I have often wondered about the state of rock and roll right now. I grew up listening to, and loving, a lot of rock and roll artists. I remember when my friend Lou and I started hunting down different vinyl releases back in high school. We loved those classic artists who were well deserving of making it into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Over recent years, I’ve started to question a lot more if anyone is deserving of this honor anymore. I certainly won’t start campaigning for Nickelback to find their way into what is supposed to be those hallowed halls. Looking at this years nominees, I have to be honest that I am very unaware of what a lot of them have done. The major ones that are being inducted are Gun N’ Roses, The Beastie Boys, and The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Although not a huge fan of any of these bands, I can see what these people did for the music scene over an extended period of time. In today’s time period, I don’t know that any one band or artist has the same qualifications to be given a similar honor. I have come up with my top three artists, or groups, I believe will one day find their way into the hall of fame. I think next week I’ll do my ideal list of artists who probably won’t make it into the hall of fame.
1. Dave Grohl – If you’ve been a reader here for a while you know my love for the Foo Fighters. I was going to say they should be in there, but I really think you could just throw Grohl in there by himself. The Foo Fighters have been one of the few consistently strong bands for over the past 15 years. His role in Nirvana can never be understated; even though I’m really not a huge fan of them. And, he has done some great work for Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures. Having recently seen Foo Fighters in concert, Grohl embodies what it means to be a rock star. He loves to play music, and he tends to create pretty good music too. Plus, he is really talented.
2. Radiohead – I have a feeling this is one that will need no convincing. Even though they put out a couple of albums that had some listeners a little disinterested a few times, they came back and started self releasing albums that were top-notch material. Plus, they were at the forefront of figuring out how to make the digital age work in their favor. They went from creating really impressive rock and roll indie material, to then combining electronics in a way that didn’t make me want to throw their record out the window. They are the pioneers of a genre that will forever be grateful to them for being so inventive.
3. Jack White – News of his new solo album is actually what prompted me to write this post. I have thought about the current state of rock and roll for a while, and I think White is a musical genius. He has been a part of some amazing bands over the past few years. I wasn’t a huge fan of The White Stripes when they first came out, but they managed to win me over as new albums continued to come out. The Raconteurs are a great band that produce music more in line with folk rock, and The Dead Weathers seem to be his punk rock outfit. He can never be really defined by a style or genre of music. He does a lot of them, and he does them really well. I’m really interested to see his new solo stuff come out. Hopeful it won’t be a career killer like some people’s solo efforts.
So what are some of your favorites to actually get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Next week I’ll give you my long shots. I have a feeling more of you will be able to think of some of those.