Monday, March 10, 2008


Scraping the Bottom of the Barrel

Inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame this year include Leonard Cohen. I'm sure we baby boomers all recall rocking out to the hard driving, blues influenced, guitar riffs on his Suzanne and Sisters of Mercy. Man, that guy could RAWK.

Note to museum inductee search team--it's rock and roll, not reasonably good poetry, your museum is about.

Also included is the Dave Clark Five, as boring and repetitive a band as ever existed. I've really disliked that group since, well, forever, since the moment I first heard them. Glad all over. Yes, I am glad all over. Think, just for a second, how stupid that concept is. It's almost as bad as Rod Stewart's invitation to let your inhibitions run wild.

In fact, what is the purpose served by putting in a museum the work of people who would, during the time they were producing the work, absolutely hate the very idea that they might belong in a museum?

There's a reason much of today's music sucks so bad, but I don't know what it is. Certainly having so lame a recognition system is part of the blame.

My favorite story about Leonard Cohen came from a girlfriend in Paris in the 1970s who said that she went to his concert and he sang about 8 songs and then took a break and came back out and sang the same 8 songs again. End of concert.


I have quite a few reasons as to why music sucks nowadays.......Good for Cohen.

Listen to Jeff Buckley's cover of Hallelujah, scribed by Cohen.

One of the reasons that music sucks nowadays is because Jeff Buckley is dead.
Both Jeff and Tim. I'll check out Hallelujah. Thanks, Mark
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