Earlier this year, shock rock extraordinaire Alice Cooper finally earned his well-deserved spot in the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, rounding off my personal checklist of musical heroes to make it into the coveted hall (David Bowie in 1996 and The Stooges in 2010 being the other two). Alice deserved it. Who else could work their way up the musical ladder by making ballet-dancing spiders look terrifyingly rock n roll on a stage?
The annual nominations for the 2012 inductees were announced yesterday, and the list isn’t looking too shabby this time around. Hot off of their headline slot at Bestival (and with the recent announcement of a show at Royal Albert Hall in November), The Cure have made it into the final 15 nominees, possibly cementing a spot for Robert Smith’s messy ‘do and smeared lipstick at the Cleveland landmark.
Also appearing on the shortlist are the likes of Guns N Roses, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys and Joan Jett And The Blackhearts. Donovan, Eric B. And Rankin, Heart, Freddie King, Laura Nyro, Rufus With Chaka Khan, The Faces, The Spinners, Donna Summer and War are also up for the title, which will be announced on April 14th.
There’s an online poll running on the Hall Of Fame’s website at the moment, where you can lock in your top five picks of the lot (although it doesn’t actually impact the results). Looks like RHCP are currently winning by a landslide, followed by GnR… and soft-rock balladeers Heart for some reason.
Do you agree? Who do you think deserves a spot in the Hall Of Fame, and who do you think’s been overlooked?