Did you know you can vote today? Yes, they’ve opened up the voting for The Rock Hall to the general populace. The fans. You! The brain trust that runs the Hall has a poll where you can choose from the nominees. The winners of that poll will be considered one ballot of more than 600 to choose the inductees. That’s right, one in six hundred! Under 0.1666667%! That is not your vote alone, but the winners of the votes of all of fandom, contributes almost 1/5 of a percent. That means your vote is less significant than your vote for Ross Perot was.
Unfortunately, the Tap was overlooked again and there are no write-in votes, so you options are limited to: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A., Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer. But there’s no reason I can see why you can’t stuff the ballot box. You probably can’t vote more than once from one computer, but vote from your phone, your tablet, your home computer, your work computer, your office mate’s office compter. Next time you’re in a library or the Apple Store, go to each computer, each iPhone, each iPad and vote. And if you have an iPad Mini, I’m jealous.
The upside of this is that Rush is leading the fan poll, and while it might take a few times around for pioneers like The Meters (funk) or Kraftwerk (electronica/dance) to get in, I imagine Public Enemy will make it (and maybe N.W.A. too).
Other than that, Donna Summer will probably be a sentimental voter favorite. HoF voters are probably old enough to remember when Randy Newman wrote songs that weren’t Pixar soundtracks, but I doubt he’ll get in. I don’t see why Procol Harum would make it. And despite the lobbying efforts of the Paul Butterfiled Fund and Society (for real), I would expect he and his blues band would be better recognized as side performers than as their work as a band. You could say the same for Chic. Deep Water may have written the first rif most guitarists learn, but I don’t think that’s sufficient. Heart? Well, I’ll reserve my opinion until I get back into the tourney. The Marvelettes were no Supremes, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were no Runaways. Albert King, heck yeah, but if he hasn’t gotten in by now, I can’t see that he will this year.
My predictions: Definitely Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Rush. Probably Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — everybody loves her. The last slot could be Heart making it a very female centric year. Or could be N.W.A., making it a very big hip-hop year. Possible, I suppose the baby-boomers could bring in The Marvelettes, Procol Harem, Paul Butterfield Blues Band or maybe even Albert King, but I’m thinking probably not.
Vote or not? Sure. Can’t hurt. Like my grandfather said; vote early, vote often. Voting goes until Dec 3rd.
(But be sure to vote today for the other election, if for no other reason than to celebrate the end of this miserable campaign season).