If one thing for certain, it’s that Ted Nugent is one of the most intriguing individuals on this planet.
A rock and roll legend, an avid outdoorsmen, with an unfiltered mouth and an absolutely buckwild personality (despite being completely sober), he’s probably a deserving candidate for the Dos Equis “Most interesting man in the world” commercial.
The man also simply doesn’t give a fiddler’s fuck about what anybody thinks.
He recently sat down for an interview with knac.com to discuss his new single “Come And Take It,” along with his upcoming album Detroit Muscle.
But he also got to talking about the absurdities of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Believe it or not, Ted is NOT a member of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and has perpetually been regarded as an all-time snub. Granted, the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame isn’t exclusive to rock music (a debate for another time), but given the fact artists like ABBA and Madonna are in there, it kind of leaves you scratching your head.
In terms of country artists, Johnny Cash, Bob Wills, Jimmie Rodgers, Hank Williams, Chet Atkins, Bill Monroe, and more have been inducted.
So when asked if it was his politics or love of the outdoors that has kept him out, or if he even cares, he responded with this:
“Why am I not in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? That has a lot to do with the fact that you can’t always explain why people are rotten. Why do some people violate other people and commit vicious crimes and lie. I would like to think about what is going on with the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame… I don’t take it personal.
Why isn’t a band like Triumph in there, but Grandmaster Flash is? That’s just dishonest, Why are Patty Smyth, ABBA and Madonna in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, but not Styx?! Are you kidding me?
You can only explain that is that the people who made those decisions are just plain rotten people. The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame should genuflect to Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, the Motown Funk Brothers are you kidding me?! How dare you put Grandmaster Flash, ABBA and Madonna in that?”
He went on to say that, although it would be an honor, he’s isn’t angry because he having too much fun to care about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame:
“I’m not angry that I’m not in there because I’m having so much fun that it’s stupid! I have a new album called ‘Detroit Muscle’ which is another authoritative, rhythm and blues rock ‘n’ roll from The Motor City. I’m surrounded by guitars and amps and I play with a bunch of killer musicians. My music is a flamethrower of fun, positive energy and piss and vinegar.
That’s the ‘real’ Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, since the people who run the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame have been dishonest. It would be an honor to be part of an institution that celebrates the founding fathers of rock ‘n’ roll, like Chuck, Bo, Little Richard, James Brown and going back to Howlin’ Wolf and Muddy Waters and Sam and Dave, and Wilson Pickett! I would be honored to share that.
What a middle finger to the ‘real’ heroes of rock ‘n’ roll and rhythm and blues to put in those other people!!!! Grandmaster Flash?! Really?! Why don’t we go down to Chuck Berry’s grave and piss on it. Are you kidding me?
You wanna know how to get into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? You get ‘high’ with the board…”
Safe to say Ted won’t be getting in any time soon…
But speaking of Muddy Waters, how about a little “Hoochie Coochie Man”