Chicago on Their Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction: ‘I Had No Idea It Would …

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Gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A. win Rock Hall of Fame nod.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2016 inductees Thursday morning, reports Entertainment Weekly, the list honouring Steve Miller, Cheap Trick, N.W.A., Chicago and Deep Purple. This year’s full list of nominees, which was revealed in October, included Janet Jackson, The Smiths, The Cars, Chic, The J.B.’s, Chaka Khan, Los Lobos, Nine Inch Nails, The Spinners and Yes. The museum to popular music said it will also induct Midwestern US rockers Cheap Trick and Chicago, British hard rock forbearers Deep Purple, and psychedelic bluesman Steve Miller as its 2016 class. Thanks to N.W.A.’s biopic, Straight Outta Compton, they’re back in the spotlight and have finally earned a spot on the list, after being nominated three times before. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful nominations in a year when a movie about the group’s career, “Straight Outta Compton,” was a box-office hit.

Pop singer Janet Jackson, English progressive rock band Yes and Britain’s The Smiths were among those on the short list but who failed to make the cut this time. Their hard-core tales of life on the street on songs like “F– the Police” made them a provocative chart presence in the late 1980s and influenced an empire of other acts. Deep Purple, formed in England in 1968, are regarded as heavy metal pioneers thanks to their ear-splitting live shows, ground-breaking albums and flagship track Smoke On The Water. It means that the group’s mark is kind of solidified. “It’s all legitimised in a way because the whole music industry has to honor the group in a way…

I think the movie helped to get people to remember that.” The inductees will be honored at the annual ceremony on April 8 at Brooklyn’s Barclays Centre. Guitarist Miller came out of the San Francisco rock scene and became a dependable maker of pop hits like “Take the Money and Run,” ”Fly Like an Eagle,” ”Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love.” Midwestern favorites Cheap Trick succeeded with a highly amped version of Beatles-influenced melodies on hits “Surrender” and “Dream Police.” Their “Live at Budokan” album is one of rock’s best-known live sets. The inducted members of Deep Purple include most of those from its classic period of the late 1960s to mid-70s: Ritchie Blackmore, Ian Gillan, Jon Lord, Roger Glover, Ian Paice, Rod Evans, Glenn Hughes and David Coverdale, the New York Times reported.

But it does not include Nick Simper, the band’s founding bassist, or Tommy Bolin, who played guitar on only one studio album (“Come Taste the Band,” 1975). While initially taking up political themes, Chicago turned into the quintessential soft rock band with a slew of radio-friendly ballads such as “If You Leave Me Now,” “Hard to Say I’m Sorry” and “You’re the Inspiration.” Steve Miller, while born in Wisconsin, became a leading force in the cultural mix in San Francisco in the 1960s as he experimented with jazz, blues and other American roots music.

He told Billboard magazine: “I’m stunned by the news and baffled at how it works and had given up thinking about it, so it was a very pleasant surprise,” Miller, who’s getting into the Rock Hall after his first time on the ballot. Cheap Trick moved swiftly to capitalize on the honor, announcing Thursday they had signed a new deal with Taylor Swift’s label, Big Machine Records. Brushed off by some as simple power-pop, The Cars were actually at the forefront of the synthesizer movement, which would go on to affect numerous bands, including a few Rock Hall inductees.

Everyone from Beck and Kylie Minogue borrowed from Duran Duran’s highly successful formula of style and well-written songs that stand the test of time. I don’t know if I’d go that far, but Houston had one of the greatest pop voices ever and her influence can be felt in just about every female pop star since. Judas Priest’s status as a Rock Hall snub is all the more shocking given that the museum already inducted Black Sabbath, the other godfathers of the metal genre, years ago.

Nominated just once in 16 years of eligibility, the punk rock legends were just as influential as The Stooges and Velvet Underground, both of which have already been inducted. Pearl Jam and Nirvana overshadowed them, but Soundgarden was the first band from the grunge era to break out into the mainstream, thus paving the way for the rest.

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