- Whitney Houston - I keep having to check that she hasn't already been inducted by acclamation after her tragic early death a la Lou Gehrig. Immensely talented singer who sold billions of records and had any number of iconic moments (singing the Star Spangled Banner as the first Gulf War began, telling Diana Sawyer that "crack is whack," allowing herself to appear in 11 unforgettable episodes of "Being Bobby Brown"). Perhaps enough time has passed for people to properly celebrate her talent and accomplishment.
- Janet Jackson - Another extremely talented and successful African-American female singer who sold tens of millions of records and influenced generations of performers. Perhaps hall organizers need to be reminded that rock and roll is just what white people started calling rhythm and blues when they got around to watering it down a bit.
- Dire Straits - This one I really don't get. Dire Straits would seem to be a natural choice for hall honchos such as Jann Wenner - 4 or 5 musically accomplished white guys who could really play and wrote catchy songs like "Sultans of Swing" and "Money for Nothing" and were the biggest band in the world in 1985. Plus, they're English, for pete's sake! Perhaps Mark Knopfler has let it be known that he has better things to do than show up and play with his former bandmates at the induction show.
- The Cars - Paraphrasing "Wayne's World," I think that American suburban teens were issued a copy of their debut album as part of freshman orientation in the fall of 1978.
- Cyndi Lauper, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Kool and the Gang, Sade, Depeche Mode, the Cure, the Smiths, Erasure, Eurythmics, Roxy Music, Tina Turner (solo), KRS-ONE, Eric B and Rakim
Friday, December 25, 2015
Rock n Roll
With the long overdue inclusion of power pop gods and recent Fillmore Silver Spring guests Cheap Trick, here is my list of the eligible acts most deserving of induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Note: I, along with the Hall organizers, understand "Rock and Roll" in this context to generally mean American popular music (or more precisely, English-language music popular in the US) of the rock and roll era, from about 1955 on. As such, I have no patience with the "It's a joke that N.W.A. (or ABBA or Donna Summer, etc.) are in when everyone knows that Foghat played real rock and roll and still aren't in!" argument.