What your view of sports and life would be if you had too many concussions
In yet another effort to limit how much we have to talk about the crap-fest that is the National Football League, and as a reflection of this blog’s branching out to things outside of the world of sport, I’ve decided to see how many Dubsists are music fans. That’s why when I saw the nominees for induction to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, I thought, why not hold a poll of my own? It’s not like I haven’t put a toe in the water for melding sports and music before, and Lord knows I love a poll.
Besides, now that the election is over, I think we’re all ready to move on to something else.
First of all, there’s the list of nominees being considered for induction in 2017 (listed alphabetically):
Secondly, in order to be considered for nomination, an individual artist or band must have released its first single or album at least 25 years prior to the year of nomination, which means those nominated in 2016 for induction in 2017 had to release their first recording no later than 1991.
Since the nudniks who vote for the Baseball Hall of Fame seems to be concerned about guys who should or shouldn’t be “first-ballot Hall of Famers,” this Halls’ first time eligibles include Bad Brains, Depeche Mode, Electric Light Orchestra, Jane’s Addiction, Joan Baez, Journey, Pearl Jam, Steppenwolf, and Tupac Shakur.
The Dubsism poll will be open until 11:59 P.M. Eastern U.S. time on Wednesday, November 30th. The official Rock & Roll Hall of Fame 2017 inductees will be announced in December 2016, but the Dubsism results will be announced before that. You can also mirror your vote on Dubsism by going to rockhall.com and letting the real Hall know how the Dubsists feel. Their vote closes at 11:59 p.m. EST on December 5, 2016. The Dubsism vote closes before theirs, but one thing they share is voting is capped at one ballot per day.
Another similarity is the winners of both our ballot and the official one for the Hall will be the five who receive the most vote totals. But one thing you won’t see anywhere else is how I voted and why.
J-Dubs Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Ballot
Rush and Yes were my amongst my beefs with the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame; somewhat along the lines of my annual Bert Blyleven rant until he finally was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame. That’s because until last year, neither of them were in but should have been. I believe that slight came from the fact that baseball purists love the flamethrowers over the crafty curveball guys.
In much the same way, “Progressive Rock” gets a bad rap amongst rock and roll purists who believe all rock songs should follow the “Rule of Three’s”: three Instruments, three chords, and three minutes long. Prog Rock is more like the 20th-century electric version of classical music. If you are a student of music, you can’t tell me that when you listen to Yes, you don’t hear Brahms and/or the mathematic precision of many 18th century composers. Yes put the “music” in rock music, and without them a lot of rock would still sound like Pat Boone doing “Tutti Fruitti.”
Many people credit MC5 with the birth of punk rock. I disagree. I think that title belongs to The Kinks. What MC5 created was a genre unto itself…”bad-ass rock.” This is the song I want to listen to right before I get into a bar fight. If that isn’t enough, this is the band Lemmy Kilmister credited as the inspiration for the founding of Motorhead. You simply can’t “out bad-ass” that. You can try, but you’ll fail.
3) Bad Brains
What else can I say? Bad Brains took the punk movement, matured it, and used it to pollenate so much other stuff. You can hear that in everything from the pop-metal strains of Living Color, the sheer thrash of Pantera, and the throbbing buzz of Rage Against the Machine.
4) Pearl Jam
I was a bit of a “take it or leave it” guy on the Grunge movement of the 90’s, largely because so much of it was just crap wrapped in ripped jeans and bad flannel. But the stuff that wasn’t crap was exceptional. If Nirvana were “The Beatles of Grunge,” then the analogy for Pearl Jam is none other than the Rolling Stones. Not to mention, the work they did with Neil Young is some of my favorite grunge ever.
5) Electric Light Orchestra
I understand this may be the least likely of my picks to gain induction, and I’m pretty sure I know why. They have a major case of the aforementioned “Prog Rock” problem and people are most familiar with their lucrative, yet mediocre efforts such as Don’t Bring Me Down. But when they were still the Electric Light Orchestra rather than “ELO,” they were yet another band that taught me you can put “real” music into rock. That meant a lot to a 12-year old J-Dub, whose first training as a musician was as a classic strings guy…it meant I could still play an instrument with a bow and be a rock star. Naturally, this lead to my progression toward the electric bass I play today, with a couple of stints as a drummer in between.
Granted, that story likely doesn’t apply to you, but do yourself a favor. Go back and discover Electric Light Orchestra when it still had the “Orchestra;” when they mixed Chuck Berry with real Beethoven…when it was more “Ma-Ma-Ma-Belle”and less “Hold On Tight.”
Now, let’s see your ballot!