Saturday, December 17, 2011

Four random thoughts on Induction '12

We've taken a few days off, forcibly baptized each member of our staff in the holy holiday waters of eggnog and emerged refreshed - no more bitterness about the Rock Hall's choices for induction for 2012. What's done is done. It is what it is. They were who we thought they were.

Here's four deep - or puddle shallow - thoughts our crew had about the upcoming ceremony. Why four? Because The Man wouldn't let us have five.

1) Which guitarist or guitarists will play for the Red Hot Chili Peppers at the induction ceremony? 
Obviously not the late Hillel Slovak.
Dave Navarro?
John Frusciante?
Jack Sherman, who played on their debut?
DeWayne "Blackbyrd" McKnight?
Arik Marshall?
Jesse Tobias, who was replaced by Navaro after one month?
All, or most, of the above?

Technically, The Mats (w/ Stinson, far right) are now in the Hall.
2) Regardless of whether Axl reunites with Duff and Slash or uses his current Guns 'N' Roses crew, The Replacements are getting into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Well, at least one quarter of the surviving members - Tommy Stinson has been a fixture in GNR's current touring band and played on "Chinese Democracy" which, for better or for worse, is a Guns ’N’ Roses album.

3) Will the late Larry “Bud” Melman get a shout-out during the Beastie Boys acceptance speech? Will a hologram of Melman appear during their performance?

4) Will the hall really recognize the Small Faces in the same way they’ll recognize Faces? Obviously, Small Faces were a player in the Mod scene and had a few hits, like "Itchycoo Park." But it’s a joke if they try and say that band (and let’s face it, it’s a different band. It just is) had as much of an impact as Faces. Our friends at Future Rock Legends tackled this in a stupendous post-announcement screed a few weeks back.

That's it for now. Back to the eggnog.

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