2018 Rock Hall Of Fame Nominees: Kate Bush, Judas Priest, Radiohead, Nina Simone, Eurythmics, Depeche

Rolling Stone reports:

The nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2018 are in, and the list includes Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Judas Priest, Kate Bush, the Cars, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, MC5, the Meters, the Moody Blues, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Nina Simone, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Link Wray and the Zombies. The top vote-getters will be announced in December and inducted on April 14th at a ceremony at Public Hall in Cleveland. HBO will broadcast the ceremony later in the year.

To be eligible for this year’s ballot, each nominee’s first single or album had to be released in 1992 or earlier. Some of the nominees have appeared on previous ballots, but this is the first appearance for Kate Bush, Dire Straits, Eurythmics, Judas Priest, the Moody Blues, Radiohead, Rage Against The Machine, Nina Simone and Sister Rosetta Tharpe.

Radiohead and Rage Against the Machine are the only acts to appear on the ballot in their first year of eligibility, while this marks the fifth appearance for the J. Geils Band, the fourth for LL Cool J and the Meters, the third for the Cars, MC5 and the Zombies and the second for Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan and Link Wray.

  • clay

    MC5 and LL Cool J were hugely influential; I’m surprised they weren’t already in.

  • gaycuckhubby

    Nina Simone deserves it. She was a musical genius. On a personal note, she got me through my young closeted teenage years. I listened to her obsessively.
    Her music moved me, comforted me, enraged me and made me a more complete thoughtful person

    • gaycuckhubby

      As a sexually repressed White gay boy 30 years removed from her prime, I connected immediately and viscerally toher music. She taught me how to fight, how to own power and how to be vulnerable

    • iambu

      I want one of her songs played at my funeral.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Me too.

      • MichaelJ

        Me too.
        “I’m just a soul whose intentions are good. Oh Lord, please don’t let me be misunderstood.”

        • iambu

          Excellent choice! That song cuts through me like a knife. My pick is “I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free” and I’ll be requesting a full gospel choir, ’cause despite being an atheist, I love me some classic gospel! No eulogy, and no black garb, everyone must wear their favorite color!

          • MichaelJ

            That would be my kind of funeral.

          • clay

            We wanted Coltrane’s version “Few of My Favorite Things” as the introit, and a Dixieland “When the Saints Go Marching” for a conclusion at my dad’s, but the musician just couldn’t bring himself to play “that music” at volume in the church. We still hate him.

          • iambu

            Ew. I’m sorry some asshat decided your dad’s funeral was the appropriate time to be shitty to you. May the musicians at his own funeral drop notes like damn freshmen. Very little bothers professional musicians more than rookie screwups. I know this ’cause I married one (a musician, not a screwup…).

          • clay

            We got back at him, a little, at my mom’s. Went full classical, but damned difficult arrangements, but then threw in Copland’s “Appalachian Spring”, the whole thing. And we didn’t tip.

          • iambu


          • jixter

            Good music is good music. It doesn’t matter who claims to own it. I’m pretty much atheist, as well, ‘iambu’, but I love Requiems generally, and Faure’s Requiem, in particular.

          • iambu


        • jixter

          ‘Don’t Let Me Be Misunderstood’ was my intro to her, too – only done by The Animals in 1965. It was a big hit for them and Nina likely made herself some decent cash from their cover – although Eric Burdon reported that she didn’t like the way they did it. Still, who would argue with having written a hit song?

          • MichaelJ

            The Animals were my introduction to the song too. There are lots of covers of the song, some better than others, but none really fail because it is such a great song. I especially like Elvis Costello’s. But Nina Simone singing it is always moving.

    • Southeast PDXer

      I remember standing in Tower Records and finding all the listening stations full, except for one. I looked at the CD in place, and it was “Nina Simone – A Single Woman” so I started listening. That album captivated me, and started my love of her music.

      And then years after her death, imagine my surprise when there was a commercial on TV with a song by Nina Simone (Lexus commercial with John Legend talking about listening to her sing “Backlash Blues”) that touched me all over again.

      She’s not just a legend – she’s epic.

      • gaycuckhubby

        Mississippi goddam changed how I viewed my position in the world as a white man. It’s the first time I seriously thought about my privilege. Way before it became trendy to acknowledge it.

    • another_steve

      Nina Simone was a goddess.

      I love her version of “My Father” – a song of Judy Collin’s that has been recorded by many performers, but none as luscious as Simone’s version.


      • iambu

        I am melted…

      • gaycuckhubby

        That one gets me every time!

      • Dazzer

        First of all, thank you for that. I never heard it before and I’m going to play it so many times over the next week. It’s sublime.

        I never met Nina Simone, but I have two goodish stories about her.

