Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Top 20 Leonard Cohen Songs (Poll)

The passing of Leonard Cohen has many posting best of lists on his songs and albums.
Below is a list of the Top 20 songs and Top 7 albums Poll that I recently voted on.

BTW- here's a link to my RIP Leonard Cohen poll. 

1.  Suzanne
2.  Hallelujah
3.  I'm Your Man
4.  Sisters of Mercy
5.  Bird on the Wire
6.  Tower of Song
7.  Chelsea Hotel No. 2
8.  Joan of Arc
9.  First We Take Manhattan
10. Democracy
11. Everybody Knows 
12. Hey That's No Way To Say Goodbye
13. Master Song
14. Famous Blue Raincoat
15. Dance Me To The End Of Love
16. Future
17. So Long Marianne
18. Who By Fire
19. Anthem
20. You Want It Darker

1.  Songs of Leonard Cohen
2.  I'm Your Man
3.  Songs of Love and Hate
4.  Various Positions
5.  Future
6.  New Skin For the Old Ceremony
7.  You Want It Darker

Monday, December 05, 2016

Playlist for 12/5

Dramatics - Dramatically Yours
Dramatics - Whatcha See Is Whatcha Get
Delfonics - s/t
Delfonics  - Tell Me This Is A Dream
Clarence Carter - This Is
Clarence Carter - Dynamic
Brick -  Good High
Brick - s/t
George McCrae - Rock Your Baby
George McCrae - s/t
Stairsteps - 2nd Resurrection
Syreeta - Stevie Wonder Presents
Minnie Riperton - Come To My Garden

Sunday, December 04, 2016

Inductee Predictions: 2017 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

The biggest ballot since 1990, when there were 30(!) nominees (8 inductees).  Before 1990, the Hall had a bunch of 50's/60's era legends to choose from.  The Nominee ballot was bigger.  By 1991, the standard 15 ballot appeared.  Another way of looking at it: since those early insane ballots, this 2017 one is the largest since 1997 (17 names).

But what will they do?  Stick with their 5 inductee only policy?  I'm hoping the ballot is too big and tempting for them not to add a 6th name. What about a 7th?  Too much?  Would it create a never-ending Induction Ceremony?

Looking over the nominees  there's something for everybody. Give the NomCom credit:  throughout their history, there ballots have always had diversity.  But there's room to complain. A lack of women (three), four if you count Chic.  Also, only four R&B names.  The Joe Tex nomination seems a compromise to please those who will complain that the NomCom has forgotten about early R&B/Pop/Rock era acts.

Oh, and if you're a long time Hall watcher you'll notice no 50's era acts.  Joan Baez's first record came out in 1960.  Joe Tex's came out in 1955, but he didn't break until the mid-60's.

This is why my Veterans Committee idea is still on the table.  And much needed.

The big complaint about my own picks will be that there are too many first time eligibles. I'll accept that criticism. So, I figure a dark horse or two will get in.  But voters had many new, popular acts to choose from this year.  We say it all the time:  there's always a surprise inductee.  I'm going with 6, but hoping that one of those gets slotted elsewhere, leaving an opening for a 7th.  That's right, dream big Hall followers.

1. Joan Baez - She fits two important criteria:  Baby Boomer icon, and though she's not known for her songwriting, the yearly Singer-Songwriter slot. Also, many probably thought she was already inducted.

2. Chic -  OK, here's my proposal, which has been brought up by others as well.  Why not give Chic the Musical Excellence Award?  It's not like Nile Rodgers & Bernard Edwards don't deserve it for their non-Chic and Chic era Production/Songwriting work.  This also frees up a slot for another inductee. Somebody on the NomCom must have thought of this scenario already?

3. Electric Light Orchestra -  Jeff Lynne appears to have worked with almost every Rock artist inducted in the Hall.  So, if they all returned their ballots ELO would fly in, right?  The fact that Lynne reactivated the ELO moniker for a tour and album in 2015/2016 could help.   Also, another name people thought were already inducted.

4. Journey -  Hey, the fan vote winner always gets in.  Obviously, Journey were no critical darlings.  But they are still very much a fan favorite, always touring and are on a radio/streaming device somewhere near you at all times.  Of course this same scenario didn't help Bon Jovi in 2011, but that was before the Hall embraced populist names.

5. Pearl Jam -   No further comment.

6.  2Pac - The only Rap artist nominated and he is indeed a legendary icon.  But I've got a weird feeling about this one.  At first he seemed liked a sure pick, but I've downgraded his chances since then.  Still picking him, but no shocker if he's not in on his first try.

