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    The fickle finger of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    The fickle finger of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    By Ann Powers/Los Angeles Times

    The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nine finalists for induction in 2007. I like the list this year, and if it were up to me, I'd vote them all in. But given that only five of the nine contenders will make the cut, here's the order I'd put them in: the Ronettes, Patti Smith, Chic, Grandmaster Flash & the Furious Five, the Stooges.

    That leaves Van Halen, Joe Tex, the Dave Clark Five and R.E.M. to try to make the grade another year.

    As for the induction ceremony itself, which takes place in New York next March, some predictions


    Funniest potential acceptance speech

    David Lee Roth

    Most poignant speech

    Ronnie Spector of the Ronettes

    Most erudite

    Patti Smith, though she might spit

    Biggest smooches exchanged on the dais

    Smith and Michael Stipe

    Best potential party jam between inductors and inductees

    Jay-Z versus Diddy with Grandmaster Flash

    John Mayer with Van Halen

    My Chemical Romance with Iggy Pop

    Most awkward silences at the party table

    Roth and the Van Halen brothers

    Nile Rodgers and ex-Chic singers Alfa Anderson, Norma Jean Wright and Luci Martin

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    Re: The fickle finger of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Yeah. What would a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame be without Chic? Pretty much a linear progression there, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles and Stones,...Chic...

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    The Stooges should be the first band inducted in that list IMO. I'm surprised in fact that they aren't there already. Patti Smith was great and all, and did some cool things with rock and poetry, but ultimately nowhere near as influential. Also, please tell me the MC5 and Velvet Underground are already there.

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    The Velvets are, because Lou Reed had some hits and made some of the suits a little money.

    The Stooges never paid for anybody's blow, so they won't get in. Unfortunately, that's what the HOF is about nowadays.

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    Re: The fickle finger of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Quote Originally Posted by DscribeDC
    Yeah. What would a Rock and Roll Hall of Fame be without Chic? Pretty much a linear progression there, Bill Haley, Buddy Holly, Elvis, The Beatles and Stones,...Chic...

    HAHA! You mean "Freak Out" isn't as important to rock and roll history as "Rock Around the Clock?"

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    Re: The fickle finger of The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

    Hagler, it's "Le Freak"! Come on now.

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