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Mary J. Blige, Cher, Ozzy Osbourne, A Tribe Called Quest and Foreigner get into Rock Hall

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TobleroneApr. 24  06:14 pm JST

Exactly. The “Rock n Roll Hall of Fame” was invented by pretenders and fakers anyway. It has absolutely zero credibility. The fact that Carol Kaye can’t even get in simply proves what a joke it is.

Alex Lifeson said the HOF is a joke and when RUSH finally got inducted at the speech he just said. 'Blah blah blah' several times. Geddy Lee wore a shirt with that phrase on it during the band's last tour before Neil died.

Cher? She made auto-tuned songs become more popular and commonplace. Autotune is a cursed device made by vile antichrist musical engineers. It is a satanic recording studio method, the death knell of musical composition (as if Kidz Bop wasn't bad enough). That's not a positive contribution to the arts or entertainment, Cher.

Now it truly has become a joke, a very sad one indeed with 'progress' like that. And to think, my parents bellyached about the invention of the synthesizer which IS a legitimate honest-to-God instrument by its own merit.

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*The woman is a gem, innovator, class act, and just a solid bass player who played on hundreds of albums way before greats like Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, and Stanley Clarke came onto the scene. I never paid any attention to these political one-sided boasting shows, I go to the NAMM show every year and to any real musician or even bass player, we all know who Carol Kaye is and what an impact she had on music as a writer and artist, that is what matters most the people that care and know her in the industry, the politics and presenter or judges are living in a very different reality.*

Exactly. The “Rock n Roll Hall of Fame” was invented by pretenders and fakers anyway. It has absolutely zero credibility. The fact that Carol Kaye can’t even get in simply proves what a joke it is.

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JimizoApr. 23  10:19 pm JST

Wow! Anybody can get in these days!

I can’t. Been playing guitar for over 40 years. Reasonably competent.

My dad was far better. He got overlooked as well.

The whole thing is a farce.

It's not totally hopeless. The MC5 finally got in. Kool and the Gang too. I caught them playing in 2019 before the lockdown and they were as good, professional and solid as they ever were. Since then the Grim Reaper has reduced their ranks and if they still exist as a band, it won't be for much longer. They deserve the honors.

There had been a starry push to get Foreigner — with the hits “Urgent” and Hot Blooded" — into the hall, with Mark Ronson, Jack Black, Slash, Dave Grohl and Paul McCartney all publicly backing the move. Ronson's stepfather is Mick Jones, Foreigner's founding member, songwriter and lead guitarist.

Family ties in effect here. And Mick Jones himself met the Beatles in France, that inspired him to form a band. He's the prime driver of Foreigner. I saw them in 1985, my very first show. Again in 2015 opening for Def Leppard but by that point Lou Gramm had long developed an ego, got 'born again' and now sasses off Mick saying that HE is Foreigner and the original 'Juke Box Hero'. Yes, he's a jerk but the band I saw in 2015 was more like a 'Foreigner Mach II' perhaps. A cover tribute band. Not as good.

Cher is a POP star, a media sensation for National Enquirer. That's it. A Tribe Called Quest members play their instruments on stage and in the studio, just like the original 'old skool' rappers in the beginning of hip-hop. That I like, that's what I'd want to see. See them work. That's not too much to ask, is it? I figured Mariah would be a shoo-in to satisfy the 'PC' popster/yuppie crowd. Then again, she is the one that made the word 'diva' an ugly pejorative word so I guess she can go to a corner, toss her Marx Party Supplies tiara to the floor, throw a hissy-fit and sulk. Wah.

Ozzy now has Parkinson's, and I was hoping he would perform 'Bark at the Moon' onstage during this month's total solar eclipse like he did in 2017. I guess he couldn't but it's nice that he's still alive to get this honor. Now I hope he doesn't pepper his acceptance speech with F-bombs galore.

TaiwanIsNotChinaToday  03:33 am JST

Of all the acts they could put in the Hall, Foreigner; a detergent clean and rather mediocre band.

Uncalled for. If the likes of Billie Eyelash are considered music these days, the saccharine bands from the olden days are just as worthy.

That stuff has too much negativity, 'I Quit' and waaaahhhhh attitude to it. Rock is supposed to be about resistance and fighting for what you know is right. Not giving up or giving in to a sucky stupid hypocritical society (you hear that, CCP? You'd BETTER! ). It played a role in toppling the Iron Curtain in 1989.

The inductee list here is better than it has been, but it still needs improvements. Jimmy Buffett is an iconic artist alright. We need more original artists with imagery in their music and personae, like George Clinton, Adam Ant and ZZ Top. I'm not a Parrot Head but I certainly don't hate his music either. I remember many of my fellow college cohorts wearing tour shirts saying he's 'Caribbean Soul' which he is not, that's what reggae is. A local reviewer labeled his music as 'cruise ship crap styled for The Love Boat' and I strongly disagree with that. Let's just call him a 'Florida-flavored soft rocker'. Easy, and he does have an original imagery. That's one uniqur thing about him. It would've been nice if he were here to see this.

One last thing. Narrator, why did you place the wrong picture in this article?

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Of all the acts they could put in the Hall, Foreigner; a detergent clean and rather mediocre band.

Uncalled for. If the likes of Billie Eyelash are considered music these days, the saccharine bands from the olden days are just as worthy.

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Of all the acts they could put in the Hall, Foreigner; a detergent clean and rather mediocre band. The rock 'n' role Hall of Fame. . .if you have ever made a record you're in. Unless you're really good, then they keep you out. Some of these acts here are at best dodgy, too. What a Hall of Fame. Just induct everyone next time and be done with it.

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What about X Japan? Definitely a "rock" band.

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Wow! Anybody can get in these days!

I can’t. Been playing guitar for over 40 years. Reasonably competent.

My dad was far better. He got overlooked as well.

The whole thing is a farce.

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Wow! Anybody can get in these days!

You can't.

Thanks to tokenism

What, pray tell, are the "token" qualities of the inductees this year?

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Wow! Anybody can get in these days! Thanks to tokenism, RRHOF is pretty meaningless these days.

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I wonder what the issue is with legendary Carol Kaye. She should have been in as a contributor long ago. She's 89 now and not much longer for this world I'm afraid. She deserves so much more than a posthumous induction.

The woman is a gem, innovator, class act, and just a solid bass player who played on hundreds of albums way before greats like Larry Graham, Jaco Pastorius, and Stanley Clarke came onto the scene. I never paid any attention to these political one-sided boasting shows, I go to the NAMM show every year and to any real musician or even bass player, we all know who Carol Kaye is and what an impact she had on music as a writer and artist, that is what matters most the people that care and know her in the industry, the politics and presenter or judges are living in a very different reality

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collegepark30349Today  09:51 am JST

I wonder what the issue is with legendary Carol Kaye. She should have been in as a contributor long ago. She's 89 now and not much longer for this world I'm afraid. She deserves so much more than a posthumous induction.

Because she's not well known enough to the general public regardless of her impact on all kinds of bassists and all her studio work. That's the R&R Hall of Fame for you. Ignore someone who had real impact on rock music but induct people Mary J. Blige, Cher, and Kool & the Gang who while impressive artists, never really played R&R.

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I wonder what the issue is with legendary Carol Kaye. She should have been in as a contributor long ago. She's 89 now and not much longer for this world I'm afraid. She deserves so much more than a posthumous induction.

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Thought Cher and Ozzy would have been inducted years ago.

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