The Rest

Bad Brains -  Every year a NomCom shocker, and this was it.  Whether they end up in the "one and done" nominee file remains to be seen.  No chance on their first try, but kudos to Tom Morello for getting them on the ballot.

Cars - 2nd time nominated.  Looking for a dark horse?  Lots of AOR/New Wave hits, which should have voters giving them a good look.

Depeche Mode - Now part of that rotating 80's English Alt/Indie Rock trio of nominees along with the Smiths and the Cure.  The latter two couldn't get in, so I'm not expecting Depeche Mode to break the trend.

J. Geils Band -  4th time nominated, and a NomCom (Little Steven) fave.  Since they were last nominated in 2011, more Classic Rock artists have gone in, which could help get them in.

Janet Jackson - 2nd time nominated.  The fact that she missed out last year, when I thought she would be an easy pick, had me struggling with this pick.

Jane's Addiction -  Although they've been eligible since 2012, no one predicted this one either.  80's Indie Rock bands don't get much respect.

Chaka Khan -  2nd time nominated solo, and once with Rufus.  The NomCom obviously likes her,  and her longevity should win over older voters.

Kraftwerk -  4th time nominated, and again a critically loved NomCom fave that could get in as more 80's/90's era acts who they influenced are inducted.  Another Dark Horse candidate?

MC5 - 2nd time nominated, last in 2003.  Talk about resurrecting a name from the past.  Punk pioneers that many voters know little about.

Steppenwolf - Not many paying attention to this surprise nomination.  Have a handful of AOR staples.   Could appeal to Boomers and Classic Rock voters.

Joe Tex - 5th time nominated.  First in 1998, last in 2011.  He's sadly too underrated and overlooked to get inducted.  But I'm always rooting for him.  BTW- Tex would be a perfect candidate for my newly minted Veterans Committee.  His first records came out in the mid-50's. and his first hit in '64.

Yes -   Here's one that stumped me, but would be no surprise if they are inducted on their 3rd try. The Prog-Rock label might hurt them.   But Yes had a few Top 40 hits and a bunch of  AOR staples, and could get lots of votes from fellow Classic Rock inductees.

Zombies - 2nd time nominated and another Steven Van Zandt fave.  Not the most well-known of the British Invasion acts, despite some great singles and one classic album.  Another name, though that could appeal to Baby Boomers.

ICYMI, my   2017 Rock Hall: Personal Picks
Which were:  Chic, Chaka Khan, ELO, Journey, Joe Tex

Monday, November 28, 2016

Playlist for 11/28

Beth Hart - Fire On The Floor
Jonny Fritz - Sweet Creep
Jonny Fritz - Dad Country
Alejandro Escovedo -  Burn Something Beautiful
Aaron Lee Tasjan - Silver Tears
William Tyler - Live at Third Man Records
Minus 5 -  Of Monkees and Men
Sleigh Bells - Jessica Rabbit
Shaggs - Philosophy of the World
Lee Moses - Time and Place
Harry Choates - Original Cajun Fiddle
Martin Carthy - s/t

Tuesday, November 22, 2016

Playlist for 11/22

Steve Arrington - Dancin' In The Key Of Life
Slave - Just A Touch Of Love
Alicia Keys - Here
Solange - Seat at the Table
Common - Black America Again
Jamie Lidell - Building a Beginning
Sting - 57th & 9th
Pretenders - Alone
Martha Wainwright - Goodnight City
Pere Ubu - Modern Dance
Paul Cauthen - My Gospel
Sharon Jones - Miss Sharon Jones
Miss Sharon Jones  (Documentary)

Sunday, November 20, 2016

Top 1970's Soul/Funk/Disco Albums (Poll)

1970's Funk/Soul/Disco Album Poll.  Since this was a Golden Era for all 3 genres, I had no problem coming up with albums I loved.

Rules were pretty easy: vote for up to 100 albums. However, in this poll we had to choose from a bunch of albums that readers nominated.  So, some I would have voted for weren't listed:  a different Hall & Oates, Sylvester.  There were also no KC & The Sunshine Band albums despite the fact that they were a huge Disco/R&B presence in the 70's.

