The Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2003

Now how about some commentary on something that you can’t vote on, namely the announcement of the Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2003?

The Righteous Brothers – An excellent, excellent choice. Long overdue.

The Clash – Another excellent choice. If the Sex Pistols started punk, The Clash made it an art form by giving it soul and a purpose (yes, I happen to love this band; I was just listening to London Calling two days ago).

Elvis Costello and the Attractions – A very good choice. One of new wave’s three angry young men (the others being Joe Jackson and Graham Parker), and the best known. Also a daring musical innovator (although not as daring as Joe Jackson).

Every class has at least one clinker in it. Last year’s clinker was Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers (a competent band, but not HOF worthy). This year’s class has two:

The Police – A new wave reggae band that turned into Genesis. Why not just nominate Genesis, whose Peter Gabriel era work deserves recognition for creating theater rock? Or for that matter, Peter Gabriel for being one of the most innovative musical voices ever?

Note to Toni, if you’re reading this: Peter Gabriel = “Excuuuuuuuse meeeee!”

AC/DC – My good friend Mike would disagree with my disagreement here. Okay, they’re a better choice than Kiss, but as the bookkeeper at the agency said, how about nominating Alice Cooper instead? What an influence and innovator he was. Hey, even I saw an Alice Cooper show in the ’70’s.

NP – The Clash, London Calling
(Celebrating the election and The Clash; although The Clash would’ve hated the results of this election…)


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