Gene Simmons’ Subtle Attack On Blondie And Debbie Harry

Throughout the years, the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has faced criticism for its selection of inductees that aren’t considered ‘rock’ artists. This has been a source of contention for both fans and musicians alike, sometimes leading to public criticism and disagreements between artists. One such incident occurred in 2012 when Blondie was selected as an inductee to the Hall of Fame.

Kiss was one of the bands who weren’t selected as an inductee that year and right after the inductees were revealed, Gene Simmons shared his disappointment with the Hall Of Fame. He named some inductees, including Blondie, and claimed they didn’t belong in the Hall Of Fame.

NME asked the rocker whether the band would accept an invitation to join the Hall Of Fame. He replied with the following:

“It’s become a joke… We’ve been thinking about it, and the answer is simply, ‘We’ll just buy it and fire everybody.’ In all seriousness for the fans, for something to be called Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is such an insult to Madonna, Blondie, and Tone Loc.”

Though Blondie is considered ‘rock,’ Simmons called them and the other musicians he named ‘disco artists.’ Subtly criticizing them, he continued:

“Who the fuck knows what other disco act is in there? It’s an insult to them because they don’t get to be in the ‘Dance Hall of Fame’ because that’s what they do. They’re legitimate dance, disco artists. They don’t belong in rock and roll.”

Despite being called a disco artist, Blondie made it to the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2006, along with names including Lynyrd Skynyrd, Miles Davis, Sex Pistols, Herb Alpert And Jerry Moss, and Black Sabbath.