        The first came from my first job when I worked for local government in London. It was the time of Walkmans, and because I used to be able to borrow cassette tapes for free from the library, I was working my way through whole collections. Where I was working was a very black, working class neighbourhood (the tabloids used to refer to it as a no-go area – but I never problems). Anyway, on a late bus, I was listening to Nina Simone and singing along loudly (as one did with the early days of Walkmans) to Young, Gifted and Black. I finally looked around the bus and found that every young black person in Peckham was staring at the only white middle-class person on the bus with menace in their eyes.

        Luckily there was one older woman there who saw the funny side and joined in – as did the bus driver. We then launched into Mississippi Goddamn, followed up with My Baby Only Cares for Me. The rest of the bus relaxed and decided it must be an ‘olds’ thing.

        The second story was when two jazz musician friends of mine got married and I bought them a year’s membership to Ronnie Scott’s (the premier jazz club in Britain). Their first gig was Nina Simone. She played about one and a half songs and then launched into an hour-long tirade about how the entire audience were racist imperialist colonial scum who spent their entire lives exploiting black people and their musical heritage. And then she stormed off stage swearing at everyone.

        My friends said it was the best jazz gig they’d ever been to and was an even better present than the groom’s father (who’d bought them half a house!).

        Her Excellency Ms Simone can never be bettered!

        • another_steve

          Great stories, Dazzer. Thanks for telling them.

          Re: “…and then launched into an hour-long tirade about how the entire audience were racist imperialist colonial scum who spent their entire lives exploiting black people and their musical heritage. And then she stormed off stage swearing at everyone.”

          Did your friends think that appropriate at the time? Or was Simone just having a bad night.

          • Dazzer

            She was having a bad night, but she was Nina Simone so she could say whatever the hell she liked and she’d still be the immortal goddess Nina Simone at the end of it. My friends thought it was great.

            They were poor impoverished jazz musicians at the time – they thought they’d hit the big time if they got a gig on a cruise ship. As far as they were concerned, Nina Simone ranting was the greatest thing they’d ever seen.

          • jixter

            Janis Ian has made some interesting comments about Nina; essentially suggesting that she was mentally ill. Janis and her mother, Pearl. had the opportunity to observe Nina backstage, at times, and were left wondering.

            Must be that old “fine line between genius/insanity” rearing its head again.

            I once attended a concert to see Roberta Flack and after about 10 or 15 minutes, she got up off the piano bench and left the stage, never to return.

          • another_steve

            Might be that fine line, jixter. Or it might be drugs and/or alcohol.

            The latter have been known to tempt the rich and famous.

        • jixter

          I’ve never been to London and I’ve always wanted to go to Ronnie Scott’s, you lucky dog.

    • John

      I Love Nina Simone, too. My introduction was her LP “Pastel Blues”. Two songs really grabbed me, the chillingly poignant “Strange Fruit”, and the tour d’force, “Sinner Man”. She had a way with lyrics that captivates, communicates, and endures. I so hope she is inducted into the hall of fame!

  • JoeMyGod
    • clay

      Considering how many people have covered this, including Stevie Wonder, they should be able to make the claim for influence, as well.

      • Beagle

        Stevie wrote the song, so the influence comes from him originally.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I bought this single. I was in middle school.

  • Michael R

    Well it’s too early in the morning for this …


  • JoeMyGod
  • BearEyes

    Glad to see Eurythmics nominated.

    • JCF

      They’re the one act that leapt off the list to me: “what, they’re not ALREADY in???”

      • jixter

        Link Wray, The Moody Blues, The Zombies and the MC5 should have been in decades ago.

  • JoeMyGod

    My favorite ballad by Rufus/Chaka.

  • Butch

    Dire Straits and Eurythmics, definitely.

  • netxtown

    I would like to see Moody Blues get in so that maybe, just maybe I can finally get this out of my head…

    “Late Lament”

    Breathe deep the gathering gloom,
    Watch lights fade from every room.
    Bedsitter people look back and lament,
    Another day’s useless energy spent.
    Impassioned lovers wrestle as one,
    Lonely man cries for love and has none.
    New mother picks up and suckles her son,
    Senior citizens wish they were young.
    Cold hearted orb that rules the night,
    Removes the colours from our sight.
    Red is grey and yellow white.
    But we decide which is right.
    And which is an illusion?

  • JoeMyGod
    • Bryan

      The Frankie Knuckles remix– also delicious…

  • Bob_Barnes

    WHAT??? Kid Rock was passed over again…. outrage!

    • Todd20036

      So was Ted Nugent.

      • DJ John Bear

        Well…goll-eee-gee-wilikers…that’s a shame. /s

    • DJ John Bear


    • jerry

      Well, they did nominate J. Geils Band…which was pretty close to a one-hit wonder.

