Last year the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame welcomed American punk rockers, this year it’s poised to induct the Brits.
The Clash and Elvis Costello and the Attractions make their debuts on the 2003 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot along with second-time nominees the Sex Pistols. Last year, the New York bands the Ramones and Talking Heads were elected to the Cleveland hall.
The other first-time nominee is the Police, which joins on the ballot hard rockers AC/DC and Black Sabbath, Abba, Chic, Kraftwerk, the Dells, MC5, the Righteous Brothers, Lynyrd Skynyrd and Steve Winwood. Although Patti Smith has already been inducted, the Patti Smith Group of Smith, Lenny Kaye, Ivan Kral and J.D. Daugherty is on the ballot.
Bands become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first recording and even though the Clash’s first work appeared months before the Heads’ debut, they did not appear on the ballot last year. Same holds true for first-time nominee Costello, whose “My Aim Is True” was released in ’77. The Police’s first album was released in November 1978.
Winwood is on the ballot as a solo artist, his first disc under his own name being released in 1977. Winwood was a member of the Spencer Davis Group, Traffic and Blind Faith, none of which has been elected to the Hall of Fame.
The inductees — most years, there are six to eight performers — are expected to be announced in December.