While the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees of yore have often fallen under the large classic rock/"music everyone's dad likes" umbrella, 2010's just-announced nominees are a group as varied as your iPod on shuffle.
The strangely mixed bag of this year's nominees includes ABBA, The Chantels, Jimmy Cliff, Genesis, The Hollies, KISS, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Red Hot Chili Peppers, The Stooges and Donna Summer.
By all means, a list full of acts that've truly affected music. Where would we be without Donna Summer's slinky take on disco? Or without LL's mainstreaming of that crazy new music called hip-hop? Or without Gene Simmon's really long and sexually experienced tongue?
But with a furrowed brow and an already-bruised heart we come to The Stooges. While, sure, Red Hot Chili Peppers or The Hollies are great bands, it's hard to swallow that Iggy's demolition crew has been nominated to the Hall of Fame before and still remains stuck outside the party. (A metaphor for the alienation central to the genre they helped create?) As bands must be around for more than 25 years for induction, the fact that The Stooges' 42-year run, having indelibly shaped punk, hard rock, noise, indie and even jazz, has yet to be recognized seems almost irresponsible.
If LL Cool J is inducted, he'll be only the third hip-hop act to enter the Hall of Fame, following Run D.M.C. in 2009 and Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five in 2007. And believe it or not, ABBA would be the first Swedish disco quartet to make the cut.
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