The nominees list is out for this year’s class of inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and it’s a pleasantly eclectic group. Among the first-time nominees are Blondie (left), Cat Stevens, British-invasion pop combo the Dave Clark Five, pioneering Tex-Mex rockers the Sir Douglas Quintet, ’60s blues-rockers the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Miles Davis. (Okay, Davis wasn’t a rocker, but his massively influential 1970 jazz-rock fusion LP Bitches Brew by itself would merit him a place in the Hall.)
Past nominees who may finally get their due include Black Sabbath, John Mellencamp, the Stooges, Lynyrd Skynyrd, Patti Smith, soul man Joe Tex, the Sex Pistols, Chic, the J. Geils Band, and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, which would be the first hip-hop act to be inducted.
To be eligible, you have to have released your first recording 25 years ago, though curiously, no one who debuted in 1980 made this year’s cut – not X, the Minutemen, Echo and the Bunnymen, or the Feelies, to name a few. Still, there are a lot of worthy names on the list.
Do you approve, PopWatchers, or are there nominees you’d like to see replaced? If so, who belongs on the list instead?