  • Henry Auvil

    It would be criminally negligent not to honor Radiohead on its first year of eligibility. And why the fuck is Nina Simone not already in there?

  • I may be paranoid, but not an android.


  • Tawreos

    All this great music, set to be enshrined in one of the most boring places on earth.

    • Todd20036

      Canada? *ducks, runs*

      • prixator

        And wouldn’t you Yanks love some of that “boring’ right about now?

    • Duh-David

      Nope. they don’t enshrine them in your trailer park. The Rock Hall is in the Heart of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cleveland Ohio. That grand old city that hosts baseball playoffs and basketball championships and bad football and political conventions and TV series and that sweet Rock & Roll Music.

      Rock Week is one of the highlights of the year. Everyone is in town. Last time, the Roots played my little neighborhood bar, and I got to hang out in the DJ booth with ?uestlove talking music history.

      • Tawreos

        I’ve been tot he Rock Hall and it was one of the more boring places I have ever been.

        • Duh-David

          My friends always like the Hall of One-Hit-Wonders and the costume Hall with all of Michael Jackson and Diana Ross’ gowns, but not much else; yet the Worlds’ Best Nephews ™ want to go each time they’re in town. A guitar that once belonged to Lennon thrills them.

  • Talisman

    Certainly, the Eurythmics & Moody Blues should be inducted.

    I’m one of the few people who despise Radiohead. I find the lead singer’s voice annoying.

    • Dazzer

      I once interviewed Johnny Greenwood from Radiohead. It was at the end of a long world tour and he was a bit spaced (in a tired way – not a drug-enduced way). He was an immensely funny person. He was explaining that once you come off a big tour, you’re reduced to doing your own shopping in a supermarket instead of a flunky catering to your every need.

      At the end of his first big world tour, he was on his own in Sainsbury’s staring at an aubergine (egg plant) and wondering to himself: “I wonder what that is and will someone buy it for me and cook it so I know what it tastes like” until a little old lady came up to him and said: “You must be a student. You pick it up and squeeze it and if it’s slightly soft, it’s ripe so you can buy it. If you like it, you pell off all the purple stuff, slice it and put it in salty water and boil it – then you can have it with with minced meat.”

      He was so happy that someone realised he was an idiot that he did exactly as he was told – and has never eaten aubergine ever since.

      He also said that the band were getting fed up of doing Creep every night, so they were thinking of working on a bossa nova version of it and did I think the fans would like it?

      Even though I find Radiohead a bit miserablist generally, I have a very soft and affectionate spot for them.

  • Todd20036

    Big fan of Depeche Mode. Helped me in my pre-gay years, and I still love their remixes.

    • Gerry Fisher

      I just heard “Personal Jesus” the other day and smiled.

  • DaddyRay

    Thanks for a post that doesn’t make my blood boil first thing in the morning

  • Todd20036

    Is there any reason why more than 1 cannot be inducted at the same time?

    • clay

      (It’s the top 5 vote-getters, not the top 1)

  • TJay229

    Good Noms this year.
    DM has a song about the election on their new cd that is so on point.

  • JoeMyGod

    Chic has been nominated 11 times but never inducted.

    This year they weren’t even nominated, even though Nile Rodgers got a special award at this year’s induction ceremony.

    • CJAS

      There omission is disgraceful. But, it’s consistent with the resentment and backlash the band experienced in America at the time.

  • barrixines

    Nina and Rufus – better late than never. Rufus’ Stompin’ at the Savoy is one of the best live albums ever and one of the few albums i have continued to play regularly from when I bought it thirty years ago. Chaka’s amazing as a solo artist but with Rufus she was incandescent.

    As for Nina – aside from her own compositions, she is one of the greatest interpreters of song ever. For me she sings just about everybody’s songs better than they do themselves and I will include all her Dylan covers. As highly regarded as she is now, I still don’t believe the full genius of her talent is properly recognised. She is on a special plain with only a handful of other artists as her peers.

  • AdamTh

    Teddy Nugent didn’t make the list?

    • greenmanTN

      Great minds and all that….

    • motordog

      I know, right? I guess the terrorists really have won…

  • greenmanTN

    Awww, Ted Nugent was passed over again?


    • He’s not in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, and Curt Schilling isn’t in the Baseball Hall of Fame. And neither of them care about that at all. Really! >.>

      • usorthem3

        Then why does Ted whine about it?

        • It’s a mystery, I tell ya.

  • glass
    • Gerry Fisher

      I think “Here Comes the Rain Again” is my favorite.

      • clay

        “Broken Glass” &
        “Would I Lie to You”
        (& maybe “King & Queen of America”) for me.

