‘It’s a good feeling’: Hall and Oates credit fans for belated Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nomination

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After years of fan complaints, Hall and Oates have belatedly made the list of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Not that the duo has ever attached too much significance to the recognition.

“It’s really cool,” John Oates says in this Fuse clip. “It’s a good feeling when people think we deserve it. But most people think we’re already in it so, really, what does it matter?”

Hall and Oates join a Class of 2014 first-time nominees that also includes Yes, Nirvana, Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Kiss, the Replacements and the Zombies, among others. Good news for Hall and Oates fans: The public gets to vote, along with regular music industry insiders, for a second consecutive year.

Of course, nominees are eligible for induction if they have issued their first single or album no more recently than 1988. Hall and Oates released their debut album some 16 years before that, with 1972’s Whole Oates.

Still, there are no hard feelings from the duo, who both say they couldn’t be more grateful for a hits-packed career: “We love our fans,” Daryl Hall adds, “and we love their support. But don’t feel bad for us.”

Deadline for votes is December 20, 2013. The Top 5 vote getters from the fans will be added as one of more than 600 ballots to determine the official class of 2014. Induction ceremonies are set for April 2014 in New York City.

Whatever happens, Hall and Oates aren’t exactly begging for the credit. “I don’t consider it that much credit,” Hall quips. “It’s a bunch of old guys.”

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