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Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Campaign to Get Snubbed Bands Into the Rock Hall

Posted By on Thu, Sep 29, 2011 at 11:30 AM

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Earlier this week, the nominations for the 2012 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced and the responses fell into three familiar and predictable categories. 1) Meh. The Rock Hall is irrelevant. 2) Sure, those bands are finally getting their due. Cool. 3) Whaaaaattttt?!?! My favorite band was snubbed again. OMGZZ!Z!Z This injustice must be corrected. I solemnly swear upon my copy of "Alive!" that I will make things right.

Off the top of our heads, here's a shortlist of bands folks have the most beef with the Rock Hall for not including: Kiss, Rush, Moody Blues, Chicago, Deep Purple, The Guess Who, Yes, Cheap Trick, Def Leppard, Emerson Lake & Palmer, King Crimson, and Judas Priest. Of course, there's other bands that have a more legitimate qualm. And, for every guy tooting the horn for Rush, there's some guy out there ranting that it's ridiculous that the Rock Hall continues to snub Frankie Goes to Hollywood.

Some fans are more proactive than others in their quest to get their favorite band into the hallowed halls off Lake Erie. The Washington Post focuses on a couple in this feature, specifically a Cleveland man driving the "Get Duran Duran Into the Rock Hall" skinny-tie train.

Meet Kirk Harrington.

The 39-year-old statistical analyst, husband and father of three lives in Cleveland, home of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, and founded a group two years ago called “Duran Duran to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.”

As its title pretty clearly implies, the organization — which actually has a small staff (albeit volunteer) — is dedicated to persuading the Rock Hall’s decision-makers to finally induct the Fab Five. The New Romantic group that largely launched the music video revolution and produced enduring hits like “Hungry Like the Wolf” and “Notorious” first became eligible for consideration in 2006, 25 years after its first, self-titled album was released. But Duran Duran has never come up on the Hall’s list of nominees for induction.

“This band has inspired me all of my life,” Harrington explained via telephone, adding that he didn’t realize Duran wasn’t already in the Hall until he moved to Cleveland and saw a T-shirt on the wall at a local Applebee’s that listed every inducted artist and band.

“Their name wasn’t on the list, and I thought, that can’t be right,” he said.

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“I think more awareness needs to be raised about Duran Duran,” Harrington says with the utmost sincerity. “But I think it will happen.”

What color ribbon do we wear for "Duran Duran" awareness month?

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