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Keep Cat Stevens Out of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Vote for KISS. Vote for Chic if you have to. But keep that radical dingbat out of Cleveland.

Kathy Shaidle


October 17, 2013 - 10:00 am


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”?

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That’s why, if Cat Stevens reacted to this nomination the way the Sex Pistols did — presumably without the obvious assist John Lydon got from the handiest bottle — then I’d grudgingly grant the guy some respect.

Plus that kind of unequivocal response would momentarily remind clueless music industry liberals exactly who, and what, is trying to destroy the culture that makes their “jobs” possible.

But we can try to pull off something better:

We can prevent Cat Stevens from getting into the Hall of Fame completely:

The top five vote-getters as determined by a group of artists, historians, and music industry members will be inducted into the Hall of Fame in April 2014.

Fans will also be able to vote and the “fan’s ballot” will count as one of the more than 600 ballots used to determine the inductees.

Fans can vote from now until December 10th at

There are enough jerks in the Hall of Fame already.

Help keep it free of Muslim radicals.

Vote early, vote often.

And vote for KISS.


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(KATHY SHAIDLE is a blogging pioneer who runs FiveFeetOfFury, now in its 14th year. She's been called "one of the great virtuoso polemicists of our time," by MARK STEYN. Her NEW book is Confessions of A Failed Slut (Thought Catalog, 2014).

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"Morning Has Broken" is a Christian hymn with lyrics by Eleanor Farjeon set to a popular Gaelic tune and first published in 1931. Let's put Eleanor in the Hall of Fame.
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Once he endorsed the "fatwa" against Rushie I took his albums, drew a swastika on 'em and threw them in the trash where they belonged. Screw him. Not that it hurts him any but I won't have his filth taking up any space of mine.
Another thing. He is yet another person who converted to Islam after reading the Koran. I've never known anyone who converted to Christianity just by reading the New Testament. So what exactly is in that book?
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Kiss, really? Commercial over content and you slam Yes? Well you young folks taste is all in your mouth!
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Cat Stevens performed rock ’n’ roll? Who knew? On the basis of his music, he isn’t eligible.
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Not high on my list of things to oppose. Rock n Roll itself has a large responsibility for creating this socio-political cultural nightmare that we are living these days.
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Who care what his ideology is now........what if he were a Scientologist, or whatever.

It's about the music, nothing else.

Articles like this are why youth think "conservatives" are retarded.....
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Bless you Kathy;
Cat Stevens is a PARIAH
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I disagree with Cat Stevens aka Joe Islam and I disagree with Ms. Shaidle. His music should be the only thing the RnR HoF judges him on. The unhinged left hates Toby Keith for wanting to kick the butts of the Taliban and the unhinged right hates John Lennon for Imagine. Whatever.
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Dear Ms Shaidle
And what seems to be the problem with a rich rock star glomming onto an 8th Century death cult? Hmmm? It's not like that's crazy or half-assed or stuff like that...isn't this a free country (or caliphate or what ever the hell it is?) Plus, hey, "Moon Shadow," moon death cult. Now that's the kind of cosmic connection one gets after banging one's forehead on the floor a few thousand times.
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What does Cat Stevens have to do with rock n roll? The Rock Hall continues to snub one of America's greatest rockers - Mitch Ryder (and the Detroit Wheels).
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a One ( or two? ) hit wonder....
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Will the females who attend his induction ceremony have to wear burkas?
And induct Deep Purple already!
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