With the passing of J. (John) Geils yesterday, it got me thinking about the induction ceremony last week and asking why they haven't been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame yet? They're more rock than Tupac and he was just inducted. They're more rock than Madonna and she was inducted. I could go on but my point here is, the Hall needs to address the long list of snubs they've been guilty of for TOO long. The J. Geils Band was on the ballot this year and it sure would've been nice to see them go in as a living, breathing unit. There are a lot of bands who, unless the good ole' boys club in Cleveland gets off their high & mighty opinions, will only go in posthumously.
I've gone off on this on the air on my radio job, I've gone off on this on Facebook, but I think there are PLENTY of bands who have been snubbed and should be in the Hall before it's too late. Some should go in LONG before others too. I don't argue that Pearl Jam belongs in the Hall of Fame but they JUST became eligible. A lot of bands have been eligible for years and some, decades.
Forgive me if I've overlooked someone obvious. Unlike the Hall, it's not my intention to snub ANYONE who deserves to be in there. Here are a FEW oversights, in no particular order.
SHOULD ALREADY BE IN THERE
Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Jethro Tull, Warren Zevon, The Cars, Joe Cocker, The Moody Blues, Peter Frampton, Dio, The Runaways, Uriah Heep, John Prine, Grand Funk Railroad, Ten Years After, Thin Lizzy, The Zombies, Steppenwolf, Foghat, Slade, Mott the Hoople, Chubby Checker, Edgar Winter, Captain Beefheart, Sweet, The Raspberries, Paul Revere & the Raiders, Dick Dale, T. Rex, Blood, Sweat & Tears, Flying Burrito Brothers, Peter, Paul & Mary, Bachman-Turner Overdrive, Ben E. King, Procul Harum, Three Dog Night, The Guess Who, Jim Croce, Chic, War, Harry Chapin
NEED TO GO IN SOON
Boston, J. Geils Band, Willie Nelson, Steve Winwood, UFO, Gordon Lightfoot, Devo, Huey Lewis & the News, April Wine, The Tubes, Joe Jackson, Styx, Foreigner, Bad Company, Kansas, Tina Turner, Toto, Todd Rundgren, Blue Öyster Cult, Rainbow, Golden Earring, Kate Bush, King Crimson, Meat Loaf, Supertramp, Asia, Roxy Music, Motörhead, REO Speedwagon, Judas Priest, America, Living Color, Triumph, Gram Parsons, Wishbone Ash, Stevie Nicks, Midnight Oil, Joe Walsh, Iron Maiden, Pat Benetar, Dire Straits, Gary Numan, Doobie Brothers, Ozzy Osbourne, The Scorpions
SHOULD GO IN EVENTUALLY
Alan Parsons Project, George Thorogood, Sammy Hagar, Pete Townshend, New York Dolls, .38 Special, Iggy Pop, Billy Idol, Melissa Etheridge, Jimmy Buffett, The Cult, Nick Lowe, Robin Trower, Stray Cats, Slayer, The Cure, Alice in Chains, Brian Eno, Bad Brains, Misfits, Soundgarden, Bon Jovi, Def Leppard, Whitesnake, Faith No More, Black Flag, INXS, Smashing Pumpkins, Marshall Tucker Band, Boz Scaggs, Violent Femmes, Jane's Addiction, Megadeth, Squeeze, The Cure, Mötley Crüe, Lenny Kravitz, Nine Inch Nails, Grace Jones, Los Lobos, Alanis Morissette, Anthrax, The Black Crowes, Pantera, Black Flag, B-52's, Pixies, Beck, The Replacements, The MC5, Ted Nugent