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A blog by Scott E. Shepherd · A continuing look at popular music, past, present and future.

Monday, February 5, 2007

The Hall of Fame Game

See everybody, I told you I'd write more!
Everyone loves to make lists and everyone likes to gripe about who's in the Rock and Roll Hall of fame and who is still sorely neglected. I have never been to the Hall and have always considered it a joke since its induction (Seriously, who puts a Hall of Fame in Cleveland?). But back in my Dr. Spin days, someone once asked me who I thought should be in the R'n'R Hall of Fame, and to list my top five. Surprisingly, the Hall has still not inducted any of my choices.
Since it's been a while and since this is a subject I will hopefully get a lot of feedback on, I'm going to create another Top Five acts I think should be in the Hall of Fame. Watch how many years they'll ignore my choices (yet for some reason they seemed eager to induct the Bee Gees! Go figure.)
  1. Nicky Hopkins – Probably one of the greatest pianists of the Rock generation, Hopkins worked as a session man for all of the top acts of the sixties; the Kinks, Jefferson Airplane, the Who, the Grateful Dead, the Rolling Stones, and yes, even the Beatles. He was also a member of the original incarnation of the Jeff Beck group. Hopkins deserves to be in at least as a sideman.
  2. The Zombies – Considered one of the "minor" bands of the British Invasion, the Zombies were nevertheless an important band and their album, The Odyssey and the Oracle, is one of the most underrated albums of the sixties. Their hits, "She's Not There," "Tell Her No," and "Time of the Season" only give the smallest glimpses of this talented band.
  3. The Cars – The longest lasting band of the original "New Wave," the Cars were pioneers of the early music video scene, often creating some of the most memorable and (for the time) advanced videos of the early eighties. Their music was pretty good too, better than Blondie, who are in the Hall of Fame.
  4. Heart – One of Rock's best sister duos, Heart also covered a lot of ground as women-as-serious-hard-rockers
  5. John Mellencamp – A lot of people did (and still do), knock Mellencamp as a Springsteen wannabe, but I think he's quite distinct from the Boss and (sorry Springsteen fans) a better singer. Mellencamp and Springsteen are as different as their respective backgrounds; Indiana and New Jersey (insert your own joke here). Plus if I'm going to hear musicians of my generation on "classic rock" stations, they better darn well start inducting some of them.
I don't know if the 2007 inductees have been announced yet, and I don't really care. I can guarantee none on my list will nominated, and, despite the obvious choices, the Hall of Fame will choose someone that will make me shake my head and continue to see it for the joke that it is. Don't get me wrong; I think a museum collecting artifacts and the history of Rock and Popular music of the 20th Century is cool, but to call it a "Hall of Fame" is just pretentious and silly. Maybe that's why they keep ignoring my choices.
Okay, I've said my beef; who do you think should be in?

Posted at 9:36 am ET