NWA, Chicago among Rock Hall inductees

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

N.W.A. joins quartet of 1970s hitmakers in rock hall.

The groundbreaking Los Angeles rap act N.W.A. will join a quartet of 1970s era FM radio rockers – Chicago, Cheap Trick, Deep Purple and Steve Miller – as 2016 inductees into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Dre and Ice Cube, was elected after three unsuccessful nominations in a year when a movie about their career, “Straight Outta Compton,” was a box office hit.

You’re going to go through lots and lots of musicians, and you don’t want everyone to get all upset when you fire your bass player.’ It turned out to be really good advice.” It wasn’t. Their hard-core tales of life on the street on songs like “F–- the Police” made them a provocative chart presence in the late 1980s and influenced an empire of other acts. Guitarist Miller came out of the San Francisco rock scene and became a dependable maker of pop hits like “Take the Money and Run,” “Fly Like an Eagle,” “Jet Airliner” and “Jungle Love.” Midwestern favorites Cheap Trick succeeded with a highly-amped version of Beatles-influenced melodies on hits “Surrender” and “Dream Police.” Their “Live at Budokan” album is one of rock’s best-known live sets. Yeah, I imagine anyone that was ever in the Steve Miller Band will feel that they were definitely part of what made the band, and of course I couldn’t have done it without any of them. I’m very happy for them. 2015 may not bring everything that Back to the Future II promised it would: flying cars, self-lacing shoes, we don’t see ’em happening over the next 12 months. (Then again, don’t bet against Nike.) But this year will definitely pack plenty of punch when it comes to cultural happenings.

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