The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
Our guess for inductees? We say it'll be Public Enemy, Randy Newman and Deep Purple. Though we love Chic and the late great Donna Summer, there is still a huge backlash against "disco" and it seems like they'll have to wait a few more years to get it recognized as a legitimate genre to honor. N.W.A will also have to wait, since they'll only pick one rap group and Public Enemy is more deserving as they were trailblazers for 'political' and socially conscious hip-hop and they've also simply been around longer (the Hall of Fame tends to err on the side of seniority when it comes to picking inductees). Kraftwerk may have had a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art this year, but they're electronic and disco and no guitars. Deep Purple is real rock 'n' roll and not too wimpy and prog like Procol Harum and Rush (despite their fervent fan base). Blues is a tough genre -- it's obscure, but the Hall of Fame love their roots, and it's always good to have somebody to jam with (cf. Randy Newman). Sadly, however, Albert King and Paul Buttefield are both dead. They're deserving, but it's doubtful. Of the three non-disco female artists/groups nominated, we'd say it might go to Joan Jett (although Heart's "Crazy On You" is an amazing, amazing jam), but, unfortunately, it looks like a year without any female inductees. The Meters? Don't bet on it.