ROCK HALL OF FAME, II
The HOF’s web page is functioning properly now; perhaps it was in flux due to the new enshrinees over the weekend. At any rate, the list of inductees, with links to the rational for their enshrinement, is now up.
Let’s look at the first class, the 1986 inductees, looking only at the main category of “performers”:
The Everly Brothers
Jerry Lee Lewis
Anyone on that list about whom there is the slightest doubt as to whether they are worthy? I don’t think so.
Compare them with the 2004 list:
George Harrison (Post-Beatles)
Does anyone really think The Dells, Harrison, or Traffic belong in the same category as the original inductees?
Your mission–should you choose to accept it–is to nominate up to ten artists from the current HOF who should be removed. Bonus points for explanations.
I couldn’t name a song by the Dells, although they make fine computers.
But their customer service isn’t that great. Another reason to take ’em out.
Not to mention those annoying commercials….
ZZ Top???? Gah. How our standards sink.
It’s strange because the 2003 performers were a pretty strong group –
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
with only AC/DC and the Righteous Brothers being a little borderline (IMHO, of course).
The Righteous Brothers, especially. They had three or four great songs in a very short period.
AC/DC has been around forever, which is a big bonus. But I can’t think of one of their songs from the last 15 years. Really, after “For Those About to Rock…,” the follow on to “Back in Black,” I don’t know that they had another meaningful album.
Remove Ritchie Valens. No to sound disrespectful of the dead, what has he done besides La Bamba and being in a plane crash with other artists?