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Van Halen, Dire Straits Lead List of First Time Eligible Artists for Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

Van Halen, Dire Straits, The B-52's, The Cars, The Cure, Joe Jackson, Rick James, Chaka Khan and The Pretenders lead the list of 91 first time eligible artists for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Artists had to have their first release in 1978.

The other first time eligible artists are Adam & the Ants, Alley Cats, Atlantic Starr, Lester Bangs, Black Flag, Lisa Burns, Buzzcocks, Cabaret Voltaire, Allan Clarke, The Controllers, Wayne County, The Cramps, Dazz Band, dB's, DNA, Destroy All Monsters, The Dickies, The Fall, Fingerprintz, Fischer-Z, Flying Lizards, Fotomaker, Gang of Four, Nick Giler, Dan Hartman, Heaters, Rupert Holmes, Peter Holsapple, Human League, Human Switchboard, David Johansen, Joy Division, Lakeside, Roy Loney, Lene Lovich, Cheryl Lynn, M (Robin Scott), Magazine, Moon Martin, The Mekons, The Members, Elton Motello, The Mutants (Detroit), Nervous Rex, The Normal, Gary Numan, The Nuns, Pagans, Penetration, The Plasmatics, Plugz, Pointed Sticks, Protex, Public Image Ltd., The Records, The Reds, Reruns, Rick Kids, Scritti Politti, The Shirts, Siouxsie & the Banshees, The Skids, Snakefinger, Stiff Little Fingers, The Suburbs,, Subway Sect, Swell Maps, Teenage Head, Teenage Jesus & Jerks, Television Personalities, Throbbing Gristle, Johnny Thunders (solo), Toto, Tourists, Tuxedo Moon, 20/20, UK Subs, The Undertones, Urinals, Gary Valentine, The Waitresses and X.

Prince was inexplicably left off the list of first time eligiblees having released his debut album in 1978. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame initially sent out its list without Dire Straits but that quickly amended.