Let the ranting begin. Tuesday the Rock Hall nominating committee announced their picks for possible induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum. Here's some in depth coverage from Cleveland's Plain Dealer.
Just like last year the Rock Hall is giving the fans a say in who's inducted. You can vote for your favorites here.
Not too fast. You can only choose five of the 16 nominees just as the actual card carrying voters have to do. This year happens to be a tough call for me. But vote I must so here goes.
My five choices are:
Link Wray along with Duane Eddy helped define what rock and roll guitars could do. Wray took a rockabilly framework into new directions and became a major influence on many including Jimmy Page and Iggy Pop.
The Meters were nominated last year and in my top five so here they are again. This New Orleans band was one of the early pioneers of funk music. Their rhythm section and grooves have been copied countless times over the years.
Yes have been on my short list of artists I complain about not being in the Rock Hall. The fact that prog rock, in general, has been given such short shrift by the nominating committee is shameful. Here's a step in the direction of changing that. With a membership that included some of the great musicians of their time, Yes made music that was immediately identifiable as their own.
Cat Stevens career began way before America caught on to him, having scored big pop hits in the UK in the 60s. And when he entered his folk-based singer/songwriter phase in 1970 he became an international star. His string of albums in the early to mid 70s were one of the best runs ever. And his work on the film Harold and Maude was key to its greatness.
Nirvana are one of those artists that should be inducted as soon as they are eligable, which they are this year. A tragic death made for a short career but this band changed everything when their single "Smells Like Teen Spirit" hit the airwaves. It was the death of big hair bands and 80s techno in one fell swoop and ushered in a more roots driven rock and roll that became known as grunge.
As I say, the choices were hard as I'd have loved to include Hall & Oates, Peter Gabriel, The Replacements, the Zombies, etc.
This is one of those elections whgere you can tell people who you voted for. So it's your turn now.