        • prixator

          “No More I Love Yous” just kills me (that might just be Annie Lennox solo) but I love all Eurythmics songs I’ve heard, except for Gerry Fisher’s favourite. That one I have heard too many times.

    • Stuck_on_Earth

      Love Annie Lennox.
      Love. Her.

      • glass

        I really wish she would do more music, I really miss her.

  • Texndoc

    Kate Bush. Heathcliff and Cathy. The Red Dress Version. Wuthering wuthering wuthering heights….

    • motordog

      Kate Bush is one of my favorite artists of all time! And, since it is the month of Halloween…

      • Texndoc

        Such a creative force and theatrical, pre Bjork. Pre Gaga. She’s always been a boutique artist, I think she’s only made it to #1 in the UK with “Wuthering Heights”.

    • Todd

      A million votes for Kate Bush. I’ve always loved her and she remains a true artist. The new video she did for And Dream of Sheep last year is beautiful.

      I’d also love to see Eurythmics and Nina Simone inducted.

  • It would be nice if the Moodies finally got their due. But even the members of the band don’t much care anymore at this point.

  • worstcultever

    Holy shit, Kate Bush only now?

    Also, Nina Simone is (was) God.

    Always thought the Hall of Fame was kinda silly anyway.

  • BeckyCrawfordThaThird

    Why isn’t Trump in the list? Fake News !

    I’m kidding, but not really.

  • normadesmond

    Always more white head banger music.

    • usorthem3

      Chaka Khan is metal? How much does Trump pay you to troll? Or is it Russia?

  • Ken M
  • usorthem3

    Pedophile draft dodger Nugent is not going to be happy Chaka Khan got in but he never will.

  • I think Nina Simone is a shoo-in this time if the members want to make a political statement. The only question then is who will get to sing “Mississippi Goddam” at the concert.

  • Harveyrabbit

    What’s to vote amongst all of those great people and bands? Put them all in.

  • TimJ

    All worthy. Now just get Todd Rundgren in the HoF!

  • Rillion

    Going to the Depeche Mode concert in Oakland next week. It will be about the tenth time I’ve seen them.

  • Gerry Fisher

    I have mixed feelings about The Cars (they were certainly a big part of my high school and college sound track, though), but I can’t argue with the rest. I still love to listen to Nina Simone’s “Do I Move You.” Wow. I hadn’t heard of her until I saw the 1990 film, “La Femme Nikita.”

  • Nic Peterson

    Tom Morello has a beautiful mind.

  • HZ81

    I loves me a lot of these artists. Nina should be a lock and surprised she and Dire Straits never made the ballot before.

    Yay Rufus & Chaka, too. Lots of good choices this batch.

  • ChrisInKansas

    How is this only the first nomination for The Moody Blues? I’m not a huge fan, but I would’ve thought with their hits and longevity it was a given. Same for The Cars. Rock politics are weird.

    • Mike in NC

      I think it’s because for a long time the HOF had a bias against progressive rock that has only recently loosened up; it was only last year that they finally inducted Yes after many snubs. I consider the Moodies the pioneers of prog-rock, with their fusion of classical themes and science fiction-ancient mythology oriented lyrics. Not to mention the pioneering use of the Mellotron.

  • LovesIrony

    Wuthering Heights at highest volume

  • MBear

    Popularity contests are such a bore

  • Just Noh

    the first nom for sister rosetta? wtf? ridiculous

  • This Big Every Day!

    Nina Simone once tossed a drink in Dusty Springfield’s face which was rather vulgar.

    • DaveInSF

      Dusty Springfield has been the inspiration for SO many drag queens…

  • Garrett Sparks

    I can’t take them seriously as Carole King is not in the Hall of Fame. I just can’t understand that.

  • Nunya D. Bidness
  • fuzzybits

    All good choices.

  • ghostofjanetflaneur

    Link Wray and the Wraymen. They were the house band at a roughneck biker bar in my hood and were part of the local soundtrack when I was a child. Their record Rumble was banned from certain radio stations because it supposedly incited violence; this back in the late 1950s.

    I saw a video of Led Zeppelin Jimmy Page playing the original 45 of Link Wray’s Jack the Ripper on his record player. He was ecstatic listening to them. I always considered them an old local band and didn’t realize how influential they were.

  • sandollar_man

    depeche mode should be nominated for this major attack on GWB

  • Vinny DeFeo

    The Moody Blues – It’s about damn time!

  • ‘Til Tuesday

    Kate Bush and the Eurythmics would get my votes. Kate Bush I love, and Annie Lennox is a treasure! Annie’s voice is incredible and her career after Dave Stewart has been great.

    Having said that, the RHOF is only as “official” as one considers it to be. It’s a self-proclaimed organization.