Skip to comments.Rock hall of fame snubs red-state favorites
Posted on 12/13/2011 1:29:58 PM PST by mojito
....Of course, the real divide institutionalized in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame isnt the line between black and white. Its the one between red and blue. The great divide in Cleveland isnt racial, but cultural, with artists that appeal to a red-state audience getting shoved aside time and time again in favor of more blue-state-friendly acts. While the hall has been making a display of its musical ecumenism by extending its reach to embrace ever more remote cousins of rock, it has simultaneously revealed an equally strong prejudice against the mainstream rock of the American heartland, pejoratively dubbed arena rock because its representative acts fill sports arenas rather than the pages of Rolling Stone and Spin.
The halls selective open-mindedness explains how ABBA, Neil Diamond, Madonna and Steely Dan can be rock hall members. But that big tent gets tiny when it comes to music that mainstream Red America loves especially music that appeals to straight, white, working-class men. Journey isnt in the hall. Neither is Jethro Tull, Boston, Bon Jovi, the Cars, ELO, the Steve Miller Band or Stevie Ray Vaughn. Nor is Kansas. Or Styx. Or Ted Nugent. Get the picture?
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Nugent plays Rock and Roll and there is NO PLACE for that sort of thing in the Rock and Roll HOF.
I hope the Hall of Fame will remember,
a southern man don’t need them around, anyhow.....
It’s not about what red staters do and don’t like, it’s about Wenner not liking prog rock or metal. Anybody in either of those categories that’s in is in grudgingly at best. Some Wenner will die and things might get better.
As long as Jan Wenner is alive, NO red-blooded American rockers will get into the Hall. He is a raving homo lunatic.
It’s only a matter of time before Justin Beeber gets in.
Jon Bon Jovi is a huge lefty.
Well, I guess that tells me that they don’t need or want red state visitors too, right?
Like him or not, he was instrumental in exposing the genre to a wide, mass audience. Sure it was cover music and tamer versions of what was then called "race music". Nevertheless, his talent and charm were critical to making rock and roll palatable to many, myself included.
Admittedly, I may be the only person in the known universe who prefers his version of I Almost Lost My Mind over the original. So flame away...
“I mean Stevie Ray Vaughan is dead, and we can’t get Jon Bon Jovi in a helicopter. Come on, folks. “Get on that helicopter John. Shut the —— up and get on that helicopter! There’s a hair dresser in there. Yeah, go ahead in there, yeah yeah.” - Dennis Leary
Styx? I rather shoot my radio than listen to Styx.
With the exception of SRV, I would question any of them baing voted in.
So how does the writer explain such inductees as:
I think a lot of those named are fairly popular in states both Blue and Red
Styx - Gayest band ever.
I'd like to know the average age of the voting members.
“Styx? I rather shoot my radio than listen to Styx.”
pat boone - enter sandman
A local Cleveland DJ said, "the only way Nyro belongs in the rock-n-roll hall of fame is with a mop and a bucket". I agree.
There are too many inductees already, but I think the point is that as the HoF has gone beyond the easy ones, it has leaned in a certain direction.
Jane Loves Jezebel
Styx doesn’t hold a candle (or a flame) to those bands.
I sort of liked his rendition of Van Halen's Panama.
Agreed, but I think that direction is slanted more towards mediocrity than it is towards red or blue state.
After seeing a Britney Spears display, I knew I wouldn't be returning.
To be honest Laura Nyro has a huge body of songwriting work to her credit.
Yardbirds were a main incubator of future members of Creram, Zep, and other bands. Jeff Beck is a genius.
Rush RULES!!!!! (and their not in either)
I love Rush.
Surely, you don’t mean Jethro Tull, as an example of Red State rock, do you? Those pretensious, no-talent, anti-Christian poseurs who write the background music for Whole Foods?
Only Dennis “Babe” DeYoung. Tommy Shaw rocked. Fooling Yourself, Blue Collar Man, Renegade, Great White Hope, and Miss America were all good rock. (I’ll admit, for pure campy fun, Mr. Roboto works... I just shudder to think that DeYoung was serious.)
Which version of Styx are you talking about - the Wooden Nickel Records band with John Curelewski on guitar, or the later hair band featuring Tommy Shaw and lots of Dennis DeYoung ballads? Might as well be two entirely different groups.
I rather like some of their earlier stuff, such as Man in the Wilderness and Suite Madame Blue. Those were really before they got the "corporate rock" treatment.
>> BOSTON............Red Staters! ... Morons!!!<<
Not exactly. Tom Sholz is from Ohio. He, basically, IS Boston. Their music is most popular in the midwest, as well.
I do like my rock with flute on occasion though.
Remember that "red" is the commie color. I don't subscribe to the current state of dhimmi "conservatives" who proudly describe themselves as "Red Staters". As long as it's just the music playing, I can enjoy good stuff from even the the most commie, marxist, fascist progressives. YMMV.
Agreed, that album (and the weird stage play that accompanied it) wasn't the artistic statement that *I* would've chosen, but at least DeYoung tried to put a thumb in the eye of Tipper Gore and her pro-censorship associates.
I know PLENTY of people who love Bon Jovi. Nearly all of them are women.
Just how many people have actually heard of Laura Nyro, much less heard any of her music?
Rush, KISS, Nugent, Deep Purple are all easy no matter what metric you want to use. My ten year old plays "Smoke On The Water" on his violin for cryin' out loud.
“Not exactly. Tom Sholz is from Ohio. He, basically, IS Boston. Their music is most popular in the midwest, as well.”
Tom Scholz is also a flaming leftard. If it weren’t for the fact that Boston sort of rocks, they’d be an R&RHOF shoo-in for that reason alone.
Tull should be in. Their music was distinctive and interesting. Never formula and unique instrumentation. Heard Ian Anderson in an interview once say that in their day they were not into being ‘rock stars,’ they were into being musicians.
He was the brains of the outfit without question. But, Brad Delp is the reason folks listen to the band. Lots and Lots and Lots of folks. Another no-brainer for the HOF.
BTW, I saw him just before he really took off with 'Aqualung', it was a heck of a show!
Truth is I never go to Whole Foods. I was just calling them new-age crap.
I would vote for his harmonica player, the late Norton Buffalo before Miller.
Considering the faggots and their weak-ass crap that have been added to their list, I would find it an insult someone thought my music was like theirs.
There is no smoking allowed in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
I sure hadn't - and my tastes are pretty far-ranging. This snippet from her bio totally supports the author's comments in the article above:
"Throughout high school Laura also listened to the protest music of Pete Seeger, Joan Baez, early Bob Dylan the Beatles and others. Laura always "adored" the music of Van Morrison. I was always interested in the social consciousness of certain songs. My mother and grandfather were progressive thinkers, so I felt at home in the peace movement and the women's movement, and that has influenced my music.
Counter-culture, Progressive, Pete Seeger protest music, etc., etc.
Yep, the R&RHOF is kissing Commie butt.
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