A blog to get Spinal Tap into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (and whatever else I want it to be about)



The announcement has been made, the inductees are ready to be inducted.

Randy Newman
Public Enemy
Donna Summer
Albert King
Lou Adler
Quincy Jones

I predicted Rush, P.E. and Donna Summer, with a maybe for Heart and Albert King. I thought Joan Jett would probably get in, but am not shocked or devastated that she didn’t. Not bad for me.

I said it could be a good year for women, and 2 female-led acts are the most since 2007 when Patti Smith and The Ronettes both made it. Still, women are remarkably under-represented in the HoF.

I said it could be a good year for African-American acts, and it was. Half of the acts, 4 of 8, making it the most colorful year in the HoF since 2000, when 8 of 14 acts were black (Last year had 4 acts that were nearly all black musicians, but ratio-wise it was 4 out of  17).

The ceremony will be on April 18th in Los Angeles, the first time since 1993 it will be in CA (tickets go on sale January 25th, if anyone is thinking of getting me a gift).

No mention I could find of the fan voting that contributed so little to the overall decision. It would be interesting to see what the results of that poll were.

And the Tap is once again overlooked. ‘Sigh’


Voting day is here!

Did you know you can vote today? Yes, they’ve opened up the voting for The Rock Hall to the general populace. The fans. You! The brain trust that runs the Hall has a poll where you can choose from the nominees. The winners of that poll will be considered one ballot of more than 600 to choose the inductees. That’s right, one in six hundred! Under 0.1666667%! That is not your vote alone, but the winners of the votes of all of fandom, contributes almost 1/5 of a percent. That means your vote is less significant than your vote for Ross Perot was.
Unfortunately, the Tap was overlooked again and there are no write-in votes, so you options are limited to: The Paul Butterfield Blues Band, Chic, Deep Purple, Heart, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, Albert King, Kraftwerk, The Marvelettes, The Meters, Randy Newman, N.W.A., Procol Harum, Public Enemy, Rush, and Donna Summer. But there’s no reason I can see why you can’t stuff the ballot box. You probably can’t vote more than once from one computer, but vote from your phone, your tablet, your home computer, your work computer, your office mate’s office compter. Next time you’re in a library or the Apple Store, go to each computer, each iPhone, each iPad and vote. And if you have an iPad Mini, I’m jealous.
The upside of this is that Rush is leading the fan poll, and while it might take a few times around for pioneers like The Meters (funk) or Kraftwerk (electronica/dance) to get in, I imagine Public Enemy will make it (and maybe N.W.A. too).
Other than that, Donna Summer will probably be a sentimental voter favorite. HoF voters are probably old enough to remember when Randy Newman wrote songs that weren’t Pixar soundtracks, but I doubt he’ll get in. I don’t see why Procol Harum would make it. And despite the lobbying efforts of the Paul Butterfiled Fund and Society (for real), I would expect he and his blues band would be better recognized as side performers than as their work as a band. You could say the same for Chic. Deep Water may have written the first rif most guitarists learn, but I don’t think that’s sufficient. Heart? Well, I’ll reserve my opinion until I get back into the tourney. The Marvelettes were no Supremes, and Joan Jett and the Blackhearts were no Runaways. Albert King, heck yeah, but if he hasn’t gotten in by now, I can’t see that he will this year.
My predictions: Definitely Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Rush. Probably Joan Jett and the Blackhearts — everybody loves her. The last slot could be Heart making it a very female centric year. Or could be N.W.A., making it a very big hip-hop year. Possible, I suppose the baby-boomers could bring in The Marvelettes, Procol Harem, Paul Butterfield Blues Band or maybe even Albert King, but I’m thinking probably not.
Vote or not? Sure.  Can’t hurt. Like my grandfather said; vote early, vote often. Voting goes until Dec 3rd.
(But be sure to vote today for the other election, if for no other reason than to celebrate the end of this miserable campaign season).

New Replacements!

According to RollingStone.com, Paul Westerberg and Tommy Stinson got together in Minneapolis studio and recorded 4 cover songs (drummer Chris Mars declined). It’ll benefit Slim Dunlap, their guitarist from ’87 to ’91 who had a stroke in February. They’ll be releasing it on a 10″ vinyl EP (one would think, if they were really serious about selling copies, they might go with a more contemporary format, like, say tape cassette).

However, Paul Westerberg, said “We still rock like murder.” and that he is closer to a full reunion (with a tour and new material?) than he was 2 years ago.

A Replacements song just came on Pandora for me. It’s, like, kismet.

New Christopher Guest Series!

HBO has ordered “Family Tree”, written by Christopher Guest and Jim Piddock, and Mr. Guest will direct. It will star Chris O’Dowd, but Christopher Guest will also appear in the show. It’s about a man who looses his job and his girlfriend and sets off to investigate his family’s unusual past. I mentioned that this was going to pilot, but now HBO has ordered several episodes, probably 8. For all my British readers, it will be on BBC Two.

Chris O’Dowd, not for nothing, was the star of the British Sit-Com “The IT Crowd” and got some attention in “Bridesmaids”

For more info click here.

I can’t believe I forgot Devo!

Always been one of my favorite bands. When I was a kid, I thought they were fun and silly. Now that I’m older, I find them fun and smart. I saw them at Coachella a few years ago and it was one of the highlights. Great performance — super energy and great song after song. And they’re from Ohio!

Just read an article about them, and about a Kickstarter campaign to do a documentary on them. Best part of the article is a Spotify playlist, so you, dear reader, can brush up on your Devo, and I can seem more multi-media tech savvy (without going through the considerable effort these things always seem to take).