Induct former Nirvana drummer Chad Channing into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame
On Thursday, April 10, 2014, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will hold its 29th annual induction ceremony at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. Nirvana, a band from Aberdeen, Wash., will be one of several acts enshrined on that date.
Nirvana is being inducted the first year it is eligible. That eligibility is based on the fact that the band's first single, a limited-edition cover of Shocking Blue's "Love Buzz," was released more than 25 years ago. Yet almost inexplicably, Chad Channing, the drummer on that track and the album it landed on is not being inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Not only did Chad play on the track that made Nirvana eligible for induction, but he also played drums on a majority of the band's first album, "Bleach," played with the band on several important European and American tours, and demoed the tracks that would end up on Nirvana's groundbreaking 1991 release "Nevermind."
Yet, after first being told that he would be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Chad was notified (secondhand, via text message!) less than a month prior to the ceremony that the only Nirvana affiliates that would be inducted would be founding members Kurt Cobain and Krist Novoselic, as well as Chad's replacement, Dave Grohl.
Chad Channing drummed on the first of three Nirvana studio albums, and drummed on several tracks featured on the compilations "Incesticide" and "With the Lights Out," as well as the live album "From the Muddy Banks of the Wishkah." Additionally, it was Chad's version of the song "Polly" that wound up on the final release of Nirvana's seminal album, "Nevermind."
We the undersigned feel the nature with which the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame decides which band members will be inducted is at best arbitrary, and at worst discriminatory and, in this case, hypocritical. Is it OK to use a recording as the basis for eligibility, yet ignore one of the three musicians that recorded it?
We don't feel it is and think Chad Channing should be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame alongside Kurt Cobain, Krist Novoselic and Dave Grohl on April 10, 2014.