Jazzville Skyline: “…hall pass…”

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Well, it’s that time of year again…time to hear who the ‘so-called’ Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame has chosen as their nominees to be inductees…and the list includes…Peter Gabriel, Linda Ronstadt, Hall And Oates, LL Cool J, Nirvana, The Replacements, Yes, Link Wray, Chic, The Zombies, Deep Purple, Cat Stevens, Kiss, N.W.A., The Meters, and The Paul Butterfield Band…What’s wrong with this picture?…

First off, Deep Purple is one of the three major rock bands of all-time in music history, and yet, they haven’t made it yet…strike one…

Next…Yes…come on…the most important prog rock band along side Pink Floyd, and they aren’t in either…strike two…

And third…Nirvana…o.k., I know I’ll get some flack for this one, but they really don’t deserve to be here…Sure, they helped recognize a movement that several acts were doing (and doing much better, like Pearl Jam), but…Kurt Died, so like James Dean, somehow we believe his contribution to be greater, compared by less achievements…three strikes, they’re out…

Now…it is very nice to see Peter Gabriel in there…people forget that HE was Genesis…not what Phil did with it later, which wasn’t…and Linda Ronstadt…of course, her medical situation plays a factor in this sympathetically, but even without that, she clearly deserves to be here as a pioneer, since her debut single “Different Drum’ (written by Monkee Mike Nesmith…)…and Hall And Oates…just for Daryl’s voice alone, that blue-eyed soul deserves a nod…but they’re achievement on the pop charts certainly have secured their spot…and Cat Stevens…please…if there is anyone on the panel older than 40, then just by hearing the name, he should be included…brilliant artist, brilliant songwriter…

And what about the others?…Not taking anything away from their credentials, but…much like the Grammy Awards, who consistently get things wrong every year, there are still too many others who should already be in, not just nominated, but alas…it’s only a matter of time before Justin Bieber gets the nod…

And change the name already guys…’cause even I know, it ain’t “rock-n-roll” (but I like it…)


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