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I am overjoyed at The Hollies getting in. Both they and Genesis are very, very deserving, but have never been nominated before. I'd say that expanding the number of nominations (12, up from 9) worked well. I'm not really convinced that Abba should be considered rock, and there are several nominees I'd have taken over the Stooges, but none of that is remotely close to killing my buzz over The Hollies getting in.
Abba wouldn't be the first act I'd think of when you say 'rock and roll,' but it's hard to deny their influence in the pop world. Kind of surprised the Chilis didn't get in but they'll stick around on the ballot for plenty of more chances.
Kirk, crackers are a family food. Happy families. Maybe single people eat crackers, we don't know. Frankly, we don't want to know. It's a market we can do without.
Here's the thing: Of course ABBA isn't rock and roll. What does "rock and roll" really mean? Is that a term that's been used unironically outside of a town council meeting in Footloose in the last 50 years? Do people still play "rock and roll," with the exception of ... I don't know, Brian Setzer?
My friend Georgy bought his album and really likes it. I saw him open for Jeff Tweedy last year (actually, I skipped No Way Out `01 for that show) and enjoyed his set. He was the singer for the "next-Silverchair-of-`97" band Radish, ya know.