The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame + Museum 2017- Journey?

It’s time for my annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame + Museum WTF? omissions list:

The Zombies (I cannot even); War; Megadeath; X; Warren Zevon; XTC; Dead Kennedys; My Bloody Valentine; Dire Straits; Nick Drake; Motorhead; Black Flag; Prefab Sprout; The Doobie Brothers(!); New York Dolls; Nine Inch Nails; Duran Duran; Slayer; Television; The Pixies; Ozzy as a solo artist; Pantera; Eurythmics; Phil Ochs; Depeche Mode; Iron Maiden; Roxy Music; Pat Benatar; Faith No More; Steve Winwood (solo); Pavement; Sinead O’Connor; Sonic Youth; Flaming Lips; Gram Parsons; Peter Paul & Mary; Bjork; Devo; The Guess Who; New Order; Procol Harum; The Replacements; Harry Nilsson(!!); Nick Cave; Scott Walker; Husker Du; Kate Bush; Siouxsie and the Banshees; The Breeders; The Jam; The Smiths; INXS; Joy Division; Soundgarden; Whitney Houston(!!!); Jethro Tull; Judas Priest; The Monkees (!!!!); Bad Company; Sparks; The Specials; King Crimson; Big Star (!!!!!!); Link Wray; The Spinners; Kraftwerk (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!); The Buzzcocks; Captain Beefheart; The B-52’s; Steppenwolf; Mary Wells; Stone Roses; Blur; Love (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!); Suicide; Chic; Massive Attack; T. Rex (!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!); MC5; The Cure; Thin Lizzy; Three Dog Night; Tommy James and the Shondells (not enough exclamation points in the universe); Big Mamma Thornton; Django Reinhardt; The Sugarhill Gang; Moby; Dolly Parton; Happy Mondays; Emmylou Harris; Glen Campbell; Jacques Brel; Kansas; Nina Simone; Bing; Frank; Gil Scott-Heron; Richard Hell and the Voidoids; George Jones; Patsy Cline; The Weavers; The Seeds; The Carter Family; The Association; Mission to Burma; Richie Havens; The Kingston Trio; BTO; Tom Lehrer; Waylon Jennings; Ravi Shankar; Madness; Willie Nelson; The Bangles; Dick Dale; Bon Jovi; The Cars; NEU!; The Moody Blues; Emerson Lake and Palmer; the Crystals; Sammy Hagar; Def Leppard; Johnny Winter; Motley Crue; the late great Ronnie James Dio; The Melvins; The Undertones; The Cramps; The Jesus and Mary Chain; Rory Gallagher; Chubby Checker; John Coltrane; Todd Rundgren; Brian Eno; Smashing Pumpkins; Pulp; Little Feat; Herbie Hancock; Free; Jane’s Addiction; A Tribe Called Quest; Boston; Supertramp; The Sonics; Blue Oyster Cult; Garth Brooks; Ben E. King; George Michael; hell, WHAM!; Kool & the Gang; Fela Kuti; The Commodores; the Shangri-las; Cliff Richard; The Shadows; Peter Frampton; Paul Revere and the Raiders; the Mekons; the Searchers; Squeeze; the Go-Go’s; John Prine; Primal Scream; Phish; Joe Jackson; Badfinger; Manic Street Preachers; Marianne Faithfull; Toots and the Maytals; Mott the Hoople; Jonathan Richman and/or the Modern Lovers; Slade; Joe Cocker; Stevie Nicks; Foreigner; Luther Vandross; Johnny Ace; Paul Anka; Tina Turner (solo); Pet Shop Boys; Rufus and/or Chaka Khan; Blood Sweat & Tears; Public Image Ltd.; Meat Loaf; Melissa Etheridge; the Human League; Steve Earle; Nazareth; Tangerine Dream; Can; Cyndi Lauper; Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio; Cher; Ministry; Mitch Ryder and the Detroit Wheels; Dionne Warwick; Echo & the Bunnymen; Midnight Oil; Fairport Convention and/or Richard Thompson and/or Sandy Denny; Blue Cheer; Magazine; Grand Funk Railroad; Ry Cooder; Gang of Four; Wire; The Spencer Davis Group; Joe Walsh (solo); Billy Idol and/ or Generation X; Teenage Fanclub; Violent Femmes; Bad Religion; De La Soul; Lesley Gore; Gary Numan; Soft Machine; Grass Roots; Moby Grape; Minutemen; John Mayall; Iggy Pop; the Turtles; The Stranglers; Tim Buckley; Rick James; the Fall; Diana Ross (solo); the The; the Pogues; the Sweet; the Misfits; Tom Jones; Barry White; Them; the Troggs (should be there for those session tapes alone); Iron Butterfly; They Might Be Giants; Gordon Lightfoot; the 13th Floor Elevators; John Hiatt; Jim Croce; Spirit; Herman’s Hermits; the Damned; Carly Simon; Lionel Richie; the Fugs; Ian Dury; Morrissey (solo); the Feelies; Harry Chapin; Thobbing Gristle; Toto; the Slits; Nitty Gritty Dirt Band; Serge Gainsbourg; Talk Talk; Teardrop Explodes and/or Julian Cope; Orange Juice; Kenny Loggins; Boz Scaggs; the Chiffons; the Fifth Dimension; John Martyn; the Box Tops (seriously, Alex Chilton is NOWHERE to be found in the HOF lists); 10CC; the Incredible String Band; the Bar-Kays; Swans; Status Quo; Matthew Sweet; Yngwie Malmsteen; Petula Clark; Connie Francis; Screamin’ Jay Hawkins; Weird Al Yankovic; Janet Jackson; Eric B. & Rakim; Joe Tex; Africa Bambaataa; Sade; Aphex Twin; Frankie Knuckles; PJ Harvey; Tori Amos; and the Carpenters.

Opinion time now:

  1. I knew Pearl Jam was first ballot material, this is no surprise, is well deserved, and absolutely correct.
  2. Joan Baez is a goddess, it’s overdue, and absolutely correct.
  3. Tupac is fantastic. I don’t disagree with this choice though there are artists I think deserve recognition first. I will not deny his impact on music nor do I think that his inclusion is anything but great.
  4. ELO means Jeff Lynne is now in the HOF and this is a correction long coming.
  5. While I am not a Yes fan, I am a fan of Rick Wakefield’s keyboard work, and his wizard hats and capes. Yes were instrumental in the prog rock movement and they deserve their inclusion.
  6. Journey has one good song, a singer that could hit insane notes, and Neil Schon. This does not make an act influential or even good. Journey’s inclusion over the still massive list above is aneurysm inducing. I know they won the fan vote. Maybe it’s time to end the fucking fan vote.
  7. Kraftwerk, Big Star, the Smiths, the Zombies, Chic. Come. On. Journey over them? ( I did vote. Not for Journey.)
  8. The HOF is still Billboard and Rolling Stone centric and that really has to end.
  9. No, giving Nile Rodgers a Musical Excellence award does not make up for the fact Chic is still not in the HOF.
  10. Fuck you, Jann Wenner.