Look, we should all get over the fact that the Rock 'N' Roll Hall of Fame boasts more pop inductees that actual rockers but once again the dipshit who let his baby, which was once a vital music magazine (Rolling Stone), turn into a deplorable over-glorified fashion and political rag fails to recognize the brilliance of the Stooges.
I don't get how you induct ANY punk rock group (Blondie, Ramones, Clash, Sex Pistols) into that clique and continue to snub the band that pretty much started it all. If it weren't for the Stooges the Ramones would have never found one another just like without a shared fondness for Chuck Berry Jagger and Richards wouldn't have meshed. So, for Iggy and Co. I say, FUCK YOU, Jan Wenner. Die already.
On the plus side (and believe it or not there is a plus side for me here) Leonard Cohen got the nod along with surf-gods the Ventures. Cohen was an easy choice (and a right one) but man am I stoked for the Ventures. "Tequila" and "Pipeline" are genuine rock 'n' roll classics and the band, along with legend Link Wray (also snubbed), pushed the limits of the guitar in the rock 'n' roll world. Music would not be where it is (or maybe wouldn't have progressed so rapidly) without those artists.
It's a shame innovation and genius are so rarely rewarded while cunts like Madonna horde the glory. Sure, the bitch humped a stage in a wedding dress but what has she really contributed in substance, rather than aesthetic, to rock 'n' roll? Nothing. Madonna is a crucial history footnote in POP music and exemplifies the immediate power of MTV even in its infancy, but when it comes to contributions...other than inspiring a new generation of vapid skanks to up the ante, (Lohan, Hilton, Brittany) her tangible offerings don't equal shit. Like her own beliefs, Madonna was, is nothing more than a trend. She just managed to evolve well enough and cause such an intense initial impact that she will never fade out, no matter how many shitty albums, religions, fake accents and movies she devotes herself to. Now, let's all hope she at least thanks her gash for getting her where she is today instead of talent.