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Blow up the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

Nov 28, 2005 in Music


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On their inexplicable 1995 major-label debut, the Columbus, Ohio band Thomas Jefferson Slave Apartments (led by local legend Ron House, who could often be seen eating a sandwich in the back of uber-cool record shop Used Kids) did a song called RnR Hall of Fame, exorting the destruction of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame which had just opened up the road in Cleveland.

Blow it up!
Before Johnny Rotten gets in!
Blow it up!
Before Steve Albini makes a speech!

Looks like Ron’s worst fears just came true. Although there are no plans for Steve Albini to appear, Johnny Rotten has indeed just gotten into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

This year’s nominations, announced today, include Black Sabbath (who truly deserve it, and have waited seven years to be nominated), the Sex Pistols (who, while truly influential, could probably give a rat’s ass), Lynyrd Skynyrd (can you believe I actually had to look up the correct spelling for Lynyrd Skynyrd?), Blondie (weren’t they nominated last year with the rest of the CBGBs punk alumni?) and Miles Davis (is Bitches’ Brew a rock album?)

The day that Black Sabbath, Lynyrd Skynyrd and the Sex Pistols are simultaneously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is an unusual one indeed. Just a few years ago it seemed unlikely that the staid Hall of Fame would nominate an old metal band, a Southern rock band, and a bunch of anarchists.