The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame announced its 2007 finalists for induction.
Five of the nine nominees will be inducted into the Hall. I think the winners will be: R.E.M., Patti Smith, The Ronettes, Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five and Chic. A perfectly balanced ticket: indie/college crossover superstars; the godmother of punk, 60’s girl group (for “Be My Baby” alone they deserve induction), rap and funk/disco.
The nominees missing the cut will be Joe Tex, Dave Clark Five, The Stooges and Van Halen. The band that I hope beats the odds is The Stooges. Nobody was rawer, punkier and tougher than Iggy and the boys in their prime. The only thing I know about Joe Tex, an R & B singer, is that he billed his back-up singers as the Sex-O-Lettes. I’m worried that the Dave Clark Five will make the cut, based on their 8 top ten records in the three years of their prime 1964-67. Faux Beatles, feh. To make room, the Hall might toss The Ronettes out to avoid having to acknowledge producer/svengali Phil Spector, on trial for murder.
Van Halen is a special case. Pro: Eddie’s early guitar work was innovative. The band demystified video by doing their own. The tension between Diamond Dave’s showman schtick and Eddie’s guitar god persona was cool. Eddie’s a cancer survivor. They sold a boatload of records. Con: EVERYTHING after Dave left. Both a Pro and a Con: The tension between Dave and Eddie over a “reunion.” Since the Hall voters are notoriously tough on hard rock, I think VH will have to wait.