Who really belongs in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame?
We asked four local musicians to weigh in.
Mon Nov 24 2008
"While he’s more of a comedian than a musician, Mitch Hedberg’s records rock my socks off. He looked like Kurt Cobain, too—more so than Dave Pirner or Gavin Rossdale (another worthy Hall of Fame contender). He liked to wear sunglasses inside, which is funny as hell, and makes me want to boogie-woogie. He also died of a heroin overdose. That’s punk as fuck."
Fred Nicolaus, Department of Eagles
"I would nominate Randy Newman, which is odd because he’s barely rock & roll; he’s always been sort of a square outsider. And while he relies too heavily on his political-satire shtick nowadays, he’s still capable of writing strong music, 40 years after his debut. Which is more than can be said about many people who are already in the Hall of Fame."
"Throbbing Gristle: They’ve inspired a lot of ‘extreme’ musical styles, and they’re one of the first bands to have embraced a wide range of artistic philosophies. But most importantly, they encourage individuality. Hearing their music for the first time inspired me to confront ideas which stood in the way of my freedom as a musician and as a person."
"David Byrne first came to mind, but apparently he got in with the Talking Heads in 2002. Holger Czukay of Can would be great to see, but he’s most likely too avant to be taken seriously by that board. How about Mr. Eno—you know, Brian? From Roxy Music to board-bending production, no one deserves it more. The man is a walking Hall of Fame as it is."
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