November 11, 2011 is Nigel Tufnul day. Are your decorations up? Have you bought your Nigel Tufnel presents yet? Best get on it.
Nigel Tufnel day, it goes to 11.
Today the RnRHoF announced its nominees for the 2012 induction. They’re listed below. I have a couple of thoughts. First of all, I really need to pick up the pace of my blogging. I’m just a little past the halfway point of the first round. At this rate, I’ll get this tournament done in time for the 2012 induction ceremony (or maybe the 2012 apocalypse).
Secondly, I’m kinda mixed on the nominations. Good on you for the Beastie Boys, RHCP, The Cure, Freddie King, G’n’R, & Eric B & Rakim. Not at all surprised by The (Small) Faces — although they’re more famous for what some of their members did afterwards, and Donovan — kinda surprised he wasn’t in already. (more…)
I haven’t been pushing the Spinal Tap thing lately, so I was searching the web for articles, blogs, what-have-you about the Tap. I came across a list of the best fictional bands. As I’ve said, I don’t consider the Tap to be a fictional band, seeing as how they do play their instruments and write their songs. But I did start thinking about movie bands. Movies about rock bands aren’t always very good, but sometimes they are. So I’ve put together a list where you can choose your favorite movie band. There’s a whole slew of sample videos at the end of this blog.
Much of the inspiration came from these lists: The 50 Best Fictional Bands, Top 10 Greatest Fictional Bands and 10 Excellent Fictional Bands (I waste a lot of time clicking through lists on the internet). One list put the Tap at #1, another at #2 and another put them on the first page, so that must mean they’re the best.
FYI, I didn’t include Otis ‘Bad’ Blake or Mac Sledge, Dicky Cox or anyone from that Gweneth Paltrow movie, not because I don’t like country music, but because they’re solo artists, and it took me so long to get the list of just bands. I didn’t include the Ruttles or the Folksmen because I’ve already put them in another poll. Flight of the Chonchcords is a TV band (no disrespect intended). I thought about not including the Blues Brothers, ’cause they really did perform and tour as a band (and ’cause it was really hard to find a clip from the movie, I had to settle for the trailer). I wasn’t going to include The Lone Rangers, but Steve Buscemi does a great job of pretending to play bass guitar. If there’s another movie band I didn’t include, or I shouldn’t have included, write a comment.
I also found a clip of Nirvana talking about Singles (featuring Citizen Dick) and they go on to praise This is Spïnal Tap as being the best rock documentary. It all comes back around!!!!
Coming soon, the tally for the first half of the first round of the tournament! This whole tournament thing has grown into something much bigger than I expected. But you are worth it, my 10 or so devoted readers.
Figrin D’an and the Modal Nodes:
Dr. Teeth and the Electric Mayhem:
Sonic Death Monkey/Kathleen Turner Overdrive/Barry Jive and the Uptown Five:
The Soggy Bottom Boys:
Buckaroo Banzai & the Hong Kong Cavaliers:
Eddie and the Cruisers:
The Fabulous Stains:
The Blues Brothers:
So I was discussing this with my girlfriend, bemoaning the fact that the Tap was again overlooked. She agreed with me, but then said “I didn’t know they were a real band.” I started to say that they weren’t, but then thought, why aren’t they? They performed live, play their own instruments (quite well, actually), wrote their own songs, have released a few albums (the first one in 1984) and do, in fact, rock.
But there’s no Nigel Tufnel, he’s the Right Honorable Christopher Guest! But why should that matter? Robert Zimmerman from Minnesota can become freewheelin’ troubadour Bob Dylan in Greenwich Village. Jim Morrison created a mythology about himself that his parents died when he was young, when they actually outlived him. Gordon Sumner did the same when he began to become popular as Sting. None of the Ramones last names are Ramone, and David Bowie changed his name from Jones to avoid being confused with a Monkee (Not to mention his time spent as Ziggy Stardust, or the Great White Duke). I hate to break this to you, my small circle of readers, but Bono and The Edge are not their birth names, nor was Stevie born with the last name Wonder. Did any of these pseudonyms make these artists less worthy of hall-dom? Will the fact that Dr. John is not legally able to practice medicine keep him from joining this year’s inductees? (R.I.P. to Captain Beefheart, who I can find no mention in his obits of having served in the military or the merchant marine and is not related to the famous Beefheart family of Essex). Are the Beatles later albums excluded because Paul died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike who continues to impersonate him and formed Wings? I don’t think so! There’s a element of Rock and Roll that is about re-inventing yourself, about artifice. It’s part of the freedom and liberation it offers.
“But you’re not getting it,” you say. “Michael McKean and Harry Shearer are actors!” But Elvis acted, The Beatles acted, does that make any of them less worthy of being in the hall? Did anyone say: “I’m not going to vote for Madonna because Swept Away (or just about anything else she’s been in) was so painfully bad”? (more…)