Cleveland Rocks? Pops? Raps?

Good day all,

Once again the day is here and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame surprises no one with their cluelessness and ineptitude. I am not even sure why we take this organization, or foundation as they call it seriously. I don’t know who the voters are and I don’t really care all I know is if what they have in the hall is the greatest of rock and roll then I need to reevaluate my ideas on the genre itself. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation has been making odd decisions throughout their long history but it seems to me that since the hall actually found a home in the city of Cleveland that the decisions have become more and more bizarre.

It is starting to look like the hall is trying to induce visitors to their building by adding acts and artists that really do not fit the mold of what a rock and roll band should be considered. Look at some of the more recent choices: Abba, Run DMC, Public Enemy, The Bee Gees, Madonna, The Beastie Boys, and this year Randy Newman and Donna Summer, are we really going to consider these “rock” acts? Or is it more likely that you will be able to attract an older crowd to what is probably a pretty expensive building to maintain in a city that doesn’t sit atop anyone’s must visit destinations?  Let’s face it whether in Cleveland or any other city you need to have visitors to make any money and continue on what you are  doing and a great way to do that is to start including everyone and not limiting the decisions and inductees to strictly rock.

I even take some exception to the rock and roll acts that have made it into the Hall of Fame at this point in contrast to those who have not. I am a big fan of Guns and Roses but does their entire body of work constitute enshrinement into the hall of fame over bands like Deep Purple and Kiss? Plus Kiss is the really odd snub to me as they have circled the galaxy of what the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame considers rock and roll. I mean they have been a hard rock band, a heavy metal band and a disco band, heck there is probably some reggae in there somewhere as well although surprisingly Bob and or Ziggy Marley have not made the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame yet. But I think you get what I am saying, this whole system, foundation and building are a joke, much like the city it resides in, I mean they asked for the Browns to come back, not a lot of great decision makers in that city. (I kid Cleveland folks, I kid because I love).

In the long run it is all about the fans anyway, just look at what Alex Lifeson said to CNN during the initial nomination period  “For our fans, it’s very, very important, and we feel great for them,” he said. “We’re at the next stage and we’ll see if we’re actually inducted. If so, we’ll support it in every way we can for our fans.” I mean seriously? How much do you really think this matters to Rush after reading that statement. I mean for all of the “hard” work Eddie Trunk has done to get those guys enshrined into this hallowed institution what about that statement says they really even care except that their fans are now satisfied, and will probably quit talking to them about being snubbed. Finally a new topic of conversation for Rush during interviews. Of course because Deep Purple and Kiss haven’t been enshrined Eddie Trunk will still rant and rave, but nothing it seems, will stop that from happening.

Look, Groucho Marks said it best “”PLEASE ACCEPT MY RESIGNATION. I DON’T WANT TO BELONG TO ANY CLUB THAT WILL ACCEPT PEOPLE LIKE ME AS A MEMBER”. and that probably holds true for a lot of rock musicians today because of the ridiculous inductions that seem to happen year after year in this hall. One could question how Maddona could be added to a “rock and roll” hall of fame ahead of a great woman of rock and roll like Joan Jett, but that is how this hall of fame works. It is not about making great choices for rock and roll it is about getting bodies through the turnstiles at the building that ineptness built. Since the building itself was paid for with public money isn’t there a way to petition the city to have the building renamed the Pop, Rap, Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and then we can all stop complaining about the inductees? Just a thought.

Until later, Peace!



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