Denied By the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame
With its latest round of honorees, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame made a few small steps towards righting a long list of wrongs they've accumulated in their first 28 years of operation. Casual observers might never have guessed, for instance, that up until this year, Peter Gabriel, Hall & Oates and Kiss had all failed to make the cut. Well, it gets a lot more shocking than that once you start scrolling through the unsettlingly extensive array of artists who remain ignorees instead of inductees. Who could have imagined that such seminal figures as the MC5, New York Dolls, T. Rex and Big Star could get left out in the cold? Or that even earlier influences on the trajectory of rock 'n' roll history, like Link Wray, Ben E. King, The Marvelettes and Dick Dale, would be left twisting in the wind? That's saying nothing of all the iconic acts of the prog rock period and post-punk/new wave era who remain roundly ignored, from Yes and ELP to Television and Joy Division. Well, who cares what the Hall says? You don't need a committee to tell you who the real rock 'n' roll heroes and heroines are. But it doesn't hurt having this playlist of non-inductees on hand to remind you just how much the Hall is still on the hook for.