Balls to the Hall

|

As Patti Smith waxes poetic about being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, the Roundheaded Boy lists the bands that have, amazingly, been denied.

25. Deep Purple. What kind of Hall of Fame doesn't have a place for the creators of one of the greatest riffs in the history of rock and roll that wasn't written by Keith Richards or Jimmy Page? Admit it, you're doing the head-nod to Smoke on The Water right this minute, aren't ya?
8. Los Lobos. Another head-scratcher. They may be the greatest roots rock American band of the last few decades, always working under the radar creating beautiful music that ranges from border song to experimental fuzz-rock. One of those boundary-pushing, genre-defying bands that has never gotten its proper due.
5. Link Wray and Dick Dale. If rock and roll is a primal scream of electric guitar, how can you leave off the men who gave us Rumble and Miserilou?

And so on. The list of actual inductees from every year is here: Some of them (Jackson Browne? Before Black Sabbath?) still don't quite compute. And this year's inclusion of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five gets many things wrong. It's not that they're a hip-group—it's that the acts they sampled (like Liquid Liquid) deserved recognition first. Actually the entire histories of electronic music and progressive rock have been unrepresented so far: No Kraftwerk, no Depeche Mode, no Yes, no King Crimson. I agree that Los Lobos and the Hollies et al should get there first, but if you're honoring "the influence and significance of the artist's contributions to the development and perpetuation of rock and roll," it seems odd to retcon the synthesizer and the 15-minute Tolkein-inspired keyboard solo out of history.

Advertisement

NEXT: Don't Ask, Don't Tell, and Don't Ever Apologize. It's a Sign of Weakness[*]

Editor's Note: We invite comments and request that they be civil and on-topic. We do not moderate or assume any responsibility for comments, which are owned by the readers who post them. Comments do not represent the views of Reason.com or Reason Foundation. We reserve the right to delete any comment for any reason at any time. Report abuses.

  1. Not one single post punk or new wave band yet. Hmmm?

  2. My theory: the HOF intentionally leaves a few noteworthy bands out because it gets people talking about the place, and also gives some importance to being inducted.

  3. What is Reason’s issue with Jackson Browne? I would think a hippie leftist like Browne would be a Weigel favorite. Seriously though, love it or hate it you can’t deny the huge impact California country rock had on the nation. It sold millions and in the 90s its influence went on to completly change the face of country music. In my opinion for the worse, but you can’t deny its importance. Of that genre, Browne is a lot better than the Eagles. I understand how people don’t like him but I don’t get why people hate him.

    As far as the list goes, The Guess Who and Grand Funk are the two worst classic rock bands ever. I am sure somewhere there is a Guess Who wing of hell where poor denizens are forced to listen to American Woman and No Sugar Tonight at 120 decibles over and over for all eternity. I am sure that there is a similiar wing for Grand Funk where I Am Your Captain blasts out. UGH!!

    How the hell are Warren Zevon and Gram Parsons not in the Hall of Fame?

  4. I take that back….

    Blonde

    Talking Heads

    The Police/U2 (I guess)

  5. Like any such subjective list, it is pointless to ponder too closely. The Hall, in its unavoidable obsolescence, was doomed from the beginning. It is a museum that has run out of exhibits.

  6. True

  7. Seriously though, love it or hate it you can’t deny the huge impact California country rock had on the nation. It sold millions and in the 90s its influence went on to completly change the face of country music.

    So give the Eagles the slot and move on to other genres. That’s my main beef – recognizing the second-tier or third-tier stars of certain genres without awarding the superstars of other genres. Nobody can explain to me how Kraftwerk isn’t in here yet.

  8. OFF TOPIC :

    Weigel,

    What the hell happened to the post about the Dem’s caving on the Iran amendment?? It was posted, then removed…..did someone get to you shill boy?? πŸ˜‰

  9. or Can

  10. Patti Smith is wrong. The RnR Hall of Lame is the death of anything rock ‘n’ roll was ever about. For some reason, people act surprised that the choices of inductees invariably end up random, illogical and/or politicized.

