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This morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2008 induc...

Just kidding! We actually did read the list. Then we re-read it to make sure it was for real. The 2008 class?

Leonard Cohen
The Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith)
John Mellencamp
The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson)

OK, Madonna's an obvious one. The rest, while deserving to varying degrees, seem more like "Tony Perez" picks - performers who have been on the fence for a while but in a weak year were finally let in. Compare this year's class to some others.

2002: Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Gene Pitney, the Ramones, Talking Heads.

1997: The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Jackson Five, Joni Mitchell, Parliament/Funkadelic, the Rascals.

1992: Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the M.G.s, Johnny Cash, the Isley Brothers, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam & Dave, the Yardbirds.

1987: The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, Jackie Wilson.

One isn't quite like the others, don't you agree? What are your thoughts on the class of 2008? (And by the way, we're putting our money on the CEO of Chevy giving the Coug's induction speech.)

By David Malitz |  December 13, 2007; 4:18 PM ET Hall of Fame
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My mom will be stoked that Dave clark Five is on the list.

Seriously. She loves 'em.

Posted by: md | December 13, 2007 4:48 PM

John Mellencamp, DC5, and The Ventures over Chic? Did any of the Hall voters see Nile Rodgers' and Bernard Edwards' resumes?

Posted by: ML | December 13, 2007 5:30 PM

"He's gonna turn us into vampires, and we'll all be dead, and yet still alive... like Leonard Cohen!"

Who else misses The Young Ones from their juvenile days?

Posted by: SSMD | December 13, 2007 5:33 PM

Go to to see who's not in that could be. I can't believe some of the acts that still aren't there when this group of losers is inducted: The Moody Blues, Deep Purple, Free, Genesis, Jethro Tull, Steppenwolf, Alice Cooper, Blind Faith, Chicago, Yes, Badfinger, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Mountain, Supertramp, Electric Light Orchestra, Little Feat, Thin Lizzy, Blue Öyster Cult, Peter Frampton, Styx, Rush, Bad Company, Judas Priest, Kansas, KISS, Journey, Boston, Heart, Cheap Trick, Foreigner, Peter Gabriel, The Cars, The Cure, Joy Division, X...

Posted by: Hemisphire | December 13, 2007 5:48 PM

Leonard Cohen is an actual artist whose value exists outside considerations of popularity. The Dave Clark Five were just another marginally talented group who rode to US fame on the coat tails of the Beatles. Madonna is almost entirely a phenomenon of skillful PR.

Posted by: azjim | December 14, 2007 7:40 AM

I think the "We gotta let 5 nominees in every year no matter what" mindset is what kills these lists. Dave Clark 5? Really? Why? Freddie and the Dreamers just too esoteric for the Hall?

Posted by: Claude | December 14, 2007 9:33 AM

Thanks for the link, Hemisphire.

My Top Ten List of Worthy Artists Not Yet Inducted in the Hall of Fame (alphabetical):

The Cure
Dick Dale
The E Street Band
Husker Du
Joy Division
Sonic Youth
The Stooges
T. Rex
Richard Thompson
Tom Waits

Posted by: SSMD | December 14, 2007 10:10 AM

Remember, it's a Hall of FAME, not a Hall of Unjustly Unrecognized Artistic Merit. So when your favorite band doesn't get in, just write a cathartic poem about it in your diary or journal and move on.

Posted by: Phil | December 14, 2007 12:25 PM

The HOF need to grow a pair, quit being bullied by Phil Spector, and induct Ronnie Spector and The Ronnettes. They are long overdue to be canonized, yet Phil Spector's grudge has kept them out.

Posted by: circle gets the square | December 14, 2007 12:49 PM

hey Circle, what influence does Phil Spector have over all the people that vote?

I know he's famous and whatnot but his public image isn't exactly tops at the moment so i'm not sure why that alone would keep the Ronnettes out of the HOF. Is he president of the HOF (sorry but i'm a bit ignorant about how the structure of the HOF).

Posted by: around | December 14, 2007 1:38 PM

sorry, let me do that last sentance again:

Is Spector president of the HOF or have some sort of influence? I'm a bit ignorant about the structure of the HOF and how they choose their inductees. Thanks!

Posted by: around | December 14, 2007 1:40 PM

Is it weird that I'm really stoked for the Ventures?

Posted by: shf | December 14, 2007 2:09 PM

Mellencamp certainly deserves to be in there, even with that recent horrid misteep with the Chevy comercial. Madonna? Well, rock and roll is a euphamism for sex so....

Posted by: EricS | December 14, 2007 2:15 PM

Um, the Ronettes were inducted last year. Phil sent 'em a telegram from jail.

Posted by: hannnah | December 14, 2007 5:00 PM

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is located in Cleveland. This explains every poor decision they have ever made. The fact that certain decisions are "no-brainers" is the only way Clevelanders could ever have made them.

Posted by: Lindemann | December 16, 2007 12:13 AM

The Hall of Shame is a joke. Another place I will never need to go.

Posted by: Tyler Durden | December 27, 2007 1:56 PM

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