Tuesday, October 22, 2013
Smells Like Jann Wenner
The list of nominees for the 2014 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has been released. I was wondering if it is at all possible to have a discussion about one thing. We don't need to talk about the hall itself, its merits if any, or what level of bullshit the hall may represent. Every year the debates are the same. Some care, some don't and many continue to argue what is or is not "rock and roll." We don't need to go there.
I want to talk about Nirvana specifically.
One friend described their chances of getting in as a "slam dunk."
I'm not so sure they belong, at least not until The Move, Todd Rundgren and XTC get in. But I digress.
It's true, I don't love Nirvana or think Kurt Cobain was a genius, though I do really like their three records.
When I mentioned to another friend that Cobain didn't live long enough to prove where he can go musically, he responded with "Then maybe Jimi Hendrix shouldn't be in the RNRHOF."
I'd really like to know what you think. You can say it in one word or one hundred words.