December 21st, 2009
One of my favorite bands, Genesis, has been elected to the Rock’n'Roll Hall of Fame along with ABBA, The Hollies, The Stooges, and Jimmy Cliff.
This highly unamused Adam Gold of the Nashville Skyline blog who wrote:
As far as Genesis is concerned, there’s a reason why they’ve gone through 15 years of eligibility without being recognized by the Hall: They’re fucking Genesis. Their biggest accomplishment is successfully rivaling the intolerability of ’70s prog with barely tolerable ’80s pop, before trumping both with the shockingly vapid “I Can’t Dance” in the ’90s.
Personally, I think it’s nice that they’ve been inducted but, as a fan, I never took it as a huge affront over the past 15 years that they weren’t in the HoF. I went to the museum in 2002 and thought it was amusing, but certainly nothing too exciting. The Jimi Hendrix display was really neat and informative, but the rest of it just seemed to be one big display of stage costumes which teaches you that rock stars tend to be very short. (They had one of Stevie Nicks’ dresses next to Ian Anderson’s costume from the Heavy Horses tour and even she was taller than the flautist.) There was little sense of rock’n'roll really have a history, no sense of bands influencing one another, or any kind of progression. Instead, it just seemed to be a random collection of clothes and instruments.
Still, congratulations to all the inductees.
Tony Banks and Mike Rutherford were on Planet Rock, a UK classic rock radio station, on Saturday. I have downloaded the program but haven’t listened to it yet so I’m not sure if there are any comments about the HoF or not.