Last Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Post (Promise!): Sizing Up Next Year’s Class

We know you’re burned out on the music media’s blanket coverage of the R&R HOF (which coincidentally is also the abbreviation for Hasselhoff Railroad), but let’s have some fun with this thing before the day is over — then we promise not to talk about it until next year when we again pose as waiters and crash the ceremony. Time to speculate about next year’s class! After the jump, a list of artists who released their first recordings in ’82, making them eligible for induction a year from now.

10,000 Maniacs
Adrien Belew
Afrika Bambaataa
Bad Brains
The Bangles
Beastie Boys
Big Country
Cocteau Twins
Culture Club
Don Henley
Everything But The Girl
The Fixx
Janet Jackson
Jimmy Page
Kenny G
Lionel Richie
Marshall Crenshaw
Men At Work
Michael McDonald
Robert Plant
The Smithereens
Sonic Youth
Steve Earle
Talk Talk
Tears For Fears
Twisted Sister
The Waterboys

Some bands kicking around that have been eligible and given the cold shoulder to consider, too, including: The Stooges, The Dave Clark Five, Chic, Joe Tex, Rush, Yes, Genesis, ELO, Joan Jett, Def Leppard, Alice Cooper, Heart, Deep Purple, Pat Benatar … and the artist formerly known as Cat Stevens.

Now if you aren’t sufficiently sated on all things Hall, head to AOL for a treasure trove of past performances and acceptance speeches, plus last night’s party on demand.

So, assuming you had a vote that mattered, who are you putting in the Hall? Choose anyone! Unless it’s Kenny G.