October 01, 2005

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Rockin' Movies Finalists

Vote early, vote often, if you have the time, leave a testimonial for your choice.

September 30, 2005

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Winner and New Category:
Rock Movies


Well, who didn't see that coming? Well deserved, in my opinion.

And on we move to the next category, which is:


Rock movie can be several things: a movie about rock and roll (Rock and Roll High School), a movie whose plot revolves around rock and roll (Detroit Rock City), a rockumentary (Song Remains the Same) a fictional rockumentary (Spinal Tap), etc. Other examples include Almost Famous, The Kids Are Alright, Sid and Nancy, Some Kind of Monster and The Rutles. This is a wide open field. Have fun with it, interpret at will (that's why we have two voting posts on each category) and don't forget to include a short testimonial.

September 29, 2005

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Punk-Off Poll

[poll closed/removed, click on "hall of fame" link for winner]

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The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Winner And New Category:


This was a tough one. Queen came close and Kiss had a lot of defenders, but in the end, it was the cannon that did it. Don't ever doubt that. FIRE! You can see testimonials here and here.

And now, we go for our first punk rock inductee into this Hall of Fame. TC has come up with the category:

Best Old School Punk Band/Artist - '76-86.

This would include punk bands and post punk bands/artists, but NOT new wave bands, as they will have their own categories sooner or later. If you need me to identify the difference between punk and new wave, then you don't deserve to be voting in this particular category. Capice? (And this is why I have two rounds of voting on each category, to sort of weed out the lame nominations). Also, keep in mind that there will be hundreds of categories and if your favorite punk band doesn't get in on this round, they may get in on, say, the "most vicious stage show" or "best band to wear make-up" categories.

Get nominating. Include a short testimonial, please.


I am going to take the BEST off the awards and just put bands in under categories without the BEST qualifier. This way, down the road we can induct bands and artists who didn't make the first cut in the same category. So there can be more rock anthems and more punk bands and more bands that write songs about monsters and whose name starts with M and ends in Isfits. So if your punk band doesn't make it this time, I'll open the vote again in the weeks ahead and induct maybe three or four bands at a time.

September 28, 2005

Rock Athem Finalists and Stuff

So something crawled in my stomach, burrowed there and died. Just thought I'd share.

The finalists for Rock Anthem are:

AC/DC - For Those About to Rock
Queen - We Will Rock You/We Are The Champions
Kiss - Rock and Roll All Night

Leave your choice in the comments with a short testimonial and, if you can think of one, a category for tomorrow's voting as I can't come up with anything right now as I'm too busy dying.

I'm off to read the new Gaimain until I throw up/fall asleep/whichever comes first.

ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: A Winner and a New Category:
Best Rock Anthem


Like what I did with the statue? I'm getting all fancy now. I may have to go back and fix the previous three.

Obviously, Crue is the winner in the Hair Metal category, by a wide, wide margin.


* Because Vince Neil killed the competition (RIP, Hanoi Rocks), Nikki Six returned from the dead, Mick Mars is still at it with a completely fused spine, and Tommy Lee went to college.
* "Girls, Girls, Girls" was my first rock cassette, and I played the hell out of it.
* They started out with leather and studs, switched to lace and makeup and wound up in plain jeans and t-shirts. Their look changed but they continually put out some really great rock songs. Shout at the Devil.
* Clearly the winner has to have an umlaut.

And now that we've had that induction ceremony (I swear, there was a ceremony with flowers and crowns and crying runners-up) we can move on to the next category.

This one will go into the "Songs" wing of the Hall of Fame when it is built (out of legos):

Best Rock Anthems

You know the rock anthem. It's that song that brings the house down. The song that gets played after you've held up your Bic lighter for so long that you have tiny ridges in thumb, the song that makes the crowd stomp their feet so hard that the stadium shakes, the song that they turn the house lights on for so you can see the entire arena rock the fuck out together. It's a band's identifying song, the one that they save for the encore. Got it?

[You can find a starting list here, if you need some ideas]


For the record, my picks (as of this moment)

We Will Rock You
Rock and Roll All Night and, what should be the clear winner:

For Those About to Rock.

Dude, cannon balls. Come ON.

September 27, 2005

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Hair Metal Finalists and a Question

It's kind of obvious who is going to win, but I feel the necessity to put it to a vote anyhow.

Also, I just want to remind you that when bands are inducted, they are not inducted specifically under the category that you voted them in on, they just get in under the "rock and roll" umbrella category. The categories are just my way of making it easier to pick bands one or two at a time then just making the voting process a chaotic free for all.

Now I notice that in the post asking for category suggestions, many of you suggested categories relating to songs or albums or specific people or events.

Would you like to see that kind of stuff inducted into the HoF? Things like best guitar riff, Betty Ford Memorial Trophy for Distinguished Achievement in Substance Abuse, best power ballad, best rock and roll movie, etc? The possibilities for this hall are endless. If you want to do that, I can go back and fix the previous trophies so they have categories on them. I guess we could just give Rush the People's Choice Award.

Suggestions, comments, ideas? Because I am running with this thing, as I was out of stuff to blog about besides Halloween anyhow.

ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Categories

I need some new categories. So far we've had the free for all with Rush, the "A" list (Alice Cooper and AC/DC) and now hair metal.

I need HUNDREDS of categories! Be whimsicial, creative, outrageous, serious, idiotic, suggestive, ridiculous, smart, funny, know what I mean. Come up with a bunch of good categories and I don't even care if you creat a category that is specifically tailored to getting your favorite band into the HoF.

Update: I think you guys are missing one point; these stupid categories are just a way to get a band into the hall. Everyone gets in under the same umbrella: Rock And Fucking Roll. I'm only using the categories as a way to get bands in one or two at a time.

