Dec 15, 2009

2009 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame Inductees Announced

-FUPPETS- has a love/hate relationship with the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland Ohio. While it serves as a place to commemorate and bask in the glory of Rock N Roll, and the ephemera that surrounds it, it is also the bloated, rotting corpse of a music form which many deem irrelevant, or past it's prime. While the contents of the Museum itself boast some of the coolest, most interesting pieces of memorabilia one can find outside of a Hard Rock Cafe, it also contains so much bullshit, so much stupid pop star costuming, so much needless add-on crap by non-rockers like Cher, Britney Spears, and the like, that is makes for a difficulty in wholly loving the damn thing. -FUPPETS- knows that the Museum itself is a tourist trap, and therefore must include extraneous crap for the kids, and for the women who do not like rock, but get dragged there by their rock loving husbands, but it still sucks to see it mar what could be a great mecca of rock history.
The HoF released the list of final inductees for 2010. They include genres as diverse as garage rock, disco pop, three-part harmony crap, prog-rock, and reggae. They must be running out of rockers, or they just want to pad the HoF. Of the final nominees, several groups were not voted in this year, including Kiss, The Red Hot Chili Peppers, LL Cool J (LL Cool J? COME ON!), and more. Among those not even making the list of finalists, and a sore point for those who love their progressive rock, are Canada's Rush. -FUPPETS- would like to know how Genesis could get in but a band like Rush could not even make it to the final list of nominees. Insane!

The Inductees for 2010 are:

Here is the word from Stooges front-man Iggy Pop,

"We've been rejected seven times, and we would have set a record, I think, if it happened again," Iggy Pop told Rolling Stone of the band's election. "It started to feel like Charlie Brown and the football. I had about two hours of a strong emotional reaction after hearing the news. It felt like vindication. Then I kind of scratched my head and thought, 'Am I still cool? Or is that over now?' "

Hilarious. The Stooges crawled out of the muck of Ann Arbor, Michigan in 1967. They sang about what really affected them, which was the nihilistic boredom and displeasure with their lives and the world around them.
"It's 1969, OK? War across the USA. Another year for me and you. Another year with nothin' to do." - The Stooges "1969"
They were not very popular, and did not make any real money, but they were doing it for all the right reasons and because of this, new fans have constantly found their music to be a bracing and refreshingly raw alternative to the pre-fab pop crap that forever rules the airwaves. Their influence on the hard rock and punk that followed their demise in 1974 is immense. They had been passed up 7 times for induction, but, since they already let in the Sex Pistols, it seems only fair that they let in the American bastards too! Here, for your pleasure, is what may be the definitive scum-rock song ever, I Wanna Be Your Dog.

The STOOGES - I Wanna Be Your Dog

Yes. You read that right. ABBA. No band of the 70's could be LESS associated with rock n roll than shit-ass ABBA. Music for housewives to do chores to. Insanely catchy pop fluff for disco dancing and massive cocaine ingestion. What horrible shit. To think a ROCK and ROLL institution would induct these Swedish assholes before KISS is inexcusable, but only points to the pandering of the Hall of Fame, and the growing lack of worthy/mass-appeal rock acts to induct.
You know their songs. They are constantly played on shit rom-com movie soundtracks. Who will the Hall Of Fame induct next? Celine Dion?

ABBA - Lay All Your Love On Me

Genesis. For many rockers, the mention of this band harks only to the period in the 70's when they were an ultra-artsy progressive rock band led by Peter Gabriel. Sadly, for many more people, the mention of Genesis brings forth images of the Phil Collins-led generic adult-contemporary pop bullshit that still clogs "office-friendly" radio stations around the country. The band began in 1967, was ditched by a forward-thinking Peter Gabriel in 1975, and continues on to this day in various incarnations. -FUPPETS- thinks that, similar to the rap/hip hop floodgates opened up by inducting Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five, the induction of Genesis will allow for year after year of prog-rock bands to be inducted. Rush, Yes, King Crimson, and the like cannot be far off. No word yet on whether Peter Gabriel will join Genesis for the Induction performance.

GENESIS - The Musical Box

Jimmy Cliff is a ska/reggae singer and songwriter whose lilting voice and lovers-reggae -FUPPETS- finds extremely grating and terrible. The voters at the HoF must love him though. He began his career in the mid-60's and is still performing around the world. Most people know him from the movie The Harder They Come, the title track of which was a big hit for Jimmy Cliff. The movie showed a very realistic and un-glamorized view of Jamaica in the early 70's, and the patois is so thick subtitles were deemed necessary.

JIMMY CLIFF - The Harder They Come

Coming out of Manchester, England in the early 60's, the Hollies specialized in a three-part harmony vocal technique which was copied by many. They are yet another in the canon of "safe," wussed-out bullshit music that the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame seems to adore. Their song "The Air That I Breathe" has been an AM Gold and classic rock staple forever. Maybe as soon as all these suck-ass brit bands are inducted the Hall will move on to some of the more relevant acts that are eligible for induction from the UK, such as The Cure, and The Smiths. -FUPPETS- suggests you do not hold your breath.

THE HOLLIES - He's Not Heavy, He's My Brother

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