DEVO is, deservedly, up for nomination into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2022 yet again, after being previously nominated in both 2018 and 2021.
While the New Wave pioneers are yet to seal the deal, the band’s legendary frontman, Mark Mothersbaugh seems to be banking on the age-old adage of ‘third time lucky', revealing plans in a recent interview with NME that, should they finally enter the hallowed hall, the band plans to commemorate the historic honour “by being buried next to the museum in Cleveland, Ohio.”
“The Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is in Cleveland, and Ohio’s great because they have really relaxed burial rules,” Mothersbaugh said. “You could have your grandpa buried in your back, or even your front, yard if you want. So if we get inducted, I’m going to buy a property right next door to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – maybe even just one parking space – and have all of Devo buried there.”
Devo | ‘Whip It’
In the same interview, Mothersbaugh reflected on the evolutionary scope of genres finding recognition from the Hall of Fame in recent years, saying, “…the reality is the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame is bigger than just being about the most obvious traits of rock and roll – it also includes concepts and ideas that changed rock and roll."
“At the risk of being immodest,” he continued, “I think Devo – bigger than our record sales – had an influence on the aesthetic and trajectory of rock and roll, so it would be nice to be recognised.”
Proving himself a man of of his word, the frontman also revealed that, his own ambitions aside, he has thrown his own vote behind the one and only Queen of Country, Dolly Parton – despite the fact that Parton herself requested her nomination be withdrawn, explaining that even though she was “extremely flattered” by the consideration, she didn’t feel she’d “earned the right” for inclusion.
This show-stopping performance of one of Dolly’s most beloved hits Jolene, live at England’s Glastonbury festival in 2014 is an undeniable example of just that. Watch below.
Dolly Parton | ‘Jolene’ [Live at Glastonbury, 2014]
Dolly remains eligible for nomination – currently sitting in fifth position among a strong list of iconic contenders, including Kate Bush, Duran (who currently lead the polls), Eurythmics, Rage Against The Machine and, in the first year he is eligible, rapper Eminem.
Reflecting on Parton’s statements, Mothersbaugh said, “I think she has as much right as a rapper would – she has every right to be there. Her music, whether she knows it or not, has a lot of rock elements in it. I voted for Dolly Parton anyhow.”
Time is running out to get your vote in for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2022! The top five artists, as selected by the public, will comprise a “fans’ ballot” that will be tallied along with the other ballots to choose the 2022 inductees.
Fans can cast a ballot daily, until April 29th. Vote via vote.rockhall.com, here.
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