The 2017 Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame Nominees were released so that means I’m disappointed knowing The Cure, The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails and Devo are not even invited to the dance.
That said, it’s time for the 6th Annual Let’s Not Get Carried Away Innovators vs. Imitators to determine who deserves to get in. This method is based on My Morning Jacket’s “Wordless Chorus”. The line goes “We Are The Innovators, They Are The Imitators”. So let’s begin with the theme song.
Innovators: Like the Velvet Underground, anyone that bought their debut album immediately formed a band.
Imitator: Return nominee. Love dancing to her music but doesn’t move the needle on inventive music
Imitator: This is getting to be a joke. They’ve now been nominated 11 times. It’s time to get them in or like the Baseball Hall Of Fame just admit they won’t get in and stop nominating
Imitators: No synth pop band should be allowed in until The Cure are in The Rock Hall
ELECTRIC LIGHT ORCHESTRA (ELO)
Innovators: It pays to tour and remind people of your legacy. Jeff Lynne is also the only Traveling Wilbury not yet in so I think he’ll get the nod.
THE J. GEILS BAND
Imitators: I think even lead singer Peter Wolf would admit their music was a tribute to the blues greats that came before them.
Innovators: If Guns N’ Roses can get in with two albums then so should Jane’s Addiction. They brought inventive guitar rock to the mainstream Alternative format and opened up doors for bands like Nirvana and Pearl Jam
Imitator: Like Jane’s Addiction it was two albums Control and Rhythm Nation that are to be celebrated but I don’t think it’s enough to get into the Hall
Innovator: How is she not in yet? I saw this opening line in the AllMusic bio and couldn’t agree more, “The most accomplished interpretive folksinger of the 1960s, Joan Baez has influenced nearly every aspect of popular music in a career still going strong.” It’s embarrassing it’s taken this long for her to get recognized.
Imitator: I pulled up “I Gotcha” on YouTube and it put an immediate smile on my face but I think James Brown and Sam Cooke were the true originals in the soul genre.
Imitators: Talented musicians fronted by a uniquely talented vocalist that made good pop/rock songs. Nothing wrong with that but their song catalog is not close to innovative music
Innovators: This might be their 3rd time trying to get in. I think their tour earlier this year reminded everyone of their relevancy. They are the robots! Let them in!
Innovators: Sure there were bands that came before them and might have been considered more innovative but there’s no denying their passionate music and equally passionate fan base. I can’t imagine Rolling Stone magazine dropping the ball on this one and not letting them in on their first try.
Imitators: A good rock band. Led Zeppelin taught them it could be done way better.
Imitators: I would not be upset if they got in but 3 top ten hits and one brilliant album is still not enough to ensure enshrinement into the Hall
Innovator: If Dylan can win the Nobel Peace Prize, perhaps it’s not out of the realm of possibilities the Tupac could be recognized in 2045 for his writing. He is a true innovator, his words continue to inspire generations just now discovering his music and he should get in on the first ballot.
Imitator: I thought they might get in last year. Their music is innovative but in the year of Joan Baez, Jeff Lynne, 2PAC, Pearl Jam and Jane’s Addiction , they’ll most likely be waiting until next year.