Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hits a bad note

By Carol Anne Szel

So since when has rock and roll ever played it safe?  And why is the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame being so politically correct?

This year’s nominated artists into the 2011 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are all, well, musicians who meet the criteria.  In one very calculatedly way.  They had their first hit in the music industry on or after 1986.  But rock and roll?  Really?

Let’s take a look at who is out instead of who is in.  How is it possible for Chic to even be nominated before KISS?  Are they nuts?  This makes The Grammy’s embarrassingly awarding Jethro Tull Best Hard Rock/Metal band in 1989 look like an ace-in-the-hole!

Okay, obvious and quite deserved in their own right nomination nods to Alice Cooper, Dr. John, J.Geils, and Bon Jovi.  Agreed.  They are rock and rollers.  They play rock music.

But LL Cool J.  Really?  Everything ever written about him, everything he has ever been about musically is rap.  My gosh, he’s a rap icon.  Actor.  Writer.  But rocker? I think not!

And after disco/funk/R&B Chic, whose hit song was “Dance, Dance, Dance,”  we hit upon Donna Summer.  WHAT?  When I was growing up I remember going to a Peter Frampton concert at Madison Square Garden where banner after banner draped the rafters with the now iconic “Disco Sucks” flags flying high and proud.  C’mon now.  We are nominating the rock and roll adversary into our hall of fame!

Now please do not get me wrong.  Donna Summer is a musical legend.  Hands down.  But rock and roll she is not.

So this begs to be questioned.  Since when has rock and roll become so politically correct that it has to somehow embarrassingly include all musical genres into the mix?  Either stick to rock or change the name of the Hall of Fame.  Don’t play us for a fool, don’t walk on musical eggshells, people.  Long live rock and roll !  (and bowing down to beg the forgiveness of KISS as you hand them the key to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame would be a nice follow-up while you’re at it!)

3 thoughts on “Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hits a bad note

  1. I just saw the people presenting this years artist into the HOF and they are all great with the exception of one. Look at the list, can you see what is not like the other:
    Alice Cooper will be inducted by Rob Zombie (White Zombie)
    Neil Diamond will be inducted by Paul Simon
    Dr. John will be inducted by John Legend
    Darlene Love will be inducted by Bette Midler
    Tom Waits will be inducted by Neil Young
    Jac Holzman will be inducted by John Densmore (The Doors)
    Art Rupe will be inducted by Lloyd Price
    Leon Russell will be inducted by Elton John

    John Legend presenting Dr. John really.

    Young and does not even play the style when there are people already in the HOF and those icon who have perform with Dr. John out there. Politics

  2. I SAID IT BEFOR, AN TO REPEAT, THE ROCK AN ROLL HALL OF FAME, HAS NO DIRECTION. ITS THE CD, OR IPOD ,OR WHAT EVER HALL OF FAME, THEY LOST THERE ROOTS.ALL FOR THE MONEY.THEY GOT TO BE KIDDING.A SHAM.THEY SHOULD LISTEN TO THE SHOWMANS SONG, IT WILL STAND.OR EVEN BETTER,GET A JOB.

  3. My top 5 for Hall Of Fame induction are:

    1. The Shangri-Las (no valid excuse for not being in)
    2. The Monkees (no complaints)
    3. Tommy James And The Shondells
    4. The Outsiders
    5. Sonny And Cher (for their great body of 60’s work)

    I know not everyone will agree with me,but, different strokes for
    different folks, as Sly once sang!

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