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NEW YORK - Admit it. When Madonna was writhing around onstage in a wedding gown to "Like a Virgin" years ago, the last place you'd expect to see her was in something called the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Time has a way of changing things. On Monday, Madonna will come to the stage of the Waldorf-Astoria to accept enshrinement. Classmate John Mellencamp, who also churned out hit after hit in the 1980s, will join her.

The Dave Clark Five, whose lead singer Mike Smith died of pneumonia on Feb. 28, are being inducted as well as Philly soul legends Kenny Gamble and Leon Huff, Canadian songwriter Leonard Cohen, surf rockers the Ventures and blues harmonica ace Little Walter.

But Madonna?

She's the pre-eminent pop star of her generation, who stayed a step ahead of trends while adding in shock value to keep herself in the news. Along the way she has made sturdy, state-of-the-art pop such as "Material Girl," "Crazy For You," "Papa Don't Preach," "Cherish," "Like a Prayer," "Vogue" and "Ray of Light."

Yet "if you think of rock 'n' roll, Madonna is not the first name that comes to mind," said Steve Morse, longtime Boston Globe music critic who was a member of the hall of fame's nominating committee for seven years.

He considers her selection, particularly in her first year of eligibility, an embarrassment.

Her music was never played on rock 'n' roll radio, he said. Some veteran rock artists like Deep Purple, the J. Geils Band, Steve Miller and Alice Cooper are still waiting for induction. Morse long and unsuccessfully argued on behalf of the late Gram Parsons.

"It seems like this is driven by commercial achievement and sales, rather than having anything to do with the rock 'n' roll genre," Morse said. "It's really a commercial move. They'll be able to sell more tickets to the museum and more people will watch the broadcast."

With rock's founding fathers already in the hall, the museum has broadened its meaning of rock 'n' roll to include rap and pop artists. Grandmaster Flash last year became the first hip-hop artist to make it.

Madonna, who declined interview requests, will answer on Monday night.

She is being inducted by Justin Timberlake. And, unlike many contemporary artists - Madonna's new album, "Hard Candy," is dropping April 29 - she is not scheduled to perform. Instead, she chose Iggy Pop, the ultimate crawl-around-on-glass punk rocker who shares her Michigan ancestry, to salute her work. laugh.gif

Tom Hanks will induct the Dave Clark Five, the '60s British pop band behind the hit "Glad All Over." Billy Joel will give the speech for Mellencamp, and Lou Reed will speak on behalf of fellow literate songwriter Cohen.

For the second straight year, the cable television station VH1 Classic will show a live broadcast of the induction ceremony.

:o - Don't want to hear Iggy sing Vogue . . .

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Go ahead people, laugh at me.

But I'm glad the Stooges played instead. Iggy sucked on that first number, he was way off key. But other than that I enjoyed it. Then again, I'm a Stooges fan.

If I never hear Madonna again, it'll be too soon.

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Bands that should have already been inducted well before Madonna.

It is after all, the ROCK N ROLL Hall of Fame (not the POP/Dance Hall of Shame):

Should be in now:

Deep Purple (really sad they are not in there)



RUSH (they need to be in there, too)


Grand Funk

Gram Parsons

Boston (EVERY classic rock station plays them)

KISS (their fans band)

Journey (3 decades of Rock/ all the hits/ great musicians)

Foreigner (Another Classic Rock Band with too many hits to count)

Bad Company (again, another pre-requisite for Rock N Roll --- first band on Zep's, Swan Song label too)

Peter Frampton


Blue Oyster Cult

Styx (I don't like Dennis DeYoung's sappy stuff, but their other stuff wasn't bad)

Def Leppard (ok, some might not like them listed here, but they've paid their dues --- more so than Mad donna)

and don't forget Cheap Trick (they've opened for everyone and paid their dues)

In another 10 years or so:

Pearl Jam



Ret Hot Chili Peppers

Sheryl Crow

Lenny Kravitz

Black Crowes


I'm sure you can think of some bands that deserve to be there, too

R B)

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Why the eye roll. Do you disagree?

Sorry about that "eye roll" --- for some reason, on my computer, the eyes do not roll, so I get the image but no eye roll.

So, to say it again.... It was the Post of the Day ! ! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

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Sorry about that "eye roll" --- for some reason, on my computer, the eyes do not roll, so I get the image but no eye roll.

So, to say it again.... It was the Post of the Day ! ! :thumbsup: :thumbsup:

Hey, as long as it's about revolution, then I've got more where that came from...

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