Tuesday, November 12, 2019

Personal Picks: 2020 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame

16 nominees this year.

Below are my Personal picks, listed in alphabetical order.  Most of the 16 nominees could get a Yes vote from me in other years.

Can only vote for 5, which has always been an impossible task. Because the Hall usually inducts 6 (last year's 7 was a miracle),  I've listed a bonus vote, after my Top 5.

And after each of my 6 picks, I recommend some of their best recordings.

Again, these are my Personal choices, not predictions.  Warning: for some reason I used the word "catalog" a lot this year.

Top 5
Doobie Brothers - 2 different bands in the same decade (70's). First part a Classic Rock juggernaut.  Second half of the decade, a Blue-Eyed Soul (also Yacht Rock) juggernaut.  Those later Doobie year classics courtesy of Michael McDonald.

1.  Minute by Minute
2.  Captain and Me
3.  Very Best of


Kraftwerk - Influenced EDM, Rap, and a bunch of Rock acts that wanted to dabble in Electronica. 6th time nominated.

1. Autobahn
2. Trans-Europe Express
3. Computer World

Pat Benatar  - A big voice that produced radio-friendly and later MTV-friendly hits from the late 70's through the 80's.  Never had a classic album, but many great singles.

1. Greatest Hits
2. In The Heat of the Night
3. Crimes of Passion

Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
No other way to say this: but Chaka Khan has one of the most powerful voices you'll ever hear.  And with and without Rufus she put out a bunch of classic hits.  (5th nomination: 3 as group, 2 as solo Chaka)

1. Very Best of Rufus featuring Chaka Khan
2.  Best of Chaka Khan (solo)
3.  Rufus featuring Chaka Khan

Whitney Houston
Blessed with perhaps the greatest voice of her generation.  Her death left behind a career that could have lasted for decades.

1. Whitney Houston
2. I Will Always Love You: Best of
3. The Greatest Hits
4. Live: Her Greatest Performances

Bonus Pick
Todd Rundgren - A Musical Excellence pick?  He's got all the credentials.  Producer, solo performer, Utopia, Nazz, Music Video pioneer.

1.  Something/Anything?
2.  Very Best of
3.  Produced by Todd Rundgren (Badfinger, Meat Loaf, XTC, Grand Funk, New York Dolls, Hall & Oates, Patti Smith, Psychedelic Furs, etc.)

The Rest

Dave Matthews Band - DMB are probably the archetypical mid-90's Rock band (even more than Hootie & The Blowfish).  Their mix of jam band rock, jazz, even World music gave them a devoted audience.  Have to admit liking a few of their songs. Never thought they were Hall worthy though.

Depeche Mode - Probably the most popular of all the synth-Pop bands that came from the 80's.  With a back catalog that deserves a deeper look.

Judas Priest - On the advise of a Metal friend, another act who I went back into their catalog and found worthy deep cuts.  Hope they get in before Iron Maiden.

MC5 - Their revolution sounds more relevant than it has since the 60's/early 70's.

Motorhead - Lemmy is one of Rock's greatest characters who just happened to front one of Metal's best bands. They were loud and fast and Lemmy belted out his lyrics with enough force to tear down your walls. A 7th pick if I could make one.

Nine Inch Nails - Trent Reznor has branched out into scoring movies, but still keeps the NIN moniker going.  Not one of my favorite 90's acts, but I actually like movie & TV music better.

Notorious B.I.G.  - Biggie Smalls brought NY Hip-Hop back into the limelight in the mid-90's.  He only released 2 proper albums, but their influence is still felt today.  Who knows how much greater he could have been?

Soundgarden - The most classic rock/metal sounding of the grunge era bands.  Chris Cornell's vocals always separated them from the rest of that era's vocalists.  And Superunknown pushed them into Rock Hall territory.

Thin Lizzy - This is how it works for me with Thin Lizzy.  Jailbreak was their greatest album.  Had their most famous song.  They've got other good songs scattered among good albums.  But they join a long list of bands that fall short of Hall status.

T. Rex - Outside of David Bowie, Marc Bolan was the ultimate Glam/Glitter Rock artist.  In the U.S. they are know for that one hit, but in England they were mega-stars.  Like Thin Lizzy, they've got other good songs on other albums.


