September 22, 2008

5 of these 9 will go into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

I got the list at the WaPo, where they are asking readers which nominee is most deserving, but I'm going to repeat that question, to get a special Althouse blog result. So answer here before you go there and see what the WaPo readers are coming up with. It's not easy!

Who's most deserving of a place in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
The Stooges
Jeff Beck
Bobby Womack
Chic
War
Metallica
Run-D.M.C.
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Wanda Jackson
pollcode.com free polls

61 comments:

Ann Althouse said...

If you had to ask who's Bobby Womack? So did I. This helps.

Jeff Gee said...

This seems to be an unusually strong group, in the sense that I know who everybody is and they're all okay or better. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have known who Wanda Jackson Jackson is, but thanks to Theme Time Radio Hour I do. And she's the one I voted for. She deserves to be in the hall on the basis of that incredible version of "Riot in Cell Block # 9" (on the "Jail" episode, natch) alone.

Michael_H said...

Little Anthony and The Imperials. One of the seminal doo-wop groups, and richly deserving of hall of fame recognition.

the wolf said...

They can all run up a tree until Rush gets in.

Bissage said...

I voted for the Stooges just to get even.

Those dirty, little f*ckers stole my custom Marshall head with the fan inside!

No wait . . .

That was the MC5 . . .

Oh, nevermind.

bill said...

I am boycotting Cleveland until the Replacements are in.

AllenS said...

For everyone who didn't vote for Little Anthony and The Imperials, I hope you all get genital warts.

Chip Ahoy said...

Ha ha ha.

I lurb me dis heaya Run D.M.C. roots of breakdancing video.

Fen said...

Jawa Report.

Audities said...

Yet again, where in the heck is Todd Rundgren?

vbspurs said...

I voted like Michael_H. The only ones I think have the heft to be inducted of that list.

Chip Ahoy said...

Eww. Iggy Pop & the Stooges. He's a fright.

YouTube is a fantastic resource. It's a great place to check out music to buy. I'm still looking through yesterday's 100 best gay albums at people/groups I never heard of. So far everything I've looked at gets 5 stars on YouTube. Lots of wonderful stuff on that list. So far, I learned about Scissor Sisters and the Magnetic Fields.

* takes down pants *

* checks for genital warts *

* pulls up pants *

* buckles *

Found a medley of hits for Anthony & Imperials. I had no idea they made all those songs.

ricpic said...

I'm glad to see that Glenn Beck isn't the only boy in the Beck family to have done well for himself.

chickenlittle said...

Beck is already in for his Yardbirds work, as is Eric Burdon (of War) as an Animal. Lots of good people think The Stooges have been overlooked and I agree.

But 5 out of 9? How about The Stooges, Beck, War, Metallica, and Run DMC?

Chip Ahoy said...

YouTube is unhelpful with the music group War. There's too much other stuff with that title unrelated to music.

* Checks Amazon *

Chip Ahoy said...

War. I had no idea all that was them.

Bissage said...

If Chip was wearing lowriders it all comes togther in a beautiful package.

Trooper York said...

War.

Wnat are they good for?

Absolutely nothing!

Edwin Starr did all the fucking work.

Bissage said...

**pulls self togther**

Trooper York said...

Little Anthony is by far the best artist on that list. I remember seeing him at the Dunes in Vegas when he was reduced to working the lounge. Man could could that fucker wail. He did his own stuff and every great do-wop song in the songbook. Plus ton's of r&b. What a great preformer.

chickenlittle said...

@bill: I hear you, and raise you a Hüsker Dü. (but I don't either is eligible yet)

Trooper York said...

Plus I never liked the Stooges when Curly left and they let Moe's brother Shemp into the group.

Ann Althouse said...

I voted for Metallica.

Simon said...

Jeff Beck's an incredible guitar player, but he suffers from the same talent-wasting flaw as Steve Vai - the habit of descending into noodling and making random noises.

Metallica frustrate me. I always get the sense that their best moments were made in spite of themselves.

I adore Chic and have done ever since I heard I Want Your Love. I'm a bass player - like to think of myself as a bass player - and I attribute it entirely to Bernie Edwards. Love his playing.

Chip Ahoy said...

But, but, but, don't we get five votes?

Chip Ahoy said...

I've concluded the lyrics to War's Ballero are nonsense.

Simon said...

Ann Althouse said...
"I voted for Metallica."

Would never have pegged you for someone who likes Metallica, oddly enough. Not that voting for them means that you do, of course.

Chip Ahoy said...

For a long time I thought that was pronounced me-tal-lick-ah and not me-tal-li-kah. See? I had the accent on the wrong syllable. What a dunce.

muddimo said...

Chip, I remember hearing the emphasis on the first syllable in the early days. Like in metal. It's MEtal not meTAL. Changed over time or maybe there was a regional disparity in pronunciation for the first few years.

Concerned Citizen said...

Jeff Beck's Blue Wind

Phew.

War Low Rider

Phew.

and Spill the Wine

vbspurs said...

Ann, guys you have to check out Naomi Wolf's hateful Palin Derangement Syndrome screed on HuffPo.

We may be seeing a psychosis develop in real-time. Very scary.

Revenant said...

The most influential group on that list is Run-DMC. There's just the small problem that they didn't do rock music -- no, not even their cover of "Walk This Way".

Howard said...

Any list that doesn't contain Little Feat ain't no list......

Quayle said...

I voted Jeff Beck. I recommend his "blow by blow" album, but only for hard-core musicians. (Frank Zappa always had the sound guy playing it through the PA softly before concerts)

Wired is the progression from blow by blow, and it makes sense musically, given that era and what was transpiring in music at that time.

