I am not officially spent talking about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Lately, I have written many half-assed articles about the Hall and am officially running out of gas. I really feel like there will be seven inductees, though I do wish there would be more. But, as long as the Hall does a similar job inducting artists as I do writing this blog, then the whole process is in trouble.
Every year, the Nominating Committee descends from Mt. Olympus to present a list of 15 or so nominees. Then, they hand that list over to the members of the Induction Committee, who, in their infinite wisdom, will stamp five to seven acts for induction. The committee consists of inducted artists, rock historians, critics and journalists, industry insiders and this thing called a Fan Vote, which after millions of votes is distilled down to one single vote. So much for rock music being the voice of the common man. But, that’s a totally other conversation. Let’s stick with the current nominees, as flawed a list it is.
I have passionately presented six artists who I who love to see inducted, which means most of them will be passed over. But, when it comes to a seventh inductee, I have no idea whom to back. I really like nine of the ten remaining artists, but I switch every day as to whom it would be. So, today, it became very apparent that I am spineless with this seventh pick. So, instead, I will give you one album, one hit song and one deeper cut as the case for each remaining act, including the bane of my existence Dave Matthews Band. As the real announcement of the Class of 2020 nears in January, I will reveal who I think will actually be inducted, regardless of my tastes. But, until then, let me know who you think I should be voting for.
Doobie Brothers: Best Album – What Were Once Vices Are Now Habits; Best Song – “Black Water”; Song You Should Hear – “Another Park, Another Sunday.”
Judas Priest: Best Album – British Steel; Best Song – “You’ve Got Another Thing Coming”; Song You Should Hear – “Metal Gods.”
Dave Matthews Band: Best Album – Under the Table and Dreaming; Best Song – “Ants Marching”; Song You Should Hear – “Busted Stuff.”
MC5: Best Album – Kick Out the Jams; Best Song – “Kick Out the Jams”; Song You Should Hear – “Teenage Lust.”
Motörhead: Best Album – Ace of Spades; Best Song – “Ace of Spades”; Song You Should Hear – “No Class.”
Nine Inch Nails: Best Album – The Downward Spiral; Best Song – “Head like a Hole”; Song You Should Hear – “Hurt.”
The Notorious B.I.G.: Best Album – Ready to Die; Best Song – “Mo Money, Mo Problems”; Song You Should Hear – “Big Poppa.”
Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan: Best Album – Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan; Best Song – “Tell Me Something Good”; Song You Should Hear – “Close the Door.”
T. Rex: Best Album – Electric Warrior; Best Song – “Bang a Gong (Get It On)”; Song You Should Hear – “Metal Guru.”
Thin Lizzy: Best Album – Jailbreak; Best Song – “The Boys Are Back in Town”; Song You Should Hear – “Do Anything You Want To.”
See what I mean? This is impossible!