There's been a few comments on the blogs the past few days about the latest batch of nominees 4 the Rock&Roll Hall of Fame -- whether some of the nominated artists were successful enuf or influential enuf 2 B included, who's bn overlooked, who should B added immediately, etc.
All of these comments R informative & make good points -- Seano's views at "Circle of Fits" (http://seanoandjefe.blogspot.com/) R especially direct & funny. He gets INTO it. & I agree with a lot of what he sez.
But I still think the whole idea of a Rock&Roll Hall of Fame is ... pretty silly. It's not like a Football HOF or a Baseball HOF where you've at least got career statistics 2 fall back on when making selections or rooting 4 yer favorites. With the R&R HOF there's always gonna B disagreements about who was or wasn't successful enuf or influential enuf 2 honor. There R still plenty of disagreements about who or what is or isn't rock&roll.
Besides, you can't quantify art like you can sports. Might as well have a Writer's Hall of Fame or a Painter's Hall of Fame. It's silly. Sure, Shakespeare & Dickens & Tolstoy & Twain get in2 the Writer's HOF -- but what about Mickey Spillane? Robert Heinlein? Isaac Asimov? & who's 2 say they shouldn't B there 2?
Would some1 tell Beethoven he couldn't qualify 4 the Classical HOF Bcos he only wrote 4 "#1" symphonies? Would some1 tell Andy Warhol he can't get in2 the Artist's HOF cos re-painting a Campbell's soup can "ain't art"?
Bsides, popular music is all about what a song, album, band, musician or singer means TO YOU -- the impact they made on your life. We're all gonna have diffrent opinions about something so personal.
Better 2 build your own Hall of Fame on your blog or in your head -- that's where the biggest impact is made NEway. Better 2 make sure some of this stuff is still talked about, rather than enshrined in some building in ... Cleveland?
As 4 me, if I had my own Rock&Roll Hall of Fame that I could build in the back yard -- & my backyard is pretty small, so there isn't gonna B much room -- what follows is a list of who I'd enshrine there, broken-down by previous intense listening-periods in my life.
(This list was made in spare moments during the worst nite at work I've had in months, so I may have 4gotten some folks. I reserve the right 2 add or delete names from this list 4 NE reason. Onward.)
EARLY LISTENING SECTION (starting at age 11):
Three Dog Night
Tommy James & the Shondells
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Neil Diamond (thru about 1974....)
Thom Bell (producer/songwriter for the previous 2)
Simon & Garfunkel
Sly and the Family Stone
Mamas & the Papas
Doobie Bros. (thru 1976)
THE POST-HIGHSCHOOL PROG-ROCK ERA:
Gryphon (unique & forgotten....)
Providence (1 great album....)
Happy the Man
Todd Rundgren (as performer, songwriter, producer, bandleader)
RECORD STORE DAZE AND AFTER:
Nick Drake (A friggin genius....)
Monkees (They still hold up....)
Kate Bush (3 great albums, & adventurous stuff after....)
Dire Straits (2 great albums, not including BROTHERS IN ARMS)
Pete Townshend solo
Pat Metheny (Jazz, not rock? Oh well....)
Dylan (lotsa great songs -- & he's FUNNY!)
Def Leppard (great vocals!)
Rush (I prefer the stuff from PERMANENT WAVES on....)
Phil Spector (all his early-'60s stuff)
Smokey Robinson (with The Miracles & as songwriter)
MORE RECENT STUFF:
Bare Naked Ladies
Nirvana (still not sure....)
Dave Sinclair (Caravan)
...I'm sure I've forgotten some. Best I can do off the toppa my head.
You might've noticed there R few '50s & early '60s rockers listed above: Elvis, Chuck Berry, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard, etc., have never done all that much 4 me, tho I know none of the resta this stuff would Xist without them.
Also few mid-'60s rockers -- I admire Jefferson Airplane, Hendrix, Doors, etc., but I don't love them. MayB I just haven't heard enuf.
Would love 2 hear yer own list of R&RHOF nominees. & of course outraged comments can also B made below....