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Yesterday, D.C.’s seminal hardcore heroes Bad Brains were among the 17 groups and artists nominated for inclusion in the 2017 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Is the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame kind of meaningless? Yes. But isn’t it kind of cool that Bad Brains were nominated? Sure. Aren’t there other local bands/artists deserve to be in it as well? Totally. OK then, let’s do this.


Legends. There are too many reasons to list for why Fugazi deserves to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, so I’ll just leave this here:

Chuck Brown

Since we know that one does not need to be a rock ‘n’ roll band to be in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, how about throwing a little love to the Godfather of Go-Go, the one and only Chuck Brown. Mind you, the late Brown will be inducted into a music hall of fame tomorrow.

Rare Essence

And while we’re at it, why limit the go-go entries to just Brown? Rare Essence have kept the beat going in D.C. for as long as the genre’s been around.

John Fahey

John Fahey—the tortured pioneer of American Primitive Guitar—may best be known for his time on the West Coast and Pacific Northwest, but let us not forget the legendary guitarist was born in D.C. and grew up in Takoma Park. A region that remained influential to his music, even long after he left.


Honestly just putting this one in here because the idea of lyricist Daniel Higgs giving an induction speech is cracking me up.

Mary Timony

From Autoclave to Wild Flag to Ex Hex, Mary Timony isn’t just one of the best guitarists in D.C., she’s probably one of the best in the country, full stop.

Ian Svenonius

Because whatever would come out of Spiv’s mouth during the induction ceremony would be pure gold.