Saturday, April 14, 2012

KISS my sassafras (Guns n' Roses? really?)

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(the following is why the Internets were built! A random rant about something that has really no impact whatsoever but lets the writer blather off and out to an audience of one or a million and one!!).

Another year of Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductions and another year without KISS appearing on the list of inductees!

This year, who's on the list? Well, some pretty worthy folk (Laura Nyro, The Faces) ... but those worthy members are also joined by Guns 'n Roses! GnR? Really? Yeah, yeah, saving Rock 'n' Roll from the Hair Bands, bringing a new harder edge to MTV, extending the hard rock ballad to new heights (lows?) of ridiculousness (can you say "November Rain"?).

But OK, I'm fine with GnR in the Hall ... but, who's not there (again)? KISS. Yes, the obnoxious twosome (Gene and Paul and a rotating cast of make up covered sidemen, including one of the most underrated - and unstable - guitarists of the rock era, the brilliant Ace Frehley, and the Catman, Peter Criss) are yet again denied their chance to make fools of themselves in Cleveland.

But let's face it all you snobby Rock Critics, KISS had impact, KISS had hits, KISS has filled stadium seats for almost 40 years (almost as long as it's taken Axl Rose - who has the decency to skip the induction - to release Chinese Democracy!). Nothing against GnR by the way, "Paradise City" is a great song; Slash's Snakepit is great music ... but again, GnR and not KISS?

Here's five reasons KISS should be in the R n R HOF:

  1. Power Ballad: "Beth"
  2. Live Album: Alive!
  3. Great Literature: "Christine Sixteen"
  4. Great Songs: "Hard Luck Woman"
  5. Great Rock Double Entendres: "Rocket Ride"
And that's not even mentioning "Deuce," "Strutter," "Hotter than Hell," "Rock and Roll All Nite," "Cold Gin," "Detroit Rock City,"Lick it Up," "Firehouse" and the list goes on and on and one ...

So, in the words of Aerosmith (rightful 2001 inductees), "Kiss my sassafras!" Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!

For the record, the Class of 2012 is:

  • Guns N' Roses
  • Red Hot Chili Peppers
  • Donovan
  • Laura Nyro
  • The Small Faces/Faces
  • Beastie Boys
  • The Crickets
  • The Famous Flames
  • The Midnighters
  • The Comets
  • The Blue Caps
  • The Miracles

Early Influence:

  • Freddie King

Sidemen (a particularly worthy crowd!):

  • Don Kirshner
  • Cosimo Matassa
  • Tom Dowd
  • Glyn Johns

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