FEELING PRETTY PSYCHED: The 2007 nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame are Chic, The Dave Clark Five, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, R.E.M., The Ronettes, Patti Smith, The Stooges, Joe Tex and Van Halen.
Now, I'm a small-Hall guy, so I don't know that anyone other than R.E.M. would receive my vote. My anti-Flash vote is largely on the basis of the fact that if the term "rock and roll" is to have any meaning, it's got to respect some boundaries and leave hip hop to its own space. (And the first hip hop inductee should be Run-DMC, in any event.) And none of the rest achieved enough greatness to make it, though Van Halen comes closest. I'm more intrigued by some of the newly-eligible-but-not-nominateds: Depeche Mode, Duran Duran, Mötley Crüe and Phil Collins all deserve some consideration. (You're eligible if you started recording in 1981 or earlier.)
A list of the current inductees is here. Bob, is it time for some Keltner tests?