Punk's forefathers were less than pleased when they were inducted in 2006. Johnny Rotten penned a letter to the Hall, calling it a "piss stain" and saying "we're not your monkey." The executive director Susan Evans replied with, "They are being the outrageous punksters that they are, and that’s rock and roll.” It's really not punk if it's not co-opted, right?
New inductee Paul Stanley of Kiss is not a happy camper. He recently told the Associated Press his discrepancies with the Rock Hall, beginning with the fact that the organization only inducts original lineups of bands.
"In the Grateful Dead’s case, [they] also inducted a writer who never played an instrument... or they’ve inducted rap artists, or they’ve inducted people who have been in the band for seven years as opposed to... 25 years or 20 years—whatever their criteria of this week is.”
He ended with "So, in this case, very clearly the tail doesn’t wag the dog, and Kiss is a big dog, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a small tail.” Ouch!
Joe Elliott recently ranted to Billboard about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, comparing it to a meaningless—not to mention, unprofitable—version of the Academy Awards:
"I imagine the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame as this board table with six Mr. Roboto’s sitting around, faceless tuxedo-wearing prats. This is the way I look at it as there are two hats. They pull out the one, 'Def Leppard, Bon Jovi, Kiss, Motley Crue, f**k that, no.” “Leonard Cohen, John Cougar Mellencamp, Bruce Springsteen, Tom Petty, REM, the Pixies, we want all them in because they’re cool. We don’t want Ratt, we don’t want Poison.'"
Frontwoman Chrissie Hynde dissed the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when her band The Pretenders were inducted, complaining that the organization tries to turn music into "sports."
In an interview with the New York Post Hynde stated, "I hate to be a spoilsport, but I don't like the way the music industry turns the music world into sports, as if it's competitive. I mean, if someone's in, then who's not in? You can't say how much music has affected or moved someone. It's just too personal. So I didn't feel too great about it."
Young was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1997 for his time in Buffalo Springfield—his second time—but refused the honor. When he found out VH1 was planning on broadcasting the ceremony, the legendary musician stated, "The VH1 Hall of Fame presentation has nothing to do with the spirit of Rock and Roll. It has everything to do with making money." Outraged with the direction the Hall was taking, Young wrote a letter.
In an interview with MTV, Daryl Hall compared the Rock Hall to Playboy, chastising the organization for their fascination with nostalgia. "The difference between me and other people in my generation running out of steam and relying on the past," Hall explained. "I guess you could say I don’t really give a sh-t. To me, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is like Playboy magazine: it’s past its 'sell by' date."