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Tattle: Hall of Fame voters have rock in their heads

Howard Gensler, STAFF WRITER

Updated: Thursday, December 16, 2010, 2:18 AM

Alice Cooper.

VOTING FOR the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has always baffled Tattle.

We've never understood how so many acts got in that had nothing to do with rock and roll - the Hall more accurately should be called the Post-1950s Music Hall of Fame (with pre-1950s influences).

We've never understood whether the voting was about art or commerce.

So when we consider the acts that didn't get chosen this year, it's easy to understand disco acts Chic and Donna Summer. Rock fans burned their LPs.

The Beastie Boys and LL Cool J aren't rockers, although the Beasties will get in at some point just for "(You Gotta) Fight For Your Right (To Party)."

The late Joe Tex was more of an R&B guy, but we could see him in the Hall, and "King of the Stroll" Chuck Willis was influential in the 1950s ("C.C. Ryder"), but his career was cut short by an early death.

J. Geils Band had a number of hits and critical appeal, but when you stack them up against rock bands from the past 50 years, are they really Hall of Fame material? They seem more like a dependable .280 hitter who maybe wins one batting title.

We can make a case as to why the above acts didn't make the cut, but . . . Bon Jovi?

Granted, they've never been critical darlings, and nothing that they've done has been revolutionary, but a) they've sold a gazillion CDs; b) they've packed stadiums for two decades and c) they're an actual rock group.

But we digress. This year's inductees into the Hall are Alice Cooper, Neil Diamond, Dr. John, Darlene Love and Tom Waits.

Tom Waits? Before Bon Jovi?

The class of 2011 will be formally feted on March 14 at New York's Waldorf-Astoria Hotel.

According to Billboard, the nomination of shock rocker Cooper and his original band seemed a long time coming, given their commercial success and stature as theatrical pioneers.

Cooper, however, wasn't worried about the delay. "I've always felt the same way about this whole thing," he told Billboard.com. "I kind of sat back and said, 'It will happen eventually.' "

"It did get to be kind of a joke, not being nominated," Cooper (a/k/a Vincent Furnier) added. "I got to the point where I was saying, 'OK, I'm the Pete Rose of rock 'n' roll!' So now that it's a reality, it's a different take on it. Now I sit there and go, 'Wow. Wow! We've got to really get up and play, and assume the position of being in the Hall of Fame.' It'll be great."

Neil Diamond? It's about time. "Sweet Caroline" is over forty years old! "Hot August Night" was one of the biggest rock albums of 1972. How long can a guy be punished for "Heartlight"?

Tattbits

* Daily News Comics Guy Jerome Maida has a new Bluewater Comics bio coming out in January, and it's of popular Fox News know-it-all Bill O'Reilly.

The comic, retailing for $3.99, will tell the story of O'Reilly's life and highlight some of his more memorable verbal exchanges.

The O'Reilly book is one of a series of Bluewater bios, ranging from Lady Gaga to Michelle Obama. Jerome earlier penned an Al Franken comic and has books in the works about Glenn Beck and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg, who was named yesterday as Time magazine's Person of the Year.

To pre-order the O'Reilly comic, go to tfaw.com/Comics/Companies/Bluewater-Productions.

* A prominent Islamic singer who pleaded guilty to making false statements during the U.S. immigration process was sentenced to time served and ordered deported.

Syrian native Mohamad Masfaka (a/k/a Abu Ratib) was sentenced Tuesday in federal court in Detroit to one year and one day in prison, with credit for time behind bars.

Defense lawyer Doraid Elder says that Masfaka was freed and will leave the U.S. after getting a new Syrian passport. He says that the U.S. is losing a productive member of society.

The government says that Masfaka, 47, was the Holy Land Foundation's Detroit-area representative in 1997 and 1998 but that he didn't mention this in a 2002 application for naturalization.

In 2001, the U.S. considered the HLF a terrorist group, saying that it had helped Hamas.

* Also allegedly caught in a fib was WABC New York meteorologist Heidi Jones, and it wasn't in her forecast.

Jones was suspended yesterday after police said she made up claims that she was assaulted in Central Park.

She told police Nov. 24 that a man had tried to rape her a month earlier as she ran in Central Park. She said that the same person harassed her outside her apartment Nov. 21 at 7:50 a.m.

Police investigated, but said that Jones admitted making up the story when investigators went back to her to discuss the case.

Jones was charged with a misdemeanor for false reporting of a crime and is scheduled to appear in court Jan. 15. If convicted, she could face a year in prison and fines.

"Ms. Jones has had a distinguished career as a broadcast journalist and urges all concerned to refrain from jumping to conclusions about the unproven charges against her being discussed in the press," her attorney Paul Callan said.

* Adding to our week of separations and divorces, TMZ.com reports that "Nip/Tuck" star Dylan Walsh has filed for divorce from Joanna Going, his wife of six years.

He cited the always dependable irreconcilable differences and asked for joint custody of their 7-year-old daughter.

* But in another example of love conquering all, Us Weekly reports that Denise Richards, who's already had rocky relationships with Charlie Sheen and Richie Sambora, has been seen with Motley Crue's Nikki Sixx, whose taste in wives has twice leaned toward Playboy playmates.

"Nikki was telling stories, and Denise was laughing," an unidentified witness told Us.

Sure, now she's laughing. Soon, it will be Tattle's turn.

Daily News wire services contributed to this report.

E-mail gensleh@phillynews.com

Howard Gensler, STAFF WRITER

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