For some time, I’ve been on a campaign to have Spinal Tap inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (RnRHoF). This year, especially when Neil Diamond was chosen to be inducted, I felt a particular sense of outrage. Maybe outrage is a bit strong, but none the less, as much as I enjoy the occasional Neil Diamond song (“Sweet Caroline,” That song from The Jazz Singer), he’s not a rock ‘n’ roll star. He’s just not. He maybe rocks sometimes, probably rolls once in a while, but he is not rock and roll. Not that the Rock and Roll Hall is that rocking either all the time, it’s made some selections that are, to me, mystifying. But I’m not the ultimate authority on Rock and Roll, so until now, I’ve let it go. But no longer! It’s time the Tap got into the Hall!
A bit of history; in the early 80’s a few things happened. First a guy said: “There ought to be a hall of fame for rock and roll!” Since that guy was Jann Wenner, owner and publisher of Rolling Stone and über-boomer, it happened. Then, in 1984, This is Spinal Tap was released (featuring a band that first performed in 1979). Since then Mr. Wenner and his posse have continued the HoF, building a museum in Cleveland and inducting over a hundred groups and/or solo artists (none actually from Cleveland). Spinal Tap has done pretty well for itself since then. The movie didn’t do well in its theatrical release, but has since done very well on video and DVD, to the point where it was selected to be a part of the National Film Registry in 2002, and becoming famously cited and admired by numerous rock bands.