    You “honor” music and musicians by playing their records and enjoying their songs, not by hosting expensive tuxedo balls for parasitical record execs. The very idea that anyone who cares about music would support this crap is an abomination.

  11. What the hell happened to the post about the Dem’s caving on the Iran amendment??

    I hadn’t seen Brian’s early a.m. post on the same topic; when I did euthanized my post.

  12. Did the Israel Lobby suppress your previous post about the Israel Lobby? It shows up in the RSS feed, but is missing from the web site.

  13. DAvid,

    Jackson Browne is the top tier. It is the Eagles who were the second rate knock off. If anyone deserves a spot for that genra it is Browne not the Eagles. Further, can’t I say the same thing about electronica? Put Joy Division in and forget about second raters like Krartwerk.

  14. Is it the “American Rock & Roll Hall of Fame”?
    Cuz their tastes certainly do skew that way.

    Where is the Jam,
    Mott the Hoople,
    T Rex,
    The Small Faces,
    The Faces,
    The Specials,
    Madness?
    Again, I ask where is the Jam?

  15. All halls of fame are stupid. I hate the “Oh, I’m so special; you’re so special” culture. People suck; they don’t deserve accolades.

  16. The Museum is in Cleveland but the party is in New York.
    ‘Nuff said.

  17. real bill – that’s a cool lyric. let’s start a band!

    people suck
    they don’t deserve accolades
    bodies rot
    when left out in the everglades

    ok, i got stuck….bonghit?

  18. Excellent, dhex! I wish I was that quick.

  19. I suppose we could let some Brits in our Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but, please God, no Swedish bands!

  20. So give the Eagles the slot and move on to other genres.

    Wrong-o. The Eagles deserve to be given the finger and nothing else.

    The Museum is in Cleveland but the party is in New York.
    ‘Nuff said.

    I’m not sure you’ve said enough. What are you getting at? That music industry elitism is what is being honored by the Rock Hall, and not the spirit of the music? Cause Cleveland is about as rock and roll as you can get. Take it from Huey Lewis! The heart of Rock and Roll is in Cleveland.

  21. Patti Smith is wrong. The RnR Hall of Lame is the death of anything rock ‘n’ roll was ever about. For some reason, people act surprised that the choices of inductees invariably end up random, illogical and/or politicized.

    You “honor” music and musicians by playing their records and enjoying their songs, not by hosting expensive tuxedo balls for parasitical record execs. The very idea that anyone who cares about music would support this crap is an abomination.

    True. But then again, mueseums don’t kill things, they just honor things that are already dead.

  22. No Brian Eno?

  23. Brits, Germans, Swedes…

    The only Europeans that make decent popular music (in that order).

    Just don’t let any French bands in.

  24. Cause Cleveland is about as rock and roll irrelevant as you can get.

    Fixed.

    There, I’ve saved you all the trouble.

  25. And adding to the other great bands that SHOULD be in the Hall are…

    Deep Purple, Alice Cooper, Genesis, Joe Jackson,…Oh and No Friggin Root Boy Slim??

    Oh well.

  26. Please don’t assume that I like a lot of Swedish music. There has never been another band as awful as Ace of Base (and I hope there never will be).

  27. John Lydon on Jimmy Kimmel, talking about the Hall of Fame:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j0GraZT3YaQ

  28. Root Boy Slim?

    Did he change his name like Puff Diddy or whatever?

    I think anything electronic (or just with keyboards) tends to get dumped in the Disco Hall of Fame. If there is one. There should be one.

  29. Who gives a shit who is in the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame? The fact that the institution even exists is an affront to all things Rock & Roll. It’s Just another baby-boomer masturbation fest. And with each passing year it grows more grotesque as the relics in charge pass judgment on the music of the generations that followed theirs. Yep, there’s nothing more Rock & Roll than your grandparents telling what rocks.

    If you want to talk about something that really matters, explain to me why there are more ringless Minnesota Vikings in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than World Champion Dallas Cowboys. Now that’s a crime my friends.

