On the eve of the next Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions, I want to take a detour from my usual posts, and talk about some of the great ladies who are NOT in the Hall. After all it is also Women's History Month .
Madonna is being inducted tomorrow, sorry to her fans, but a less rock and roll lady I can't imagine. Well ok Lindsey Lohan maybe. Yes Madonna has been influential to some, but she is as pure pop as it gets. I like pop, but thats not rock, Sometimes it clearly crosses over, others not.
So lets looks at some rocker gals who have yet to be considered.
Heart- seriously, who can not say these ladies don't rock. yes some of those 80s song went pop, but they had some edge,and the early stuff (Baracuda anyone ?) kicked ... umm butt. They had guitars and a voice that shines, and rocked, case closed.
Joan Jett- a more fierce female rocker isn't out there. Never a huge commercial success except for those famous ones, she is still out there doing her thing and deserves to be in for " I Love Rock and Roll " alone. It could be that hall theme song after all.
Pat Benatar- She has gone in and out of pop at times, but she kicks it.Her early albums were seminal for me, even at a young age. In her leather and red lips, looking pretty and like she could hurt you at the same time, she was one of the first women to show us youngsters that we could be gals and not girly. " You Better Run" indeed.
Joan Baez- Until I decided to do this piece, I didn't even realize she wasn't already in there. Way before my time, but an icon . She has been the ringleader for long. How can she not be in there?
Now I remember when there was such a stink for years that Black Sabbath wasn't being inducted. Right. So where is the righteous indignation on behalf of these ladies? Thankfully Blondie and Chrissie Hynde finally made it, but lets hope that wasn't a bone thrown to the ladies who wait in the wings.
Madonna can't even be bothered to show up apparently.
Any thoughts ?? Let me know and thanks for indulging a little off topic rant.