1. Stevie Wonder - Songs in the Key of Life (1976)
2. Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (1971)
3. Spinners - Spinners (1973)
4. Michael Jackson - Off the Wall (1979)
5. Earth, Wind & Fire - Gratitude (1975)
6. Funkadelic - One Nation Under a Groove (1978)
7. Curtis Mayfield - Superfly (1972)
8. Stylistics - The Stylistics (1971)
9. Average White Band - AWB (1974)
10. Chic - Risqué (1979)
11. Sly & The Family Stone - There's a Riot Goin' On (1971)
12. O'Jays - Back Stabbers (1972)
13. Al Green - Call Me (1973)
14. Stevie Wonder - Innervisions (1973)
15. Millie Jackson - Caught Up (1974)
16. Bill Withers - Still Bill (1972)
17. Teddy Pendergrass - Life Is a Song Worth Singing (1978)
18. Smokey Robinson - A Quiet Storm (1975)
19. Donna Summer - Bad Girls (1979)
20. Ashford & Simpson - Is It Still Good to Ya (1978)
21. Aretha Franklin - Amazing Grace (1972)
22. Isley Brothers - 3 + 3 (1973)
23. Marvin Gaye - Let's Get It On (1973)
24. James Brown - Sex Machine (1970)
25. Parliament - Mothership Connection (1975)
26. Gladys Knight & The Pips - Imagination (1973)
27. Spinners - Pick of the Litter (1975)
28. Boz Scaggs - Silk Degrees (1976)
29. Commodores - Zoom (1977)
30. Stevie Wonder - Talking Book (1972)
31. Deniece Williams - This Is Niecy (1976)
32. Ray, Goodman & Brown - Ray, Goodman & Brown (1979)
33. Earth, Wind & Fire - All 'n All (1977)
34. Barry White - Can't Get Enough (1974)
35. Wild Tchoupitoulas - The Wild Tchoupitoulas (1976)
36. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - To Be True (1975)
37. Chi-Lites - (For God's Sake) Give More Power to the People (1971)
38. Blue Magic - Blue Magic (1974)
39. Jackson 5 - ABC (1970)
40. Curtis Mayfield - Curtis (1970)
41. Donny Hathaway - Everything Is Everything (1970)
42. Ohio Players - Honey (1975)
43. Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan - Rufus Featuring Chaka Khan (1975)
44. Marvin Gaye - Here, My Dear (1978)
45. Swamp Dogg - Total Destruction to Your Mind (1970)
46. Earth, Wind & Fire - That's The Way Of The World  (1975)
47. Parliament - Funkentelechy vs. The Placebo Syndrome (1977)
48. Funkadelic - Maggot Brain  (1971)
49. Sly & The Family Stone - Fresh (1973)
50. Bill Withers - Just as I Am (1971)
51. Ashford & Simpson - So So Satisfied (1977)
52. WAR - All Day Music  (1971)
53. Labelle - Nightbirds (1974)
54. Kool & the Gang - Wild and Peaceful (1973)
55. Al Green - I'm Still in Love With You (1972)
56. Chic - C'est Chic  (1978)
57. Staple Singers - Be Altitude: Respect Yourself (1972)
58. Van Morrison - Moondance  (1970)
59. Meters - Rejuvenation (1974)
60. Delfonics  (1970)
61. Van Morrison - Moondance  (1970)
62. Isley Brothers - Heat Is On  (1975)
63. Dr. Buzzard's Original Savannah Band  (1976)
64. Isaac Hayes - Shaft  (1971)
65. Minnie Riperton - Perfect Angel  (1974)
66. Aretha Franklin - Spirit In The Dark  (1970)
67. Heatwave - Too Hot To Handle (1976)
68. Stylistics - Round 2  (1972)
69. Raydio (1978)
70. Bee Gees - Main Course (1975)
71. Syreeta - Stevie Wonder Presents (1974)
72. Jacksons - Destiny (1978)
73. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes - Wake Up Everybody (1975)
74. WAR - Why Can't We Be Friends (1975)
75. Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man (1971)
76. Aretha Franklin - Young, Gifted and Black (1972)
77. Daryl Hall & John Oates - Abandoned Luncheonette (1973)

Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Playlist for 11/15

Bob Weir - Blue Mountain
Nick Waterhouse - Never Twice
Tribe Called Quest - We Got It From Here
Gil Scott-Heron - Pieces Of A Man
Gil Scott-Heron - Winter In America
Gil Scott-Heron & Brian Jackson - It's Your World
Johnnie Frierson - Have You Been Good To Yourself
Brent Cobb - Shine On Rainy Day
Neil Young - Time Fades Away
Neil Young - Hawks & Doves
Neil Young - American Stars 'N Bars
Neil Young - This Note's For You
Neil Young - Re-ac-tor
Garth Brooks - Gunslinger
Feel Like Going Home: Songs of Charlie Rich - Various
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