  30. It’s Just another baby-boomer masturbation fest.

    And there are waaaayyyyy too many of those.

  31. “explain to me why there are more ringless Minnesota Vikings in the Pro Football Hall of Fame than World Champion Dallas Cowboys. Now that’s a crime my friends.”

    Because they are the flippin Cowboys and no one can stand then. Also, most of that has been fixed in the last few years. The only Cowboy not in the Hall of Fame that deserves to be there is Chuck Howely. Don’t even try to tell me that Cliff Harris or Waters deserves to be there. No way.

  32. It’s Just another baby-boomer masturbation fest.

    Didn’t Phish headline the last one? I think some hippies that I knew went to that.

  33. I’m shocked Neil Diamond isn’t in the Hall of Fame. Not even as a songwriter? So wrong.

  34. Didn’t Phish headline the last one? I think some hippies that I knew went to that.

    You’re confused. Phish headlined “Trustafarian Masturbation Fest ’06.”

  35. The Eagles deserve to be given the finger and nothing else.

    I’unno. Maybe a kick to their collective balls, too. (Joe Walsh excluded.)

  36. The Eagles deserve to be given the finger and nothing else.

    Maybe the clap.

  37. Just one word, then I’m out:

    RUSH

  38. Just one word, then I’m out:

    RUSH

    They can get in line behind the Eagles.

  39. It’s Tolkien, Mr. Weigel. Spell check!

  40. Harris and Watter no. Howely, Pearson and Hayes yes.

    Howely – obvious

    Pearson – Same numbers and role as Swan minus 2 Superbowls.

    Hayes – Doesn’t have the numbers but changed the receiver position.

    And you’re right, most of that has been corrected in the last few years. And once again – who gives a shit?

    I was just reaching for a lame HOF argument as an ironic juxtaposition to my R&R HOF rant.

    Nothing gives me tired-head like HOF debates. If you want to see fast, watch me change radio stations when I here theses words:

    Sports Radio Host: Pete Rose. Hall of Fame? We’re taking calls…(switch)

  41. I like Rush.

    They can get in line behind the Eagles.

    Not that Geddy Lee would need it, anyway. He already sings falsetto.

  42. (snorts a line of Cheeto dust)

    NEAL PERT IS THE BEST FUCKING DRUMMER EVER!!!!!

    (smashes glass)

    It ain’t easy being cheesy.

  43. “Pearson – Same numbers and role as Swan minus 2 Superbowls.”

    Good point except that Swann should have never gotten in. That was a joke.

    Hayes probably deserves to get in but I think people hold his drug issues against him more than the fact he was a Cowboy.

  44. The cool thing about the Replacements is that they would probably show up to the induction ceremony drunk, do a couple of half-assed Jackson Five covers, take a piss on stage and then leave.

  45. WHERE’S THE MOUNTAIN DEW?

  46. they let in too many people already

    it should be beatles, rolling stones, led zepplin, and bob dylan. that’s it.

    the government should seriously step in and regulate this.

  47. and where is the love of extreme metal?

    no slayer, no napalm death…what about earth?

  48. I wonder if/when Ministry will make the hall

    they belong

    Jesus Built My Pod Racer (errr… Hot Rod)

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xN9sx88gwnY&mode=related&search=

  49. steveintheknow and David Weigel,

    Here are some more deserving New Wavers:

    Missing Persons, Human League, Devo, GoGo’s, Softsell, Culture Club, Thompson Twins, Bananarama, A Flock of Seagulls, Gary Numan, Berlin, Vapors, Wall of Voodoo, The Cars, Duran Duran, Modern English, Thomas Dolby, Any more?

  50. NENA! Just for 99 Luftballons!

  51. Rick Barton,

    Jesus Christ, man!
    You left WIRE off you damn list of New Wavers!
    WIRE, you idiot! F’in’ WIRE!

    And some of those bands could hardly be called New Wave.

