The ballots are in and the 2014 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are set. They are: Nirvana, Kiss, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, Cat Stevens and Linda Ronstadt. Which means no Deep Purple and no Yes, which are both unjustifiable snubs.
Nirvana was obvious and there is no way in hell they weren’t getting in on the first ballot they were eligible for. They practically created a whole new sub-genre of rock and their influence is extraordinary. And it’s about time KISS got in. I can’t stand their music, which is so simplistic that it could have been written by someone who’d just finished Shitty Songwriting for Dummies, but you can’t tell the story of rock and roll without them. I don’t have to like a band to think they should be in.
I feel much the same way about Hall and Oates, though I like them more now than I did in the 80s when they were at their peak. Cat Stevens…meh. Ever since he turned into a Muslim fascist who thinks people should be killed for daring to offend him, I wouldn’t piss on that asshole if he was on fire. I’m just going to try to ignore the fact that he got in. Linda Ronstadt never did much for me, but she’s one of the groundbreaking female artists of all time so I’m cool with her getting in.Peter Gabriel definitely deserves to be going in as a solo artist. The album So alone merits getting in. It’s one of the greatest albums ever recorded, in my view. Oh, and the E Street Band is being given the Award for Musical Excellence as well. I’m not sure whey they didn’t go in with Springsteen long ago, but they’re the most famous backing band in the world and surely deserve to be there.
But seriously, no Deep Purple? FFS, they should have been in there nearly two decades ago and they’re still not in. And much the same goes for Yes.