Wednesday, September 04, 2013

2014 Rock Hall Nomination Predictions

Didn't know if I would do this because Future Rock Legends picked most of the names that I would have chosen. Plus I'm terrible at predicting who the NomCom will choose. I have no inside info on what they're going to do, nor does anyone else.  The secrecy surrounding the whole before and after nomination process remains quite comical.  We keep hearing about NomCom members who support certain acts (e.g. Chicago), making speechesnfor their candidacy, yet these acts never get nominated.

And like I always say every year.  The final ballot will include the usual surprises and head-scratchers.
Also, I have to admit, my runner-ups would make a pretty good nomination list, too.

15 picks:

Nirvana - Nothing new to add. Easiest pick this year.

Chic - Nile Rodgers has had a huge year. Now it will be up to the anti-Disco voters to come through.

Stevie Ray Vaughan - Every year since he's been eligible I've slotted him. Now after Albert & Freddie King have gone in, this feels even more obvious. Unless the NomCom gives the Blues category a rest this year.

Gram Parsons - Loved by the NomCom, but not by the voters.

Linda Ronstadt - Her recent Parkinson's announcement woke up a lot of people to the fact that she's not in. But can sympathy get you on the ballot? If she's on she's going in right away.

Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - Another one of those that the NomCom wants in. She could be a mainstay on the ballot until she gets inducted.

NWA -  Is there an anti-Rap faction out there big enough to keep them waiting?

Deep Purple - Representing the Classic Rock era.

Monkees - Again, this has to happen sometime. If it does they could go in first ballot. Is that what Jann is afraid of?

Bon Jovi - Not quite sure if the NomCom will go for a 2nd Prog Rock act in a row.  So, bypassing Yes, I'll give the nod to a hugely popular band that they like.

Kraftwerk - Being influential to today's EDM didn't get them there last year. But they'll be back on the ballot this year.

"5" Royales - They've been nominated before.  These types of 50's nominations give the NomCom a chance to show that they haven't forgotten the early pioneers of Rock and Roll. (that last sentence is somewhat sarcastic)

Cure - Either them or the Smiths or Depeche Mode, but eventually voters are going to have to recognize this era.

Cat Stevens - This one's for the "they always nominate a 70's Singer-Songwriter" crowd. (BTW- I think if Warren Zevon got this slot he'd go in first time nominated, and FWIW, it's the 10th anniversary of his death)

Spinners - Passed over last year after getting on the ballot in 2012.  70's R&B acts are sorely missing from the Hall.

Other names I considered:
Roxy Music
Joe Tex
Depeche Mode
Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Chuck Willis
Warren Zevon
Willie Nelson
Glen Campbell
Neil Sedaka
Teddy Pendergrass

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