Each year, Iâ€™m usually geeked to learn who made the cut when the nominees are announced for the Rock Hall of Fame. That is, until theyâ€™re made known. Then Iâ€™m usually miffed.
The term â€œrock â€˜nâ€™ rollâ€ means different things to different people, thus we have the class of 2013 nominees. They include first-timers Rush, Deep Purple, NWA, Public Enemy, Albert King, The Marvelettes and Procol Harum, along with the previously nominated Chic, Heart, Donna Summer, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett & The Blackhearts, Randy Newman, Paul Butterfield Blues Band and The Meters.
Before I go further, I must say: How are Ann and Nancy Wilson of Heart not already in the Hall of Fame? That makes no sense to me.
You mean to tell me the rockinâ€™ sisters who belted out â€œBarracuda,â€ â€œCrazy On You,â€ â€œWhat About Love,â€ and â€œAloneâ€ have been up for the honor before but werenâ€™t inducted?
I find it necessary to point out rules of eligiblity. Artists must have released works at least 25 years prior to being on the ballot. This yearâ€™s nominees would have had to release their first single in 1987 or earlier.
Heart has been making awesome music since the mid-â€™70s, yet theyâ€™ve not made the cut when other acts such as Public Enemy, whose first release came in 1987.
Of the first-time nominees, I can see Rush making it in. Why not? This Canadian band has recorded more than 20 albums and toured almost non-stop since its inception in the early â€˜70s.
Who isnâ€™t a fan of â€œa modern day warrior, a mean mean stride, todayâ€™s Tom Sawyer, mean mean prideâ€? The trio deserves to be in the Rock Hall.
I also can see The Marvelettes going in. Without groups like The Marvelettes and artists like Albert King we wouldnâ€™t have had so many of the others to come afterward.
Although there are 15 nominated for the class of 2013, only five will be inducted. So who else is deserving? Iâ€™m inclined to say Donna Summer, not because she died this year, either. As Queen of Disco, some may argue her relevance to rock, but letâ€™s not forget she was the first female to receive a Grammy for Best Female Rock Vocal Performance for â€œHot Stuff.â€
Iâ€™m happy Joan Jett is nominated, but also perplexed that Pat Benatar was not. I figured Benatar would have made it first.
A more interesting storyline is not who was nominated but who hasnâ€™t been nominated or already inducted.
Bon Jovi, Chicago, REO Speedwagon, Foreigner, Def Leppard and Journey have been overlooked, as well as Cyndi Lauper, Carly Simon, Bette Midler, John Mellencamp and Sammy Hagar. I could go on forever naming names.
This time, fans can have a say in who gets a much deserved place in the house that Rock built. From now through Dec. 5, fans can vote at several sites including www.rockhall.com/vote.
The top five will become part of a special fansâ€™ ballot that will be counted alongside the international voting body of more than 600 artists, historians and industry members.
Iâ€™ll keep my fingers crossed for Heart.
David T. Farr is a Sturgis, Mich., Journal correspondent. Email him at email@example.com. You can also find The Farr Side on Facebook.