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Cheap Trick v. Red Hot Chili Peppers

Today’s game is a tough one for me.   Some people may be under the impression that I’m a fan of all these groups.  I’m not.  I’m trying to be inclusive and be fair about bands that are deserving.  Not my personal hall, but a representative selection testifying to the majesty of rock.  I do enjoy both these bands, so this game is tough for me.

Cheap Trick is a stealthy famous band.  Masters of the ephemeral art of the pop/rock hook, they made catchy songs that everyone loves and don’t weigh you down.  Their best stuff doesn’t have complicated, deeper meanings, alternative chord progressions and they didn’t write any concept albums, just songs with a good beat that you can dance to.  Why, exactly does a rock band have to be more than that to be great?  Not quite punk, not quite new wave and so popular in Japan they’re called the “American Beatles” (a comparison they’ve always embraced).  Despite never really having monster commercial success, they’ve made their bones as a touring band, and are heard by millions doing the themes for “That 70’s Show” and “The Colbert Report.”  Fun without being silly, loud without being heavy, light but not insubstantial, often imitated but still unique, Cheap Trick holds a unique place in rock history.

There are some bands that are so obviously missing from the HoF that it’s hard to understand why they aren’t there (Flea deserves admission as a sideman with all the groups and songs he’s played on)  The Red Hot Chili Peppers have been so popular and successful for so long I would just assume they would be in.  Maybe it’s because they aren’t a band whose best years are in the past .  Maybe it’s because they don’t seem like they released their first album 27 years ago (until you look at some of their old stuff and see how young they look).  Maybe it’s because they’ve  grown from a wild funk/party band to something more substantial and still sound like the Chili Peppers.  Maybe I’m wrong, maybe Neil Diamond has contributed more to the history of Rock and Roll than they have.  Or maybe with 6 top 40 songs, 5 top 10 albums and 6 Grammy awards, I’m not.

One band is known for having a lot of guitars, the other is known for having had a lot of guitarists.  Now you vote

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