Monday, December 12, 2011

Rock N Roll Hall of Fame: Class of 2012

On Wednesday, the inductees for the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame were officially announced. Of the 15 nominated, 6-7 are being inducted. This year's list is quite diverse and could make an interesting ceremony.

The Small Face/The Faces
 Small Faces - Small Faces
 Faces - First Step
It may seem strange but both the Small Faces and Faces have been inducted into the Hall. One may wonder why the two are paired up. Keyboardist Ian McLagan wondered the same thing himself. Basically, both bands share the same members but have completely different sounds. 
The Small Faces were one of the forgotten bands during the British Invasion in the 1960's. They were indeed a Mod band and made some of the greatest rock songs ever known. The band consisted of guitarist/singer Steve Marriott, bassist Ronnie Lane, drummer Kenny Jones, and keyboardist Ian McLagan. Despite the band's short time together, they were able to churn out classics such as "Itchycoo Park", "Tin Soldier", and "Afterglow of Your Love". Their 1968 album Ogden's Nut Gone Flake is considered their best. However in 1969, Marriott left the band to form Humble Pie. Without Marriott, the band were considering on breaking up. Before they could, singer Rod Stewart and guitarist Ronnie Wood came to the rescue to save one of their favorite bands. After jamming, the new five-piece band decided to call themselves the Faces. The band were much more hard rock oriented than the Small Faces and had hit singles with "Stay With Me" and "Oo La La". The band split in 1974 but have reunited not too long ago with former Simply Red singer Mick Hucknall. McLagan has been quoted to saying he'd like to play at the ceremony. Rod Stewart has also said that he'd really like to reunite with his old band mates. This would be more of a Faces reunion with Stewart, Wood, Jones, and McLagan. Marriott died in a house fire in 1991 and Lane died from multiple sclerosis in 1997.

Donovan - Sunshine Superman
The hurdy-gurdy man has finally gotten into the Rock N Roll Hall of Fame. Donovan was popular during the 1960's with hits like "Hurdy Gurdy Man" and "Mellow Yellow". Nothing much else to say except that it's good to see him in.

Guns N Roses
Guns N' Roses - It's So Easy
Guns N Roses have been inducted on their first year eligible, which is impressive. The band's debut album, Appetite for Destruction, was huge when it was released in 1987 (and for those wondering, the Hall allow bands when their debut release is 25 years old, not album. GNR's debut release was an EP). Singer Axl Rose, guitarists Slash and Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan, and drummer Steven Adler were famous for hits like "Welcome to the Jungle" and "Sweet Child O'Mine". The band were also popular in the 1990's with their Use Your Illusion albums in 1991. The band fell apart completely in 1996 and was reconstructed by Rose with a completely different line-up. There lies a big question here with Guns N Roses being inducted: will Axl, Izzy, Slash, Duff, and Steven reunite for the ceremony? It seems unlikely with Axl being unpredictable and his hatred for Slash, which has seem to have toned down recently. Who knows? It could happen but I wouldn't hold your breath.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

 Red Hot Chili Peppers - The Hamburg Concert No.1
The Red Hot Chili Peppers are getting into the Hall next year. I'll be honest: I've never cared for the band much but I think they've earned it: the band's funk rock sound made them big in the 1990's and they still perform today. 

Laura Nyro
 Laura Nyro - Eli and the Thirteenth Confession
The singer/songwriter is finally in the Hall. It took her two nominations to get in. Laura Nyro might be lesser known but she does make some good music and has been cited by Alice Cooper as a favorite of his. 

Beastie Boys

Who cares....really?

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