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”?
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.
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.