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…)
This isn’t my competition, more like a side game. Nerve posted this article, but I thought it was relevant.
I’m in The Cure camp on this. While I like some of Johnny Marr’s guitar work, I can’t stand Morrissey. I know he’s Irish — don’t care. That’s why I put the Cure in my playoffs and not The Smiths. I’m sure Morrissey is loosing sleep over that, but he can soothe himself with a big pile of money, I’m sure. And for those of you who prefer The Smiths and their irritating lead singer, write your own damn blog.
P.S. Gonna try to finish the next game soon. Hopefully this weekend. I’ve been busy.
P.P.S. And if you like The Cure, be sure to vote for them here
And so what are the requirements for entry into the hall? A band must have released their first album 25 years previously and… that’s it. There’s a committee that chooses eligible artists for their “significant impact on the evolution, development and perpetuation of rock and roll” and then sends ballots to more than 500 rock ‘experts’. Apparently they didn’t want to go with “The Rock and Roll Hall of Impacting Evolution, Development and Perpetuation.” The top vote getters with over 50% of the vote get in according to their website. Usually 5-7 performers or groups. The past few years have been for acts that were previously overlooked; none of this year’s inductees released their first album in 1985, or in the 80’s for that matter, nor did any of last year’s. That’s reasonable, because everyone knows there were no new or significant artists from the 1980’s. Not The Cure, Bon Jovi, INXS, Depeche Mode, Billy Idol, X, XTC, etc. (not a band, just a Latin abbreviation). Certainly not for baby boomers who were starting families, listening to oldies radio and not going to clubs or listening to new music.
Not to belittle that generation of music fans, but there was a legitimate change in music in the 80’s, not to say that there weren’t changes in the 60’s or 70’s. (more…)