Rock Blog: Rock Hall Nods

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October 18, 2016

Any true fan of rock music knows you have to take the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame process and procedure with a grain of salt. I mean, ABBA was inducted 3 years before Rush, so you tell me if the system is broken... 


Love it or hate it, the Hall is here to stay. Even though they don't get it exactly right the majority of the time, we still manage to see some of our favorite acts recognized every year on an international level for their contributions in the world of rock.


The 2017 nominees were announced this morning, and the artists who I believe fall under the true umbrella of "rock" would include: Pearl Jam, ELO, Yes, J. Geils Band, Joan Baez, Jane's Addiction, The Cars, Steppenwolf, Bad Brains, The Zombies, MC5, Depeche Mode and Journey. You might disagree with me, and that is TOTALLY fair. That's what makes the Rock &  Roll Hall Of Fame conversations such passionate ones. :)


I will argue that some of these artists are WAY past due for induction with a body of work to support such an honor. Joan Baez has been eligible for induction since the year I was born, and I'm 31 years old. She's released more than 30 albums and has recorded songs by The Beatles, The Allman Brothers and The Rolling Stones, just to name a few heavy hitters. You love "Diamonds & Rust" by Judas Priest? That's a Joan Baez song, and she wrote it about Bob Dylan  Some might feel that Joan Baez is not "rock and roll", but she is one of the most talented songwriters and technical folk artists of all time, transcending generations and genres. 


Yes has been eligible for induction for more than 20 years, and this is the third time they've been nominated. One of the most influential prog bands of all time, KISW favorites like Tool and Primus have professed their love and appreciation for Yes. They've released more than 21 studio albums in the span of their career. That GIANT number doesn't include live albums, compilations or greatest hits. That being said, my proggy ass is ecstatic that they've been nominated this year, but I'm still disappointed it took this long!!


Now as a Seattleite and a huge Pearl Jam fan, I am elated to see our local rock heroes nominated. Pearl Jam's 'en has had a significant impact on my life, and I know many people would say the same thing. From start to finish, Ten still has the ability to grab and hold my attention just as it did when I was a little girl, experiencing the grunge movement for the first time. It would be SHOCKING to me if PJ weren't inducted their first year of eligibility. Pearl Jam is one of our core artists at KISW, even playing an early Pain In The Grass back in 1991 at the Mural Amphitheatre, and as a station, we are so honored to have supported their career since day one. 


I could (and would) continue to make arguments supporting the induction of Jane's Addiction, ELO, J. Geils Band, The Cars, Steppenwolf, Bad Brains, The Zombies, MC5, Depeche Mode and Journey. I feel that ALL of these artists are either due or past due for Hall Of Famer status. They've earned it. But the bottom line is, this is only a small chunk of the overall nominees, and not all of them will receive membership in 2017.  


For the last few years, the public is now involved in the voting process, along with the artists and musicians and industry leaders. Here's the catch - you can only vote for FIVE! I come to my conclusions based on some crazy math equation of total years in the business and albums released, factoring in overall skills and industry influence. Also, I suck at math, but that's okay. My votes are going to:


1. Yes

2. Joan Baez

3. Pearl Jam

4. The Cars

5. Journey


Remember, we don't have to agree on everything (how boring would THAT be?), and it's fun to have in-depth conversations about our difference of opinion! So what are you feeling this year? See the full line-up and rock the vote here


Rock on,


Taryn Daly