Hail! Hail! Rock'n'roll! The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially opened this week on Sept. 2, 1995. It is similar to the United Nations in that its existence is an extraordinary achievement, and eve
Hail! Hail! Rock'n'roll!
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame officially opened this week on Sept. 2, 1995. It is similar to the United Nations in that its existence is an extraordinary achievement, and everybody has a different opinion about how it should be run.
I personally believe the founding fathers (in both cases) have done a very good job under difficult circumstances and should be applauded.
But, hard as it is to believe, I do have a thought or two. In my mind, "Rock and Roll" has a specific identity. The founders' inclusion of blues, folk, soul and R&B artists who had a direct influence on rock artists was also a good idea.
The truth is the biggest problem the hall faces is getting everybody deserving in. The 100-plus names submitted each year are all great artists.
One issue that does need to be dealt with for reasons of historical accuracy is band leaders getting in while, in some cases, their profoundly important bands don't. Elvis is in, Scotty Moore is in, but Bill Black and D.J. Fontana are not; Buddy Holly but no Crickets; Bill Haley but no Comets; Smokey but no Miracles—you get the idea. If they weren't essential, why were their names used in the first place? I suggest a mea culpa special induction ceremony, and let's get them all in.
Meanwhile, I will continue to display my own personal prejudice and fight for the Johnny Burnette and the Rock and Roll Trio, Little Walter, the Hollies, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, etc. And by the way, there's also dozens of songwriters, producers and other critically important nonperformers who must be recognized, beginning with Brian Epstein, Andrew Loog Oldham, Albert Grossman and yeah, Col. Tom Parker.
See you in the voting booth.
COOLEST GARAGE SONGS
1. "Zeno Beach," Radio Birdman
2. "Dolls," Primal Scream
3. "Saving Grace," Tom Petty
4. "Hot Girls in Good Moods," Butch Walker & the Let's Go Out Tonites
5. "Your Love, Now," Th' Losing Streaks
6. "Pull Shapes," the Pipettes
7. "Pinkerton's Assorted Colours," the Anderson Council
8. "New Year," Living Things
9. "Dance Like a Monkey," New York Dolls
10. "If It Takes a Life Time," Cheap Trick
COOLEST GARAGE ALBUMS
1. "Highway Companion," Tom Petty
2. "Riot City Blues," Primal Scream
3. "One Day It Will PLease Us To Remember Even This," New York Dolls
4. "Broken Boy Soldiers," the Raconteurs
5. "Waterloo to Anywhere," Dirty Pretty Things
6. "Rockford," Cheap Trick
7. "Sinner," Joan Jett and the Blackhearts
8. "Ahead of the Lions," Living Things
9. "The Rise and Fall of Butch Walker & the Let's Go Out Tonites," Butch Walker & the Let's Go Out Tonites
10. "Sounds of Violence," Th' Losing Streaks