The heart of rock and roll is still beating

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Can we talk about something other than Donald Trump, Brett Kavanaugh or Benghazi?
I say we can.
Let’s talk about Def Leppard and Janet Jackson.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its new nominees last week and I have to say that several fall in the “who?” category. Not like the band The Who but bands I’ve never heard of.
On the “who?” list are the following:
• John Prine, a 71-year-old indie folksy-type singer who has a couple of Grammys under his belt. He’s been deemed one of the most influential songwriters of his time by greats such as Bob Dylan.
• Roxy Music, whose entire Wikipedia page I just read and I still can’t tell you any of their songs.
• Todd Rundgren, who has a lot of hits but I think they must have been made before I was born. This name sounds familiar. I feel like I should know who he is but alas, I do not.
• Devo, who I have heard of but only because “Whip It” was on every 1980s compilation cassette tape, followed by Roxy Music, Kraftwerk and MC5.
This is the first time Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks have made the list, and I’d say they’re both slam dunks. I’ve seen Def Leppard in concert twice – once in high school and once in about 2011 – and they put on a heck of a show.
Stevie Nicks is a goddess and I don’t think I have to say much more than that.
Rapper LL Cool J made the list for the fifth time, which is sort of bizarre, considering the only hit anyone knows involves the lyrics “Mama said knock you out.” Ironically, my mother loves LL because she watches him on one of those NCIS shows. I’m pretty sure she doesn’t own any of his albums.
Other nominees include Radiohead (a thousand times yes), The Cure (a thousand times yes) and Rage Against the Machine (um, no).
Janet Jackson also made the list. I think she’s an incredible performer and dancer. Her voice isn’t really going to wow anyone. It’s just OK. Mariah Carey, Christina Aguilera and even Jessica Simpson are better singers, but Janet has a star quality and she’s likeable except for that little “wardrobe malfunction.”
Fans can visit rockhall.com through Dec. 9 to cast your votes for who should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

April Towery is the managing editor of The Sealy News. She can be reached at 979-885-3562 or via email at editor@sealynews.com.

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