J.Geils Band, John Mellencamp, the Patti Smith Group, Chic, Joe Tex, Miles Davis, Cat Stevens, Blondie, the Paul Butterfield Band, the Dave Clark Five and the Sir Douglas Quintet will all have a chance to make it into the hall of fame, located in Cleveland.
This year also marks the eighth chance for Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd gets their seventh chance, and the Sex Pistols and the Stooges all of which are on try number five.
Missing from the nomination list again this year include bands like Rush, Van Halen, Yes, Genesis, ELO, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Heart, Deep Purple, Pat Benatar, and Duran Duran.
To me, Cougar is the Jim Thome of the Rock Hall -- lots of hits over a prolonged period, certainly well-liked, but I just can't think of him as one of the greats of his era.
And Sabbath belongs in, duh, but other than that . . . dunno . . . Blondie? I like the not-nominated list a lot more than the nominees.