With the announced nominated acts for induction into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for 2014 comes the usual controversies.
The list is as follows: Nirvana, Kiss, The Replacements, Hall and Oates, The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Peter Gabriel, LL Cool J, N.W.A., Link Wray, The Meters, Linda Ronstadt, Cat Stevens, Yes and The Zombies. The top vote getters will be inducted in April at a ceremony in New York City.
As was the case last year, the public can vote for their favorites as do the artists, historians and music industry people who make up the Rock Hall voting body. From now until December 10th, fans can vote on RollingStone.com. The top five vote getters will make up a 'fan's ballot' that will count as only one of the more than 600 ballots that elect the Class of 2014.
In order to be eligible an act has to have put out a record 25 or more years ago. Many of the nominees have been included on previous ballots, but this is the first time for Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, The Replacements, Linda Ronstadt, Link Wray, Cat Stevens, Yes and The Zombies. (Peter Gabriel was inducted as a member of Genesis in 2009.)
Nirvana is the only act this year to be nominated in its first year of eligibility. Their version of Shocking Blue's 'Love Buzz,' the band's first single, was released in late 1988.
For the many fans who take The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame deadly seriously, most have their own personal list of who should have been voted in long ago, and those who are in, but don't deserve to be.
For all those who might regard an act like Kiss as a cartoon band targeting 10 year olds, there are just as many who don't think of a prog combo like Yes as true Rock and Roll at all, and forget NWA and Chic. Hall and Oates? Way too blue-eyed soul pop, etc. etc.
The Zombies' first recordings appeared in 1964 and they're just getting around to acknowledging them now?
And while we're talking great '60s groups, when are Paul Revere and The Raiders going in?
And on and on...
If nothing else, the announcement of nominees always provokes some interesting exchanges online and off.