In recent years, annual Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions have included a growing number of '80s artists. Doubtless, part of this must be attributable merely to the passing of time. In fact, all but the most late-emerging musical artists of that decade (Rick Astley, anyone?) have now become eligible for induction by way of reaching the required milestone of 25 years since the release of their first record. Still, this alone can't explain the rash of '80s artists finding their way to RRHOF enshrinement lately. Specifically, the 2014 crop of inductees just announced includes '80s stalwarts Hall & Oates and Peter Gabriel, as well as '70s theatrical hard rock legends KISS, a band many observers feared/hoped would never make the cut. All told, five of the six performer inductees this year (save folk singer-songwriter Cat Stevens but including Nirvana and Linda Ronstadt) have at least some legitimate ties to the music of the '80s.
So are there still detractors out there who will claim that the music of the now-long-bygone era known as the '80s is disposable and defined by stylish fluff? Of course there are - and let's face it, always will there be. Nevertheless, it remains a good time to be an '80s music fan. Stay tuned in the coming months for occasional examinations of the 2014 Rock Hall honorees, and I don't suspect it will be a stretch to come up with plenty of decade-specific reference points to help celebrate their diverse careers.