The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame class of 2010 runs the gamut from the progenitors of bloody-knuckle punk rock, the [artist id="313"]Stooges[/artist], to the group that made candy-colored disco sing-alongs a worldwide obsession, [artist id="1391"]ABBA[/artist].
According to Rolling Stone, the Detroit-bred architects of “Raw Power” and the Swedish pop tarts are among a group of inductees that also includes long-running prog-rock-turned-radio-pop group [artist id="1077"]Genesis[/artist], reggae icon Jimmy Cliff and 1960s English rock group the Hollies.
The 25th annual induction ceremony will return to New York’s Waldorf Astoria on March 15, 2010, after taking a detour to Cleveland — home of the actual Hall of Fame building — for last year’s ceremony, which enshrined Metallica, Run-DMC and Jeff Beck. The induction of the Stooges will end a long journey for Iggy Pop’s band, after seven missed opportunities.
“We’ve been rejected seven times, and we would have set a record, I think, if it happened again,” Pop told Rolling Stone. “It started to feel like Charlie Brown and the football. I had about two hours of a strong emotional reaction after hearing the news. It felt like vindication. Then I kind of scratched my head and thought, ‘Am I still cool? Or is that over now?’ ”
Even more surprised was ABBA co-founder Benny Andersson, who said, “I didn’t think this would happen, because we were a pop band, not a rock band. … Being a foreigner from the North Pole, this feels really good.”
And while the Hall of Fame has lured a number of notoriously quarrelsome bands out of retirement for one more ride at the induction ceremony — including the Talking Heads and Led Zeppelin — it’s unlikely that the four former members of ABBA will be squeezing into their bedazzled aquamarine jumpsuits for one more go-round, since the bandmembers have repeatedly turned down hundreds of millions to reunite since their split in 1983.
“The people who are really fond of ABBA for what we did, I think we are doing them a favor by not going out,” Andersson said, although he did not rule it out entirely. “It’s 99 against 1 [odds], though.”
Among the nominees not making the list this time around were first-timers LL Cool J, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Kiss and singer/songwriter Laura Nyro. Some repeat nominees also got left off again, including disco queen Donna Summer and girl-group icons Darlene Love and the Chantels.
To be eligible for the Rock Hall, an act must have released its first single or album 25 years before the nomination.
The Ahmet Ertegun Award for non-performers will be given to record executive David Geffen, as well as songwriters Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil (“You’ve Lost That Lovin’ Feelin’,” “Somewhere Out There”), Ellie Greenwich and Jeff Barry (“Be My Baby,” “Da Doo Ron Ron”), Jesse Stone (“Shake, Rattle and Roll”), Mort Shuman (“Viva las Vegas,” “This Magic Moment”) and Otis Blackwell (“Fever,” “Great Balls of Fire,” “Don’t Be Cruel”).
The presenters and performers will be announced in early 2010.