemies are unlikely to share a stage together.  Regardless, we believe that this was a legitimate first ballot selection and the Hard Rock superstars are legitimate candidates for Cleveland.

59. The Small Faces/131. Faces

We felt (and still do) that they really are not the same band, but regardless we have no problem with this induction; although we wonder how much the Hall is hoping for a Rod Stewart speech as the result of this.

108. Donovan

We don't have a problem with it, but never thought it would happen. Donovan just seemed a little on the weird side to make it.  Guess we were wrong.

157. Laura Nyro

So....If the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is celebrating Women in Rock....This is the selection?   No disrespect to Nyro, but she should be not be the lone female representative this year.  Honestly, this just feels wrong.

355. Freddie King

King was selected but now classified as an "Early Influence" Candidate.  Not upset with this inducted, but baffled by the placement.

Passed Over:

13. The Cure

We were pleasantly surprised that Robert Smith and company were nominated in the first place, and that first nomination could bode well for their future shot at induction.  We will certainly be pulling for them as there really is no band like them inducted.

33. Heart

In the "year of the woman" for the RRHOF, we thought the Wilson sisters would propel Heart to induction.  It didn't happen, and we are wondering if their best shot has passed.

57. War

Another act who has been nominated before, War was just lost amongst this group of heavyweights.  Chances are, they will be nominated again, but we wonder if they will be forgotten for awhile.  We think that will be the case.

76. The Spinners

This is a bit of a heartbreaker for us as we have been hoping for the Spinners to get inducted for awhile.  They just had their first nomination, and we suspect it was a token one at best.  Hopefully, that is wrong.

77. Eric B. & Rakim

We would have bet a small chunk of change that Eric B. & Rakim were going to get in.  A pattern of inducting an African American act annualy has emerged; especially from the more urban scene has transpired so we readily expected that would be the case here.  Not only was Eric B. & Rakim not inducted, nor was any true urban act.  A bit of a surprise here.

159. Rufus & Chaka Khan

We didn't think they had a decent shot this year, but they could easily find their way back for nomination.  Although their sound in different from the Spinners, we wonder if they cancelled each other out. 

174. Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

Didn't you think this would be the year?  After the success of the Runaways movie and the push of "women in rock" from the Hall itself, it just thought that she would leapfrog other candidates.  It didn't happen, and don't be surprised if her window just aprubtly closed.


So..... This was the result of the Hall celebrating Women in Rock?   Pretty lame if you ask us.  Otherwise, we are happy for those who got in, and arguing the entry of the three heavyweights (GNR, The Beasties & RCHP), it should make for an entertaing (and for the Hall, high revenue) show.

Congratulations to all inductees!

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0 #11 Committee Chairman -0001-11-30 00:00
There will be...... sadly been a bit lazy! Look for it soon.
0 #10 jerrya8988 -0001-11-30 00:00
Why no article about the 6 new members of Rock Hall of Fame:
The backing groups Miracles, Crickets, Comets, Blue Caps, Famous Flames, and the MIdnighters. Should be a separate article about it.
0 #9 Darryl Tahirali -0001-11-30 00:00
>>King was selected but now classified as an "Early Influence&qu ot; Candidate. Not upset with this inducted, but baffled by the placement.

Agree with the bafflement-- FK was a contemporane ous with '60s rock, so to call him an "early influence&qu ot; is puzzling. Hell, even Grand Funk sang about playing poker with him. And at the rate the Hall is going, it won't be long before Mark Farner and crew make their induction speech in Cleveland. The only suspense will be if Terry Knight gets invited to join them onstage . . .

>>The band [GNR] goes through so many drummers that there's no way of knowing which ones will be invited.

Sounds like Spinal Tap. And when will they be inducted?
0 #8 Dr Clayton Forrester -0001-11-30 00:00
Axl Rose and Dizzy Reed are the only sure bets but Izzy Stradlin joined the band on stage in 2006 and Duff McKagan played with them as recently as fall of last year for one night only. So it's quite possible they will be invited.

Slash on the other hand...doubt ful.

The band goes through so many drummers that there's no way of knowing which ones will be invited.
0 #7 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
One more degree of separation. I'm not sure if it were John Hughes or John Cusack but someone wanted Within Your Reach by the Replacements , also on the Say Anything soundtrack, as the song coming out of the boombox. Playing bass on the song, of course, was Tommy Stinson, current bassist for Guns and Roses.

That's not so awkward, although who we'll see for the GNR induction will be something that's been talked about for years.
0 #6 Spheniscus -0001-11-30 00:00

Not only that, but before she was married to Adam Horowitz, she dated Anthony Keidis of the Red Hot Chili Peppers. He actually included a nude photo of the two of them in his 2004 book "Scar Tissue" . She was supposedly under 18 when the photo was taken.

Being inducted with her father might be a bit awkward for Keidis as well.
0 #5 Knuckles -0001-11-30 00:00
There were good selections (the big three) and complete head scratchers. I have never heard a legit reason why Laura Nyro should be in. She was a great songwriter. There are tens of great songwriters. She was a great singer. There are tons and tons of great singers. She was influential. What successful artist isn't?
I like the rest of the selections, even if they aren't necessarily the most deserving. Freddie King was the last blues giant needing to be inducted, so no problems with that one. Donovan was a strong bridge between blues-influe ncec brit invasion and psychedelic rock. Not a bad choice. The Faces/Small Faces are not a bad choice/eithe r. Each member made a longtime impact on Rock and Roll.
0 #4 DeputyVanHalen -0001-11-30 00:00
Here's some interesting trivia about this new induction class: the person who may have had the strongest reaction to the announcement was Ione Skye, the actress who played John Cusack's love interest in Say Anything. Remember the boombox playing Peter Gabriel?

Skye is Donovan' s daughter. And she's the ex-wife of Adam Horovitz of the Beastie Boys. I wonder if Donovan and Adam are on good terms and whether they'll hang out together at the ceremony.
0 #3 jimmy26 -0001-11-30 00:00
Once again the hall shows why it is a joke. Of course I agree with the selection of the three great bands that deservedly got in (Guns N Roses in particular as they are one of the top 15 bands ever) but how do you explain the omissions? The year of Women in Rock and it wil be represented by Laura Nyro? Two of the biggest, long lasting and most impactful women oriented groups ever and they get shit on. I wanted both the phenomenal Joan Jett (the queen of rock) and the awesome Wilson sisters to finally get their due but Nooooooo! I would have been okay with one of the two but the hall of fame once again shows why the selection committee is truly a "piss stain on the wall!" In the words of Spike Lee just "-)o the right thing" and pull your heads out of you arses and get it rgiht. Your hall of fame is slowly turning into the hall of shame! there are now easily more artists that deserve to be in that you have overlooked than the amount of bad selections. And don't get me started on the travesty of the Cure getting snubbed again!
0 #2 Dr Clayton Forrester -0001-11-30 00:00
I thought for sure either Joan Jett or Heart would make it. Maybe they split the votes? Rather pitiful for celebrating women in rock.

Have to agree about the Cure too. There's nobody really like them on the ballot, so that's somewhat disturbing that they couldn't muster enough votes.

Three of my five picks made it though. So I can't say it's mostly bad news or anything. Those being Guns N Roses, Beastie Boys and the Red Hot Chili Peppers. At least the Beastie Boys and Chilli Peppers will show up...

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