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Oops! The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Did It Again

[adinserter block=”1″]Well, it is that time of year again when the famous Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, or as I like to call it, the “Hall of Shame,” announces its new class of inductees. The 2013 class consists of Rush, Heart, Donna Summer, Albert King, Randy Newman, and Public Enemy.

The Rock Hall is supposed to be honoring those artists who achieved a lifetime of excellence in the genre of rock and roll. The artist can be a rock band, an individual performer, or even an artist who one may not consider rock and roll, but would be considered an influence on the genre.

Great artists such as the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, Queen, Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Pete Seeger, and many others are enshrined in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They are enshrined for different reasons as I stated previously. On the other hand, there are great bands who have yet to be enshrined, such as KISS and Deep Purple.

There are those inductees that make some music lovers like me scratch our collective heads, such as ABBA and Madonna. For the life of me, I can not make any kind of justification why either of those artists are members of a ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame, not even as an influence, nor having an impact.

In this blog, I will examine the 2013 Class which has a couple of inductees that if I were an NFL referee, I would throw the flag on. There are a couple of good choices as well. At the end, I also go into a small rant about a certain band once again being snubbed.

Here we go with the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly of the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class.

The Good:

The Canadian band Rush finally getting the recognition it deserves.

I know people who are diehard Rush fans, and they are probably going crazy. I like many of their songs, particularly “Tom Sawyer, ” and “Limelight.” Anyway, this band has been around for decades, and has never been honored for their inventive songs, and great playing by Geddy Lee (bass, keyboards), Alex Lifeson (guitar), and the fantastic drummer, Neil Peart. Great pick.

Heart winning the “hearts” of the voters.

This is another great choice. The Wilson sisters, Ann and Nancy, showed the world that women can rock just like their male counterparts. This band kicked butt with songs like “Barracuda,” “Magic Man,” and “Crazy on You.” I am so glad to see these ladies so honored. They definitely deserve it.

Blues Guitar Legend Albert King is honored..

Albert King’s blues playing was awesome. He was a great player. Considered one of the “Three Kings of Blues Music” along with B.B King, and Freddie King, along with the fact that the genre of the blues is one of the main base ingredients for rock and roll, Mr. King is a great pick.

The Bad:

Why on earth was Randy Newman selected?

I mean, the man is known for what kind of contribution to rock music, exactly? Yes, we all know he wrote and performed “Short People, ” and that song for the movie, “Toy Story,” which was called, “You Got A Friend In Me.” The “Toy Story” song has been rehashed so many times also.

Where is the connection to rock and roll? This pick was awful. Yes, he wrote several movie soundtracks, but why should he been in a Hall of Fame with the likes of Aerosmith, the Rolling Stones, and Van Halen? Bad pick.

Donna Summer joins ABBA and Madonna as being in the wrong Hall of Fame.

Look, I LOVE Donna Summer. She was one of my favorites. I was so sorry she passed away, and it is sad she won’t be alive to accept the honor. However, songs like “Love to Love You Baby,” “Last Dance,” and “She Works Hard for the Money” are not rock and roll. Yeah, disco did crossover to rock and roll, as KISS (who at the time were on the same label, Casablanca Records) did with their song, “I Was Made For Loving You.” However, I just don’t think that is much of a justification to put a DISCO artist in a ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame.

The Ugly:

Public Enemy does NOT belong in a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Period. When I saw the list of nominees, not only did I see Public Enemy as a nominee, but N.W.A. I KNEW that the Hall of Fame Committee lost their marbles. However, Public Enemy was the only one of the two hip hop artists nominated to make it to the Hall.

Why in the name of everything that is holy is a hip hop group in a ROCK AND ROLL Hall of Fame? I really don’t get it. Are they going to induct Suge Knight, Tupac Shakur, and The Notorius B.I G next? This has to be the worst inductee ever. They are not rock and roll. I don’t see any influence.

Well, that is my analysis of the 2013 class. It is a weird group, that’s for sure.

