The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2006

Here’s my annual sojurn (which gets later and later every year), in which I name and give commentary on the latest list of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees, in a manner that only I can.

Keeping in mind that this and $3.20 will get you a latte at Starbuck’s, I proceed:

Black Sabbath – I have to give this one a grudging thumbs-up. I was never into these guys nor what they allegedly stood for, but you’ve got to admit that they put the Devil back in The Devil’s Music. I just hope this means that they’re not going to induct Ozzy the solo act in a couple of years.

Blondie – I like some of Blondie’s stuff (including their killer live version of Bowie’s Heroes), but do they need to be in the Rock Hall? I don’t really think so. Okay, I was happy when the first few New Wave acts were inducted, but now I think that representation is approaching overkill. Who will be next – A Flock of Seagulls?

Miles Davis – Never into this guy at all. I’ll take the committee’s word for this one.

Lynyrd Skynyrd – Does this mean that Southern Rock is getting as over-represented as New Wave? I suppose this is a pass, but I’m going to draw the line when the talk turns to Molly Hatchet.

Sex Pistols – An excellent choice. There are some who would disagree because the Pistols were all hype (specifically Malcolm McClaren’s), but that’s exactly why they should be in the Rock Hall. Something has to exemplify the hype of rock and roll, and if it hadn’t been for that, they may not have even been a blip on the radar. I think the problem was that McClaren did everything right in the way he promoted them. By doing so, he opened them up to accusations of hype, and that’s part of what caused the Pistols to implode (that and their self-destructive behavior, which was completely in character with what they were all about). On the other hand, if McClaren had been as big a screwup as Colonel Tom Parker or Brian Epstein had been, then maybe the Sex Pistols would have been as big as Elvis or the Beatles. Seriously.

Herb Alpert & Jerry Moss – Another overdue induction – the brains and passion behind A&M Records, home to everyone from the Carpenters to Nazareth to The Police. Especially delicious is the fact that they’re being inducted in the same year as the Sex Pistols. A&M was one of the two labels that signed them and then abruptly dropped them before they ended up signing with Virgin.

Commentary on Previous Classes:

<a href="http://www.joecliffordfaust.com/2002/11/friday-
five-1.html”>Class of 2003

Class of 2004

Class of 2005

Listening:
These boys have got this down ought to be one of these in every town
These boys have got the touch It’s clean as a whistle and it don’t cost much
Wham bam don’t wait long, shake fries plenty of gum
How about that friendly name, heck, every little thing gotta stay the same

(via iPod Shuffle)

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3 responses to “The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2006

  1. Here’s what’s funny about Black Sabbath: both fans and critics think it’s about devil’s music. But much of their music was pro-God. In one song, Ozzy sings “God is the only way to love.” Even their most pro-devil song, NIB, they considered a joke and were surprised by how others reacted to it. They were all good Catholic boys, but they haven’t had much of a problem riding the devil’s coattails to fame and fortune. Personally, I don’t care. Their music is terrific and I’m glad to see them put in the Hall of Fame.

  2. Thanks for the POV of the fan.You’ve got to admit, though, that they played the part well, much to the consternation of parents and ministers everywhere.

  3. Oh, they definitely did. I think once that became their image, they were more than happy to let people believe it. Roll with it and take the money. And there’s no doubt they were the influence for hundreds of less talented, more dedicated Satan metal bands. Oh and your point about Blondie. I think they do belong there, they were a terrific band and had a huge influence. But your point about there being too many New Wave bands is right. Have we really exhausted all the great bands and singers of the ’50s who started rock n roll? I haven’t taken a look at the hall of fame list, but I’ve always felt there were more people in that era who deserves recognition.

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