Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
announced its 2014 inductees today, most of whom have little or nothing to do with rock and roll.
Then again, who among us hasn’t played air guitar to Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Cat Stevens?
To realize just how far the organization has strayed from its original mission, have a glance at 1986’s list of inaugural honorees: Chuck Berry, James Brown, Ray Charles, Sam Cooke, Fats Domino, the Everly Brothers, Buddy Holly, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, and Elvis Presley. It’s pretty hard to image any of those artists performing “How Do I Make You,” "Solsbury Hill,” “Man Eater,” or “Peace Train.”
To be fair, the Hall of Fame is also inducting token rock acts KISS and Nirvana. And nothing on the 2014 list can compare to some of the more bizarre past honorees, like Abba, Madonna, and Miles Davis.
After all, it’s not like every rock act has already been used up. High-profile artists that continued to be overlooked include: The Replacements, Joan Jett, Mott the Hoople, Black Flag, Big Star, Deep Purple, Johnny Burnette, Bon Jovi, the Dead Kennedys, Soundgarden, Television, Sonic Youth, My Bloody Valentine, Iron Maiden, and countless others.
Should be interesting to see how many of those artists make the list before Lady Gaga.