The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame released its ballot of 2014 inductees. As is the trend in recent years, this year’s nominees run the gamut between artists that without question belong enshrined in the hallowed hall, and those that shouldn’t be allowed to setup in the street in front of the Cleveland, Ohio, museum.
As always, arguments can be made for why each of these artists or groups belong in the Rock Hall. I can make a pretty solid argument against nearly all of the nominees, but I will spare you. If you can’t go on without my thoughts on the subject you can read them here.
According to www.Rockhall.com the rules for induction are as follows:
“To be eligible for induction as an artist (as a performer, composer, or musician) into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the artist must have released a record, in the generally accepted sense of that phrase, at least 25 years prior to the year of induction; and have demonstrated unquestionable musical excellence.
We shall consider factors such as an artist’s musical influence on other artists, length and depth of career and the body of work, innovation and superiority in style and technique, but musical excellence shall be the essential qualification of Induction.”
See the key phrase there was musical excellence. Nirvana, Kiss, The Replacements and Hall and Oates seem to be the most likely of this year’s field. The fanaticism for Kiss will no doubt carry the overhyped, overrated, flame spewing and tongue wagging all the way to the Rock Hall stage. The validity of a group like The Replacements is often judged by those that they have collaborated with or opened for while touring. Likewise I am fairly skeptical of the necessity of the mustachioed blue eyed soul of vocal duo Hall and Oates.
This is the first time I have felt old while reading the nominees list. The good news is going forward the list of artists from my generation will only get longer…But I digress. Nirvana is nominated for the first time this year.
I will not waste your time by recanting just who Nirvana were, and what their contribution was to popular music. Their influence is truly felt on most if not all of the bands that came after them. The tragic and untimely death of band leader and front man Kurt Cobain created my generation’s biggest “what if.” Nirvana is one of those rare groups whose influence even reached backward, influencing future works by established artists.
This year also marks the second time that fan vote will be a factor in the selection of inductees. See the full list and vote for your favorites at www.RockHall.com