Varacchi’s Rock Hall Ballot
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced the nominees for the Class of 2017.
Here's the list you can vote from:
Bad Brains...Chaka Khan...Chic...Depeche Mode...ELO...the J. Geils Band...Jane’s Addiction...Janet Jackson...Joan Baez...Joe Tex...Journey...Kraftwerk...MC5...Pearl Jam...Steppenwolf...the Cars...the Zombies...Tupac Shakur...Yes.
Okay, you can ONLY VOTE FOR FIVE, so here's my list:
Pearl Jam - clearly, a slam-dunk inductee into the Hall.
Jane's Addiction - a small discography, but the influence is indisputable.
Depeche Mode - I might lose some of my classic rock cred, but I do have an affinity for the electronic stuff. I know Kraftwerk should probably get in ahead of Depeche Mode, but in terms of personal taste, I lean towards DM.
Joan Baez - A true counter-culture icon, deserves to be in the Hall.
I ran into a big problem picking my 5th...Bad Brains need to make it, MC5 should, the Cars & the Zombies both deserve it, it's incredibly hard to keep out ELO and Yes...but in the end, my final vote goes to Journey. Hits aplenty, mainstream success, lasting legacy.
What five will you choose?