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.
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 – 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 – 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
- 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.
- 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. And it doesn’t hurt this voter that she did an album with my beloved Roomful of Blues.
- New York Dolls
- Duran Duran
- 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?