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You know, it takes a lot to make my jaw drop. Today, I'm driving to work listening to the news, and up comes a report of the current inductees into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame. Among them are Genesis, Jimmy Cliff, and ABBA.

ABBA.

A guy at work asked me, "You mean, 'Dancing Queen' ABBA?"

Just how many ABBA's do you think there are?

They've inducted other than rock and roll before. Aretha Franklin, the First Lady Of Soul, is in there. Grandmaster Flash, a rapper, is in there. There are plenty of blues musicians, which figures, as that's what rock and roll evolved from. But ABBA is disco, the mortal enemy of rockers. Remember Disco Demolition Night? We Chicagoans sure do.

At first, I thought, what, are they running out of rockers to add? Then I look at the Top 40 and think, well, maybe they will eventually. But let's focus on the now. ABBA is in the Hall Of Fame. What rockers were passed over so ABBA could get in?

Brian Setzer. KISS. Deep Purple. Journey. Kansas. Moody Blues. Cheap Trick. The Specials. Golden Earring. Sweet. Alice Cooper. Spinal Tap (hey, they technically qualify). Van Morrison. Def Leppard. Joan Jett. Pat Benatar. Chicago (Jimmi Hendrix has said their guitarist was his inspiration). Boston. The Doobie Brothers. Rush. Psychedelic Furs. The Troggs ("Wild Thing" is considered the first punk rock song). ? And The Mysterians (along with the Troggs, the first instances of punk rock). Herman's Hermitts (for a while there, they were actually outselling the Beatles). The Monkees (I like the Monkees). Iron Maiden. Judas Priest. Lita Ford. Heart. Steppenwolf. Foghat. Dokken. Foreigner. Living Colour. Roxy Music. The New York Dolls. Supertramp. They Might Be Giants. Electric Light Orchestra. The Tubes. Yes. Emerson, Lake, And Palmer. The Archies (the first virtual band). Josie And The Pussycats (for the animated series. Valerie Brown was the first African American cartoon character in a main role instead of just a supporting bit). The Alan Parsons Project. America. The B-52's. Nitty Gritty Dirt Band. Bachman-Turner Overdrive. Bad Company. Rick Derringer. George Thuroughgood. Ted Fuckin' Nugent. Boz Skaggs. Warren Zevon. The Byrds. Steve Vai. Joe Satriani. Yngwie Malmsteam. Climax Blues Band. Operation Ivy (the originators of third wave ska and the greatest band since the Clash). The Cure. Squeeze. The Stranglers. Dire Straits. Styx. War. The Go-Go's. Dio. Grand Funk Railroad. Steve Taylor. Asia. Megadeath.

...I don't get it.

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mornblade
Dec. 17th, 2009 08:27 am (UTC)
And here I thought it was just Alice that was getting snubbed. Your list consists of almost everyone that can be heard on any classic rock radio station in America. Except ZZ Top of course... oh yeah, they have actual money in the R-n-R Hall O' Fame.
sinetimore
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:09 pm (UTC)
That would explain why ZZ Top is in there in the first place. There are rumors that the selection committee picks things to bring in crowds. Supposedly, Grandmaster Flash was picked over the Dave Clark Five (who got in the next year) to get the younger crowd interested.

That list is the result of lunch. I started thinking of every classic rock act I could think of, writing it down, and cross-referencing when I got home. The list you see is nearly complete...I had only four names on the list that were in the HoF that I had to cut. That's impressive for me and sad for the HoF. If she were real, I think Rhapsody would be crying right now.

My feelings can be summed up thusly: Jack Black has more right to be in the HoF than ABBA. Full stop.
sinetimore
Dec. 17th, 2009 12:19 pm (UTC)
Oh, and the only reason I didn't put the Rev. Horton Heat on there is I'm not sure when his first album was released. The rules say it has to be at least 25 years since your first album went public in some capacity.
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