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Hall of Shame ?

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.

Albert King – Born Under A bad Sign :

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About Stevie GB

60 year old stand up comedian from Long Island. My approach to comedy is telling the truth about being married, middle aged and living in the suburbs. I enjoy making people laugh without making them feel uncomfortable. My act is clean and clever. Featured in Newsday and on News12. Winner of the Huntington Arts Council Laff-off, 2006. 3rd place winner of LI Press Best of LI 2011, A regular on The Long Island Comedy Festival for 9 consecutive years. Opened for Dennis Miller, Louie Anderson, Kevin Pollak, Bobby Collins, Bob Nelson, Uncle Floyd, Kevin Meaney, and many more.

4 responses to “Hall of Shame ?

  1. Stevie GB

    I concur. Although I think the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame is an abomination, you are correct that artists that influenced and shaped the genre belong there. I wouldn’t expect to see Jethro Tull in The Hip Hop Hall Of Fame.

  2. Gerard ⋅

    i allways explode when another genre uses the term rock and roll to describe themselves. In the song “Scream and Shout” from Will.I.Am and Britney he starts somewhere in the song to use the term “Rock and roll. Everybody let’s lose control” That whole song is everything BUT rock and roll. It annoys me every time (and yes, sadly i can’t allways escape those songs).

  3. Alan ⋅

    I apologize, as I didn’t discuss RUSH, who are also being inducted. Rush has millions of fans all over the world and have always been a big concert draw. All i could say is I’m on the fence on this one. i will admit to listening to ” Moving Pictures’ a lot in my high school days.

    • Stevie GB

      I never got into RUSH. Had a friend who loved the 2112 album and it drove me nuts. I could blame Getty Lee’s voice, but they just bored me to death. I saw them live with some chick I was dating and hated them. I remember shouting RAMONES during the show. I think that was the last date with that girl.

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