Taking sides: Giving the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame some cred
Earlier this week the latest batch of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees was announced and once again we were underwhelmed. It wasn't the worst group -- Alice Cooper's badassness is hard to argue with -- but it was the same type of nominees we always see. So Click Track decided to come up with our own nominations of worthy artists that we realize have no realistic chance of enshrinement but would inject the Hall with some much needed cred.
Check each of our selections after the jump and add your own picks to the list.
Chris Richards: Yeah, yeah. So the godfather of punk, Iggy Pop, was only inducted this year. But shouldn't the holy trinity of American hardcore punk get its collective due for thrusting the defibrillators on rock-and-roll's heaving chest in the early '80s? Bad Brains. Black Flag. Minor Threat. Inducting one band each year through 2013 would earn the Rock Hall some much needed cred while paving the way for the "Our Band Could Be Your Life" set (Husker Du, Sonic Youth) and the shoo-in Alterna-gods (Nirvana, Pearl Jam) that followed.
Allison Stewart: If the R&RHOF is at all serious about being an inclusive organization, and I'm not saying it is, how could you not include the Replacements? They changed the face of college rock, back when it was called "college rock." Paul Westerberg was/is as great a songwriter as his generation produced, and there are literally dozens of great bands (Nirvana) and other bands (the Goo Goo Dolls) who wouldn't have existed without them. Besides, the potential for them showing up and vomiting on things/each other is great. You can't say that about Donna Summer.
David Malitz: The Fall have basically served as one extended kick in the pants for their entire 30+ years of existence. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame desperately needs more bands that have no desire to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Fall would definitely fit that bill. I'm pretty sure Mark E. Smith has no desire to be anywhere, except maybe one time in 1983 at John Peel's studio. You can't argue with the legacy -- a decade of indisputable classics that shifted from jagged post-punk to keyboard saturated pop songs and random great albums every five years or so after that. They even scored a ballet! And Smith deserves enshrinement if only for having the best vocal gimmick ever-uh.
| September 30, 2010; 2:15 PM ET
Categories: Taking sides | Tags: Bad Brains, Black Flag, Minor Threat, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, The Fall, The Replacements
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