The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is a joke to many and important to others. To me, it is a bench mark as to which bands get credit for their efforts just like any other hall of fame knowing the politics and persuasions, and yes, a question because they are clearly an inside group choosing these same bench marks. I have followed it since its inception and early on, I had little trouble. Who will argue The Beatles and Rolling Stones,Little Richard and Chuck Berry...Jerry Lee Lewis all the way to Pink Floyd? But as the years have piled on I have started to wonder.
While I understand the somewhat ridiculous nature of the current rock and roll hall of fame and question their inclusion methods, I cannot help but look at who gets in and who does not. As a lover of music and rock and roll especially, I had a very hard time accepting a certain band this year. The title of this thread will give that away. What I would rather do is spend the next 100 days giving you an idea as to why these other bands/artists have far more of an impact/importance in music - modern, historically or both.
I have a rather long list, and more than 100 artists built by not just my mind but also my friend Andy Williams who may offer his his own words to some of these bands/singers. While it may seem anti-Green Day, it isn't entirely. I like them fine enough and even own some of their work. But this year was a bridge too far...of all the people not in there and then they get in...something is not right.
If you are a Facebook friend, you have probably seen some of my posts on this in the past and maybe saw my recent post looking at The Cure. They are definitely a deserving band, but the first one I want to look at is this: Tori Amos -
I may be looking too personally at music but I cannot see anything done here that is worse than Green Day, and in fact so much that is far better. Better musicianship, better lyrics, better presentation. This isn't trying to recreate punk, this is something new for the 90's - a woman willing to sing about her most personal moments..and accepted on its own merits, and on the same level as any man of that time. Amos did more than that during her career and is still doing it. No, she is not as popular as Green Day but that's the Hall of Fame politics.That's radio play, for what it is worth.
I won't try to directly compare each band/artist to Green Day during this run. They get enough from the title. But I (or others) may try to explain how silly it is to induct such a relatively young band into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when so many others are still waiting. Next up? Stay tuned.
That is all.