Lou Reed, Green Day, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Bill Withers, Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Ringo Starr. Above: Morrissey complains to one of the unyielding Rock Hall staffers about the balloting.
By Uncle Blurt
I used to vote in the annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame balloting, but at some point I was dropped from the list of “industry heavyweights,” either because I had gone on that shortlived SlimFast diet or—more likely—because I called Rolling Stone’s Jann Wenner, an uber-industry heavyweight, a turd in print.
Had I been voting, however, I would probably have picked about 2/3 of the eventual incoming inductees: from the list above I am way into Joan Jett (above), Lou Reed, Bill Withers and Stevie Ray Vaughan, but Green Day is a real head-scratcher, and the Butterfield Band, though worthy, doesn’t quite measure up in my book compared to some of the nominees that got passed over. The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, N.W.A., Sting, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Spinners and Chic were all on the list but received snubs, and I have to take issue with not giving Chic, Kraftwerk and N.W.A. the thumbs up. Those three artists are among the most influential in history.
The Smiths? Laughable, considering they only released one great album (The Smiths), so that was a good call to reject their bid. I’m not sure about NiN, other than to acknowledge how influential Trent Reznor eventually became, so likewise. As good as the Marvelettes and the Spinners were, they were lightweights in terms of influence, and I would never ever vote for Sting purely on principle.
Now simmer down there, all you bedsit types who want my head on a stick for my Smiths comments: you’ll get plenty of ‘80s action at the Rock Hall eventually, most likely starting with The Cure (nominated once so far, in 2012) and The Replacements (nominated last year).
The R&RHOF induction ceremony will be held April 18 in Cleveland.
Meanwhile, I have put on at least 40 pounds over the past three years. Maybe I can weigh in next year when balloting time rolls around, hmmm?