The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees — Exposed!
Anyhow, I'd let everybody in. Even Kiss. I bought their first thirteen albums or so, when I was 9, so I have some interest in seeing them validated. Yet, what do I really care?
But for our purposes, let's profile the 15 nominees for this year's potential induction. I've listed them in alphabetical order, since I have no idea how this will turn out. I'm doing this, it should be noted, while listening to Robbie Basho's Bashovia and Bonn 1st Supreme albums on Spotify! Because it is 2012, after all.
15) Paul Butterfield Blues Band: Butterfield's guitarist, Michael Bloomfield, played with Dylan when he went electric, so there's that connection. They were once a highly respected group that lacked the commercial firepower of the British blues bands. Their induction depends on the average age of the voter and whether or not their vintage plays for or against them.
14) Chic: You can hear the likes of mainstream FM radio fans wondering how Foreigner, Boston and Styx have been ignored while these non-rock'n'roll funk practitioners get nominated yet again. I'm both surprised they're here and surprised they haven't been let in. I thought Nile Rodgers had some pull.
13) Deep Purple: I guess this depends on how much the voters like or dislike hard rock and heavy metal, which seems to tilt towards dislike, considering the lack of Uriah Heep, Sir Lord Baltimore and Nitzinger in the Hall. That said, the route to entry for veteran acts seems to be "eventually." I'd let them in, just on the fact that for twenty years you couldn't go near a music store without hearing some poor lad cranking out the intro to "Smoke On the Water."
12) Heart: Well, they're still active. Their label put out a career retrospective and a new album as if to fortify their stature and force voters to give them a serious nod. Which version of the band would you admit entrance? I'd dock them points for selling their souls in the 1980s.