Wednesday, September 24, 2008

2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees: The Sublime and the Ridiculous (and the Sex Pistols)

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has released its nominees for 2009 and as usual includes some pretty ridiculous choices.

Jeff Beck (excellent choice): one of the most influential rock guitarists, formed the first edition of the Jeff Beck Group in 1968. Inducted into the hall of fame in 1992 as a member of the Yardbirds.

Chic (ridiculous choice) :'s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Wanda Jackson (good choice): The "First Lady of Rock and Roll" played her first package tour at 18 with Elvis Presley in 1955. Performed with Gene Vincent, Carl Perkins, Jerry Lee Lewis and Johnny Cash.

Little Anthony and the Imperials (who ?) They scored hits with "Tears on My Pillow" and "Shimmy, Shimmy, Ko-Ko-Bop" starting in the late '50s and had one of the most energetic stage shows around.

Metallica (excellent choice) Metallica rose from the Los Angeles music underground in the early '80s to become one of the most successful and acclaimed heavy metal bands of their era.

Run-D.M.C. (again not rock and roll) Run-D.M.C. took hip-hop from the streets of New York to the national stage in the 1980s. Run-D.M.C. and the late Jam Master Jay set the template for modern hip-hop.

Stooges (Best choice) Iggy Pop and company burst out of Ann Arbor, Mich., in the late '60s and were immediately embraced in New York, London and Los Angeles for the nuclear-powered simplicity of their music.

War (excellent choice) War debuted with the Afro-Latin R&B groove "Spill the Wine" in 1969 and followed with a string of hits featuring a social message grounded by their breezy Southern California vibe.

Bobby Womack (totally ridiculous choice)

The Hall of Fame has come under massive critisism in the past few years over its choices (its not hard to see why with some of the above). The Sex Pistols famously rjected their nomination in

SOURCE: Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

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