RSS Feed Get Updates

Rock Hall Misses Mark Again


If organizers of the Rock Hall Of Fame had their heads screwed on straight they would have realized that inducting too many artists each year would cause them to run out of credible candidates too soon.  That timeline got even worse when so many of the groups that should have become the next generation of great Rock bands turned into roadside wreckage due to drugs, internal conflicts, a lack of sustainable talent or a combination of problems.  Instead of reducing each year's crop of inductees, the Hall elected to start expanding the scope of music.  If broadening the appeal boosted attendance we're not sure, but it sure has angered and alienated a lot of Rock fans to see Pop, Hip-Hop, Rap and Country, Jazz and Folk acts gain consideration and in many cases entry to the Hall ahead of acts most Rockers consider far more deserving.
Sadly, this year appears to be no different.  No gripe that HeartJoan Jett and the Small Faces  are in contention - even if several more significant bands are not.  We're okay with Blues Man Freddie King and Donovan.  A case could be made for Guns N' Roses, even though the group imploded after only a couple of good albums and is now universally viewed as a modern version of Spinal Tap. We're lukewarm on Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, the Cure and Laura Nyro, but are willing to concede they deserve spots.  But the idea that any one of them or this year's clearly unworthy nominees Donna Summer or the Rap duo Eric B & Rakim would get into the Hall before Bad Company, the Moody Blues, Rush, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Yes, Jethro Tull, Todd Rundgren and dozens of other acts is pathetic enough to make it easy to understand why the Hall seems so far off the mark to so many real Rock fans.

this story

See all current stories
Find out what went down on this date in  1964     1977     1982     1968     1996     1973     1965     1979     2001     1984     1970     1967     1993     1978     2003     1976     1995     1983     1966     2000     1975     1988     1969     1992     1971     1980     1968     1997     1972     1985     1999     1973     1986     1968     1994     1981     2002     1978     1987     1996     1974     2004     1977     1998
Dig Deeper. Visit the ROCKinsights Archives

© 2009 Sound Insights, Inc. Terms of Use