News

Well, at least we know Madonna will get in

Ben Wener
The Orange County Register (MCT)

Madonna tops the list of potential inductees into the Rock Hall early next year -- and the search for a fellow legend to give her induction speech might as well start now, as she's an unquestionable shoo-in. Less certain is how the Beastie Boys will fare in their first year of eligibility. (Like Madge's first single, "Everybody," the Beasties' debut EP, "Polly Wog Stew," was released in 1982, the cutoff year for this next batch of hopefuls).

Also on the ballot: the Dave Clark Five (again), one-of-a-kind singer-songwriter Leonard Cohen, Heartland rocker John Mellencamp, hip-hop pioneer Afrika Bambaataa, dance-music mavens Chic and Donna Summer, and surf-rock faves the Ventures.

Stupidly, only five acts will be allowed in, as has become standard practice -- which is why I wonder about the Beasties' chances. Mellencamp seems overdue, as does Cohen and at least one of disco's leading lights -- or both. Plus, enough of the Hall's mysterious 500 industry voters may want to finally give the DC5 its (someone say unnecessary?) due, although they'd be better off nominating the comparably popular and considerably more forward-thinking Monkees already. (The Hall's mystifying, snobbish avoidance of prog-rock also continues unabated, with Yes and the currently reunited Genesis l-o-n-g overdue for recognition.)

Take into consideration how many votes some safer contenders could snag and the Beasties might wind up sitting this one out, for though they are undeniably barrier breakers who merit inclusion, some voters may think it's a bit too soon for this particular standing ovation.

Then again, this "honor" is increasingly driven by how the once-wild-now-staid ceremony at the Waldorf-Astoria will play on television. And though it's absurd (if not downright wrong) to imagine the Beasties getting in ahead of a forebear like Bambaataa, not to mention Run-D.M.C. (ineligible for two more years), the "Intergalactic" trio certainly makes for an easier sell to viewers who couldn't care less about the Hall's steady slide into pointlessness.

Why, however, Janet Jackson was left off the ballot in her first round of eligibility is truly baffling. I'd say the same about Sonic Youth, also eligible now. But seeing as, after numerous nominations, Iggy and the Stooges didn't even turn up on the short list this time -- while perenial also-ran the DC5 did -- well, I can't imagine SY will be looked upon approvingly for several more years.

Music


Books


Film


Recent
Books

How the Template for Modern Combat Journalism Developed

The superbly researched Journalism and the Russo-Japanese War tells readers how Japan pioneered modern techniques of propaganda and censorship in the Russo-Japanese War.

Film

From Horrifying Comedy to Darkly Funny Horror: Bob Clark Films

What if I told you that the director of one of the most heartwarming and beloved Christmas movies of all time is the same director as probably the most terrifying and disturbing yuletide horror films of all time?

Music

The 50 Best Songs of 2007

Journey back 13 years to a stellar year for Rihanna, M.I.A., Arcade Fire, and Kanye West. From hip-hop to indie rock and everywhere in between, PopMatters picks the best 50 songs of 2007.

Music

'Modern' Is the Pinnacle of Post-Comeback Buzzcocks' Records

Presented as part of the new Buzzcocks' box-set, Sell You Everything, Modern showed a band that wasn't interested in just repeating itself or playing to nostalgia.

Music

​Nearly 50 and Nearly Unplugged: 'ChangesNowBowie' Is a Glimpse Into a Brilliant Mind

Nine tracks, recorded by the BBC in 1996 show David Bowie in a relaxed and playful mood. ChangesNowBowie is a glimpse into a brilliant mind.

Music

Reaching for the Sky: An Interview with Singer-Songwriter Bruce Sudano

How did Bruce Sudano become a superhero? PopMatters has the answer as Sudano celebrates the release of Spirals and reflects on his career from Brooklyn Dreams to Broadway.

Music

Inventions Conjure Mystery and Hope with the Intensely Creative 'Continuous Portrait'

Instrumental duo Matthew Robert Cooper (Eluvium) and Mark T. Smith (Explosions in the Sky) release their first album in five years as Inventions. Continuous Portrait is both sonically thrilling and oddly soothing.

Music

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch Are 'Live at the Village Vanguard' to Raise Money for Musicians

Esperanza Spalding and Fred Hersch release a live recording from a 2018 show to raise money for a good cause: other jazz musicians.

Music

Lady Gaga's 'Chromatica' Hides Its True Intentions Behind Dancefloor Exuberance

Lady Gaga's Chromatica is the most lively and consistent record she's made since Born This Way, embracing everything great about her dance-pop early days and giving it a fresh twist.

Love in the Time of Coronavirus

Street Art As Sprayed Solidarity: Global Corona Graffiti

COVID-19-related street art functions as a vehicle for political critique and social engagement. It offers a form of global solidarity in a time of crisis.

Music

Gretchen Peters Honors Mickey Newbury With "The Sailor" and New Album (premiere + interview)

Gretchen Peters' latest album, The Night You Wrote That Song: The Songs of Mickey Newbury, celebrates one of American songwriting's most underappreciated artists. Hear Peters' new single "The Sailor" as she talks about her latest project.

Music

Okkyung Lee Goes From Classical to Noise on the Stellar 'Yeo-Neun'

Cellist Okkyung Lee walks a fine line between classical and noise on the splendid, minimalist excursion Yeo-Neun.

Reviews
Collapse Expand Reviews

Features
Collapse Expand Features
PM Picks
Collapse Expand Pm Picks

© 1999-2020 PopMatters.com. All rights reserved.
PopMatters is wholly independent, women-owned and operated.