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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

All Time is Now • Rock Hall o' Fame 2020 Class

Hail Hail Rock 'n' Roll!



First things first, here are your induction class of 2021 (in alphabetical order)... 

Foo Fighters, The Go-Go's, Jay-Z, LL Cool J, Carole King, Kraftwerk, Charley Patton, Billy Preston, Randy Rhoads, Todd Rundgren, Gil Scott-Heron, Tina Turner, 
and Clarence Avant

Here in a little more detail is why the following artists are way, way overdue to join the Hall o' Rock...

KISS were first eligible in 1999 and waited 14 years. Kraftwerk waited 25 years!?!. And Abba got in before both of them!?! The Clash, U2, and Nirvana were rightly inducted their first year of eligibility. Sometimes it's obvious and sometimes it is down right head puzzling. 

So after Nirvana’s first year eligibility induction and Pearl Jam in 2018, we are now entering the Grunge era of the early 1990’s. So before we start ringing in Soundgarden, Smashing Pumpkins, Alice In Chains, etc. etc., let’s just take stock and let them all wait a few years, ‘cause the Rock and Roll Hall o' Fame has some long over due catching up to do. 

For your consideration...

1960’s"

CHER / SONNY & CHER: 
If Donna Summer and Madonna can get in, well... Cher is a lifer and let's be honest, has a much more credible early career than both of them. Starting out as a background singer for Phil Spector (yes she sang BG on "Be My Baby" and "You've Lost That Lovin Feeling"), through to her own classic Pop of the 60's, the 70's TV shows and on through the 80's and 90's hits. And it would be only fitting to induct Sonny as well, as a producer, song-writer ("The Beat Goes On" and "I Got You Babe") and the brains behind the act.

THE MONKEES: 
The pre-Fab four might have been a couple of actors "playing" a band, but they really did tour. The Wrecking Crew played the instruments on their first few albums, but they did the same thing for The Beach Boys as well. Their music spans classic buble gum Pop (Daydream Believer) to Garage Rock classics (Stepping Stone). 


1970’s:

MOTÖRHEAD:
A long shot I know but, It’s frickin’ Lemmy! It’s frickin’ Motörhead! Who rocks!?! You know the answer.

1980's:

JOY DIVISION/NEW ORDER: 
Just as The Small Faces were coupled with The Faces when inducted, I believe it is proper to ackowledge both bands. I fear otherwise Joy Division might never get in, and surely desreve it.

DEVO: 
The art rockers from Akron, Ohio have only become more relevant and influential over the years.


ALTERNATIVE:

THE SMITHS:
Nominated this year, they deserve it for cutting out a unique part of the sonic landscape that belongs to them and only them. Plus, you know Morrissey won’t show up but will write a funny, sarcastic, bitter, dismissive note to his ex-bandmates and everyone else involved. But it better be The Smiths before many others of the same era (just sayin').


HIP-HOP/RAP:

A TRIBE CALLED QUEST: 
Hugely influence on all modern rappers.


COUNTRY & WESTERN:

I'm sure you thought these Early Country rockers were already in...

WILLIE NELSON:
Legend. Still on the road, he wrote “Crazy”, and it’s Willie Frickin’ Nelson! 

DOLLY PARTON: 
Legend. Great writer, she wrote “Jolene” and “I Will Always Love You” and she has her own theme park DOLLYWOOD! Oh yeah, and it’s Dolly Frickin’ Parton! 

PATSY CLINE: 
One of the greatest singers of the 20th Century (period).


MUSICAL EXCELLENCE:

CRAZY HORSE:  
When Neil Young was inducted in 1995 he thanked Crazy Horse, saying... “Stand up you guys, I could never have made it without you guys that’s for sure… everybody knows that!” Since Springsteen's E Street Band were inducted in 2014, it's time. Let’s get to it! 

THE MOTHERS OF INVENTION / THE MOTHERS: 
Frank Zappa was inducted in 1995, and he’s a musical genius, but let’s be honest, who the hell could/can play Frank Zappa’s music but one Mother of a band!!! The Hall can figure out who gets in with all the ex-members and permutations (including Zappa's "solo years"), but this list includes such steller talents as Ray Collins, Ike Willis, Don Preston, Ruth and Ian Underwood, George Duke, and the later solo years with Terry Bozzio, and Steve Vai. Outside of the Jazz world, these are hands down, the greatest, most innovative, ground breaking, experimental, and humorous musicians in Rock (period).

NON-PERFORMER:

DJ WOLFMAN JACK:
The legend! Watch "American Graffiti" and know that all of it is/was true. Wolfman Jack was broadcasting from Mexico with a border busting signal from Midnight to 6AM. Spinning race records (R&B and Rock n Roll) to a whole generation of teenagers. Ironically he had rented the "dead of night" air time from a Christian station that was not broadcasting after Midnight!

TOM WILSON:
Produced Bob Dylan, Simon & Garfunkle, John Coltrane, The Velvet Underground. Signed Zappa & The Mothers of Invention, I could go on!! Read this instead...

Texas Monthley: The Greatest Producer You Have Never heard...

