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

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…And they did too!

I am truly a genius! Like two years before these Johnny-come-latelies at the San Jose Mercury-News, I had this idea, now another “Who should be in the Hall” tournament. They’re so impressed that they’re doing brackets. Ooooh, and fancy them they might actually follow through and finish it. Big whoop (although in my defense, they aren’t presenting the case for each act, or making sample playlists, or even doing videos — all that took a lot of time). Posers. They didn’t even include the Tap.

But they have some interesting matchups and some acts I didn’t include. And you can go crazy and vote for the whole first round at once. So check it out.


Luther Vandross v. The Beastie Boys

Bet you didn’t expect this matchup.

Luther’s playlist              Beastie’s playlist


Be sure to check out the other matches:

LL Cool J v. Wham!

Janet Jackson v Afrika Bambaataa

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The induction

I mis-bloged when I said the induction ceremony was Sunday night, it was last night (Monday).  If you haven’t heard what went down, here’s an article:

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(Nothing says rock and roll like grammar humor.)

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Rockin’ Women

For anyone who’s interested, and might be in Cleveland (brrrr), here’s an upcoming exhibit at the RnRHoF.

“Women Who Rock: Vision, Passion, Power”

Chicks Rock, would have been my choice for the title.

BTW, they’re also showing movies for Black History Month, and the Bruce Springsteen exhibit closes at the end of the month.


The reasons (part one of a much too long series)

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.

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