  52. Taco.

  53. There are a lot of cool bands in the Hall, despite being there. I can think of nothing less rebellious, less hip, less edgy, less balls to the wall, less……well…less rock’n’roll than the goddam Hall of Fame. What a bunch of disgusting marketing. Let’s take rock’n’roll and hand it over to the fat asses.

  54. NENA! Just for 99 Luftballons!

    Maybe she could share her slot with 7 Seconds. Their cover rocked really hard.

  55. Never heard of them. But it has to be in German or it sucks.

  56. “There are a lot of cool bands in the Hall, despite being there. I can think of nothing less rebellious, less hip, less edgy, less balls to the wall, less……well…less rock’n’roll than the goddam Hall of Fame. What a bunch of disgusting marketing. Let’s take rock’n’roll and hand it over to the fat asses.”

    Pretty true Lamar. I also hear that the foundation that runs the hall, while obstensibly a charitable organization for aging musicians is really just a front for music people to piss away money and party every year at the induction cerimony. The world would really have been a better place had there never been a hall.

  57. I’m not exactly sure what “Rock n’ Roll” means anymore in terms of rebelliousness. I guess the Rolling Stones are rebellious in that they have helped cement the Netherlands as Europe’s future Delaware.

  58. FFF,

    Not in German, sorry, but it is punk rock. I think you can stream it here.
    (I can’t check it for you – no soundcard at work.)

    By the way, you planning on seeing some sort of specialist about this zombie condition?

  59. No, sadly, once a zombie, always a zombie. There is no cure but to feed.

  60. All I know is, I hate you people because now I can’t get “Heart of Rock n Roll” out of my head. Dammit! *Kills self by hitting head with hammer*

  61. Smoke on the Water has to be one of the most yawn-inducing numbers that has ever been cut, but Space Truckin’ and Highway Star are pure metal gold. I’d let DP in based on those two songs alone.

  62. When I hear “The Heart of Rock n Roll,” I swear to God that it sounds like he’s saying “the hear of Rock n Roll is in Cleveland.” Which is why the location of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame makes sense to me.

  63. When I hear “The Heart of Rock n Roll,” I swear to God that it sounds like he’s saying “the hear of Rock n Roll is in Cleveland.”

    He does say that, towards the end of the song. At least, he says “. . . still beatin’, in Cleveland.”

  64. Basiclly Clevland was the only city so desparate for a tourist attraction that it wanted the place. Yeah, they justified the decision by pointing to Allen Freed getting his start there, but sighting the place in Clevland versus say Memphis or New York is pretty stupid and all about money.

  65. highnumber,

    Quit screaming at me:) And just which bands that I listed aren’t New Wave?

    Also, I did forget Oingo Boingo And BTW, they had a wonderful song; Capitalism

    http://members.aol.com/thegneech/elflib.htm

  66. It is scientifically, empirically, and objectively determinable that Rush deserve to be in the Hall of Fame.

  67. Pinko has taste! Nice! Add in “Space Child” as well, or whatever it’s called.

  68. What are you getting at? That music industry elitism is what is being honored by the Rock Hall, and not the spirit of the music?

    No, I’m saying it’s ironic and funny that the city that clings so desperately to any remaining shred of relevance by touting their Museum can’t even manage to draw the pop celebrities there for one night. Cooperstown still holds the baseball HOF induction ceremonies there, where baseball wasn’t invented. It’s shameful and embarrassing (for Clevelanders) that Cleveland can’t attract the big names to the mythical place where rock ‘n’ roll was “invented.”

  69. Rick Barton,

    Some of them are borderline (Cars, GoGos), but Culture Club was not by any stretch New Wave. I don’t care what allmusic says. They are no more New Wave than Wham!

