Mon, 24 November 2014
Our discussion about the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame was so involved, we had to split it up! You can listen to Part One here.
The second half of the show covers:
-The "Recently Deceased" argument and whether it greases the skids for Lou Reed's induction as a solo artist.
-Cunningham attempts to explain Lou Reed's appeal to me, drawing a (not wrongheaded) comparison to Bob Dylan.
-Will the hopes of a Morrissey/Johnny Marr reunion (even though it will never happen) be a boon for The Smiths and their chances at induction?
-What about those Morrissey cancer rumors anyway?
-How many R&B vocal groups should be inducted?
-Should there be a rule about inducting solo artists who are already in as members of groups?
-The collective shock we experience upon discovering that Stevie Ray Vaughan was not already in the Hall.
-Parr waxes rhapsodic over "Lenny," a song that is not about Mr. Kravitz or the partner of Squiggy.
-Are The Meters in? Or are they out?
-Bill. Motherfuckin'. Withers-king of everything.
-Does a certain Afro'ed drummer who is more or less the patron saint of this site hold a serious amount of sway as far as inductees being chosen?
-The team casts their own ballots--I can't say we'll surprise you too much there.
-Will a female rapper ever be inducted?
-We also pick two artists not presently up for induction and explain why they should be nominated/inducted.
-Matt Wardlaw gets mentioned in a second consecutive podcast. We should just invite him to do one of these damn things.
-Parr delivers a note-perfect Aaron Neville impression.
-Do you want some Doobies in your hall?
And more. You guys know the routine.
Mon, 17 November 2014
Last year, the Blerd Radio team had one of its most interesting discussions centered around the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. That discussion went so well, we decided to attack it this year with a fresh list of nominees. The end result was another interesting discussion. How interesting, you ask? So interesting that we had to split the discussion in half. Look for the second part later this week.
Dr. Z couldn't make this podcast, so you're left with a trio of Mikes: myself, Mr. Parr and Mr. Cunningham. Three is definitely not a crowd in this instance, and the first half of this edition of Blerd Radio covers:
-General overview: what elements of the Hall of Fame do we like and dislike? This is a rehash of our discussion from last year...what are the parameters, and will there come a point when everyone is in the Hall of Fame? Furthermore, what is rock 'n roll?
-Ladies and gentlemen, the ageless Jann Wenner.
-Are we looking at a Rock & Roll Hall of Fame with Taylor Swift and Britney Spears in 15-20 years? And can we get some love for Cher, for Chrissakes? (leading to a discussion on whether the Hall of Fame is discriminatory towards female artists.)
-This year's nominees are:
PAUL BUTTERFIELD BLUES BAND- (collective yawn and WTF? from the panel, for the second straight year.)
CHIC- Another second-straight-year nominee, and one we're all (still) quite passionate about. We run through a list of Nile Rodgers' accomplishments, and also make the connection between Nile and another performer on the list of nominees, Stevie Ray Vaughan.
-Did Chic kick off the modern-day producer's era?
(we almost go into fits about Isaac Hayes not being in the HOF, before realizing he was inducted thirteen years ago.)
GREEN DAY- Are Mike, Tre and Billie Joe first-ballot worthy? They're certainly influential, although Cunningham might be not as much a fan as the rest of us. How punk rock!
-Sidebar: Might the HOF go easy on the star power this year?
JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS- Does an induction for her (them? Who are The Blackhearts, anyway?) ensure that The Runaways will never get inducted? And what does this mean for other rockers of the '80s? (Melissa Etheridge, Tracy Chapman, Sinead O' Connor...)
-Is the HOF unfairly biased against non-American artists?
KRAFTWERK- This really just gives Parr and Cunningham a chance to bust out their German accents.
THE MARVELETTES- Does "the 5th best girl group on Motown" deserve a spot in the Hall of Fame?
N.W.A.- Is Dr. Dre the richest Black musician in the world?
Does N.W.A.'s music deserve a critical re-evaluation? Where do they stand in the hip-hop canon?
We also show respect to Salt 'n Pepa (who haven't even been nominated yet) while also cracking a joke at their expense.
NINE INCH NAILS: Let's be real, here. This is one fairly long gush for Trent Reznor.
There'll be a Part II!: We talked so much we decided to split the podcast up. Look for the second half, coming soon.
Wed, 5 November 2014
Ladies & Gentlemen, welcome to 1989!
George Bush I is president, the World Wide Web is in its infancy, the Berlin wall came down, and baby Taylor Swift made her way into the world. We talk about none of these four things during the course of this podcast.
We do, however, discuss...
-The San Francisco earthquake and the differences in the reporting of natural disasters in the '80s vs. our instant news via social media.
-Dr. Z goes apeshit over The Wizard, co-starring Fred Savage.
-Cunningham gives props to the Ghostbusters 2 soundtrack. Too hot to handle, too cold to hold!
-Big Money discovers that We Were Promised Jetpacks were named after a line in Back To The Future 2.
-WHITE BOYS LOVE CHRISTIAN SLATER!!
-The Batman phenomenon...Jack Nicholson as The Joker, Hot Kim Basinger, and more...oh yeah, there was a soundtrack too. Some dude we all like recorded it. And may originally have meant to record it with someone else we all like.
-Madonna's Like A Prayer, a fount of dissenting opinion. And we are remiss for not mentioning the anniversary piece written by our friend Annie Zaleski.
-What were The Jacksons doing in 1989? Moonwalker & Rhythm Nation.
-Hair Metal-palooza, which is very closely tied in to Power Ballad-palooza. Special shouts to Motley Crue's Dr. Feelgood and Aerosmith's Pump. Cunningham is definitely not the strongest link in this particular conversation.
-Black rock takes over: introducing Living Colour & Lenny Kravitz, which dovetails into a conversation about the exquisite and gorgeous Zoe Kravitz.
-Apparently, hiding your musical tastes from your friends (or separating that from different groups of friends) is a thing?
-Hip-hop underwent a transitional period in 1989. Pop hits from Tone Loc & Young MC ruled the roost, but there were great not-as-recognized records by MC Lyte, Big Daddy Kane and more. There was also the debut of MC Hammer. And classic albums Paul's Boutique and 3 Feet High & Rising, which was the winner of the Village Voice Pazz & Jop Poll that year.
-Alternative rock begins to go mainstream: Nine Inch Nails and Nirvana debut, and The B-52s and The Cure have their biggest hits.
-New Invention: Fred Schneider GPS. We're copyrighting that shit.
-TV in 1989: the debuts of Seinfeld, The Simpsons, Arsenio and Saved By The Bell, starring TAT AKA Tiffani-Amber Thiessen (apparently she's got an acronym thing happening now.)
-"We Didn't Start The (Fucking) Fire"
N.W.A. and the (muppet) Posse
...and so much more...
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