VAN DYKE PARKS:
Producer, Arranger, Lyricist, Film Composer. Asked to join The Byrds, wrote the craziest lyrics ever for Brian Wilson/The Beach Boys. 

  
Also for your consideration (still waiting):
Bad Company
Bauhaus
The B-52's
Kate Bush
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Eurythmics/Annie Lennox
Billy Idol
Joe Jackson
Jane's Addiction
Rickie Lee Jones
Tom Jones
Ben E. King
Los Lobos
Toots & The Maytels
New York Dolls
Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels
Gram Parsons
The Replacements 
Rockpile/Nick Lowe & Dave Edmunds
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Squeeze
Supertramp
WAR
Paul Weller/The Jam
Lucinda Williams
Sonny Boy Williamson
XTC
Warren Zevon

And when it is said an done,

After all, It's only Rock 'n' Roll. 

Stay Free
  

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All Time is Now • Debut show #001 - Hour One


I N D I E 1 0 3 1 • ALL TIME is NOW
THE DEBUT SHOW! - Hour One, 
July 15th 2011
the third week of July...
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1. HAPPY by Rolling Stones
THIS WEEK in 1972: The Rolling Stones release a second single off of Exile On Main St. Lead vocals by Keith Richards. (Not released as a single in the UK.)


2. TUMBLING DICE by Linda Ronstadt
The hit version of the Stones' Exile era track. From Linda's #1 Long Player Simple Dreams in 1977. Mick himself re-wrote the lyrics for Linda to sing from a female perspective.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Linda on July 15th
3. BABY DON'T GO by Dwight Yoakum & Sheryl Crow
THIS WEEK in 1997: Dwight and Sheryl's cover of the Sonny & Cher classic, "Baby Don't Go" from Dwight's 1997 Long Player, Under The Covers.

4. WHO THREW THE WHISKEY IN THE WELL? by Lucky Millinder and His Orchestra feat. Wynonie Harris
#1 THIS WEEK in 1945: This was the #1 78 on the R&B charts for eight weeks starting this week in 1945. Lead vocalist Wynonie Harris was one of Elvis presley's favorites.
5. JACKIE WILSON SAID (I'M IN HEAVEN WHEN YOU SMILE) by Van Morrison
THIS WEEK in 1972: The great Van Morrison's tribute to the great Jackie Wilson. 
6. HEY HARMONICA MAN by Little Stevie Wonder
THIS WEEK in 1964: Finger-snappin', foot-stompin', hand-clappin' rarity from the Long Player, Stevie At The Beach.
• SONIC HISTORY LESSON
American Top 40 with your host Casey Kasem, premeired July 4th 1970 on six AM stations (broadcasting in mono). Still going strong today with Ryan Seacrest hosting. The three hour show counted down the Top 40 hits of the nation, the best-selling and most-played songs from the Atlantic to the Pacific, from Canada to Mexico. 
7. MAMA TOLD ME NOT TO COME by Three Dog Night
#1 THIS WEEK in 1970: The #1 song in the US on the debut of American Top 40. Written by Randy Newman.
8. NEVER TEAR US APART by Joe Cocker
THIS WEEK in 2002: One of the best voices to come out of the 60's covers one of the best songs to come out of the 80's. Joe Cocker's version of INXS' "Never Tear Us Apart" from his long player, Respect Yourself.
9. LOVE WILL TEAR US APART by Joy Division
The timeless classic came out just a month prior to singer Ian Curtis' untimely death. Often listed as one of the best 45's of all time.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY to Ian Curtis on July 15th (1956)
10. THE BEAT(EN) GENERATION by The The
THIS WEEK in 1989: From the Long Player, Mind Bomb. Johnny Marr on guitar and the great lyricist, leader, Matt Johnson, always ahead of his time.
11. TALK TALK by Talk Talk
THIS WEEK in 1982: The debut Long Player from Talk Talk, The Party's Over.
12. YOU'LL ALWAYS FIND ME IN THE KITCHEN AT PARTIES by Jona Lewie
THIS WEEK in 1980: The New Wave classic on Stiff Records.
13. MEDLEY: BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO by James Last
The German Big-Band Orchestra with Strings and Pop-Rock Quartet covers the Beatles classic. From the Long Player, Non-Stop Dancing 9 in 1969.
14. BALLAD OF JOHN & YOKO by The BEATLES
THIS WEEK in 1969: Over 100 Top 40 Stations in the U.S. ban the Beatles hit for it's lyrical content; the repetitive use of the words, "Christ" and "Crucify". Sited as a filthy piece of pornographic, sacraligeous blasphemy. #1 in the UK.
15. SUPERMAN by R.E.M.
THIS WEEK in 2011: The remastered two disc box set of the 1986 classic, Life's Rich Pageant. R.E.M. cover The Clique 60's garage rocker. 
16. GOD ONLY KNOWS by The Beach Boys
THIS WEEK in 1966: From the all-time classic, Pet Sounds. Released as the B-side to "Wouldn't It Be Nice" in the US. Released as an A-side in the UK.




They were all feeling good,
They were happy doin the best they could,
They were feelin' mighty fine,
Higher than the devine,
’cause It’s Only Rock ‘n’ Roll.

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