The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Are Announced

I know many people do not give a shit about the Hall. But frankly, it is no better or worse than any of these types of things. Witness the Baseball Hall of Fame where they recently inducted (the great) David Ortiz but shunned guys like Barry Bonds and Roger Clemens. Those guys were snubbed because of steroid use. Some think they were so great they should be allowed in any way, maybe with an asterisk. I say fuck ’em. If you’re sending any kind of message at all to impressionable young kids, then cheating to win ain’t it. The point being, all of this is subjective and affected by politics and other factors. So be it.Β 

This year’s candidates, who I voted for (bolded) and why. You can vote here. Your choices are, of course, below in bold.

  • Carly Simon
  • Kate Bush –Β I am not necessarily a gigantic fan but I do like some of her stuff. But she has been around quite some time, is massively influential, and is practically royalty in England.
  • Dionne Warwick –Β I always loved the songs she did with Burt Bacharach and Hal David. We’re talking early ’60s here. She has a great voice and Carlos Santana said he learned how to phrase on guitar by listening to her.
  • A Tribe Called Quest
  • Eurythmics
  • Rage Against The Machine – I wasn’t particularly into these guys when they first hit the ground. But then I listened and I dug them. Their rap/rock was unique. And while I don’t count Tom Morello as one of my heroes, he’s a hell of a player.
  • Beck
  • Dolly Parton – Who doesn’t love Dolly? I have never bought one single song of hers and likely never will. But she’s one of the few true country people I can listen to. She’s a singer, a songwriter – she’s the real deal.
  • Pat Benatar – We saw Pat and her husband Neil Geraldo a couple of years ago at the House of Blues. It was way past her star time shelf life and they probably spent too much time talking about their kids. But it was a good show and she’s got a good track record.Β  And it doesn’t hurt this voter that she did an album with my beloved Roomful of Blues.
  • Eminem
  • New York Dolls
  • Devo
  • Duran Duran
  • MC5
  • Fela Kuti
  • Lionel Richie
  • Judas Priest

I voted for four women, not because I thought the Hall was unbalanced gender-wise (is it?) but because I thought they have all long been deserving. (As to a couple of them not even being close to rock and roll, let’s not even bother with that argument. It is what it is).

Question – Never having gotten on several attempts before, are J. Geils doomed?

 

33 thoughts on “The 2022 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Are Announced

  1. The Eurythmics would be in for me… Annie has an amazing voice and vocal range, and Dave Stewart is an outstanding producer/arranger/songwriter…

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    1. Not so sure they will for a couple of reasons. For one reason, they only induct 5 artists/year. They would need some massive induction for a couple of years just to catch up. There’s also some in-bred snobbery against certain styles, e.g., prog-rock. Yes is in there but it took forever. And as mentioned, J. Geil’s electability may have come and gone.

      As to Richie, I suppose so but not really much of a fan to be honest.

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      1. For Richie, it would be for writing., not so much for singing. Rock N Roll Hall of Fame is shamelessly for rock music. Any other genere will have a time getting in. So where does that leave the other artist like Josh Grobin, Bule’, Sarah Brightman, folks like that. I am a rock and country musician but also like other styles.

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        1. Sorry, don’t mean to keep contradicting you but while the hall is NAMED for rock and roll, there is plenty of “other.” In this list, I got down to the J’s and counted 50 that are zero rock and roll including Nat King Cole, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Miles Davis, etc. I bet there are a hundred. It may have started out as rock and roll -and it primarily is – but there is a sizeable contingent of other types of music.

          I have thought for quite some time that it should be called the Popular Music Hall of Fame and then be separated into genres, rock, country, etc. See for yoursefl

          https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/a-z

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        2. Yep, the name you suggest would be more appropriate. I haven’t read anything about it for a while, so I have no idea who is in, or out. Let us hope that this new wokeness doesn’t keep some deserving artist out.

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        3. Heh! I pay zero attention to it except once a year. Like Christmas. That said, my son and I took a trip to the museum about 8 or 9 years ago and had a hell of a time. There was a Stones exhibit on the top floor.

          As to bloggers, the queen of HOF bloggers is MichelleMB. She knows a lot more about the inner goings-on than I would ever care to and has even gone to the induction event in the past.

