David Crosby shouldn’t be expecting a Christmas card from Ted Nugent after taking a shot at the “Wango Tango” rocker over some recent comments complaining about being overlooked by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame for yet another year.
In an interview with website My Global Mind, the 69-year-old guitarist behind such 1970s hard-rock hits as “Stranglehold” and “Cat Scratch Fever” griped about being continually ignored by the Hall of Fame.
“Its sacrilege,” he said of not being inducted. “Is it or is it not vulgar, dishonest and obscene that Grand Master Flash, Patti Smith and ABBA are in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame but Ted f**king Nugent isn’t? Is that the most outrageous and disgusting lie you have ever seen?”
Blasting the Hall of Fame as not being “fan-driven,” Nugent assailed the organization as an “ultra-leftist liberal CEO-driven gang who couldn’t give a rat’s ass about the music. I’m not taking away from the 90 per cent of the people in it. I genuflect at the altar of all those great musicians like my friends in Cheap Trick, Journey, ZZ Top and Kiss. They all deserve to be in there. I would like you to find a human being and walk up to, look at them eye to eye and believe them when they say Ted Nugent should not be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. I would love to witness that exchange, you would see a person almost melt with guilt because you know they are lying.”
He concluded: “At the end of the day it’s not about me, it’s about the music. James Hetfield said it best when Metallica was inducted, ‘Ted Nugent not being in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke; Ted Nugent is rock ‘n’ roll!”
The Nuge’s rant caught the attention of two-time Hall of Fame inductee David Crosby, who offered a pithy response via Twitter.
“He’s not good enough and he never will be,” wrote Crosby, who was inducted as a member of The Byrds in 1991 and again in 1997 as a member of Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young. “….a hack player and no singer at all ….could not write a decent song if his life depended on it.”
While Nugent has yet to respond to the diss, Crosby hasn’t been shy about offering his assessment of other musicians, including Kanye West (“an idiot and a poser….has no talent at all”), Jack White (“Has not shown up with a really fine song yet”) and Jason Mraz (“Very talented cat”).