Monday, January 08, 2007

Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 2007 Inductees

Well, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Foundation announced its inductees for 2007.

The inductees are:

-Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five
(Kid Creole, Cowboy, Grandmaster Flash, Melle Mel, Mr. Ness, Raheim)
- R.E.M. (Bill Berry, Peter Buck, Mike Mills, Michael Stipe)
- The Ronettes (Estelle Bennett, Ronnie Spector, Nedra Talley)
- Patti Smith
- Van Halen (Michael Anthony, Sammy Hagar, Alex Van Halen, Eddie Van Halen, David Lee Roth)

The five inductees will be honored at a ceremony on March 12, 2007 in New York City. And what do they win, Bob? In addition to being honored at the ceremony, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame displays the signature of each inductee inscribed in glass, and exhibits artifacts from the year’s inductees. There is also a multi-media film presentation with highlights from each artist’s career, and a spot on their softball team.

So, I'm alright (I guess) with these picks, but is the RRHOF going to start curbing their picks within the next few years? Cause in my opinion, the pickins are getting slim. Van Halen is iffy at best. I think they get in because of Eddie Van Halen's revolutionary sound, but the future classes could contain the eternal debate as to whether Duran Duran and Adam Ant deserve recognition. Men At Work and Quit Riot? Ugh. I love those acts too, but are they worthy? The RRHOF needs to take a note from the Baseball Hall Of Fame, and just really let those who deserve it, gain membership. So what I'm claimin is Def Leppard equals Jim Rice in the big scheme of things.

Here are samples of today's class for your consideration:
Grandmaster Flash and the Furious Five - White Lines (Don't Do It) Mp3
Van Halen - Unchained Mp3
The Ronettes - Be My Baby Mp3
R.E.M - It's The End Of The World As We Know It (And I Feel Fine) Mp3

(sorry, no Patty Smith)

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