04.25.07

Steiner : REM Are The 50th Best Band….From Georgia

Posted in Baseball, Rock Und Roll at 3:16 pm by

Dodgers mouthpiece Charley Steiner (above), writing for Hall Of Fame Magazine.com, takes exception with the 2007 inductees. To Cleveland’s Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, that is.  (thanks to Repoz for the link)

I’ve got some rock ‘n’ roll chops. If not chops, then certainly some history. From my teenage days in the Village hanging out at the Café au GoGo, Café Wha and the Bitter End, listening to the Blues Project, Lovin’ Spoonful and Richie Havens in their (and my) formative years, rock ‘n’ roll grabbed a hold of me and has never let go. I can’t play a lick, but I would put my 8000 iPod tunes up against anybody’s. Now that the preface is out of the way, let’s get to the heart of the matter. Last year’s inductees into the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame wanted dead or alive and in alphabetical order were Black Sabbath (is Ozzy dead or alive?…you be the judge), Blondie, Miles Davis, Lynyrd Skynard and the Sex Pistols. No arguments, no qualms with any of the above. This year’s class, I must admit left me profoundly indifferent. Grandmaster Flash gets into the hall of fame, for scratching records with the needle on a Victrola? Ok, not my cup of tea. R.E.M certainly were the vibe of their decade/generation. Fabulous band, unique sound, but a band with a lasting impact? I dunno. We’ll talk in 50 years. Same can be said for Van Halen, whose off-stage antics were almost as entertaining as their musical body of work. Patti Smith’s primal, guttural and soulful voice and presentation makes her a unique artist. And while the Ronettes were one of the great girl groups, Hall of Famers? I™m not sure about that. It wasn’t as if they had a body of work, and had it not been for Mrs. Spector’s husband’s wall of sound, they might have well been the Shangra-las.

8 Responses to “Steiner : REM Are The 50th Best Band….From Georgia”

  1. john says:

    Spelling Skynyrd wrong = no credibility

  2. Brushback says:

    I’m not listening to Charlie Steiner’s 8000 iPod tracks, all of Joni Mitchell and The Turtles, no matter how much you fucking pay me.

  3. zambonirodeo says:

    Charley Steiner’s not a big Christian Marclay fan either then?

  4. Chuck says:

    Obviously Charley Steiner’s waiting for the Hall of Fame to induct either the Bay City Rollers or the New Christy Minstrels. Or maybe he’s got a jones for the Cowsills?

  5. Dave Martin says:

    I’ll just skip how fucked up this guy logic is and just mention that he looks like the love child of Clay Tarver and Matt Sweeney.

  6. egg says:

    He looks like he just swallowed 10cc of a Lovin’ Spoonful….

    Hey Charley, what model number is your Victrola?

  7. Repoz says:

    “but I would put my 8000 iPod tunes up against anybody’s.”

    Hey, pompomass…never once did you try and tackle Sterling’s Montovani oozing iPod or take on Waldman’s personal 6,000+ song tribute to Richard Kiley…Man of La Munchausen Syndrome.

  8. DJorn says:

    Dear God, did anyone follow the link and look at the top ten artists he thinks deserve consideration for the Hall? Delaney & Bonnie? Seriously?

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