Rock Hall Nominations--Kitty's Picks

Who's Deserving This Time Around?

October 5, 2017

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The nominees for the induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have been announced--and this year's list is a doozy.

19 artists or bands are in the running for five spots up for grabs next April.

Here you go: 

Bon Jovi
Kate Bush
The Cars
Depeche Mode
Dire Straits
J. Geils Band
Judas Priest
LL Cool J
MC 5
The Meters
The Moody Blues
Rage Against the Machine
Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan
Nina Simone
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Link Wray
The Zombies

Surprisingly, I don't have any problem with any of these nominees getting into the Rock Hall--but I do have some favorites this time around.

The Zombies, who gave us such great pop hits like "She's Not There," "Time of the Season" and "She's Not There," also gave us the wildly atmospheric album "Odessy and Oracle." I saw them play that album in its entirety at the Barrymore this year, and was blown away. Let's give respect to these bandmates while they are still alive!

The J. Geils Band have been nominated 5 times and always come up short. Their silly songs in the 80s sold lots of records and helped defined the early days of MTV, but my favorite songs include "House Party," and "Must of Got Lost." Sadly J. Geils has passed away in April, but I'd love to see Peter Wolf up on that stage.

Dire Straits has been eligible since 2003, but this is their first nomination. Mark Knopfler's distinctive guitar playing should be enough to earn admission!

The Moody Blues have been eligible since 1989, but this is also their first nomination. They started off as an R & B band in the 1960s, but were pioneers when it comes to progressive, theatrical music.

Link Wray, who died in 2005, popularized the power chord and gave us great instrumental guitar classics including "Rumble."  Pete Townshend once said if it hadn't been for Link Wray and "Rumble," he never would have picked up the guitar.

You can vote for your favorites on the Rock Hall website.