POSTING BY JB MADDAWG
This past Tuesday, the class of 2012 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced, amidst some surprises, and some that were overdue. Leading the way, in my opinion is female rocker Joan Jett, obviously of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and earlier in her career with The Runaways.
Jett’s musical impact ranges from rock to what has been called “punk light”, with several successful cover tunes and lots and lots of guitar oriented chops. I’ve always been a fan of Jett, who seemingly doesn’t age and still makes a point, quite loudly, with her newer material. I had a chance to finally see Joan in person for the first time just a few years ago, and was blown away. She outdoes many current day acts, and her live sound is just as raw as her albums. She’s a deserving member of this honor.
Also nominated, Guns N Roses, which I agree with, but I’m not exactly sure which cast is being rewarded. Let’s be honest, ever since the original lineup, it’s pretty much been Axl Rose, whenever he pokes his head out and produces an album every two decades. This is worth it just to see the possible onstage fight if the original members are to perform live at the induction.
The band Heart was also nominated, as sisters Nancy and Ann Wilson have been pioneers in the rock and roll genre, and fit well with this years’ nominees. The band may not draw attention like they used to, but that doesn’t mean Heart isn’t any less worthy.
Early age emo band The Cure also gets the nod, while not being as loud and rambunctious as the other acts, still had an impact and large fan base to solidify their place in history.
As for the rest of the nominees, hip-hoppers Eric B. and Rakim, Freddie King, The Spinners and The Small Faces join the list.
I guess the strangest thing for me is once again, no KISS. Don’t second guess me. They are NOT in the HoF. After changing an entire generation, millions of dollars in revenue and countless hits, KISS was once again passed over for nomination. I’m seriously starting to wonder if Gene Simmons took a leak in one of the committee member’s Cheerios at some point. Oh, sure, Madonna is in, as are Neil Diamond and Miles Davis, because we all know what a massive impact they’ve had on Rock.
Frankly, I’m a little tired of hearing that some of these acts “had an indirect effect on the rock and roll genre”. Uh huh. Yet, KISS, which changed the rock and roll genre almost single-handed in the 1970’s, are doomed to be snubbed. This year’s candidates for the Hall are great. I just believe someone didn’t get an invite to the big party. Such as the guests of honor, themselves.
This is JB, saying, I…wanna rock and roll all night, and Throwdown every day.