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Don't be Stooges; vote them in

Written by Scott Mervis on .

Iggy PopThe folks who pull the lever on Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees got a big dose of The Stooges last year when Madonna helped Iggy and company crash the party.

Now it's time for them to do the right thing and open the door to The Stooges, a band that sounded like punk rock years before the Sex Pistols and The Clash came along.

Those also nominated for the Class of ‘09 are Metallica, Run D.M.C. (the second rap act), Jeff Beck, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War, Bobby Womack and Chic.

Five will make it - and you can bet on Metallica, Run D.M.C. and probably Beck.

Among those newly eligible that the Hall passed over are Stevie Ray Vaughan, who revived the blues-rock scene in the early '80s and generally blew people away; the never-popular-with-critics Bon Jovi; and The Smiths, left off just to make Morrissey feel even more martyred.

Of course, there notable snubs from the list of the already eligible: shock-rockers Kiss and Alice Cooper, plus the whole art-rock crowd: Genesis, Yes, Peter Gabriel, King Crimson and Rush.

Now that we're on our second rap act, isn't it time for Peter Gabriel to be in the Hall of Fame in one way or another?

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