Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductees 2010

The Hall of Fame inductees were announced today and it's quite a varied - if somewhat narrow - crop, with all but one starting out their career in the '70s. That means bands who released their first album in the '80s (1984 was the cut off) were shut out. There's such a backlog of artists that I wish they could pick more than five a year.

I have no problem with ABBA being in there. Rap, R&B and soul and other dance/pop acts have gotten in (Madonna springs to mind), so why not?

It's too bad The Stooges couldn't have been inducted before guitarist Ron Ashton died earlier this year. They are a seminal act in rock and Iggy will surely tear things up at the ceremony in fine fashion.

Reggae is under-represented and Jimmy Cliff is one of the genre's legends (and hey, he's still alive!), so props are due.

I'm a big Genesis fan and they are long overdue. Those early albums in the '70s with Peter Gabriel are classics (I dig the Phil Collins era more though).

And the Hollies put out some memorable British invasion pop in the '60s and early '70s, so they satisfy that particular oldies slot.

There's going to be a lot of grumbling over KISS and Red Hot Chili Peppers being passed over again.

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