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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
  

Shark

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