Re: Rock & Roll Hall of Fame ballot announced
Originally Posted by Revering4Blue
This is the true crux of the problem with the selection process, IMO.
Save for "Heart Luck Woman" -- The only KISS song that I'll go out of my way to listen too -- I'm not particularly a KISS fan, but there's no denying that they had a much larger impact on the popular music world -- let's face it, it isn't really a "Rock And Roll" Hall Of Fame any more -- than several previously inducted acts. I can also state the same thing about acts that have been yet to even be nominated, such as ELO, Iron Maiden and Jethro Tull, to name a few.
The opinion of Critics plays way too large of a role in the selection process. And just to show that I'm not playing favorites, I'm perfectly fine with deserving, influential artists from genres that I really cannot stand (read: Beastie Boys and LL Cool J) inducted well ahead of critically acclaimed bands that I like (read: Replacements and Pixies) that just don't have a heck of a lot of material on their resume and/or didn't really impact the music world with a small catalog in such a short period of time the way that Nirvana did, which is virtually impossible to accomplish, I know.
Alice Cooper is there- and for me, ELO is about fifty times better.
The problem with the Hall of Fame is that a lot of people are there for influence. Eh, you know, let's make it about the catalog. Alice Cooper may have been the first theater horror guy...but he isn't someone I can sit down and listen to for very long. Some of you guys who are a bit older than I am can set me straight on that, but I listen to the radio for hours a day and never hear a single song of his.
The Replacements- I like them...they could get in because people want to feel cool voting for them...but it's another band who 9 out of 10 people couldn't name one song. Maybe you can make that case that for what they were in alternative music they were pretty big....I just don't see it. But I hate Radiohead, so what do I know.
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