Wednesday, November 01, 2006

My Yearly Bitch Session

Today in Music History:

In 1975 Patti Smith's landmark debut album, Horses, is released. Beat poetry and garage rock meet in this early blueprint for rock and New Wave.

The Rock and Roll Hall of Bullshit announced on Monday their latest batch of nominees for 2007; Patti Smith, R.E.M., Van Halen, Chic, the Dave Clark Five, Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five, the Ronettes, the Stooges and Joe Tex. Only five will make it and once again I am bamboozled. I would say that although the above artists may well deserve a spot(Most notably Smith), the list of groundbreaking artists who should have been inducted well before any of the above is massive. Once again here's a short list of artists who I guess aren't rock and roll enough. Alice Cooper, Deep Purple, The Doobie Brothers, Grand Funk Railroad, Heart, Jethro Tull, KISS, The MC5, The Monkees, Rush, Mitch Ryder & The Detroit Wheels, Three Dog Night, Link Wray, Warren Zevon, and War. Just a few examples of glaring omissions. If you look at the list of folks who have been iducted since the initial ceremony, a few of the inductees leaves one scratching their head.

For REM to get a nod before any of the artists mentioned above is a load of crap. No offense to any REM fans, I own a few of their albums myself. But right is right. One can search the archives to reread my yearly rants from previous years. Personally i think a boycott should be in effect until Cooper, Link Wray and Rush are inducted. Nominating Patti Smith is a step in the right direction and like I repeat every year, maybe some of these artists will get their due next year.

High School by The MC5
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Please Me by Grand Funk
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White Lightning and Wine by Heart
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One by Three Dog Night
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