Beastie Boys The Cure Eric B. and Rakim Donovan Rod Stewart Guns 'n Roses Heart Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Freddie King Laura Nyro Red Hot Chili Peppers Rufus featuring Chaka Khan The Small Faces/The Faces The Spinners Donna Summer War
And yet...Chicago, The Moody Blues, and "Weird Al" Yankovic will HAVE to wait until next year for the nod.
I'm all for Joan Jett, Heart and the very underrated Small Faces/ Faces and War getting in but overall this is a pretty weak list of nominees compared to the last two years when I thought the RNR HOF were actually making some pretty good picks after years and years of fucked up choices.
The MC5, Thin Lizzy, Deep Purple and Yes all should have been in by now but really I don't care much. I heard an interview a while back with Alan White who used to drum for John Lennon before he joined Yes and he said when he went down to the museum for the opening of a Lennon exhibit he asked about some of the Rock Hall's strange choices and omissions and was told there are very few musicians on the nominating board, mostly people from record labels and magazines like Rolling Stone. That really says it all to me right there.
The RNR HOF nominating board is headed by Jann Wenner of the highly overrated Rolling Stone magazine and the board also includes Bruce Springsteen fanboy David Marsh (who also wrote one of the worst and most overrated books on The Who called Before I Get Old,) and Little Steven from the E Street Band who has a view that all rock songs should only be about two or three minutes and have three chords or less which helps explain why some more experimental or proficient bands keep getting passed over.
My favorite quotes about the hall museum are from Iggy Pop, "Someone should throw a brick through it's big fancy pants window," and Pete Townshend, "It's just the Hard Rock Cafe without the burgers."