Reports the New York Times:
Three American groups that helped to shape pop music in the 1980s and early ’90s — Guns N’ Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers and the Beastie Boys – will be inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the spring, the Hall was to announce Wednesday.
They will join fellow inductees Donovan, the British folksinger; Laura Nyro, the Bronx-born singer-songwriter who died in 1997; and the Small Faces, a British invasion group which later changed its name to the Faces when Rod Stewart joined. All were influential figures in the ’60s and ’70s.
As always, the list of people who did not get in was almost as interesting as the roster of those who did. The voters passed over Eric B. & Rakim, another important rap group from the ’80s. They also turned down the Cure, Heart, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts.
Oh, and what about Rush? The trio from Canada has only sold more than 40 million records and registered more consecutive gold and platinum records than any band in the history of the world not named the Beatles or the Rolling Stones? ARE YOU PEOPLE NOT ENTERTAINED BY GEDDY LEE’S HARMONIOUS SHRIEKING OVER NEIL PEART’S DRUMMING EXCELLENCE?
Or what about KISS? Doesn’t Gene Simmons’ penis alone deserve to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Of course it does! Until these two bands make it in, I’m boycotting Cleveland. However, I’d be willing to reconsider if Simmons’ penis gets inducted.