I think if you lined Baloos list up next to the list of current HOF members and asked people to guess which list was the HOF one, everyone would think his list was the members list.
Well, to be fair, the RnR HOF does get the layups right. I mean, they've got Dylan, the Stones, the Beatles, Led Zeppelin, etc. But they've also amazingly took three years to induct David Bowie, Pink Floyd, and Steely Dan. I don't get how those weren't 1st ballot, inner circle, slam dunk inductions.
To those criticizing rap and disco/dance getting in: You're wrong. Look at the very first people inducted. Here's the first class:
The Everly Brothers
Fats Domino -- not rock
James Brown -- not rock
Jerry Lee Lewis
Ray Charles -- not rock
Sam Cooke -- not rock
Robert Johnson -- not rock
OK, I'll give em a pass on Robert Johnson as a "foundation" artist, but Ray Charles? I love Ray Charles, but he's not a rock artist. Neither is James Brown, the Godfather of Soul.
The Hall then inducted Hank Williams (country), Smokey Robinson (Motown), BB King (blues), Aretha Franklin (soul), Lead Belly (folk), Johnny Cash (country), the Supremes (girl group), Ricky Nelson (pop rock), Marvin Gaye (Motown) all in the first five years of existence (and whole heck of a lot more non-rock acts). The RnR HOF has honored non rock acts FROM THE VERY BEGINNING. To then turn around and say disco and hip hop don't make the cut is slicing the bread pretty thin. That horse is out of the barn. The rock Hall has never excluded non-rock acts. NEVER.
What gets me is that the Hall is honoring second tier older acts now. People are suggesting Mountain and Uriah Heep? Really? OK, I can see the case for Yes, mainly because prog is horribly under-represented, but know what's really under-represented more than any genre? Rock n roll than anyone under the age of 40 listened to. The Hall has completely whitewashed away the 80s rock scene, mainly because it didn't happen on major labels.
OK, I'll spot them hair metal. They should probably throw them a sop as well (come on in, Def Leppard!). But not having the trio of Sonic Youth, the Replacements, and the Pixies just demonstrates how out of touch the museum is. How do you write the history of rock without these bands? This isn't a second tier act like Heart (who I like), but these were the giants of their era. They defined 80s music (as did Duran Duran and INXS, also not in). It's just that they have no idea what pop music was after 1977.
The HOF is a museum to the Baby Boomers. I'm not interested.