Here is my small rant concerning one particular snub.

Like most Halls of Fame, there are a lot of politics and pettiness that goes into voting. Why Rolling Stone editor, Jann Wenner, who was instrumental in starting the Hall, has this vendetta against certain bands, particularly KISS, I don’t know.

KISS took Rush, and AC/DC on their first tours as opening acts. Gene Simmons discovered Van Halen. KISS leads all American bands with number of Gold Records sold. Many of the band’s contemporaries, such as Queen, Aerosmith, and now Heart, and even their former label mate, Donna Summer are in the Hall. Rush, AC/DC, and Van Halen are Hall of Famers. KISS has had all this impact on Rock and Roll musically, and otherwise for nearly 40 years, yet still are not enshrined.

Yes, I constantly complain about my favorite band, KISS. I plead guilty. As I said previously, Deep Purple has also been snubbed as plenty of other artists. However, it just appears that KISS is being kept out because of one man’s pettiness, and I don’t think that is right at all.

[adinserter block=”2″]KISS haters say the band is a “gimmick band,” or “They depend on the makeup,” or “They’re not real musicians.” Trust me, my readers. I have heard every slight against KISS on the planet. I just don’t think they would have sold over 100,000,000 records worldwide, or would have lasted nearly 40 years if they were a gimmick band.

If I could ask Mr. Jann Wenner a question, I would ask him how he could justify the impending induction of Public Enemy, many inductions of KISS’ contemporaries that I mentioned (Queen, Aerosmith, etc), and even Alice Cooper (who influenced KISS), but he can keep KISS out.

I hope you all have enjoyed the blog.

Terri Bey currently blogs for about Wrestling, NFL, and other sports/pop culture related subjects. Her work has appeared in BleacherReport and for Terri can be found here at Facebook- and at Twitter-

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  1. Deep Purple isnt in because they kicked Ahmet's pride of Atlantic records, Led Zeppelin, in overall musicianship. Blackmore and Lord and company set the standard. Their influence changed the face of hard rock and what was to be metal. Zep and Sabbath are great but Deep Purple are the standard.

  2. And what about Beastie Boys? Would not expect ignorant, immature and closed minded women and cocksmokers such as yourselves to understand music in any way, shape or form. Oh and by the way Anthrax/ Public Enemy ask Scott Ian or Charlie Bennate if they would agree with you I would bet a billion $'s they would not. You know what sucks about people like you and computers with the internet you get to hide behind that keyboard with no repercussions with what you type simply because you don't think about what you are typing before you hit enter. Where as would you say it to someone's face you would get punched in yours and learn a lesson and that would be the end of that….

  3. they need to rename it the rolling stone magazine stuck up critics music museum. if they build a hip hop museum would they put AC/DC and Led Zeppelin in? makes as much sense as putting rappers and dancers like maddona in something called the rock and roll museum. I knew RUSH would finally get in after years of snubs because warner started putting them on the cover of his rag to sell copies after years of ignoring them and ripping them when they did mention them. they show up out of respect to their fans but I would love it if they gave them the finger and did not go! how they can put in rappers while ignoring great bands like DEEP PURPLE is beyond me. and they completely ignore progressive rock, how can Emerson,Lake and Palmer not be in? how can YES not be in. the whole process is a joke!

  4. why don't they just re-name it the music hall of fame and then have different wings for the various genres? it'll let them induct any musician they deem worthy while not shitting all over the name rock and roll

  5. Halls of Fame seem to self-dilute all of the time. Our definition of Hall of Fame worthy seems to become less strict with every passing year. Bert Blyleven? Curtis Martin? Jamaal Wilkes? Mil Mascaras?! Nice athletes all … but HOF? Nope. If the Rock and Roll HOF follows the script – as it most assuredly seems to be doing – it won't be long before they'll be enshrining The Turtles or Strawberry Alarm Clock. Personally, I'd keep KISS out, too, but at least you can make a decent argument based on record sales.


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