This year's Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees have been announced and as usual nobody is happy with the results. With Run DMC, Jeff Beck, and Metallica being honored, fans of modern music are constantly whining about their own favorites that they claim need to be put on the pedestal.
Music, like any art, is subjective and rock and roll is constantly appealing to the lowest common denominator of aesthetic values. In my opinion any Hall of Fame for music is completely worthless and juvenile, but that still won't stop Rush and Stevie Ray Vaughn fans from bellyaching.
Does anyone remember the 200+ Kiss fans who protested a couple years ago claiming the gimmicky act was deserving of being noted as good musicians? Seriously. These people took time from their lives to display their passion for a band who can hardly play. Imagine if that energy was directed elsewhere, like something that actually matters?
Yeah I don't get why Run DMC is being honored when many bands are being overlooked, but really it won't make any difference in my enjoyment of them. Unlike professional athletes it's not like these musicians can't continue their careers. I'm not sure what the induction process is, but I'd be fine with the institution simply not existing.
You'll all agree with me when Nickleback gets in there. Yes you know it'll happen.
I played pub trivia the other night where they had a section which they played either Beethoven or Mozart and you had to guess which composed the piece. My friend commented on how the music industry would never support anything like this today. I disagreed. The record labels would certainly dish out any work like this if only the public would be interested. Instead music fans continue to purchase the Jonas Brothers and claim the Dave Matthews Band to be geniuses. Sigh.
Okay enough ranting. I'll just post some Beethoven, which I used to blare in my car while traveling at high speeds.
"Art! Who comprehends her? With whom can one consult concerning this great goddess?" - Ludwig van Beethoven