    And, come on, you left WIRE off the list! WIRE!
    Not to mention Joy Division, the Cure, Depeche Mode…

  70. I refuse to visit the Hall of Fame until Farces Wanna Mo gets in there.

  71. OMG! and the Smiths!
    You left the Smiths off. How the hell could you ignore the Smiths?! What is wrong with you?

  72. OMG! and the Smiths!
    You left the Smiths off. How the hell could you ignore the Smiths?! What is wrong with you?

    No one wants to hear nasally Morissey whine and moan. Please everyone — ignore the Smiths. πŸ™‚

  73. highnumber,

    The more revealing aspect is the list of suggested bands:

    Missing Persons – dreck
    Human League – fun dreck, but still dreck
    Flock of Seagulls – If dreck ate some bad Chinese and had explosive diarrhea and recorded the sound of it and released it, it would still sound better than this shit.
    Berlin – are you fucking kidding me?
    etc.

  74. “No one wants to hear nasally Morissey whine and moan. Please everyone — ignore the Smiths. :)”

    What do you have against Morissey? What do you really have a girlfriend in a coma or something?

  75. No one wants to hear nasally Morissey whine and moan.

    ChicagoTom,

    You’re dead to me. I have no ChicagoTom!!!

    (rips pocket off shirt, starts crying and blubbering in fake Italian. Oh yeah, and kicks pebble.)

  76. To echo comments from the linked page: Todd Rundgren.

  77. I hate to disagree w/ ChicagoTom, but The Smiths were so ridiculously consistent and competent at churning out high-quality pop throughout their decade-long run that keeping them out wouldn’t really be fair. They are pretty much unfuckwithable in my book. Discuss…

  78. de stijl,
    I wasn’t going to dis the bands he included, but, yes, you are so right.

    ChicagoTom,
    You are not just dead to de stijl and me, you have neither a soul nor a sense of humor.

  79. ChicagoTom:

    A thorn in your side.

  80. “I was delayed, I was way-laid
    An emergency stop
    I smelt the last ten seconds of life
    I crashed down on the crossbar
    And the pain was enough to make
    A shy, bald, buddhist reflect
    And plan a mass murder
    Who said lied I’d to her?”

    I mean, the couples just tumble out effortlessly…and the tightness of the rhytm section and…and…Marr’s loopy and jaunty guitar.

    Yes, ChicagoTom, you’ve hit a raw spot.

  81. RUSH has been mentioned, but there’s one oversight I can’t believe has been noted:

    KISS

    I’d try to make an argument, but they’re as loved as they are hated, so the only thing I can say is that they are iconic and have sold more records than pretty much every other American rock band ever.

  82. I just KNEW that talking smack about the “Moz” was going to bring the hate. One of my exes was a huge Smith/Moz and she exposed me to him the most.

    My apologies to all the fans, but his voice makes me want to jam a meat thermometer in my ears! I just don’t get the love the guy gets. He may very well be a fantastic song writer (because of his grating voice I have a hard time listening to the lyrics) but as a front man…I don’t get it.

    I will admit that the Smith’s tunes I was forced to listen to were slightly more palatable than his solo stuff. I guess that’s kind of a nice thing to say, no?? πŸ™‚

  83. I like Morrissey and the Smiths just fine, but this line by The Meatmen (from “Morrissey Must Die”) makes me laugh:

    The highest court of public opinion
    finds the defendant Morrisey
    and his swarmy, skanky fanbase
    guilty of transgressions against man, music and nature.

    I guess it’s the way they say it.

  84. ChicagoTom,

    I Viva Hate you.

  85. highnumber:

    but Culture Club was not by any stretch New Wave

    What?? Sure they were. They appear on many New Wave compilations. Here’s one:

    http://www.nwoutpost.com/nwcomps.html

    Also, you’re right, the Cure and Depeche Mode should definitly be on the list-fine bands.

  86. The highest court of public opinion
    finds the defendant Morrisey
    and his swarmy, skanky fanbase
    guilty of transgressions against man, music and nature.

    hehehe… that’s awesome.

    Although I’ll take Moz fans over Rush fans. Those ppl tend be annoyingly obsessed with how great Rush is and how the world should be amazed that “it’s only 3 guys!!!!”

  87. de stijl,

    I feel kinda sorrry for you if you don’t appreciate the the many fine tunes and fun vids of Missing Persons, Human League, Flock of Seagulls and Berlin.

