It’s About (Keeping) Time

I’ve groused about the general lameness of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in the past, and still can’t figure out how Tom Petty got in there while progressive rock and metal remain seriously underrepresented, but I have to give credit where it’s due.

I heard today that Lou Reed and Joan Jett are part of the incoming class, and I’m okay with both of those — in fact, I’m surprised Lou wasn’t put in there during his lifetime. The inclusion of the Butterfield Blues Band and SRV are also both well deserved, and I’m glad the 5 Royales made it as an early influence (and a group with a tie to King Records, back in my old Cincinnati stomping grounds.) Green Day’s inclusion? Well, I would have preferred the Dickies, but that’s just me, I guess.

But of course, the one that delights me is the addition of Ringo Starr, who finally catches up to his three bandmates, all of whom had been inducted as solo artists in previous years. When I started to play drums, many years ago, Ringo was the only drummer who really mattered to me. I soaked up his grooves and approach as I learned to play, and I still describe my playing as “Ringo with a bigger kit”.

I may have mentioned in the past that the nicest thing I’ve ever heard about my drumming came from a guitarist who said that when I play, he could be lazy, because he could just feel where he was in the song by listening to what I was playing. That’s the difference between being a chopmeister (which I’m not) and a musician (which I try to be), and that’s Ringo’s genius.

But for many years, I had to defend Ringo’s importance as a musician to a lot of people. Interestingly, not many of those people were musicians themselves — generally, they got it, and still get it. I’m glad to see the rest of the world is catching up.

Congratulations, Ringo — it was long overdue. And to the Hall of Fame voters, it was about time. Now, how about Paul Revere & the Raiders, Yes, King Crimson, and Motorhead for next year?


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6 Responses to It’s About (Keeping) Time

  1. Something’s wrong: the Cars are still not part of the Hall of Fame. Something is very wrong, given their influence on pop music for the next two decades.

  2. profmondo says:

    That’s a fair cop. Of course, power pop has caught a pretty raw deal overall — Cheap Trick is outside looking in as well.

  3. Indeed, each year, the music community circulates lists of “Why not ___?” with whom I generally agree. Why not Yes? Why not ELO? Peter Noone and Herman’s Hermits? Why not the Moody Blues? ELP? And on and on,

    • profmondo says:

      Jeff Lynne is a particularly interesting case, I think. Member of the Move (highly influential), ELO (whom you just mentioned), Traveling Wilburys (All other members in HoF — including Petty)… Produced the Threetles “Free as a Bird”… He has a legit resume.

      • Agreed and especially so. He’s also been a successful record producer who quite seriously revitalized George Harrison’s career in the late 1980s, making him a celebrity for the GenX crowd again. I would suggest, but not affirm, that he influenced Harrison inthe 1980s just as much as Harrison influenced him in the 1970s.

      • Oh, and I might add Lynne came very close to re-popularizing Roy Orbison shortly thereafter. Had Orbison lived longer, it certainly would have been the case.

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