This is a short post just to get out some frustration with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It has become a joke over the last few years and a sampling of who is "in" and who is "out" should explain why I feel this way.
The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Ricky Nelson, The Drifters, Bobby Darin, The Platters, The Byrds, Dion, Sam and Dave, Frankie Lyman and the Teenagers, Sly and the Family Stone, Martha and the Vandellas, Frank Zappa, Gladys Knight and the Pips, Jefferson Airplane, Buffalo Springfield, Parliament Funkadelic, Del Shannon, Staple Singers, Earth Wind and Fire, Flamingos, Ritchie Valens, Isaac Hayes, Talking Heads, AC/DC, Clash, Elvis Costello, Police, Dells, Black Sabbath, Blondie, Lynyrd Skynyrd, grandmaster flash and the furious five, REM, Van Halen, John Mellencamp, Metallica, Little Anthony and the Imperials, Genesis, The Stooges.... and the WORST case of being inducted for no reason... Run DMC.
While all of those borderline members or just plain undeserving members bask in the sunlight, these are some that have been left out over the yearsto allow those listed above to be there for some reason....
Yes, Chicago, Doobie Brothers, Moody Blues, Alice Cooper, Jethro Tull, Neil Diamond, Heart, Electric Light Orchestra, Carole King, Peter Gabriel, Jim Croce, Guess Who, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Cat Stevens, Hall and Oates, Marc Bolan and T-Rex, Warren Zevon, Three Dog Night, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Steppenwolf, Todd Rundgren, Gordon Lightfoot, Leon Russell, Connie Francis, Joe Cocker, Linda Ronstandt, Joe Walsh, Willie Nelson, Peter Paul and Mary, Blood Sweat and Tears, Tommy James, Nilsson, Carly Simon, Robert Palmer, Stevie Nicks, Neil Sedacka, Joan Baez, Boz Skaggs, Johnny Winter, Bread, Albert King, John Mayall, Peter Frampton, 5th dimension, Paul Butterfield, Laura Nyro, Robin Trower, Ten Years After, Loggins and Messina, JJ Cale, Emmylou Harris, Lou Reed, John Denver, Tom Waites, Patsy Cline, Rare Earth, Randy Newman, Ry Cooder, Al Kooper, Herbie Hancock, Sparks, Nitty Gritty Dirt Band, Kinsgton Trio, Janis Ian
Something is terribly wrong with the RRHOF.