Tuesday, December 15, 2009

in related news, R&R HOF continues its slide into irrelevancy

WE PROTEST!!!: ABBA makes the rock hall of fame and KISS does not

This is unbelievable. ABBA in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and Kiss and the RHCP aren't? This is a blunder on par with Jethro Tull winning a Grammy for Best Metal Performance over Metallica, and the HOF will pay dearly for this one.

I must say that it's complete nonsense that Kiss isn't already in the HOF. An artist is eligible 25 years after their first album is released (I imagine that means major-label release), which means Kiss had been eligible since 1999. They weren't even nominated until this year, and they were passed over. That's complete bullshit, if you'll excuse the vernacular. Kiss embodies the very essence of rock & roll- they did what they wanted the way they wanted, and the mainstream came to them. I would say the same about the Red Hot Chili Peppers- it's hard to find a more unique band than them, who also have done things their way.

Billboard article on nominees. I have no complaints about the rest of this year's nominees. The Stooges deserve it, as does Genesis, and the Hollies represent rock's early days (more or less), Jimmy Cliff is reggae, so I don't get that one, but someone could consider reggae a cousin to r&r, so whatever. But fucking ABBA? Come on.

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