Thursday November 23rd 2017

Neanderpaul Reflects on the R&R HoF

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction was Saturday night. In honor of that celebration, we are re-running one of the most popular pieces on Free Gotham, Neanderpaul’s The Rock N’ Roll Hall Of Fame Is Bullsh*t.

While the piece is dated for 2011, we are happy to give you an update for 2012 via Neanderpaul’s Facebook rantings.

Bands deserving of induction into the R&R HOF…whose exclusion continues to deny the institution credibility: Deep Purple, Yes, KISS, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, B-52s, Devo, Kraftwerk, Chic, Bad Co. Dick Dale, ELP, Jan & Dean, MC5, Peter, Paul,& Mary, Rush, Steve Miller, SRV, T-Rex, Ozzy Osbourne, Barry Manilow, Moody Blues, Heart, Boston, Journey, Black Flag, Duran Duran, Hall & Oates, Roxy Music…, Jethro Tull, Willie Nelson, Afrika Bambaata, Public Enemy, Motorhead, Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, The Cure, The Smiths, Chicago, Peter Gabriel, Bon Jovi, Depeche Mode, Doobie Brothers, Def Leppard, The Monkees, The Go-Gos, The Commodores.

I’m sure you can add another dozen or so. Before you rip these choices, go ahead and check out who’s actually IN the Hall Of Fame. There are some EXTREMELY questionable choices that look worse than this list.

Well…Here we go again.

For those of you who’ve listened to me over the years at different stations throughout the U.S. or hit, this will not be anything new. But…seeing as it’s the first time they’ve done this since I moved to Phoenix, let me welcome you to:


This is the time of year when I take a few moments to point out the stupidity of the music industry.

The whole idea of the “Rock n’ Roll Hall Of Fame” started out as a nice idea. However, one of the things that seems to be overlooked, is that Music is not a competition. It is fairly subjective. Now…there are some incontrovertible facts. Some artists have made an undeniable impact on Rock history. And to recognize that, is a nice tribute to said impact. However, short of the obvious, we then find ourselves debating the “legitimacy” of every band/singer/instrumentalist who’s ever played a note.

It is at that point that the system breaks down. What makes one “hall of fame” worthy? If you ask Gene Simmons from KISS, he will tell you (as he told me in 1988) “He who sells the most records, wins. Period.” Of course Gene is a member of one of the best-selling bands in Rock history…so he does have ammunition on that front. And yet, KISS remain on the outside, looking in.

Does that make sense to you? KISS not being in the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame? Now…you have to remove your personal bias from the debate. Whether or not you think they’re any good doesn’t matter. Have KISS impacted the history of Rock n’ Roll to the point of changing it? I think even the most “anti-KISS” individual would have to say “yes.” Now, whether that’s a good thing once again becomes subjective.

So, I’ll use that as my personal criteria. For me…in order to be eligible for the “Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame” you must have made an definitive impact on Rock history.

Given that criteria…Let’s look at the nominees for the “class of 2011…”

Alice Cooper – For me, this is a no-brainer. Alice changed the way Rock music was presented live. His visual impact on Rock history is matched by very few. Perhaps only KISS. the fact that he’s not already in, speaks to the silly nature of the selection process,

Beastie Boys – Here’s an interesting one. Beastie Boys were really the first Hip-Hop act to cross over into suburban (read: white) America. Plus, it was really Beastie Boys who did the Rap-Rock thing first. “Fight For Your Right” & using the Led Zeppelin/John Bonham samples created an instant credibility with Rock fans that just didn’t exist prior. Plus, having Kerry King from Slayer playing on “Licensed To Ill” was brilliant. You have to think they deserve to get in.

Bon Jovi – Sorry. But, this is a big fat “NO!” Bon Jovi are a great band. They’ve certainly stood the test of time. They write great, hooky songs. But…they are not, and should not EVER be considered as “Hall Of Fame” worthy. just being good…isn’t good enough.

Chic – Brilliant disco band. “Good Times” is the backbone of a million rap records. For that…they deserve recognition. But, the “Hall Of Fame?” I would say no.

Neil Diamond – Is Neil Diamond Rock n’ Roll?

Donovan – Maybe I’m just not old enough…But to me, Donovan wrote a couple of cool songs, but was sort of England’s Dylan. I’d say “no.” He tends to be a “name-drop”

Dr. John – I LOVE New Orleans. Can you name anyone quickly who’s more synonymous with New Orleans-style ragtime Rock? Before Harry Connick, there was Dr. John. The fact that he immediately represents a unique style of music and the fact that he’s played on so many huge records, makes him noteworthy. Dr. John deserves in.

J. Geils Band – Being born in Boston, I think I take the J. Geils band for granted. I have a distorted idea of their true significance in Rock history. I love ‘em. But…Honestly….not “Hall of Fame” worthy.

LL Cool J – The first real “sex symbol” of the Hip-Hop movement. Before there was Kanye/Jay-Z etc. There was “Cool James.” He may be the “Elvis” of Hip-Hop.

Darlene Love – Another Phil Spector find. Does this make her Hall Of Fame worthy?

Laura Nyro – Ever heard of her? Right. Actually she was a very talented songwriter. But, an artistic darling and if I hadn’t said that, your reaction would’ve been “who?” Which probably excludes her from being a “Hall Of Famer”

Donna Summer – Easy one. No Donna Summer? No Madonna. She is the queen of Disco and deserves in.

Joe Tex – invented Rap. Yeah. He did. That means he’s deserves to be in.

Tom Waits – Another blatant “name-drop.” Tom is incredibly talented. However, most people under 50 were first exposed to him based upon a vocal inclusion in a Primus song. I’m not sure he deserves to be in the Hall Of Fame. He’s certainly brilliant. But, I think falls short of the legendary level I think one needs to attain to be considered “timeless.”

Chuck Willis – He wrote “CC Rider” and a bunch of other tunes. Not a “Hall Of Famer” in my eyes. But…what do I really know.

So there’s your list for 2011. We’ll see how it plays out. Meanwhile…here’s a list of bands that SHOULD be inducted NOW:

Devo, KISS ( nobody were bigger from 75-79?), Deep Purple, Thin Lizzy, Cheap Trick, Ozzy as a solo artist…Feel free to add yours.

This could go on all night… I look forward to your e-mails!


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