I'm not making sense. Carry on. We'll muddle through this somehow.

hair metal votes; ball of confusion [updated]

I've been told I need to make the guidelines for voting on the new entry to the HoF clearer.

Not looking for the greatest hair or biggest hair, per se, but the best band that had big hair.

Yes, I know it sounds like an oxymoron, but we are nomingating in the category of BEST HAIR METAL BAND.

Leave your nominations here instead of there, and don't forget a testimonial.

Update: To further define hair metal:

Wikipedia -
Hair metal is a type of hard rock that arose in the late 1970s, in the United States, and was a strong force in popular music throughout the 1980s and early 1990s. Such bands are frequently called hair bands. Pejorative terms for hair metal include poodle rock, due to the teased, bushy hair of many performers, or other derogatory terms, such as cock rock reflect a fixation on sexual lyrics and deeds and the lack of respect afforded by some music critics.

Though hair metal started in the 70's, techinically, we are going to stay on course here with 80's hair metal. For specifics, see the list here, the requirements for hair metal bands here, another list here, a hair metal playlist here.

I wish my old friend Brandy was around; she's the hair metal expert. And where's Mikey when you need him?

Ok, read those links. You'll understand what hair metal is. Though some of you, I suspect, need no reminding.


September 26, 2005

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: Double Entry! (and a new, hairy category)

I kept tallying and people kept adding comments, so we're just going to induct two this time around. That's the nice thing about having a "make up the rules as you go along" Hall of Fame.

acooper acdc

  • The first cassette I ever bought, on my own, with my own hard earned money, was "Dirty Deeds". Let's face it, they've got the biggest balls of them all!
  • AC/DC, clearly. The music is fun and loud and makes you smile. And Beavis wears the band's shirt.
  • It's not even a contest in my mind. [AC/DC] have been one of the greatest bands to listen to (and play along with) since day one. FIRE!!
  • Two words: "School's Out."
  • Alice changed the face of rock 'n' roll. Without Alice, we would not have had the New York Dolls, Rob Zombie, Marilyn Manson, Kiss would not look the same, Ozzy would not have been as outrageous.
    * AC/DC - ..they are the epitomy of rock and roll. Loud, balls to the wall rock. No pretty boys. No big hair. No gimmicks
  • Alice Cooper. The man turned tragic makeup and torn stockings into true Rock and Roll, without coming off all femmy.

More testimonial here. Congrats to both artists (who join Rush in the hall), neither of whom will ever know that this glory has been bestowed upon them.

And now, the nomination process for a new category begins:

Two words: Big. Hair. Or, as my friend Jon put it: Greatest Contribution to the American Salon Haircare Product Industry 1979-1985

Please add a sentence or two of testimony to your choice.

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: "A" List

I've narrowed down the A choices (and sorry Faith, but Asia doesn't quite cut it).

The following are going to fight it out to be the second inductee in our hall (and I say our, because this HoF belongs to ALL of us):

  • Alice Cooper (who gets here under "A" and not "C" because the band was named Alice Cooper at the start)
  • AC/DC
  • Anthrax
  • Alice in Chains

Not only do you have to vote, but you have to give at least one sentence in testimonial so I can use the testimony in the induction ceremony (see, Rush).

The winner will be announced this evening, along with a new category. And remember, just because three bands will be shut out this time doesn't mean they won't get in on another ballot, as the categories are going to cover just about everything imagineable.

September 24, 2005

The ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: The "A" List

Now that Rush has been inducted, we need to give them some company. I haven't really figured out how I'm going to do this, so we're going to just wing it each time I'm looking for new nominees.

Today, we are going to do it by the letter. The letter A, in fact.

Name any band/artist starting with the letter A that you think you should be in the ASV RandR HoF, which is a by the people for the people HoF, unlike that other worthless hunk of junk in Cleveland (and please go by LAST name of artist, not FIRST).

Space is limited to one band AT THIS TIME. A band may be nominated under the A rule and not get in, but that's not to say they won't get in under the eleventybillion other categories I come up with. I'll gather the nominees and put it up to a vote, though the vote will count more for bands/artists whose nominators give testimony with their choices.

I just thought of four A's off the top of my head that are deserving. Get busy.



September 23, 2005

ASV Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: First Inductee


By overwhelming choice, via the people. Testify:

  • Their 'Chronicles' album was one of the first my children, ages 17 to 21, stole from my collection. I think that says something about their talent.
  • the 2112 Overture left an impression on me
  • I think they rock, man
  • "Trees" pretty much says it all. It was a monumental piece of expression (even if it didn't get much airplay).
  • Jews rock.
  • They’ve beaten psoriasis, arthritis and hearing loss and still rocked out with their largest crowd ever just two years ago.
  • .... the move where the lights blinked off for a moment and when they came back up they had new guitars,not missing a beat.
  • I'm delighted to see them be the first inductees into the ASV R&R HoF, and the snooty "rock critic" crowd can suck on that like a sour persimmon.
  • The first rock band where the drummer could be considered a musician
  • I love Rush because they are the antithesis of the Def Leppard "how many times can we make Pyromania before people notice" syndrome

And there you have it.

I'm not sure how to proceed from here. Should I do genres? Years? Just hold it up to a vote? Go with a choice of my own? Who should the next inductee be?

September 22, 2005


Wow, what a long, busy day.

But I did manage to do this while I ate my very late dinner.


First inductee tomorrow and it's Rush, thanks to a groundswell of support by THE PEOPLE. Because the ASV R&R HoF is all about what the people want.

If you have something to say in support of Rush, please do. I need some kind of testimony for their induction ceremony.