PR Pitches We Never Finished Reading: Vol. 1, No. 3
This morning the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced its 2008 induc...
Just kidding! We actually did read the list. Then we re-read it to make sure it was for real. The 2008 class?
The Dave Clark Five (Dave Clark, Lenny Davidson, Rick Huxley, Denis Payton and Mike Smith)
The Ventures (Bob Bogle, Nokie Edwards, Gerry McGee, Mel Taylor, Don Wilson)
OK, Madonna's an obvious one. The rest, while deserving to varying degrees, seem more like "Tony Perez" picks - performers who have been on the fence for a while but in a weak year were finally let in. Compare this year's class to some others.
2002: Isaac Hayes, Brenda Lee, Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers, Gene Pitney, the Ramones, Talking Heads.
1997: The Bee Gees, Buffalo Springfield, Crosby, Stills & Nash, the Jackson Five, Joni Mitchell, Parliament/Funkadelic, the Rascals.
1992: Bobby "Blue" Bland, Booker T. & the M.G.s, Johnny Cash, the Isley Brothers, the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Sam & Dave, the Yardbirds.
1987: The Coasters, Eddie Cochran, Bo Diddley, Aretha Franklin, Marvin Gaye, Bill Haley, B.B. King, Clyde McPhatter, Ricky Nelson, Roy Orbison, Carl Perkins, Smokey Robinson, Big Joe Turner, Muddy Waters, Jackie Wilson.
One isn't quite like the others, don't you agree? What are your thoughts on the class of 2008? (And by the way, we're putting our money on the CEO of Chevy giving the Coug's induction speech.)
By David Malitz |
December 13, 2007; 4:18 PM ET
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