Joan Jett and the Blackhearts – Here starts the “one hit wonder” phase for the hall.
“Hey dude-Joan Jett rocked and she was hot-I know she had another song after I love Rock and Roll – I just can’t think of it –hang on let me google this.”
If that is the typical reaction- I ask you – Hall worthy? – I think not.
Bill Withers – at least his “one” hit was so good that I almost don’t have to list it. Ain’t no Sunshine is something else –but again –I have to google to find something else.
Before you say that I am not a dedicated music fan because I don’t know the catalog of these important artists — really —- seriously —- Music fans are crazy and subjective —but find me one – just one— that had either of these “classic-serious-music-stars” tattooed on them anywhere – I don’t care how drunk they were!!!
It has not happened.
Now let’s get to serious Artists:
In the spirit of: We need to add Ringo because all the other Beatles are in separately and we need the complete set.
“Let’s make up an award that will fit him.”
Hey- I got it – he always chooses excellent musicians to hang out with- how about AWARD FOR MUSICAL EXCELLENCE—Really RRHOF? If Joan Jett gets in for her insightful lyrics—why not man up and put Ringo in for his great writing like … “no no no no I don’t smoke it no more, I’m tired of waking up on the floor.”
I blame the Kiss induction of last year for these “treasures” going in. It lowered the bar and declared open season in Cleveland for all the flash.
The others I have no problem with:
Lou Reed and SVR are icons. If you ever heard “Sweet Jane” on the radio or were ever lucky enough to be there when Stevie stepped on a wah wah pedal—MAGIC BABY, MAGIC!
Paul Butterfield is good honest hardworking blue-collar blues.
Green Day is an actual successful rock band in an era devoid of actual successful rock bands.
I don’t know -The “5” Royales – but I will give the hall the benefit of the doubt.
BUT-deny “The Smiths”? Whatever you think of Morrissey- this band was a game changer.
I also would have put Kraftwerk in ahead of that first batch I mentioned.
But hey- I am just a simple blogger.
Cheers from the cave!