Are you SOOO excited? The nominations for the Class of 2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced. The actual inductees will be announced “in the coming weeks” according to the website, which seems very vague. Here are the nominees:
Beastie Boys – Hey, did you know the Beastie Boys have a newish album out? Yeah, I didn’t think so. And also, who cares.
The Cure – Anyone who went to college in the eighties knows why this group was nominated.
Donovan – Before my time
Eric B. & Rakim – Never heard of them
Guns ‘N Roses – Can you say Spring Break in college? Oh yeah!
Heart – I’m not sure any group who I saw performing at RibFest a couple years ago should be in the running for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. That seems like quite a fall (no offense to Naperville).
Joan Jett and The Blackhearts – Seriously, I think they had two hits.
Freddie King – Never heard of him, but his name reminds me of Freddie Krueger.
Laura Nyro – Someone I’ve heard of, please?
Red Hot Chili Peppers – Here we go. To prove their staying power, they have a new song on the radio. Solid.
Rufus with Chaka Khan – Don’t know who Rufus is, but I’m having a hard time with Chaka Khan.
The Small Faces/The Faces – So, is this one group that changed its name once it grew up? Or two groups that are being paired together because their names are similar?
The Spinners – I think this is one of those groups they play on the oldies station that I never listen to.
Donna Summer – I know she’s the Disco Queen, but I have a hard time with anyone whose most famous song is about a failed baking experience during inclement weather.
War – Really? U2’s album is being nominated? I thought it had to be a person or group. (Ha, just some Rock and Roll Hall of Fame humor- no idea who War is).
- Beastie Boys, Laura Nyro and Donna Summers are being nominated for the third time (Susan Lucci category)
- Donovan, Chili Peppers and War are nominated for the second time
If you’ve been nominated twice before and didn’t get voted in, I wonder if you can decline the nomination? “Yeah, no thanks. It’s getting embarrassing and obviously the voters don’t really like me as much as the industry people who keep nominating me.”
So the big day is in March. I’ll wait to research some of these people once we see who is going to actually be inducted. If you want to learn more, which seems doubtful, you can visit the website. Actually, if you’re curious about how these random people were selected, which is valid, you could learn that on the website, although I did learn that to be eligible, the artist has to have released a record at least 25 years prior to the induction and “demonstrated unquestionable musical influence.” So that clears things up about Donna Summer and Chaka Khan.
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