Thursday, November 20, 2014

2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Predictions

The first 6 names are the ones I'm predicting get in.  Unless they do something sneaky with one of my picks,, then the #7 will be my next pick.  Hey, maybe the Hall will finally go big and induct 7 names this year, plus do something with Nile Rodgers.

Again these are predictions, not my personal picks.

Here's a link to my own choices:
2015 Rock Hall Personal Picks

Top 6 listed in alphabetical order:

1..  Chic - If all the current Hall members that Nile Rodgers has worked with voted for him, Chic would be halfway there.  It's the other voters that could be the problem.

2. Green Day - There was a time in the late 90's when this wouldn't have been possible, but American Idiot changed all that. 

3.  Lou Reed - Maybe he would have gotten in anyway.  He was last nominated in 2001. 13 years is a long time, and the voting bloc has changed. But Death is his ticket this time.

4.  Sting - So hard to pick against his name recognition, and I've gone back and forth on this more than any other act.  But maybe, just maybe,  this is that rare moment when a solo act from a legendary group gets passed over. Happened twice to Lou Reed over a decade ago.

5.  Stevie Ray Vaughan - Lots of people wondering when he'd get nominated.  Can't see how he doesn't walk right in.  Unless there's voters who think Johnny Winter should be in this spot.  

6.  Bill Withers - Who doesn't love Bill Withers?   One of the best singer-songwriters of the 70's.  Look beyond his hit singles, those early albums are great.  

Runner-ups  (A note on these names.  Most of these rankings are ones I might as well have charted as ties.  I'd say all of these are pretty much bunched up.  Which means my #15 could just as well be tied with my #9.)

7.  Spinners - Not favoritism, but an honest pick. I actually think they have a chance this year. Maybe too much to ask for on their 2nd try, though.   Okay, a little bit of favoritism.    
8.  Joan Jett & The Blackhearts - She had some great moments at the 2014 induction ceremony.  And lack of female nominees could also work in her favor.

9.  Marvelettes - Not sure if the Motown magic will rub off on them.  They are certainly the most underrated group from Motown's golden 60's.

10.   N.W.A. -  No matter how badly the NomCom wants them, I keep thinking they are always a few votes shy.

11.  Smiths - 80's Indie Rock legends.  Sold a lot of records in England, but in the U.S. they were more influential, rather than big sellers.

 12.  War -  Check out some of their early 70's albums to get an idea how original they were.  But most voters will probably think they only had a few good singles.

13.   Nine Inch Nails -  Probably have them too far down this list.  If voters like new names on the ballot, then Trent Reznor could pick up quite a few votes on his first try.

14.  Kraftwerk -  I'm always seeing quotes from current voters saying how much they like them.  But still don't think there's enough of those voters out there.

15.  Paul Butterfield Blues Band -  Don't know why the NomCom put them on the same ballot as Stevie Ray.   I hope they are doing better in the voting than my #15, though.  
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