Hello, Cleveland: Another class of candidates for the Rock Hall of Fame

152541__gmf_lThe nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2007 are in, and they are as follows (please note that each is linked to a video which you should hurry up and watch before YouTube implodes any further):

The Dave Clark Five
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
The Ronettes
Patti Smith
The Stooges
Joe Tex
Van Halen

Off this list, the shadow organization that votes on these sorts of things must choose five for induction.  Were I in charge, which I am not, I would go with Grandmaster Flash (pictured), R.E.M., the Ronettes, Patti Smith, and the Stooges, mostly just because I like the idea of the Waldorf-Astoria’s ballroom looking like this (NSFW) when Iggy’s done.

addCredit(“Grandmaster Flash: Adrian Boot/Retna UK”)

Okey-dokes! That was easy enough, right? Wrong. See, lurking outthere in the ether is a massive list of about a kabillion other bandsand individuals who have waited the necessary 25 years since theirfirst record and are waiting to be honored. Or, more specifically,their fans are waiting for them to be honored. My coworker Chris Willman pointed me towards this list of groups that continue to be snubbed,which takes a long time to load and seems to think that Rush is themost snubbed band of all, followed closely by Van Halen, Chicago, and,yes, Yes, leading me to believe the people who have visited this pagehad a very specific group of posters up in their bedrooms when theywere 15. Personally, I’m fascinated by the fact that both Madonna andMetallica were eligible this year, and neither made the cut.

Um… your thoughts? Who’s missing from the list? Who shouldn’t benominated this year? And do you agree that I was totally psychic when Iused to think the words to the song were "The heart of rock ‘n’ roll is in Cleveland" because then they built the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland?

(PS: Induct the D!!)


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  • Jakeem

    Sorry! No one else should be elected to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame until Chicago gets in! The group has been overlooked far too long!

  • paige

    cancel studio 60!

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    Oh my lord:
    Steve Miller and the S.M. Band
    The Doobie Brothers
    Jeff Beck
    The Buzzcocks
    Elvis Costello
    The Kinks
    Grand Master Flash?! Reality check here, Afrika Bambaata pushed techno bands like Kraftwerk and The Tangernine Dream into Hip Hop first.

  • Lorenzo

    I am posting this everywhere, so forgive me if you’re annoy.


    How can something like this exist? Why hasn’t no one taken it down? I hope someone at EW checks it out and writes a blog about it because as a person of color, this offends me more than anything that Flava Flav could do on his TV show (which actually I like).

  • Dan

    I know there’s nothing less cool than Van Halen right now… but the guy did revolutionize the way the guitar is played.
    I don’t think you can deny the impact of someone who caused legions of kids to start playing guitar for over two decades, even if you don’t like the music.

  • Frowny McBeard

    Really, why aren’t the Stooges in there yet? It’s likely that the Ramones never would have come about but for the Stooges. Doug Colvin started hanging out with John Cummings because they were the two Stooges fans in their neighborhood. Beyond that, Funhouse and Raw Power are two of the greatest albums ever.

  • Paul U.

    and exactly why is Madonna not nominated?

  • Ep sato

    I think Grandmaster Flash deserves a spot for his accomplishments. Early hip hop pioneers were able to make a national phenomenon out of something that had previously been basement house party music. Hip hop’s survived many “schools” and variations since the 1970’s and has shown true staying power as a genre.
    As for those who hate on rap and say it’s not real music, you’re simply too old and you’re probably the child of someone who hated rock & roll when it was first around and was called “the devil’s music”. Hip hop is a natural evolution of R&B, just as Rock&Roll was, but it’s also a newer form of music that is seen as threatening by people who don’t “understand” it or who use their hatred of hip hop to mask their dislike of brown or black people. Yeah, I said it.
    Agreed that Van Halen should be in. That band may not be on the top of the charts, but they did a lot for rock music during the MTV era. To this day I get bummed to think about their split with frontman David Lee Roth.
    REM (a band I personally dislike) gets props for essentially creating alternative rock as a genre. Pre-losing my religion, the only place to catch alt-rock was on 120 minutes (worst show on mtv ever) or on one of maybe 3 “progressive rock” stations in the entire country. Now, in part thanks to REMS popularity, pretty much every town has an alternative rock station.
    The Stooges would be my #4 slot because of Iggy Pop’s lasting influence (and cool Venture Brothers cameos).
    As for #5? I dunno. The ronettes would be cool, but shouldn’t the award go to songwriter Ellie Grenich who wrote most of the doo wop and pop hits of the pre-Beatles 1960’s? Grenich wrote “the leader of the pack”, “Be my little baby”, “my baby does the hanky panky”, and tons of the classics still used in tv montages to this day.
    Finally, Jakeem is right. Chicago deserves a slot.

  • Stephanie Travitsky

    Madonna did define what Pop is today, but you can’t say that melodicly she was not influenced by Lulu, Dusty Springfield, and ABBA who are also not nominated. I would not even suggest Cindi Lauper because it is too soon.

  • Stephanie

    “The Leader of the Pack” was sung by The Angels another band still not in the RRHF.

  • Ep Sato

    Regarding my comment about the Ronettes, I meant to say the RRHOF slot should go to the songwriter responsible for the track, Ellie Grenwich. Ellie also wrote “the leader of the pack”, which would also be the name of the musical done about her life. She also wrote: and then he kissed me, baby i love you, Da Doo Ron Ron, Do wa diddy diddy, Hanky Panky, be my little baby, River Deep Mountain High, and Eddie Money’s Take me home tonight. And yes, I was in a high schol production of “the leader of the pack”. thanks for asking.

  • Jay W

    The Dave Clark Five should have been enshrined in the Rock Hall 20 years ago!! They were one of the heavyweights of the British Invasion circa 1964. I’ve been a fan ever since. They were the first serious competition to the Beatles with 10 Top Ten hits on both the Billboard and Cashbox record charts in their first 2 years of performing. They toured the US before the Beatles did and every show was sold out! They performed on the Ed Sullivan Show, which had over 70 million viewers tuned in each week, no fewer than a dozen times. Also they sold over 60 million records during their career and after. There’s much more! Come on!! Their entry into the Hall should be assured with no questions asked!!

  • Eddie Van Halen

    Put my band in there, we have awesome songs!

  • MJ

    You took the words right out of my mouth, Stephanie Travitsky! The Soul Sonic Force and Kraftwerk both deserve inductions. They are/were pioneers.

  • Brian

    No love yet for Genesis?

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