Howard E. Scott, founding singer/guitarist of War, is none too happy that the veteran funk band got snubbed by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year. He tells TMZ that he's particularly annoyed that just-announced inductees the Beastie Boys will be entering the Rock Hall before his old band.
"We were cranking out gold records when they were still in diapers," Scott says of the rap trio. "How could the Beastie Boys get in before us when they sampled War's music on their first album?! I'll eat their platinum records!" The tune Scott was referring to was "Slow Ride" from the Beasties' 1986 album Licensed to Ill, which featured a sample of the classic War hit "Low Rider."
Scott later reiterated his stance in an interview with ABC News Radio, saying that when he learned his band had been passed over again he "felt like I got kicked in the back of the britches." He's pushing for his fans to openly lobby for War to earn a spot in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He says, "War is the band for the people, the people's band, that I think we should all get together and try to get War into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. If I have to go down there and play on the steps myself, I think we should do that."
Since 1996, Scott and several other original War members have performed together in a group called the Lowrider Band.
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