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ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Cover Winner and
"B" is for.....

london calling

In a hotly contested category, The Clash's London Calling got into the Hall of Fame for its album cover. And yes, we know it is directly lifted from Elvis's first album. There's a difference between rip-off and homage, and this is NOT a rip-off, k? Most everyone who loves this cover mentions that it speaks of the raw, aggressive power that is rock and roll. And so be it.

A new category for today. We're going wide open once again and randomly picking the letter B out of the sorting hat.

Yes, that's the only criteria for today. Bands/artists whose names begin with B. (Last name for artists, please). And remember, this is ROCK and ROLL. Leave Michael Bolton and the Bee Gees (not that there's anything wrong with them) out of this.

Update: I just want to mention tha you have a golden opportunity to correct a grevious wrong in regards to Black Sabbath

Comments

Berry, Chuck

The Band.
The Beach Boys.
BoDeans.

The Beatles are the obvious choice. Chuck Berry and the Beach Boys are right up there, too. But let's not overlook these worthy second-tier entries:

Blondie
Bauhaus
Beastie Boys
B-52s
Black Flag

Oh, and David Bowie, too.

Black Sabbath

Black Flag

Yngwie bMalmstein (the 'b' is silent)

It should be noted that Satan, aka Yngwie Malmsteen, will never EVER EVER EVER EVER get into my Hall of Fame, no matter how you spell his name. EVER.

Black Sabbath

The Beatles

Bad Company

Butthole Surfers

Can we have your assurance that the first one to nominate Bone Thugs N Harmony or Boyz 2 Men will be permanently blacklisted?

Butthole Surfers (heh).

Seriously, I'll have go with Bowie. He never stayed in the same place very long, and the volume and quality of his work earns him my respect.

David Bowie... He has contributed so much to rock and roll over the years, and has constantly renewed and challenged himself atristically (not always with good results, mind you). His musical talen and inspiration to others is undeniable. A true hall of Famer who's still going strong.

Belly
Breeders
Berlin

BOWIE BOWIE BOWIE.

How soon they forget.

BUZZCOCKS!

Damn! Too many to choose from...

In order of preference:

The Beatles
Chuck Berry
David Bowie
Blue Oyster Cult
Beach Boys
The Band
Black Sabbath
The Byrds
Blondie
Boston
B-52's
Jeff Beck

I almost said Michael Bolton, but there's only so much room in the hall... ;p

Buzzcocks
Black Sabbath
The Beat

What, no Bon Jovi?

Black Sabbath

Why? Because they fucking own. If there's a hard rock/metal band that says they were'nt influenced by what Sabbath did, they're liars or deluding themselves.

Bowie
Badfinger

Black Sabbath
Boston

Black Sabbath
Boston

Black Sabbath
Bachman Turner Overdriver
Borknagar
Boston
Bowie, David

David Bowie
Black Sabbath
The Beatles

There's a bunch, but it has to be Black Sabbath. It's simple. Black Sabbath cleared the path for heavy metal as we know it. We could be here for weeks listing the bands that have been influenced by them. Downtuning became a staple of heavy metal bands and was started by Sabbath.

Ground control to Major Tom: Sorry pal, you're going to have to wait. Iron Man is first in line.

I second (or third) the Buzzcocks.

Bowie
Buzzcocks
Blasters

Please no Beatles. They are hardly R&R. Bowie is the pick. The Band is close second.

let's right the wrong... Black Sabbath.

also:

Black Flag
Black 47 (a nice NYC band for you! that should end up being a category at some point)

Yay! Yngwie Malmsteen - blacklisted! I like this Hall of Fame more every day.

With such a broad category, I'm compelled to embrace the roots or rock and say Chuck Berry, ONLY while having full confidence that Black Sabbath will be overwhelmingly named best old school metal band. Berry had to make his music appealing to everyone who was listening to 3 different kinds of jazz AND make it something that the young folks liked.

Black Sabbath - Darkness, gloom, menace, despair, Satan -- the perfect antidote to the late 60's Woodstock music scene.

Blue Oyster Cult - "thinking man's" heavy metal (Secret Treaties is in my personal Top Ten Album list; what other group could do an ode to the ME262 fighter jet?).

People are forgetting (or ignoring):

Boomtown Rats
Bush
Blur
Blues Traveler
Bllink-182
Blind Melon
Blind Faith
Black Crows
Bikini Kill
Bad Religion

However, my nominee is...

Bananarama! Oops, I mean BLACK SABBATH!!!

And, whoever said the Beatles are "hardly r&r" is out of his fucking mind!

Beatles
Bowie
The Band
Barenecked Ladies
Bush
Beck
Blues Travelers
Mighty Mighty Bosstones
B-52s
Bay City Rollers
The Banana Splits (Bingo , Fleagal , Drooper , and Snork)

Boston

ducks...runs

Blue Cheer
Buckethead
Yngwie bMalmstein

Banana Splits! yay
did anyone ever notice how their theme song is so much like that one Marley song?

Bangles (I always had a thing for Susanna Hoffs)

Much as I have fond (lost) memories of Black Sabbath, and as much as I'd like to see Bjork and the Buzzcocks in, I gotta go with:

The Beatles

Please add Boston to the Official Yngwie Malmsteen ASV RNRHoF Blacklist.

Favorite B bands at least close to rock & roll:

The Band
Big Star
The Blasters

Runners-up:
Syd Barrett
Blink 182 (so sue me)
David Bowie
The Beach Boys
The Beat Farmers

Yeah, of course, Sabbath.

But reall,y Blue Oyster Cult.

Bauhaus, well, I'm not sure they're "rock and roll", but otherwise, definitely.

Chuck Berry
The Beatles
The Beach Boys
The Blasters
Blondie

Pat Benetar!!!! Hell is for Children! She sucked a little in the 80s, but who didn't? She's still married to the same guy and still rocks!

Good one, Beth!!! Damn, how did I miss that?

BLACK VIRGIN!!

I bet there is no other totally-fictional band on the ballot with a name that begins with B.

If that's not a compelling arguemnet for their induction, i don't know what is...

Black Sabbath are definately mandatory.

Also: Big Black, The Birthday Party, Blue Oyster Cult, James Brown, The Butthole Surfers, and The Buzzcocks. Personally, I'd throw in free jazz saxaphonist Peter Brotzmann as well; he may not technically be rock, but he's a hell of a lot louder and noisier than 99.9% of the actual rock bands out there.

Oh, and Jado, if you want a great fictional "B" band, how about "Blues Hammer" -- you know, the blues band in Ghostworld that everybody raved about.

Oh, Beth is so right. Pat Benatar deserves a mention. SHe had on eLP that was really out of her element, but otherwise she was consistently a rocker.