2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

2012 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

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. 
– Before my time
Eric B. & Rakim
– Never heard of them
Guns ‘N Roses
– Can you say Spring Break in college?  Oh yeah!
– 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.
– 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).

Repeat Offenders Contenders:

  • 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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  • O.K, If you don't know half the groups nominated, why bother doing the article? Is there anyone at the Tribune that was born before 1980, that might be able to help you out? Better yet, have you heard of "google?" It may help you prepare for your next assignment, if you still have a job.

  • In reply to McSpuds:

    Thanks for your comments. I was actually born in the sixties and plan to do a thoughtful, informative piece after the inductees are determined, just as I did last year. And I would hestitate to call this a "job" since it's unpaid. Thanks for reading.

  • You and I have two things in common.
    1. born in the sixties
    2. lifelong music lover
    My guess is you never changed the station? Your juvenile and condescending remarks are obviously born of a lack of knowledge and narrow scope. The piece reads like a couple of 8th graders having a text conversation.
    If you have never heard of a Donna Summer record entitled Bad Girls, which doesn't include MacArthur Park (the song about baking in the rain), you were definitely living under a rock the entire year of 1979.
    I'll leave you with a good old-fashioned shame on you on behalf of Heart, Joan Jett and Laura Nyro; and a challenge: for every piece of new music you listen to go back in time and listen to a piece of old music that you are unfamiliar with.
    Good luck with the "thoughtful, informative" piece. I'm looking forward to reading it.

  • In reply to mamarock:

    Perhaps you're right that I was not diverse enough as a youngster. I'm more than making up for it by listening to lots of new stuff, but I guess that doesn't help much with anything from the seventies. As noted, after the inductees are announced, I'll do proper research. This was meant to just announce nominees with my first (tongue-in-cheek) impressions, but that seems to have fallen flat. Live and learn! Thanks for reading.

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