Over the Hills and Far Away

If you’re going with the popularity thing (and I agree that will probably be the case as usual) then I don’t see how Kraftwerk gets in. Stevie Ray Vaughan will definitely get in – now that most blues legends that pioneered the form have gotten in (ex. Freddie King in 2012, Albert King in 2013, etc.).

Remember that Billy Corgan gave away the Pumpkins’ Machina II album online in 2000 – he was probably the first mainstream artist to do such a thing but Machina I didn’t sell well and the band was breaking up by then so it didn’t get a lot of attention. Next year we will remember for sure once Machina I is reissued – with Machina II along with sure to be other unreleased goodies.

1997 – getting older but not wiser with age. (That’s what I get for being in a hurry to post for no reason.)

Correction: Lou Reed’s been eligible since his 1999, 25 years after his first records came out in 1972.

Let me get this straight: Two groups people have long forgotten about get nominated – Spinners and Marvelettes – but Deep Purple gets snubbed again? And Green Day is nominated now even though they weren’t relevant on a national level until 1994? Sorry but Green Day shouldn’t get in just yet – same with those two other groups.

Also Tom, the fact that Lou Reed died probably will help him get into the Hall? It’s the ONLY reason he’s been nominated now. He’s been eligible since 1972. This is so typical of the Hall – only pay attention to certain culturally iconic artists/band’s legacy when someone dies. And even then, that theory doesn’t always work – Pantera got snubbed, even though Dimebag Darrell’s been dead 10 years now.

All that negativity commentary aside, it’s good to see Kraftwerk, NIN, The Smiths, Joan Jett, Paul Butterfield (who is in the Blues Hall of Fame), NWA and SRV on this list. Needless to say, they all should’ve been in by now. I’m not really a fan of disco but Chic deserves to finally get in the Hall too because their hits have had a lot of staying power, and they’ve also been a significant influence on rock (Queen, Johnny Marr), and early hip-hop (“Rapper’s Delight,” especially).

Snubbed again (besides) Deep Purple and Pantera: Cheap Trick, Dick Dale, Megadeth, Anthrax, The Cure, Iron Maiden, Motorhead, Slayer and Judas Priest.

Slide Away will always be my all-time favorite.

 0Posted on Aug 30th | re: Definitely Maybe Turns 20 (53 comments)

For what it’s worth, I don’t think it’s a coincidence that Oasis’s debut Definitely Maybe came out on the same date – 28 years apart – as The Beatles’ final “official concert” at Candlestick Park – which Consequence of Sound wrote about Friday, complete with audio of a cassette copy of said legendary concert. Just some food for thought.

Helmet is Seattle music? Funniest thing I’ve heard all day.

Well, thanks to a Rolling Stone write-up of last night’s pretty darn good performances by Jack and company, I can answer my own question (sort of): that violinist is Lillie Mae Rische, former lead singer of some country group of siblings known as Jypsi.

Lookin’ forward to the tour now.