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Shocker: Rock Hall inducts terrible bands

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its 2017 class and–as usual–it’s disappointing. In a year when musical revolutionaries such as Bad Brains, Kraftwerk, Jane’s Addiction, and the MC5 were nominated, we somehow ended up with guilty pleasures Electric Light Orchestra, Journey, and Yes.

“Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.”

Sure, I suppose you could made drunken arguments that those three bands are worthy of respect. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have made those arguments myself after a few too many rum and cokes. But they suck. It’s cheese. It’s garbage. And even if those bands had an influence on other performers, the performers they influenced sucked even harder.

Of those three, ELO is obviously the least awful and Yes is the worst. And just like in real life, Journey is the mediocre one in the middle. I mean, come on. I enjoy Journey as much as the next guy who grew up in the arcade era. “Wheels in the Sky” is a badass jam and I can still close my eyes and picture Steve Perry’s pixelated head bouncing from drum to drum in the videogame. [It was actually the drummer’s head on that level, not Steve Perry. -ed.] But they’re fluff. Just because you have a song featured in a key scene in an “important” tv show doesn’t make you an important band.

Other performers inducted in this class were Joan Baez, Pearl Jam, and Tupac Shakur. Fine. Whatever. I don’t listen to any of that stuff, and in the case of Pearl Jam I don’t even like it, but I recognize the “musical excellence and talent” blah blah “impact” blah blah blah.

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Rock Hall Nominates Donovan, Diamond

Every year we throw a hissyfit, but there are actually a bunch of cool bands among this year’s list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees, including first-timers Donovan, Dr. John, Alice Cooper, and Neil Diamond. And Tom Waits! Of course, then there’s Bon Jovi. Who sucked 25 years ago and continues to blow today. I saw them live at Soldier Field this summer (free tickets…with Kid Rock…) and was shocked by just how lame they were. And frankly…how gay Jon Bon Jovi seemed in person. He not only sports Jack Wagner’s haircut from 1984, but the dude was rockin’ the “Frisco Jones” dance moves! That’s not rock and roll. Not even close.

The list of previous nominees: Darlene Love, LL Cool J, Donna Summer, Beastie Boys, J. Geils Band, Tom Waits, Chuck Willis, Chic, and Joe Tex. I can’t imagine Waits getting in, but it’s fun to imagine his acceptance speech.

Update: Billboard was wrong. Tom Waits hadn’t been nominated previously.

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Stooges Finally Make Rock Hall

Stooges at Lollapalooza, 2007Looks like the Stooges will finally be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Iggy’s response is classic:

“We’ve been rejected seven times, and we would have set a record, I think, if it happened again,” the Stooges’ frontman tells Rolling Stone. “It started to feel like Charlie Brown and the football. I had about two hours of a strong emotional reaction after hearing the news. It felt like vindication. Then I kind of scratched my head and thought, ‘Am I still cool? Or is that over now?’ “

I’m equally excited that Abba made it too. I hope they collaborate at the ceremony.

“I didn’t think this would happen, because we were a pop band, not a rock band,” says Benny Andersson, who helped found the group in 1970. “Being a foreigner from the North Pole, this feels really good.”

In addition to those two awesome bands, the Hall will also induct Genesis, the Hollies, and Jimmy Cliff. Acts who were nominated this year, but didn’t make the cut: Kiss, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J, the Chantels, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer. Bet Gene Simmons is pissed.

It’s a shame that Ron Asheton didn’t live to see it happen. Nice timing, Wenner, you prick. You gonna wait until Peter Tork dies before letting the Monkees in?

Photo by Alan M. Paterson for Glorious Noise.

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Nominees Announced

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has announced its nominees for 2010, and before I even start getting indignant again this year, I’m just going to take a breath and let it slide. As my man Sab pointed out last year, “It’s called the Rock and Roll Hall of FAME, not the I’m Punk Rocker Than You Hall of Obscurity.”

KISS, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Genesis, the Hollies, LL Cool J and Jimmy Cliff are first-time nominees among a dozen finalists for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, according to a list released this morning by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation. They join returning candidates ABBA, the Chantels, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, the Stooges and Donna Summer.

The five inductees will be announced in January, and the Induction Ceremony will take place March 15. Artists are eligible 25 years after their first single or album release. Please check out who’s already in before you start bitching about who they left out.

Yawn: 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Shame Nominees Announced

Billboard: Metallica, Run-D.M.C. Up For Rock Hall Induction.

Metallica, Run-D.M.C. and the Stooges lead the list of nine acts up for induction next year into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Five will be chosen in January for enshrinement during an April 4 ceremony at Cleveland’s Public Hall.

Also on this year’s ballot are Jeff Beck, Chic, Wanda Jackson, Little Anthony and the Imperials, War and Bobby Womack. Acts are not eligible for the Rock Hall until at least 25 years have passed since the release of their first single.

Does anybody even care if the Stooges get passed over for the third year in a row?

I love rockabilly as much as anybody, but you know you’re scraping the bottom of the barrel when Wanda Jackson gets nominated. This travesty of an organization has outlived its usefulness. Put a fork in it.

Jann Wenner is still a douche. The Monkees were far more important and influential than the Dave Clark Five.

Wenner Blackballs Monkees

Peter Tork says the Monkees merit consideration for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, but one man opposes their induction.

“The only person … holding a grudge is Jann Wenner of Rolling Stone,” says the former Monkee. The magazine editor “has never written a gracious word. He personally has the veto power to keep us out.”

Ho ho! Stirring up shit to promote his new album, Cambria Hotel, perhaps? Ha. All I know is personally I’d rather listen to the Monkees than the Four Seasons, Van Morrison, The Band, The Allman Brothers Band, Frank Zappa, David Bowie, Jefferson Airplane, Pink Floyd, The Bee Gees, The Rascals, and at least half of the other Rock Hall inductees. I mean, hey, if Gene fucking Pitney is in, why not the Monkees?

Via the Rope.

Hall of Shame: Stooges Kept Out

R.E.M., Van Halen, Patti Smith, the Ronettes, and Grandmaster Flash were inducted to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. “Finalists who didn’t make the cut included Chic, the Dave Clark Five and the Stooges.”

Okay, people should be embarrassed that the Dave Clark Five were even finalists. Talk about also-rans. Jesus, if they’re going to induct every band that tried hard to sound exactly like the Beatles, the Hall of Fame is going to be even more meaningless than it is now. The Dave Clark Five? Come on!

And keep out the Stooges? Lame. Then again, look at all the inductees. Looks like they started scraping the bottom of the barrel around 2000…

Sounds of Silence

Much of the finest poetry written today is published by small presses and seen by no more than a few hundred readers. That American poetry has historically found the sources of its greatest strengths in the self-published (Whitman, Charles Reznikoff) and the obscurely published (early Pound, early Williams, Olson) is an old story.

—Paul Auster

In the GarageIs the situation that Auster describes any different for music? No. But what’s certainly dissimilar about the situation is that there is no poetry “industry” per se, as there is a giant music industry. Outside of, say, Hallmark poesy or Oprah shilling the papery pennings of Maya Angelou, poets pretty much spend their time toiling in relative obscurity vis-à-vis the rest of the writing world (including those who write third-class postage copy and blogger websites). The bolder may show up on stages for a slam. Unquestionably, there are more “poets” per capita than any other category of artist—or at least there are people of people who perceive themselves as such. Be that as it may, those who may really matter probably fall below the perceptions of even people who are interested in the genre.

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