It's a good day for bad boys: First-time nominees Green Day, Nine Inch Nails and Morrissey's the Smiths, plus Lou Reed and N.W.A., are all on the ballot for the 2015 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Depending on how voting goes, that could be quite the incendiary jam session on April 18, 2015.
And by incendiary, I mean they might just burn the Cleveland joint to the ground.
Other nominees announced Thursday include Sting (who's already in as a member of the Police), the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Kraftwerk, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, the Spinners, War, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Bill Withers. Top vote-getters (the public gets a say along with artists and industry mucketies) will be announced sometime at the end of this year. (Artists are eligible 25 years after their first recording — yes, Green Day fans, you're getting old.)
Of course, along with the noms comes the usual harrumphing about who DIDN'T get a mention yet again: Chicago, Journey, Cheap Trick, Devo, the Moody Blues, Pat Benatar — and on and on with the bad-mouthing of the Jann Wenner-led institution.
If you're handicapping this year's possible inductees, enduring punk-pop trio Green Day seems like a lock, as does the late, beloved Reed (who's already in with the Velvet Underground). Withers, the soulful voice behind Lean on Me, Ain't No Sunshine and Lovely Day, is due, too.
Trent Reznor has buzz these days as the composer for David Fincher's flicks — including new hit Gone Girl — but the industrial rage of his shock-rocking Nine Inch Nails might have to wait a bit. (That said, Green Day and NIN were the only 2015 possibles to land on the ballot in the first year of eligibility, a sign the Rock Hall adores them.)
Jett deserves entry for sheer force of awesomeness, and being one of the few female icons on the list should help her cause. Plus the Rock Hall — which still has the air of hipster inclusivity — has been letting its snobby hair down a bit. Last year's class included Kiss and Hall and Oates. The approach to rap has always been fickle, but N.W.A., which included heavyweights Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, would be a smart, swaggering addition.
If you want to let your fanboy and fangirl voices be heard, you can vote on rollingstone.com until Dec. 9.
Sean Daly can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow @seandalypoplife.