Kovacs said...

That the Stooges still aren't in the Hall of Fame is one of the world's most baffling injustices. Punk, grunge, metal, goth all owe them an enormous debt. "Down in the Street," from Fun House, will make you dance around like a two-year-old that just drank a Red Bull. Only square fools would disagree.

chickenlittle said...

vbspurs said: Naomi Wolf's hateful Palin Derangement Syndrome screed on HuffPo.

This obviously needs its own thread.

Naomi Wolf says: Palin, not McCain, is the FrankenBarbie of the Rove-Cheney cabal.

LOL!

cardeblu said...

War's "Low Rider" alone should put them in it.

vbspurs said...

This obviously needs its own thread

Yes. I have been, of late, giving a heads up to Ann on some articles she and you guys might find interesting.

In lieu of constantly emailing her, which might swamp her, or leave her discomfitted.

Simon said...

Victoria, Wolf's been long gone for a while. Did you read her last book? Ugh.

Simon said...

Speaking of idiots writing on the sewer wall of the internet, here's another huffposter warning that we're about to pass an Enabling Act.

Michael_H said...

In lieu of constantly emailing her, which might swamp her, or leave her discomfitted.

So your kind and thoughtful actions leave Ann disswamped and comfitted?

Very strange.

vbspurs said...

Hehe, Michael_H. Just trying not to crowd poor Ann with constant tips.

Simon, no I hadn't! I confuse her with Naomi Klein, I think. ;)

Ann Althouse said...

Eh. I'm bored with Naomi Wolf. Why should she get linked to? She was never good, never worth listening to, so why should she get continually re-boosted into fame? It's a sickness.

vbspurs said...

here's another huffposter warning that we're about to pass an Enabling Act.

I guess this makes Pelosi Hugenberg...

vbspurs said...

Why should she get linked to?

See! This is why I don't email!

:P

Michael_H said...

Talk of revolution on the HuffPo? Will the freedom fighters arrive in Volvos and Subarus?

Simon said...

Re Ann and Victoria on Wolf: I know I've told this story before, but years ago, The Beauty Myth was a book that meant a lot to me. It really had an impact on how I thought and how I looked at the world. But then I re-read it a year or so ago, after Althouse dissed it - how could she be so dumb?! I thought. This was a terrific book! Except that it wasn't, as it turned out. I was surprised to find that the writing now struck me as hackneyed and the points she drove at lacked the vigor and bite I had remembered it having a decade ago.

It's funny how something can be so striking when you first experience it and it just doesn't hold up with time. By contrast, I first hear Tubular Bells and Sky 1 when I was, what, nine years old and nearly twenty years later they still hold up. For years, if you'd asked what my favorite Beatles song was, I'd have said Only a Northern Song. I recently got onto a bit of a Beatles kick and listened to a bunch of their stuff, but the song that I remembered as being really special came over as middling among their catalog at best. But then there's this. Some stuff is ephemeral; some permanent.

Simon said...

vbspurs said...
"This is why I don't email!"

You should bloody well IM instead!

Simon said...

Unspoken conclusion of ¶ 1 of my9:21 PM comment - Althouse was @#$!! right!

Joe said...

Where's the they all suck option?

Daryl said...

Simon wrote: Would never have pegged [Althouse] for someone who likes Metallica, oddly enough.

She didn't say she likes Metallica. She said that they most deserve to go into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.

They made about half a dozen albums that truly rocked (counting S&M and Garage Days). Ergo, they deserve it more than anyone else.

Nothing is more annoying than people who don't like Rock & Roll voting for pop stars like Madonna. If you don't want to vote for a rocker, then don't vote in this poll!

James Wigderson said...

Where's KISS?

Too many jims said...

To quote the late Calvert DeForest: "Hey, this is a Rock and Roll Museum. You guys don't belong in here."

John Stodder said...

Out of several deserving choices, I picked Chic. In the 70s, like all suburban white boys in jeans, I hated disco. But now it's clear there were some great artists in that genre just like any other genre, and the Chic team was just about the best.

If I picked the five, it would be

Chic
Wanda Jackson
Little Anthony
Metallica
Jeff Beck -- if only for "I Ain't Superstitious."

Then I'd let the Stooges, Bobby Womack and War get a shot later.

Run DMC - no.

al said...

The most influential group on that list is Run-DMC. There's just the small problem that they didn't do rock music -- no, not even their cover of "Walk This Way".

There are a lot of bands in the RandR HoF that do not fall into the 'rock' category. They may be awesome musical talents but they are not 'rock'.

Mitch said...

They can all run up a tree until Rush gets in
Amen. It's a disgrace they're not in. Best live band out there

Matthew said...

They can all run up a tree until Rush gets in
Amen. It's a disgrace they're not in. Best live band out there


There's a serious bias against anything prog-like in the HoF. Hence, no Rush, Yes, Genesis, Moody Blues, etc. Ridiculous, really.

SteveR said...

Well do they have to do anything?

Oh wait they just do it so they can put on an event and generate some business?

OK now I understand

TMink said...

I agree with my friend Rev, not at all unusual in that.

Run DMC is the only group on the list that helped change a culture. Before they came out, white folks didn't listen to rap, it was just not done much. After them, and the Beastie Boys, rap, for better and worse, came into popular music.

You cannot give RUN DMC credit without including the Beastie Boys though. They were salt and peper bookends.

Trey

Larry said...

Little Anthony and The Imperials-no question.

Chip Ahoy-If you want to hear great music try "Take your Mother Out" and "Don't Feel Like Dancing" by The Sissor Sisters.

Just saying...

chickenlittle said...

What about Styx?

Bwaaa!