Heaven Knows We’re Miserable Now: Rock Hall Inductees Announced
N.W.A, Cheap Trick, Chicago, Deep Purple, and Steve Miller all make the cut. The Smiths? Not so much.
Back in October, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the nominees for this year’s class. And while the march of time dictates that the music establishment will eventually have to start acknowledging the contribution of bands who didn’t share the stage with Robert Plant, the list of inductees—which was released today—indicates that the Rock Hall folks are willing to play the long game here for as long as it takes.
To that end, this year’s class include Beastie Boys sample source Cheap Trick, guitar-store-riff manufacturers Deep Purple, known space cowboy Steve Miller, and Green Day influence Chicago. And while the Rock Hall did throw us a bone by including N.W.A, it’s still a little disheartening to be reminded that a generation that prided itself on political and artistic progressiveness can’t make room for Janet Jackson, Nine Inch Nails, The Smiths, The Cars, Los Lobos, Chaka Khan, or Chic—who not only helped to perfect disco but whose “Good Times” bassline is responsible for more hits than the entire Class of 2016 combined.
As SPIN reports, the induction ceremony takes place at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on April 8 and will air on HBO in the months following.