Cat Stevens is among this year’s nominees for inclusion into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, along with Nirvana, The Replacements, Peter Gabriel, N.W.A., Chic, KISS, Hall and Oates, The Zombies, Deep Purple and a bunch more.
These nominees range from “Obvious” (KISS) to “Huh??” (Chic) to “They aren’t in there already?” (Link Wray).
But even more disturbing than the presence of Yes on the list (“Ewwww!”) is the sight of Cat Stevens’ name.
Or make that, his former name.
He’s now Yusuf Islam, and he’s an outspoken proponent of jihad.
Among other things, Yusuf Islam is on record as endorsing the contract the ayatollah put out on novelist Salman Rushdie, in words that cannot possibly be open to misinterpretation.
And anyhow, isn’t music “haram”?