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Ladies and gentlemen, allow me to present to you: The 2012 inductees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This recently announced bunch features a few uncharacteristically modern acts, namely, Beastie Boys, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Guns N' Roses. You might read this as a grab for headlines in music publications, or garnering more interest. If this is a trend they want to continue, there are plenty of candidates that would turn heads:

Pixies - It's hard to imagine this not happening eventually, but next year when their debut album Come On Pilgrim turns 25, they'll officially become eligible for induction. The Pixies have had a tremendous influence on many of the bands in alternative and indie that came after; It was 1988's Surfer Rosa that directly led to Nirvana's Nevermind. Their successful mid-decade reunion tour shows that there's still plenty of love and enthusiasm for the band, which makes their candidacy the perfect blend of historical importance and modern relevance.

Public Enemy - If the Foundation is serious about including hip-hop in their broad definition of rock and roll as modern popular music, they will need to honor Public Enemy in 2013. There's a certain symbolism to inducting someone as soon as they're eligible, and after rejecting Eric B & Rakim this year, it would do them well to include the seminal rap group when the light turns green. I refuse to make a pun about a nation of millions holding them back, but it would be an inexplicable misstep to snub Public Enemy.

Bad Religion - I wouldn't be surprised if this never happens, and if it does, I'm sure there would be plenty of reasonable dissent. But in my eyes, Bad Religion is the band that took the political aspect of punk rock the farthest in mainstream spotlight. Their induction would be a recognition of their long career, prolific output and impact as a band and as businessmen in independent music. As of now, the Rock Hall has only recognized punk's original pillars in the Sex Pistols, the Ramones and The Clash. As we get on in our years, they're going to have to look past the first generations of young genres eventually.

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The String Quartet Tribute to Pixies Available at iTunes and Amazon

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Vitamin String Quartet Salutes Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame

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1. Atlantic City (originally performed by Bruce Springsteen) 2. Imagine (originally performed by John Lennon) 3. Back in Black (originally performed by AC/DC) 4. Dazed and Confused (originally performed by Led Zeppelin) 5. Heart Of Gold (originally performed by Neil Young) 6. Iron Man (originally performed by Black Sabbath) 7. The Unforgiven (originally performed by Metallica) 8. Maggie May (originally performed by Rod Stewart) 9. Changes (originally performed by David Bowie) 10. God Only Knows (originally performed by The Beach Boys) 11. Hurts So Good (originally performed by John Mellencamp) 12. Bohemian Rhapsody (originally performed by Queen)

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Green Day’s Armstrong, Phish’s Anastasio To Welcome Rock and Roll Hall of Fame 2010 Inductees

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There’s pretty much no achievement of rock and roll that’s as esteemed and celebrated as being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It’s basically the Holy Grail, at least, by some people’s standards. And every year, the music players and fans around the world wait to hear which bands or individuals made the cut. This year’s inductees include: iconic punk band, the Stooges, prog pillars Genesis, reggae’s Jimmy Cliff, the Hollies and the glitter gods of my dreams, Abba. Talk about your musical pu pu platter. Maybe I can only speak for myself here, but whenever RRHF induction time comes around, I’m almost as excited to hear who will be presenting and performing as I am to know who’s getting the golden ticket. In 2010, New York’s Waldorf-Astoria will be graced by Phish’s Trey Anastasio, Green Day’s Billie Joe Armstrong, Wyclef Jean and the E Street Band’s Steven Van Zandt, all of whom will be there to introduce and honor the inductees. And provide a little aural entertainment, naturally. I’ve got my fingers super crossed for Iggy Pop to join all of the aforementioned artists for a superstar power jam. I’m just sayin’. Given how the world of rock and roll is frequently littered with bouts of drug addiction, legal woes, creative differences, getting on and off of wagons and just generally unpleasant nonsense, it’s always a lovely breath of fresh air when the music industry can collectively shake off their icky baggage for one night and come together in celebration of the accomplishments of their peers and, if they’re very lucky, themselves. Man, that sounds like a cheesy inspirational speech. But what the hell…it’s the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If you can’t be acceptably cheesy about this, then I don’t know what to think about the world anymore.

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