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No, this is not the worst list I've seen over the years, and there's a couple of very deserving acts there. But overall this sure is not the A-list, and it bugs me to have friggin' ego-bloated screech monkey AXL ROSE possibly standing next to inductees like Robert Johnson, Johnny Cash, and John Lennon. Give me a damn BREAK. Bleah. So, here's how I break this down, after a few days to think about it...
Open The Door 'n Let 'Em Innnnnn: Beastie Boys and WAR. Unquestionably innovative, creative, and able to sustain high-quality musical product through the years. There is a joyfulness and energy to both bands that carry the spirit of rock n' roll so well.
Oh Well, OK: The late Laura Nyro probably should have been in awhile ago on songwriting skills, The Small Faces/Faces for some underappreciated Mod-ness and training ground for some Big Boys of Rock, and Donovan for putting a Scottish brogue on Bob Dylan and then pop-tripping out. Groovy.
Wait, Just A Minute Mr. Postman: The Cure, Erik B. and Rakim, Heart, Rufus with Chaka Khan, and The Spinners. All of them arguably quite influential and reasonably unique. My heart isn't in it to quite bump them up to "Oh Well, OK" yet. Ya know?
Under Pressure: Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, Freddie King, Red Hot Chili Peppers all have something in common -- none of them shine particularly well at what they do. These are craftspeople. Flea's a good player, though.
NoNo NoNo No No NoNoNoNo, No No NO NO, No No NO NO, No NoNo NoNoNoNO: Guns 'n Roses and Donna Summer?? Let these folks in, and you have to let in Motley Crue, Poison, Warrant, Winger, Loverboy, and The Captain and Tennille. Stop the Madness.
Parties should be special, sparking, memorable things, a celebration of the best we are and the best we have, not networking or industry payback slogs/defaults that will just end up as a miserably awkward onstage jam, and/or some jerk breaking your toilet and spilling wine on your carpet.
That's what I think.