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        4. You know those yellow things you used to put in 45 records so they’d fit on the spindle? I had one around the house and my son had no idea what it was. I explained it to him and later he bought a t-shirt from there with an image of one on it.

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  2. Interesting that u did not include the MC5. Dolly is a top shelf Country pop singer and songwriter. They are obviously running out of quality dinosaur rock candidates.

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    1. Actually it’s less that I think than that they long since have abandoned any pretense of it being purely rock and roll. Regardless of what it’s called it’s actually a popular music Hall. MC5? Maybe next time. Dolly’s been doing it a lot longer. Here’s the list of inductees thus far. As I mentioned to another commenter, I stopped counting the non-rock and roll inductees when I hit 50 in the J’s.

      https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/a-z

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  3. I think it’s fairest to prioritise artists who’ve had all three of:
    – commercial success (so well known)
    – critical acclaim
    – influence on future generations of musicians.

    If they are very strong in two but don’t have the others, that’s also worth consideration. Based on that I’d say:

    Kate Bush (the hall is US-centric, otherwise she’d have been in years ago. Hard to not compare other female art-rock artists to her).
    Dolly Parton (debate if she’s rock and roll enough, but since she’s nominated she deserves in based on commercial success and influence)
    Fela Kuti
    Judas Priest
    Beck
    A Tribe Called Quest

    I think Eminem and Rage will make it in sooner rather than later, just not that enthusiastic personally about either.

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    1. I note that you named six whereas you only get five (on a given day). So if you went to the site today to vote, who would you cut?

      I’m not overly enthusiastic about Eminem but he seems to check the boxes. I like Rage but I hardly ran out and bought anything by them. In fact it occurs to me that the collective amount of product I own by this group album-wise is one Bush, one Benatar, one Beck.

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      1. Nope. I didnt. They are in CB’s hall and that’s all that matters. One day I’ll take the gloves off and tell you how I feel about a lot of this stuff. Not much.
        But when you tell me about people in your life, Sis, Aunt etc. that like certain music, that puts it in perspective for old CB. If a certain music gives you pleasure? Turn it up.

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        1. I think I know how CB feels about these awards and Halls and such. He has not been shy on that front. Yeah, sis and aunt are great music lovers and discriminating too. Can’t play a lick of music, but they know a well-played tune when they hear it.

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  4. Despite all of its flaws, I still think it’s pretty cool to be in company with the likes of The Beatles, The Stones, Chuck Berry, Elvis and Bob Dylan, to name a few.

    I would agree with Steve that Eurythmics would be a nice addition. I would also be happy to see Pat Benatar, Kate Bush and Dolly Parton inducted. Fela Kuti would be an intriguing inductee as well. Not sure there are any Afrobeat artists in the Rock Hall.

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    1. Yeah, if I were in a band and worked my ass off all those years I’d be happy to be in the Hall. Thrilled, even.

      Kuti would be good. As to the others, I may not be big fans of some of them, but I recognize their influence.

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      1. Ha! Yeah, but she deserves to be there just as much as they are. Once you get past that it isn’t really a rock & roll hall of fame anymore with the variety of acts that have gone in.

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  5. All good contenders for me but Kate Bush gets my vote. As a singer, writer, producer and dancer she is incredibly creative and just has that ‘different’ pop-appeal. In my view Dionne Warwick and Lionel Richie are more likely winners. Fela Kuti is an interesting and not too wild a wild card.

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    1. Can’t disagree with any of what you say. I thought Fela was obscure or early enough that he would fit into one of those ‘pioneers’ or something categories. Musos know him – but the general public? We saw a play some years back based on his life.

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      1. I think quite a few young ‘ns are discovering Fela now that afrobeat, rap and jazz are becoming entwined and popular.

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        1. If you say so. Boy, I haven’t seen the evidence of that. It all sounds like either the Taylor/Cardi/whatever crowd, DJ’s or hip-hop with the kids from what I can see.

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  6. Nice to see the support for Kate Bush… She is a legend in the UK, and lives close to where I lived in Devon, UK. We used to see her shopping in Totnes sometimes, although she is known to be reclusive…

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    1. She really is. Relatively speaking she’s almost unknown here. I can’t blame stars of her magnitude being reclusive. Fans all want a piece of them.

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