…not that we can vote, but where would your gay, disco-dancing loyalties lie if you could? Three, count ’em – three (!) acts that appeal(ed) primarily to gay audiences are up for induction for the 2008 RnR Hall o’Fame ceremonies.
- Donna Summer
Unless RuPaul were on the list – it doesn’t get much mainstream gayer than that.
I kind of have an issue with all of these nominees. Yes, they meet the 25 years + in the business, but are any of them Rock and/or Roll? Technically I don’t think so. But if so, then really Chic is the winner – but I’m not 100% convinced of that either.
Though Chic have not sold the most records of the three, you can hear their influence in other recordings – thanks to Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards. That includes, Debbie Harry, Diana Ross (both inducted) and yes, Madonna.
But now the Hall is hitting 1983 in the potential timeline for nominees and let’s face it – Rock and Roll was becoming sparse. We were moving to new wave, hip hop, rap & and era of nothing but single-serving (as in 45 rpm) soundtracks….most of them featuring Kenny Loggins songs.
Buckle up – because in a year or two, Phil Collins, George Michael and Corey Hart are going to be the lead shoe-ins for induction. …and it will not be pretty.