Rappers NWA, metal band Deep Purple to join Rock Hall of Fame

23 Dec 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

N.W.A. to Be Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The Compton, California, hip-hop crew – aka N—-z Wit Attitude – will join the 31st class of the Rock Hall on April 8 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.Soft-rockers Chicago, heavy-metal forerunners Deep Purple, power-pop outfit Cheap Trick and everyone’s favorite midnight toker Steve Miller all get the nod.“When you look at the people not inducted, it’s crazy,” he told me Thursday after I heard he was named to the 2016 class. “The Spinners were one of the greatest live acts ever to sing and play.

Could Steve Howe, who’s best known as the guitarist for Yes, get into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame as part of the Class of 2016 in a non-performer category, such as the Ahmet Ertegun Lifetime Achieve Award or the Award for Musical Excellence? (Chuck Yarborough, The Plain Dealer) Yeah, I’m with you that the seminal prog-rock band should be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. With their 1988 debut album “Straight Outta Compton,” they epitomized the sound of gangsta rap and encapsulated the pressure-cooker atmosphere of a South Central Los Angeles plagued by drugs, poverty and heavy-handed policing. That’s the living embodiment of the summer tour that rolls into the local shed and you can get a $15 lawn ticket on Groupon.” There is another way to view induction. That unlike sports halls, where certain statistical realities can almost require inclusion – unless you’re a juicer or spent too much time, ahem, at the track – the rock temple is entirely subjective. Or I can call up the great Bob Merlis, booted last year off the nominating committee (but still a voting member) after more than a quarter century, and commiserate about Lesley Gore being out of the mix.

Sure, everybody loves singing along to Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” or playing air guitar to Deep Purple’s “Smoke on the Water,” but they’re relics in comparison. Did he think it was unfair other deserving bands and musicians didn’t make the cut? “It’s like that one year of the Grammys where Jethro Tull got in there as heavy metal,” he said. “How does anybody come to this decision? Then there’s Nine Inch Nails’ Trent Reznor, who is as much – and maybe more – a producer and composer (he’s been focusing on movie scores of late) as a “performer.” Is it likely?

Even die-hard Steve Miller fans can’t deny that the idea of N.W.A. doing “F**k tha Police” in front of an audience of suited and booted industry people is way more interesting than hearing “The Joker” for the 67,484th time.

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