Forget the Nov. 6 midterm elections. No matter how you vote, red for Russia or blue for America as seen in a BD Facebook meme Democrats endorse, you won’t shake things up.

The Republicans will probably maintain control of the Senate and House in Trumplandia, so go have some fun instead and vote for your favorite 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame nominees.

Fans can go online right here and vote daily from a list of 15 candidates. Yeah, daily. That’s kind of like the Chicago way.

You can vote for up to five artists, but I found just four worthy of my consideration.

MC5

“Sister Anne” is the opening track on the MC5’s “High Time” album, released in 1971, and the song is so dang hard-rockin’ good, it alone should get the Detroit band in the Hall of Fame.

In fact, I’m so addicted to the song, which is seven minutes of sonic bliss, I’ve never heard the rest of the album, and I’ve had the record since the year it came out, when I was 20 years old.

Perhaps it’s time I listen to the other songs. I’ve heard for decades that “Over and Over” on Side 2 in also a really good rocker.

Stevie Nicks

Yeah, Nicks is already in the Hall as a member of Fleetwood Mac, but the singer also deserves recognition as a solo artist.

Stevie is a wonder as evidenced by her “Get Back” video. Wait, “Get Back” is a Beatles song. I meant to say “Stand Back.” I always get confused about the title.

The dancing, the singing, the synth sounds, the black dress, the way she looks into the camera, the treadmill (yes, the treadmill). They all made the video one of the most ubiquitous in the 1980s.

Todd Rundgren

The guy is a genius. There just be a Hall of Fame just for him. The Rundgren Hall of Fame.

“Something/Anything?,” out in 1972, is one of the best album titles of all times and this is one of the greatest double albums in rock history. It is a 90-minute masterpiece right up there with the most magnificent works of the Beatles, the Rolling Stones and the Beach Boys.

The Zombies

The Zombies, a British Invasion band featuring keyboardist, vocalist and songwriter Rod Argent and lead singer and guitarist Colin Blunstone, scored a No. 1 hit in the U.S. with the jazzy single “She’s Not There” in 1964 and appeared in the first episode of the NBC music and variety TV show “Hullabaloo!” in 1965.

The last time British Invasion artists made the Hall was in 2012, when the Small Faces and Donovan were inducted. I’m hoping the Zombie Invasion will finally come to Cleveland, home of the Hall.

 

 

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John E. Bialas
John, 66, is retired from the Pulitzer Prize-winning Sun Herald newspaper in Gulfport, Miss., after a 45-year career there in which he was a sportswriter, weekend sports editor, book reviewer, rock music critic, copy editor, blogger, Facebook administrator and award-winning headline writer and page designer. He lives in Gulfport with his wife, Patricia, and writes the blog Pictures of Tilly which you can find at http://picturesoftilly.net/.