I'm not talking about Halloween.
I'm talking, of course, about the nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
This is truly my pet peeve.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes me crazy. I've been critical of it for years because it is simply not done right. While the pretentious nominations committee have recently allowed fans a token online vote, in the end the committee will nominate who they darn well please.
In short, the nomination process is controlled by a small number of individuals -- most of them frustrated journalists -- who allow their own personal tastes and the smell of their own farts to get in the way of blatantly obvious choices.
This also explains why the disco sensation Chic is up for their 11th nomination in 14 years of eligibility, while Def Leppard -- one of the best selling bands in rock and roll history and still selling out arenas around the world -- hasn't been nominated once in 12 years of eligibility.
[*An artist is eligible for nomination 25 years after their debut album]
This year, as I look over the nominees, I see more of the same. Joan Baez and Tupac Shakur will be shoo-ins, even though neither played a note of rock and roll in their careers (because that's what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is all about).
For the first time ever, Journey is nominated. My only question is why did it take 16 years of eligibility to finally get on the ballot? They have sold more than 90 million records worldwide, including fifteen Top 40 singles. Everyone in the world knows at least one Journey song. But I doubt they will be inducted simply because I think they should be.
The Cars are nominated for the second consecutive year. This is another band snubbed for far too long.
Electric Light Orchestra, Depeche Mode, Jane's Addiction, Pearl Jam, and Steppenwolf round out the remaining major names up for nomination.
I am guessing Pearl Jam will most likely be nominated from this group. Don't get me wrong, I like Pearl Jam. But there are so many artists that deserve to get in before them.
Now, I'm not one to complain unless I have a solution to the problem. If I was in charge, there would be four artists who would be immediately inducted. So how would I do it?
Not everyone knows who Dick Dale is, but that doesn't mean he doesn't belong front and center in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He is the inventor of surf music; he was the first guitarist to experiment with reverb and effects on record. Jimi Hendrix and Eddie Van Halen both credited him as a major influence. Without Dick Dale, there would have been no Beach Boys and no Jan and Dean.
It would be wonderful to see Dale inducted while he's still alive (he's 79 years old and still playing live gigs), but I doubt the majority of the pompous twits sitting on the Hall nominating committee have even heard of him. He has been eligible for induction for 30 years and he's never been nominated. Get him in.
|The Godmother of Rock and Roll|
And yet, she's never been nominated. Get her in.
It is unreal to me that the Madman of Rock and Roll is not in the Hall of Fame. While Black Sabbath was inducted in 2006, Ozzy Osbourne as a solo act has been continuously snubbed. He is the embodiment of rock and roll excess and has done more to, er, "promote" the image of a rock star than anyone else on the planet. Yet he's never been nominated. Get him in.
How about Harry Nilsson? Jim Croce? New York Dolls? T. Rex? Thin Lizzy? Pat Benatar? Are you kidding? All of these artists were so influential, so groundbreaking, but they don't even get a whiff.
So that's why I grit my teeth this time of year. The presidential election will come and go but the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be a pain in my ass for years to come.