Every year, a few bands make it into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame, and a few more nominated bands get left off. This year, the list of inductees isn’t terrible: Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, and the Small Faces among them. But the list of snubbed acts is arguably even more impressive: the Cure, Eric B. & Rakim, the Spinners, Donna Summer, Heart. And War. The ’70s funkateers, whose catalog of hits is deep and impressive, were among the acts left out in the cold this year. And they are not happy about it.
Talking to TMZ, vocalist and founding War member Howard Scott says that he’s “shocked” that the Beasties, in particular, made it in before War: “We were cranking out gold records when they were still in diapers… How could the Beastie Boys get in before us when they sampled War’s music on their first album?! I’ll eat their platinum records!”
The whole we-got-sampled argument is probably not Scott’s best piece of ammunition in this particular dispute; if that really mattered, Lyn Collins would be a Hall Of Famer ten times over. But the Hall’s snub of War is, to be fair, pretty jarring in a year when vanilla mediocrities like Laura Nyro and Donovan got the nod.
And for the record, here’s the Beasties’ statement about their induction, which doesn’t mention War: “We’re in the rock and roll hall of fame? That’s fuckin’ crazy and awesome! While we are very proud of the music we make, we have to acknowledge the inspiration from our families, friends and musicians like the slits, bad brains, x-ray spex, the treacherous three and too many others to possibly name. And most of all, we give thanks to New York City and the world of musical influence it provided for us.”
Also, my wife has pointed out that, with the Beasties and GN’R in the same induction ceremony, there’s every chance that Axl Rose and Bikini Kill leader/Ad-Rock wife Kathleen Hanna will be in the same room at the same time. That could get interesting!