Today’s post is from guest blogger Alan Gootnick.
The 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions are approaching. I wanted to chime in on the inductees and whether or not they belong there.
First, let’s dispense of two right away. Donna Summer is, was, and always will be the Queen of Disco. This is NOT rock and roll! Public Enemy surely influenced most of today’s hip hop and rap artists. AGAIN- NOT rock and roll!
Next up, Randy Newman. He is a great songwriter with a biting, acerbic wit. His three best albums are 12 songs, Sail Away, and Good Old Boys. Personally his music doesn’t excite me, I guess the hall of fame committee see differently.
Heart was one of the biggest bands of the 70’s. Being fronted by two beautiful sisters didn’t hurt either. Barracuda, Magic Man, and Crazy on You were staples of FM radio in the 70’s and still are today. Then they blew it with their “big hair MTV 80’s – “Alone” (YUK!).
The final inductee is Albert King. Eric Clapton, Mick Taylor, Stevie Ray Vaughan were influenced by the blues giant. Jimi Hendrix copped Albert’s idea of playing the guitar upside down, as they were both left handed.
Interesting note: Albert never used the sixth string while playing! Also Joe Walsh was such a fan he got to speak at his funeral. I can’t wait to see who inducts him and pays musical tribute to this worthy inductee.
In conclusion, let’s hope that it’s the “last dance’ for hip hop and disco artists being considered for the Rock n Roll Hall.
Alan is a stand-up comic and music fan, much like myself. Thank you Alan. Find him on Facebook at www.facebook.com/alan.gootnick