Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The RandR HOF released it's nominees for the class of 2009...

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Hip Hop group Run-DMC, heavy metal band Metallica and musician/songwriter Bobby Womack are among nine nominees announced on Monday vying for five spots in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Guitarist Jeff Beck, disco and R&B band Chic, rock and roll singer Wanda Jackson, doo-wop group Little Anthony and the Imperials, rock band The Stooges, and the California funk band War were also nominated.Artists become eligible for the Hall of Fame 25 years after the release of their first single or album and are represented in an exhibition at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum in Cleveland, Ohio.
More than 500 music industry professionals will choose five of the nominees for the 24th annual induction on April 4 in Cleveland. The inductees will be announced in January.
New York hip hop group Run-DMC are credited with setting the "template for modern hip-hop, from their everyday-teenager style to their blazing live shows to a catalog of classic songs that few rappers have matched," the Hall of Fame Foundation said in a statement.
Founded in the 1980s by Joseph "Rev. Run" Simmons, Darryl "DMC" McDaniels and Jason "Jam Master Jay" Mizell, the group's hits include "It's Like That," "It's Tricky" and "Walk This Way," their collaboration with Aerosmith.
Los Angeles band Metallica -- founded by vocalist James Hetfield and drummer Lars Ulrich -- rose "to become the most successful and acclaimed heavy metal band of their era - a position they've consistently held for over a quarter century," the foundation said.

THIS IS CRAP. How could Stevie Ray Vaughn in his first year of eligibility be bypassed? No Moody Blues, Doobies, Chicago, Three Dog Night? Run DMC had ONE song, and Aerosmith had to rescue their career on that. While I agree with the Bobby Womack and Jeff Beck selection, my advice on the Beck pick is...what the hell took you guys so long? He has only single handedly changed the way we play guitar. His "Blow By Blow" CD will rank as among the greatest of our time. Chic? Rock and Roll? I am reminded of the movie "Scanners" where eevryone's head explodes. I can't deal with this or there will be pieces of my cranium on my desk. How utterly disappointing.
I just found out that "War" is also being inducted and that, I can see. Great songs from a great band. "Four Cornered Room" has nothing on Hendrix.

1 comment:

Robert Landrum said...

My God! You could make a Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame based solely on the artists and bands who haven't been selected yet!

Electric Light Orchestra
REO Speedwagon
Ted Nuggent
and I could go on.

It took several years for Pink Floyd to get into the HOF and the Hall actually had SMASHING PUMPKINS introduce them. Geeze!

You're right. As far as I am concerned, the RnR HOF is becoming more political than the Grammys. Album Oriented Rock will always get disrespected in the HOF until the people get the chance to vote people in!

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