It’s that annual time again for either Cause Celebre or teeth-gritting derision depending on one’s taste, as the latest roster of inductees into Cleveland’s Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has been announced. And as par for its course, the list spans the semantics and even transcends it, of the rock and roll idiom. For 2015, the inductees include Joan Jett, Green Day, Lou Reed, and Ringo Starr, amongst others.
The true backbeat to The Beatles, with his nasal-inflected voice, puckish charm, and one of the most underrated drummers of all time, Ringo Starr leads the pack of the Class of 2015 with the Award For Musical Excellence. Having drummed on the entire Beatles catalog (save for a few tracks where Paul McCartney took the drum seat) and sporting a solo career that was varied at best, but chock full of top ten and even number one hits during the early 1970s (“Photograph,” “You’re Sixteen,” “It Don’t Come Easy,” etc.), Starr, who still feverishly tours and keeps active well into his 70s, rounds out the last of the solo Beatles to be inducted, and while some may cry default that he got in as a solo artist just because of his prior pedigree, there’s no way one Richard Starkey (his real name) could have been left out, standing near the cold harbor outside the hall. Favoritism seems to be the order of the day in terms of the Hall’s voting committee and their strangely stringent tenets of what garners inclusion to its walls of fame, Ringo Starr notwithstanding.
It’s that time of year again when the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame puts forth its nominees for induction into its hallowed halls. Maybe it’s just me, but I have to say, this year’s ballot is the least exciting one that I can recall.
Perhaps the biggest surprises are the inclusion of Green Day and Nine Inch Nails, both of which released their first albums in 1989, meaning that they have just passed the 25-year qualification for eligibility. Also, in the “How are they not already in?” category we have Stevie Ray Vaughn, War, Kraftwerk, and The Paul Butterfield Blues Band. Rounding out the list of nominees is: N.W.A, The Smiths, Lou Reed (solo work), Sting (solo work),Chic, Joan Jett & the Blackhearts, The Marvelettes, The Spinners, and Bill Withers.
As part of Amazon’s monthly $5 MP3 album deals for August 2012, Green Day‘s Dookie is on sale for only $5. If you would like a physical copy of Dookie, the CD is available for only $8.95.
Dookie is the third album by the post-punk-power-pop group from Berkley, California known as Green Day. It was released in 1994 and was the band’s first on a major record label. Hits include “Welcome to Paradise,” “Longview,” “Basket Case,” and “When I Come Around.”
Amazon currently has 100 MP3 Albums For $5 Each for the month of December 2011, so today’s the last day to grab the items in this sale. There’s plenty of great music from artists like Nine Inch Nails, Dio, Beck, Bruce Springsteen, and more, as well as soundtracks for Tron: Legacy and Book Of Mormon.
Below is a sample of some of the albums in this $5 sale, so grab it now before it’s over at 11:59pm PST tonight!
Green Day‘s fourth album, Insomniac, was a darker affair than its predecessors but is considered by some as the album the Californian trio has never bettered. Right now you can download the brilliant Insomniac for $5 on Amazon.com.
Before they got all political and tried to stick it to “The Man,” Green Day wrote impossibly catchy punk rock. Songs like “Geek Stink Breath” and “Walking Contradiction” for a long time defined their sound and were hugely influential to the genre in the mid-90s.
Every month Amazon reduces the price of 100 MP3 albums to only $5. The deals run out at the end of the month, so if you want an MP3 copy of Insomniac at this price order before December 31, 2011,11:59 PST.