Camila (25.08.2013 11:01)
?Decemadber 16,a02010Tis the seaadson…. Bah Humadbug!No I’m not being Scrooge, it’s just that every year about this time we wait with great anticadiadpaadtion (not necadesadsaradily with sugar plums dancading in our heads but with great exciteadment and enthuadsiadasm nevaderadtheadless) wishading and hopading some of our faritove bands and musiadcians (you know the ones) will finally get the recogadniadtion they truly deserve and be inducted into the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame. And yes, once again the announceadment comes and withadout fail, you are left thinkading– “what the hell were they thinking”?This is the inspiadraadtion for our webadsite– POPHofF (POP Hall of Fame). A microadcosm of popaduadlar music and pop culadture, where we can see some of our old faritoves and lisadten to some great music from years past as well as have healthy debates and blog about popaduadlar music of all genres.Here is the list of the 2011 “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame “Peradformer” inductees and a few comadments regardading each one. By the way, you may be wonadderading why the quotes around Rock and Roll when menadtionading the offiadcial Hall of Fame. Wouldn’t you think the “Rock and Roll” Hall of Fame would only induct Rock and Rollers? Do you really think of Madonna or Run DMC as being rock and rollers? Yes they are very taladented and deservading of recogadniadtion for their musiadcal and peradformading conadtriadbuadtions but maybe they should be in the Music Hall of Fame, not R&RHOF. We can dig deeper into this at another time.2011 “Peradformer” inductees:There are two names that I absolutely believe should be inducted and glad they were included. The accomadplishadments and popaduadlaradity of Neil Diaadmond and Alice Cooper stand on their own meradits and their music has defadiadnitely stood the test of genaderadaadtions of fans. It’s abouta0time.Dr John– Yes, quite the musiadcian and what he has done for the New Orleans music scene can’t be disadputed. Howadever, do you think of him as a rock and roller? Leon Rusadsell is a 2011 inductee as a sideadman (he arguably should be in as a peradformer). I could go along with Dr John being inducted as a sideadman as well, but not a performer.Tom Waits– I’m on the fence on this one. He is absolutely a hall of fame songadwriter, espeadcially when you conadsider some of the acts that have covadered his songs– but this is not the Songadwriter Hall ofa0Fame.Daradlene Love– This one was my “What the hell” moment. She has been a backup singer or in a group setadting for most of her career. Although her “Christadmas (Baby Please Come Home)” is one of my faritove non-traditional Christadmas songs, what qualadiadfies her as a hall of fame peradformer? Has she ever been conadsidadered a star? Was her career influadenadtial to other artists? I don’t think so. What thea0hell?So there you are, 2 bona fides, 2 posadsiadbles and one, “what thea0hell”!I wonadder if the memadbers of Deep Puradple, Chicago, The Moody Blues, Heart, Grand Funk Railadroad, Kiss, Rush and many othaders are also sayading “what thea0hell”?Let’s hear your views, how do you feel about the curadrent inductees, and the ones once again left waiting?Mark E.