Monday, November 11, 2019

Playlist for 11/11

Amazing Grace (Aretha Franklin Documentary)
Songwriting with Soldiers (PBS Special)
John Coltrane - Blue World
Miles Davis - Rubberband
Miles Davis - Star People
Miles Davis - You're Under Arrest
Art Tatum - Piano Starts Here
Thelonious Monk - Monk

Tuesday, November 05, 2019

Playlist for 11/5

Avett Brothers - Closer Than Together
Wilco - Ode To Joy
North Mississippi Allstars - Up and Rolling
Chris Knight - Almost Daylight
Jon Pardi - Heartache Medication
Kelsey Waldon - White Noise/White Lies
Angel Olsen - All Mirrors
Black Midi - Schlagenheim
2019 MTV EMAs

Wednesday, October 30, 2019

Playlist for 10/30

Sturgill Simpson - Sound & Fury
Neil Young - Colorado
Beatles - Abbey Road (Super Deluxe Edition)
New Pornographers - In The Morse Code of Brake Lights
Blaze Foley - Duct Tape Messiah
Blaze (2018 Movie)
Motown Unreleased 1969 - Various
O'Jays - Last Word

Sunday, October 27, 2019

Greatest Halloween Songs

Greatest Halloween Songs

1.  Thriller - Michael Jackson
2.  Monster Mash - Bobby "Boris" Pickett
3.  I Put A Spell On You - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
4.  Ghostbusters - Ray Parker Jr.
5.  (Don't Fear) The Reaper - Blue Oyster Cult
6.  Werewolves of London - Warren Zevon
7.  Haunted House - Jumpin' Gene Simmons
8.  Time Warp - Rocky Horror Cast
9.  Theme From "Halloween" - John Carpenter
10.  Tubular Bells - Mike Oldfield
11.   Nightmare On My Street - DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince
12.  Somebody's Watching Me - Rockwell
13.  Season of the Witch - Donovan
14.  Pet Sematary - Ramones
15.  Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
16.  Bela Lugosi's Dead - Bauhaus
17.  Psycho Killer - Talking Heads
18.  Theme from "Twilight Zone" - Jerry Goldsmith
19   Smooth Criminal - Michael Jackson
20.  Hell's Bells - AC/DC
21.  I Was A Teenage Werewolf - Cramps
22.  What's He Building In There? - Tom Waits
23.  Lucifer - Alan Parsons Project
24.  Dead Man's Party - Oingo Boingo 
25.  Theme From "Psycho" - Bernard Herrmann
26.  Toccata and Fugue in D Minor -   Bach
27.  Theme From "Addams Family" - Vic Mizzy
28.  In The Hall of the Mountain King - Edvard Grieg
29.  I Walked With A Zombie - Roky Erickson
30.  Theme From "Munsters: - Jack Marshall
31.  Nature Trail To Hell - Weird Al Yankovic
32.  Dream Within A Dream/Raven - Alan Parsons Project
33.  Witch Queen of New Orleans - Redbone
34.  (Ghost) Riders In The Sky - Johnny Cash
35.  Spooky - Classics IV
36.  Welcome To My Nightmare - Alice Cooper
37.  Dinner With Drac - John Zacherle "Cool Ghoul"
38.  Fire On High - ELO
39.  Surfin' Dead - Cramps
40.  Halloween - Misfits
41.  In The Hall Of The Mountain King - ELO
42.  Lucifer - Alan Parsons Project
43.  Jack the Ripper - Screaming Lord Sutch
44.  Black Sabbath - Black Sabbath
45.  Goo Goo Muck - Ronnie Cook
46.  Knoxville Girl - Louvin Brothers
47.  Witchy Woman - Eagles
48.  Boris the Spider - Who
49. Halloween - Siouxsie & the Banshees
50. Night of the Vampire - Roky Erickson
51. Twilight Zone - Golden Earring
52. Dragula - Rob Zombie
53. Heartbreak Hotel - Jacksons
54. Spooktacular Finale - Spike Jones
55. Whistlin' Past The Graveyard - Screamin' Jay Hawkins
55.  Supernature - Cerrone
56. Bo Meets the Monster - Bo Diddley
57. Spooky - George Barnes
58. Race With The Devil - Gene Vincent
59. Downbound Train - Chuck Berry
60. Zombie Zoo - Tom Petty
61. Shadow Knows - Coasters
62. Blob - Five Blobs
62. Creep - Three Suns

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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Playlist for 10/24

Daniel Johnston - This Is (Spotify Playlist)
Muffs - s/t
Robert Fripp - Exposure
Jeremy Iver - Dream and the Dreamer
Prince - Versace Experience
Sherman’s Showcase (IFC TV Series)
Black Girls Rock 2019 (BET Special)
Classic Albums: Carly Simon - No Secrets (Documentary)

Friday, October 18, 2019

Playlist for 10/18

Country Music (PBS Ken Burns Documentary)
Country Music: Live at the Ryman (PBS Concert)
Smithsonian Collection of Classic Country Music - Various (1981 Box Set)
Brittany Howard - Jaime
Big Family: Story of Bluegrass Music (PBS Documentary)
Classic Bluegrass From Smithsonian Folkways - Various
Classic Old -Time Music From Smithsonian Folkways - Various
William Tyler - Aquarium Drunkard’s Lagniappe Session
Hip Hop Evolution Season 3 (Netflix Documentary)
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