Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Kiss Finally Makes Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

As they did with the inclusion of Rush last year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame finally righted an incredible injustice by entering Kiss into their ranks.  As I have written about previously, Kiss absolutely deserved to be in the Hall, and it is about time they received recognition on what they've accomplished, and how they've influenced both music and entertainment.

Back in October, when the ballots were released, I made predictions on who would and would not get into the Hall.  Lets's see how I did:

  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - 1000:1 - Will need to be content with his memories of Woodstock.  CORRECT
  • Chic - 10,000:1  Le Freak continues to be French for "I don't think so..." CORRECT
  • Deep Purple - 10:1 Odds go up after not making it last year.  Can that one guitar riff carry them? CORRECT
  • Peter Gabriel - 20:1 Did Rush break down the door for additional prog rock acts to make the cut?  Here is my full case for Gabriel to make the Hall  INCORRECT - I did not see this one coming,  I truly felt the Hall would overlook Gabriel, and am glad they did not.  He clearly deserves to be there.
  • Hall & Oates - 7:1 Personal disclosure: I like Hall & Oates, and I'm man enough to admit it.  I have ever since Sara Smile was released in the mid-70's.  I've always been a sucker for blue-eyed soul, and these guys do it as good as anyone.  I think the Hall with think so as well.  CORRECT
  • Kiss - 100:1.  Finally.  Of the acts that should be in the Hall, Kiss now takes top position (after Rush went in last year)  Here is my full case for Kiss to make the Hall.  Despite them deserving to go in, the Hall won't do it.  INCORRECT - See above
  • Link Wray - 10,000:1  Who?  Exactly  CORRECT
  • LL Cool J  - 1:5  Slam dunk.  There is nothing about this guy the Hall doesn't love.  INCORRECT - I have no idea why he's not in.  There has to be more on this story than what's on my radar screen.
  • Nirvana - 1:2  Another slam dunk.  Their influence cannot be argued.  I still remember the first time I saw the Smells Like Teen Spirit video and thinking "What the hell is this and why do I love it so much?"  CORRECT
  • The Meters 100:1 The funk founders are back again, and still won't make it  CORRECT
  • NWA 5:1 I had them at even money last year.  Glad I was wrong.  Odds go up, but they still remain a favorite  INCORRECT - It turns out that 2013 was a bad year for rap acts to make the Hall
  • The Replacements 50:1 With the nomination, they get the recognition they deserve, but they won't get the ultimate respect they deserve by getting in.  Here is my full case for The Replacements to make the Hall  CORRECT
  • Linda Rondstadt 4:1  Her recently announced diagnosis of Parkinson's disease will make her the feel-good entry of the year.  I project she'll go in, although it won't entirely be based on her merits  CORRECT
  • Cat Stevens 10:1 Now calling himself Yusuf Islam, he's got all those intangibles that the Hall will love.  No way he deserves to be in the Hall.  He might make it anyway not because of what he's done, but based solely on who he is.  Hey, where have we heard that before?  INCORRECT - I really didn't think he'd make it.  He absolutely does not deserve to make it.  Ah, but don't let talent (or lack thereof) get in the way of making a political statement.  What a complete joke.
  • Yes 50:1  If a prog rock act is going to go, it will be Gabriel.  There won't be two, even though they deserve it.  Here is my full case for Yes to make the Hall CORRECT
  • The Zombies 1000:1  too short of a library for inclusion in the Hall.  Not going to happen CORRECT

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