Monday, January 08, 2007

Rock & Roll Hall of Fame: Class of '07

The announcement's been made: Van Halen, R.E.M., Patti Smith, the Ronettes, and GRANDMASTER FLASH & THE FURIOUS FIVE.

R.E.M. obviously belong in on first ballot. It's about fucking time Patti got in (her 6th or 7th ballot, I believe), and nice that she and her pal Stipey go in together. The Ronettes I've got no issue with - Ronnie Spector really does belong. Van Halen, I guess - but what's most exciting about their impending induction is the news that both David Lee Roth and Sammy Hagar are included in the induction, not to mention now-on-the-outs bassist Michael Anthony. (Click under "2007 Inductees announced!" here to see exactly who's going in this year.) Won't that be fun for Eddie Van Asshole at the ceremony? (He's a phenomenal guitarist, or at least used to be, but c'mon - making your 16-year-old son the band's new bassist? Dick.) Flash, Melle Mel and company getting in means that the HOF got something right; if Run-DMC had gotten in before Flash, well, that just wouldn't be right. (Run-DMC's eligible next year, and I frankly don't expect 'em in on first ballot.) Absurdly, still not in: John Mellencamp (not a finalist this year), Daryl Hall & John Oates (ditto), and Chic (they were, but I'm starting to lose hope).

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