  88. Seriously, where’s the Gary Numan award? Anyone who starts out his career at 21 with a pair of mimes dressed like robots opening for him needs some sort of recognition.

  89. Seriously, where’s the Gary Numan award? Anyone who starts out his career at 21 with a pair of mimes dressed like robots opening for him needs some sort of recognition.

    I’m kind of confused. Do you mean an award for Gary Numan or an award named for Gary Numan?

    If you mean for him, I think the award is that he made a living off that for at least a little while.
    If you mean named for him, who gets it first?

  90. Well… I meant an award for him. But the “Gary Numan” award… you’d have to find another mildly autistic synth pop pioneer.

  91. The Art of Noise?
    The Residents?
    M?

  92. Holy crap! The Residents aren’t on anyone’s list!
    Nor Captain Beefheart!
    Help! I’m having an attack!

  93. Brits, Germans, Swedes…

    The only Europeans that make decent popular music (in that order).

    Just don’t let any French bands in.

    Uh…Serge Gainsbourg? I’d put “Cargo Culte”, “Initials B.B.”, or “Cannabis” up against anything ze Germans or ABBA ever put out.

  94. Randolph Carter:

    Gary Numan is a poor man’s Brian Eno. That said, Tubeway Army’s album Replicas is incredible, and The Pleasure Principle is rock solid. It’s just that Eno is way awesome, was more of a synth pioneer, and was more musically talented (at least on Taking Tiger Mountain).

  95. eno, even though all of his non ambient stuff is not good.

    “Flock of Seagulls – If dreck ate some bad Chinese and had explosive diarrhea and recorded the sound of it and released it, it would still sound better than this shit.”

    you are a good man.

    hey, how about they induct the melvins; they’re big fans of kiss, but they’re not bad, so it’s win win.

  96. Just one word, then I’m out:

    Dragging your balls to the Hall, Warren? πŸ™‚

  97. No, I’m saying it’s ironic and funny that the city that clings so desperately to any remaining shred of relevance by touting their Museum can’t even manage to draw the pop celebrities there for one night…It’s shameful and embarrassing (for Clevelanders) that Cleveland can’t attract the big names to the mythical place where rock ‘n’ roll was “invented.”

    I don’t think anyone ever claimed that Rock n’ Roll was “invented” in Cleveland. Who cares if the big names don’t come to Cleveland? They’re snobby fucks, anyway. FWIW, I wouldn’t come here, either. I don’t believe in civic pride. I mean, I think people should pick up their litter and it would be nice if the goddamn city officials would actually spend some money on repairing the fucking roads instead of embezzleing it, but besides that, I don’t really care if celebrities find Cleveland appeasing, and I really don’t think anyone else worth talking to in Cleveland does, either.

    I’m just glad we have the Rock Hall because I have another venue where I can see some good shows.

  98. I’m just glad we have the Rock Hall because I have another venue where I can see some good shows.

    One could say the same about any bogus, pork-subsidized snake-oil-fest, but it just doesn’t pass the smell test. I don’t need anyone to tell me what’s good pop music and what (by omission) isn’t.

  99. The big names routinely come here – just not to the Hall itself that much. There’s a metric shitload of venues in NE Ohio.

    And the fucking Coronation Ball!!! For fuck’s sake, people! First rock concert ever.

    As for the sentiment that it’s an old fogey’s club for recognizing fogey-rock, that’s definitely a big part of it. Oh well.

  100. One could say the same about any bogus, pork-subsidized snake-oil-fest, but it just doesn’t pass the smell test.

    Well, it’s here, so I’m making the best of it.

    I don’t need anyone to tell me what’s good pop music and what (by omission) isn’t.

    Great! Me, neither. We have something in common.

  101. “Dragging your balls to the Hall, Warren? :)”

    isn’t that a dokken song?

  102. My fave Flock song is “Telecommunication”. But here is their most famous one:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_GUuSRez9Q&mode=related&search=

    This one is floaty and ethereal-a touching love song:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5VczM3lQN64&mode=related&search=

  103. A Flock Of Seagulls – Space Age Love

    This song (turn off the visual if you can’t get past the hair) is just beautiful!

    Sonhttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c6YGqgLD2As

  104. I like Rush.

    Hey, nobody’s perfect. You’ve defended Cleveland too, but we won’t hold it against you. (You did turn me on to Blueshammer, so you’ve got that going for you)

    I thought of two more eligible bands:
    Buzzcocks
    Minor Threat

  105. I have to stand up for Flock of Seagulls. Specifically “I Ran,” “Space Age Love Song” and “Wishing.”

  106. Definetely agree with Deep Purple and Rush.

    I have one more suggestion Iron Maiden. Hugely successful worldwide, spawned an entire genre of metal, amazingly talented and are one of the best bands live ever.

  107. considering how long they ignored sabbath, who fucking INVENTED HEAVY METAL, the chances of maiden getting in anytime soon are pretty low…

    (even though they are the greatest band in the history of music)

  108. Two words: Iron Butterfly πŸ™‚

  109. Yeah, “In The Barbara Eden” is a great song.

  110. Thanks KoWT, now I’ll never get anything done. I knew that stuff was out there but I had been disciplined enough to avoid it, up to now.

  111. Second Iron Maiden. Metal epics based on classic literature = awesome.

    There’s way, way too much Rush hate here. Is it because they’re Canadian or something?

  112. How about XTC? Do they qualify?

  113. There’s way, way too much Rush hate here. Is it because they’re Canadian or something?

    Nope. The answer is much more obvious than that.

    Metal epics based on classic literature = awesome.

    But probably not so obvious to you.

  114. smacky,
    XTC is eligible because they have been around for over 25 years.
    If they get in before any of these bands, I will lay down on the floor, kick and scream for 20 minutes, then hold my breath until I turn blue.
    Nothing against XTC. They’re all right, but they are not as worthy.

  115. It’s Geddy’s voice, isn’t it? Bigots!

  116. It’s Geddy’s voice, isn’t it?

    That and Rush sucks ass.

  117. ed,

    It’s a great hymn.

    highnumber,

    What about Triumph?

  118. What about Triumph?

    The insult comic-dog? He has a terrible voice.

  119. Heretic!

  120. What about Triumph?/i>

    You’re killing me.

  121. Close, damn tag!

  122. Roo,

    Take care. I believe that that Triumph has already brought the U.S. and Canada to the brink of war. Insulting another three-man band at this point could be precipitous.

    Whatever you do, for the love of God, don’t insult Neil Young.

  123. highnumber,

    Take off to the Great White North, hoser. It’s the beauty way to go.

  124. Neil Young is Canada’s great redeemer.
    D.O.A. is all right. There are some more good Canadian bands.

    Can I rag on Barenaked Ladies now, or is that like picking on the mentally challenged?

  125. Like picking on the mentally challenged?

  126. highnumber,

    Do you mean Shatner? πŸ™‚

  127. Do you mean Shatner?

    I’m not going there. I know to pick my battles. I make enough enemies dissing Rush.

  128. NoMeansNo is Canada’s finest rock act, yet the second they (hypothetically) get elected to the hall, they become dead to me.

  129. NoMeansNo
    Yeah!

  130. Forget about “Shenanigans”

  131. Oh my god. Somebody at Reason almost said something non-dismissive about prog.

  132. I don’t like to call it progressive. I prefer the technical term, doodly-rock – as in….

    ………doodlydoodlydoodlydoodlydoodlydoooooooooo…….

    any “prog” synthesizer solo.

    I liked some of the Smiff’s hits, but does anybody agree with me that Morrissey might be a cheerier sort if he just ate a cheeseburger now and then?

    Kevin

  133. I’m still buzzing off of Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five being inducted into the Rock of Roll Hall of Fame. It was so big for me when we got to interview Grandmaster Mele Mel over at Highbrid Nation. As a person who grew up on hip hop, I’m just glad to see it being respected.

Please to post comments

Comments are closed.