Strange Brouhaha

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Seriously. Madonna?

I have finally lost the final shreds of respect I had for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They've had some questionable inductions in the past--Miles Davis and Michael Jackson spring immediately to mind--but this one takes the cake.



Now, I don't have a serious problem with Madonna per se. She's certainly a groundbreaker. You can't deny that she's been successful at pretty much everything she's tried except acting. She's no Laurence Olivier. (She's not even Bob Olivier, who's playing Biff in "Death of a Salesman" out at the dinner theater on Route 30.)

I'm not sure what the reasoning behind inducting Miles was--that was a real head-scratcher--and I suppose you could make a stretch and include Michael Jackson on the merit of his work with his brothers. But Madonna's career has had nothing to do with rock at all. The Rock Hall mentions only that she's had lots of hits and #1 albums and is "ferociously original".

If Madonna is in the Hall, they might as well change the name, because it now has nothing to do with rock. They might as well induct Culture Club, also eligible for induction this year. Air Supply has been eligible for a while now--why not let them in? They'd be just as legitimate.



(Here's a list of past inductees. Who else shouldn't be there?)


  • I agree, the "winners" aren't a true representation of rock&roll. Herb Alpert (Tijuana Brass) - Lifetime Achievement in Rock & Roll?Give me a break. "Soul Singers" are not rock&roll singers, are they? Then why Isaac Hayes, Solomon Burke and Al Green. Yuck. Floyd Cramer and Brenda Lee are definitely country and western. Etc. Etc.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 7:59 PM  

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