This year’s inductees into the R&R HOF (not a house where you can relax) has been released and I can’t really complain. I don’t give a crap but I can’t complain. I mean, Guns and Roses made one great album and Red Hot Chili Peppers survived and all that… here’s a few songs by artists going in that I’d like to hear…
Itchycoo Park – The Small Faces
This is one of my favorite pieces of ancient psychedelia with vocals by one of my favorite vocalists Steve Marriot. “What did you do there? I got high!” A strangely fitting tune to accompany my vagabond life.
Palace of the King – Freddie King
A relentless song by one of the great Kings of the Blues. It seems that those girls in Denmark are much too old. Just saying.
Stoney End – Laura Nyro
Along with Jimmy Webb, one of the greatest song writers of the 20th Century. I love this song not because Babs Streisand made it a big hit but because most of America was tappin’ their foot to a song about someone struggling with their sexuality… in 1971. Beautiful and unknowingly subversive. I love subversive. I could listen to LN’s songs every day.
Special Secret Song Inside – The Red Hot Chili Peppers
A good friend (you know who you are) and I used to sing this everywhere we went. Sure it wasn’t appropriate and terribly sexist but we were younger and dumber and much more truthful. He’s now an upstanding member of society. I’m still here.
Rocket Queen – Guns N’ Roses
I used to see some of these dudes hanging at the Carl’s Jr on Artesia in Redondo Beach (I think some of their early management lived down the street or something), just like I used to see Henry Rollins at the local coin laundry every once and awhile. People always find it strange that ‘rock stars’ do real sh/t. I pulled my favorite GnR song to end this HOFness, but you’ve heard all these a million times. I wish they would have made another album even half as excellent as “Appetite.”
Ok, so I did it. A Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Daily Soundtrack. I can’t wait to see who shows up and if there’ll be a few bitey slap fights among the inductees. That’ll be so rock and roll. RIP Steve Marriot, Ronnie Lane, Laura Nyro, Hillel Slovak, Freddie King, Tom Dowd and even Don Kirshner.
R.I.P. Hubert Sumlin, one of my idols.