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The Rock And Roll Hall of Fame Nominees for 2014: Let Them Play

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Sitting back on the couch reading the internets while listening to an early Yes album, while having discussed the merits of Kiss' Double Platinum 'Greatest Hits' album with a friend earlier in the day -- it's a hard job but somebody has to be paid to do it -- I came across the list of nominees for the 2014 Rock and Roll of Fame and, lo and behold, look who made the list! (My listening to the Dream Academy doesn't seem to have helped them at all.)

Never before have I seen a list of potentials where I didn't get a bit queasy with at least half the potentials. I guess that's what happens when the Red Hot Chili Peppers are already in.

To be eligible, artists must have released their first single or album in 1988 or earlier. This year, the Nirvana boys are the only act to be nominated in their first year of eligibility.

While it's my belief that everyone should be admitted to the Hall of Fame because Rock 'n' Roll is not an elitist music, I understand the game being played and I offer up my choices 16-1.

Your opinions may vary, though I have no idea why.

16) Cat Stevens: I like some of his wimpy stuff. I do. But dudes into fatwas don't get no traction with me. He walked away from his career and so can we. Induct Tim Buckley instead. And Tim Hardin. And, what the heck, Tim Rose, too.

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15) LL Cool J: I'm not feeling LL Cool J anymore. If it wasn't for these nominations, I'd never think of him as a musician anymore. Besides, his name says 'Ladies' love him, so I'm clearly not in his demographic. For me, it's more DDCA Cool J, as in Dudes Don't Care About…

14) Linda Ronstadt: I give Linda her Heart Like A Wheel album and a few other key moments, but she's mostly been a cover artist with no discernible point of view. Her Parkinson's admission will likely earn her some sentimental votes, but considering the heavyweight talent on the list, I couldn't do it.

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13) Hall and Oates: Songs like "Maneater," "Rich Girl" and "Out of Touch" (now that Kevin's not around!) are pleasant enough pop but more recent kids' love for this stuff seems a bit out of proportion. They're better than Huey Lewis and the News but they're no Pat Benatar. Or maybe they are.

12) Chic: Hard for me to believe, Nile Rodgers and Bernard Edwards aren't already admitted, but I suppose if you consider them strictly a disco group with no relationship to rock and roll then they seem misplaced. I thought they rocked when it counted. But Slayer aren't here either. This can't be right!

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11) Yes: Prog rock gets a bum rap. Sure, much of it is awful. Sometimes, the awfulness is part of the charm. Yes are more worthy than many of their progressive counterparts. (ELP might be where things go too far.) Those first few albums are much better than people think (think I say because the people who dismiss Yes aren't the ones listening to them) and at least a half-dozen of their songs are pretty darn cool. For obviousness' sake, I'll go for a Long Distance Runaround, that's for sure.

10) NWA: Straight Outta Compton might be the only album they ever made that truly mattered, so they're a lot like Guns N' Roses or the Sex Pistols. "Straight Outta Compton," "F*** tha Police," "Gangsta Gangsta" and"Dope Man" alone are as deserving as "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Anarchy in the UK." Besides, they even got a fan letter of sorts from the FBI.

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9) Nirvana: Generational icons, voice of a generation, the final rock star, tortured soul…zzzz…they're an automatic inductee, no? If ever an underground band managed to go mainstream by letting us know how much they HATED it while it was happening I've never seen it. Most bands who hated Rolling Stone magazine never appeared on its cover. I dig "Smells Like Teen Spirit" for the moment it was and "Heart Shaped Box" had a heaviness that made the early 1990s a cool time to be listening to the radio. But I really would prefer to think St. Cobain was murdered because any true artist makes at least one, if not two, more albums before saying so long in such permanent ways. You really wanted your epitaph to be In Utero?

8) Kiss: You'd never see suicide in the business plans of Paul Stanley or Gene Simmons. Unless maybe Ace was game for it. Nope. These guys run things like a smooth, commercial machine. But while their music is simple, bone-headed, silly and stupid, it's also exactly what rock 'n' roll is by its truest definition. That it still annoys adults is all the more reason to admit they're doing something right. At least a dozen Kiss tunes will outlive a nuclear war. Hopefully, "Detroit Rock City" will outlast "Rock and Roll All Nite." C'mon, they're working hard. They're worth a deuce.

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7) The Meters: Where Kiss got away with subpar musicianship, subpar productions (no band has been "remixed" like them), the Meters are the epitome of a band too good for their own good. Besides, New Orleans has always been too weird for America. Not even the 'Neville' name is enough to help these gentlemen. They play funk. That's not rock 'n' roll! It's too rhythmic. Besides, Professor Longhair and Dr. John are already inducted. You want to take over the place or something?

True tale: I watched a competent drummer cry as he listened to one of their albums. He knew they deserved the world and would never get it. Not as long as Max Weinberg is considered an excellent drummer.

6) Deep Purple: Speaking of plodders. You don't have Music Shop 101 without "Smoke On the Water." Their early records were excellent. "Hush" was killer. Their version of "Hey Joe" made the organ sound like an instrument worth hauling to gigs and so did their cover of Donovan's "Lalena." "Space Truckin"? In Rock? Lighten up, people!

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5) The Paul Butterfield Blues Band: We're talking about a Hall of Fame that hasn't inducted Love. Think about that. I'd let these guys in for "East-West" alone. Then I'd work at getting Love inducted. Seriously.

4) Peter Gabriel: OK, he's in with Genesis, but everyone knows the Academy voted in the Phil Collins-era because they're fools. But supposing they did let Peter Gabriel's Genesis in on purpose, surely then they'd want to put the solo album Peter Gabriel in even more? Right? I think he gets in because the Academy realizes he brings ratings!

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3) Link Wray: Heresy! Link Wray isn't in? That's like forgetting to induct the electric guitar! What did he do to be ignored? Bet against rock and roll?

2) The Replacements: No brainer. If there was ever a band that belonged on the brochure, it was these folks. Of course, should they be inducted, they might show up and wear each other's clothes and/or have a little too much fun playing other people's songs. Or maybe they'll sit in chairs and eat chips. Boomers have had their fun shoving their favorites into the hall. Now it's time for another generation to push a few commercially-questionable bands into the mix. Once the Replacements get in, X should be among the next batch. Before you know it, we'll be sneaking in the Gang of Four and Joy Division! Then I'm personally sneaking in The Cure and The Smiths and all those other limeys. Oh, almighty slippery slope, slip slide away!

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1) The Zombies: The early singles -- "She's Not There," "Tell Her No" -- are reason enough, but the Odessey and Oracle album should've sealed the deal a LONG time ago. That singer Colin Blunstone had the good taste to cover Billy Bragg's "Levi Stubbs Tears" in solo life just says so much for the man. Let's put real meaning into "This Will Be Our Year."

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