Neil DiamondThe Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Museum in Cleveland, Ohio has released their list of four new 2011 inductees and it reads a bit like a better cast of Gilligan's Island.
Next year, we will have Tom Waits, Dr. John, Jac Holzman, Art Rupe, Leon Russell, Neil Diamond, Darlene Love, and the Alice Cooper Band all making their way into the Hall of Fame. Diamond had been eligible for the honor for several years but never quite got the nod. He wasn't nervous and, it turns out, patience is rewarded.
"I thought about it occasionally, but I kind of figured they'd get around to me at some point," he told the AP in a phone interview.
Good for him! But did he expect to get the nod alongside Alice Cooper, whose claim to fame is more murder and mayhem than "Sweet Caroline"?
Dr. JohnThe heavy metal rocker said his band was responsible for bringing more "show business into rock 'n' roll."
"There was no spectacle in rock 'n' roll, and I think what we did was we kind of brought theater to rock 'n' roll," said Cooper, known for a goth look, heavy eyeliner, and black shaggy hair. "It was sort of Cirque du Soleil before Cirque du Soleil. It was kind of a weird vaudeville that we did. But it all connected back to the lyrics. ... If we do a 10-hour rehearsal back then, nine hours was on the music, and one hour was on the theatrics."
Oh see Alice, that's where you are wrong! Neil Diamond is all about the spectacle. He can call himself a "singer songwriter" and he is, but he also wore some pretty spectacular jumpsuits in his day and knew how to drive the ladies wild. In fact, spectacle is something those two can talk about when you meet since lord knows, there won't be much else.
Meanwhile, Waits -- the epitome of cool musicians -- can hang out with Love, though my guess is she will not be singing "Today I Met the Boy I'm Gonna Marry" to Waits, a musician who I am most fond of for singing "Pasties and a G-string."
And here's a question: weren't there other female musicians or producers who are singer-songwriters to nominate? This is a motley crew if I ever saw one, but there are seven men and one woman (and more men if you count Cooper's whole band). How does that seem fair?
Madonna made it in 2008, but what about Pat Benatar? Or Heart? Or even Donna Summer who was nominated but not chosen?
Come on boys! We need some estrogen up in here!
At any rate, this odd group of mostly men beat out Bon Jovi, LL Cool J, the J. Geils Band, the Beastie Boys, Donna Summer, and others. If Motley Crue is ever inducted into the Hall of Fame themselves, they may have to sue this motley crew for infringement.
What do you think of the inductees?
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