Back in October of 2019, we first discussed the new round of potential inductees to the famed Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame for their 2020 Class. In the rundown, I shared some personal editorial opinion about the nominees and you can peruse that set of thoughts by clicking HERE. In December, I shared the at the moment standings in the Fan Vote and now with one week left to go am returning to the topic so we can all rally behind our favorites in the nomination queue and hopefully help them receive the honor. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 first and the standings that were captured just a short time ago.
It was back in October when we first shared the news when the Nominees for the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame were announced. The full overview that I posted can be perused HERE in case you’d like a little more in-depth views about the announcement. I’m returning to the topic with just under a month to go to share the most current standings in the Fan Vote process. As you might recall, the general public has a chance to vote on their favorite artists in the hope that it helps them secure a spot in the vaunted Rock Hall. Let’s take a look at the Top 5 first.
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have just revealed their “Class Of 2020” Nominations, so after some reminder premise on how one achieves such an “honor” I will line out the list for you in full and then offer up some personal editorial viewpoint. Let’s go.
The Criteria: Currently, groups or individuals are qualified for induction 25 years after the release of their first record. Nominees should have demonstrable influence and significance within the history of rock and roll. Four categories are recognized: Performers, Non-Performers, Early Influences, and Sidemen (as of 2000). The General Public aka “Fans” get to participate in an online “Fan Voting” process but at the end of the day this really doesn’t amount to anything in terms of the induction process as it all sums up to one single vote.
The Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Class of 2020 Are: Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, The Doobie Brothers, Whitney Houston, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, Motorhead, Nine Inch Nails, The Notorious B.I.G., Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, MC5, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy.
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If you are one of those vinyl diehards who hunt and forage the bins at garage sales and travel miles just for the chance of snagging an old 45 that you used to own as a youth, then you very likely consider Record Store Day to be your National Holiday. Yesterday, the fine folks at Universal Music unveiled a laundry list of musical coolness that will be exclusives for this year’s event. Though many of these are NOT Rock and Metal, I’ve just shared the entire list and the album artwork so you can share with friends who are planning on joining you on your LP Adventures on April 18th. Let’s take a look.
The Press Release:
Los Angeles – March 7, 2018 – UMe is pleased to announce details for several exclusive, limited edition vinyl releases confirmed for Record Store Day 2018. With special releases from Bobbie Gentry, Chet Faker, David Bowie, Def Leppard, Ella Fitzgerald, Elton John, Frank Zappa, Gloria Gaynor, Marvin Gaye, Soundgarden, Sublime, The Police, The Who and more, UMe’s slate for April’s hotly-anticipated music shopping bonanza is filled with an eclectic and exciting mix that includes re-pressings of classic albums and singles, as well as several U.S. vinyl release debuts. All the special releases will be available at Record Store Day-participating record stores on Saturday, April 21. Visit RecordStoreDay.com
BOBBIE GENTRY – LIVE AT THE BBC (1 LP)
This LP is sure to be highly collectable for fans. No BBC material featuring Bobbie Gentry has ever been released so these recordings are completely unfamiliar to fans.
Side 1: (1) “Mississippi Delta” (2) “Papa Won’t Let Me Go To Town With You” (3) “I saw An Angle Die” (4) “Ode To Billie Joe” (5) “Mornin Glory” (6) “Ace Insurance Man”
Side 2: (1) “Niki Hokey/ Barefootin” (2) “Penduli Pendulum” (3) “Recollection” (4) “Sweet Peony” (5) “Greyhound Going Somewhere”
CHET FAKER – THINKING IN TEXTURES (1 LP SMOKE SWIRLED CLEAR VINYL)
The award winning 2012 debut release from Australian singer-songwriter Nick Murphy, issued under his stage name Chet Faker. Featuring the ethereal downtempo take of “No Diggity,” this special edition of Thinking in Textures is pressed on smoke swirled clear vinyl housed in an embossed ‘texturized’ jacket.
Side A: (1) “I’m Into You” (2) “Terms And Conditions” (3) “No Diggity”
Side B: (1) “Love And Feeling” (2) “Cigarettes And Chocolate” (3) “Solo Sunrise” (4) “Everything I Wanted”
DAVID BOWIE – DAVID BOWIE (2 LP RED & BLUE VINYL)
David Bowie’s debut album available for first time on heavyweight red and blue colored vinyl. This 2 LP set features the Mono version of the album on disc one and the Stereo version on disc two.
Side 1: (1) “Uncle Arthur” (2) “Sell Me A Coat” (3) “Rubber Band” (4) “Love You Till Tuesday” (5) “There Is A Happy Land” (6) “We Are Hungry Men” (7)” When I Live My Dream”
Side 2: (1) “Little Bombardier” (2) “Silly Boy Blue” (3)Come And Buy My Toys” (4) “Join The Gang” (5) “She’s Got Medals” (6) “Maid Of Bond Street” (7) “Please Mr. Gravedigger”
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It seems that I must once again be the bearer of bad news as Soundgarden lead singer Chris Cornell has passed away. Reports are that this took place not long after a concert performance in Detroit, and according to the latest updates from law enforcement that was noted by TMZ, authorities needed to break into his room where they found Cornell unresponsive with a band around his neck. They are ruling this a suicide and this simply breaks my heart. The photos I’ve used in this reflection were snapped by me when I was in the crowd during a “Live On Letterman” performance by the band. They were from my point and shoot and phone since no professional rigs were permitted in the studio. Oddly enough, it was the only time that I would ever see the band in concert.
Chris Cornell was a performer that I had been a fan of for a very long time and I am speaking decades here. I remembered there were often listening sessions at friends places way back when where each of us would compare the finds that we had “discovered” and while I was generally the more Metalized prospector, some others were shining some light on the stuff coming out of Seattle. I first heard Soundgarden on my friends local radio show and am pretty sure that the first song for me was “Loud Love” when the track was still very new and NOT something that you would hear anywhere on a mainstream station. These were the things that made both the college radio and underground radio stations so very special.
As a huge fan of Mother Love Bone back during these referenced times, I found great musical pleasure in the tribute that Cornell had assembled in Temple Of The Dog for his late friend Andrew Wood and while that group was recently reassembled for some tour dates, I couldn’t work it out to document when they hit our region. Of course the hope was that a return to the area would be forthcoming and now, well, now is now and this shall never come to pass.
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