The Rock n Roll Hall of Fame ceremony went down tonight, with it's usual mixture of classic rock dinosaurs and truly great acts being inducted. I'm not really into Van Halen (full disclosure: I think they're one of the most overrated bands ever), but it's not surprising to seem them get the invite into the Hall. More on my wavelength were the well deserved mentions for R.E.M., Patti Smith, and the Ronnettes.
R.E.M. are quiet simply one of the best bands ever, releasing a run of albums in the 80s that is nearly unmatched. Patti Smith is an underrated proto-punk legend, carving out a place in the NYC art scene while still experiencing mainstream love. And of course the Ronnettes are the one of the quintessential girl groups of the 60s and the act that pretty much defined Phil Spector's "Wall of Sound" production. Everyone loves the Ronnettes, whether they know it or not. Oh, and Grandmaster Flash was inducted as well. I'm not sure, but he may be the first rapper to make it in. So that's cool. Still not the most exciting inductees, but what do you expect?