Man, pretty good list for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year (REM, The Ronettes, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, Patti Smith, Van Halen), but the Stooges were up for it to and got overlooked. So did Joe Tex, which kind of make sense because he once wrote a song that featured the line "Ain't gonna bump no more with no big fat woman." And if Joe Tex is up for the award, when can Bill Withers be considered (see below)?
Not to mention that KISS keeps on getting screwed. Sure, people think that KISS is a novelty act or whatever, but they have at least four classic albums (arguably as many as Van Halen put out if we're being frank here) and dominated the 70s rock landscape. Sure, they deserve to be punished a little for everything 80s--though I saw them in 1996 in full regalia and it killed--but shouldn't Van Halen be punished for Balance and III, at the very least?
Compare and contrast:
Okay, that is killer. Ace Frehley's guitar is totally on fire! Now watch this clip from Van Halen's mediocre Diver Down album.
Um, remember that this is the Van Halen era that everyone likes! I love Van Halen, too, but the whole "they are a novelty act" argument doesn't just apply to KISS.
KISS should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if Van Halen is. That's all I'm saying.
And REM in on first try? Sweet.