Yes, I know it’s Tuesday, but back on Sunday when I was at the Planet Comicon here in KC, yet another episode of the Sunday G&T Show, the weekly Trek-themed internet radio show and podcast hosted by Nick Minecci and Terry Lynn Shull, was broadcast to the masses.
Terry returned to her co-host chair this week, assisting Nick with the usual variety of news and updates involving all sorts of Trek-related topics: updates (such as they are) about the new Trek flick, what’s up in the world of Star Trek Online, additions to the guest list for the big Trek convention coming to Las Vegas in August, as well as ruminations about the latest happenings in the world of “Trek literature.”
Somewhere in the midst of all of that, Nick took a few moments to read this week’s “Ask Dayton” answer. Yep, the little Q&A segment that could is all grown up, now turning 21 this past weekend. So, naturally, Nick and Terry took it out after the show, got it sloppy drunk, and found it a nice hooker.
(Or, maybe I’m confusing this with something else, and they just posted a transcript to their website.)
Anyway, this week’s question is interesting all by itself, but made further so with the revelation that the sender is from somewhere in Russia. Cool to see the show has fans all over. Please forgive the odd structure of the question, as it’s being transcribed here as it was received, and English is not the speaker’s first language:
So, here we go:
Dear Mr. Ward Dayton, I have been to listen to The G and T Show and enjoy it much, you make me laugh when you call in and write. I also listen to and hear the Gettysburg show of music and he yelling Rush not in Hall of Fame for Rock and Roll. You like the Rush too, why you think they not in and why not other bands you like not in you think should be? Thanking you for time you take.
There is unrest in the forest
there is trouble with the trees.
We want Rush inducted
and the Hall ignores our pleas.
Why isn’t Rush in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Wow. Way to key me up on a Sunday morning.
Yes, that’s right. Another year, another set of new inductees to the Hall, and once again Rush doesn’t make the cut. Hell, it was never even in the race. How does that happen?
This question comes around…oh…at least once a year or so. You know, like whenever the next group of inductees is announced, and the rest of us stand around wondering how Rush is left out in the cold yet again. 40 million records sold, and counting. More consecutive Gold and Platinum records than everybody except for the Beatles and the Rolling Stones. More than forty years in the game, and they continue to work at refining and improving their craft as both individual artisans and a communal musical force. No room in the Hall for these guys, but let’s get the Beastie Boys in there. Or Madonna. Or the fucking Bee Gees.
Now, don’t get me wrong. By and large, the performers inducted in to the Hall are deserving of the honor. Some of them skirt the fringes of what I’d consider “Rock and Roll,” and there are definitely more than a few I wouldn’t listen to even if they were the only thing standing between me and a six-hour conversation sitting next to Michele Bachmann on a trans-Atlantic flight. That said, the selections to date reflect a diversity of styles, including several which provided numerous influences to what we now call rock and roll. Such variety should be welcomed. Indeed, it should be expanded to include genres which appear to be given the finger every year. You know, like progressive rock, the realm in which Rush is king.
They’re not unique in this regard. KISS. Boston. Blue Oyster Cult. The Moody Blues. Jethro FUCKING Tull. All snubbed, to name some prominent non-inductees. It’s baffling, to be honest. The nomination process has all the transparency of a lead vault buried in concrete, and it doesn’t stop there. Hell, it took Black Sabbath EIGHT NOMINATIONS to finally get their ticket punched, but some of these bands—Rush in particular—have never even made a ballot. Not. Once. There have been allegations that members of the selection committee aren’t keen on certain genres, like progressive rock or heavy metal, and when I say “not keen” I mean “hate with the heat of a nova.” Conspiracy theorists figure somebody inside that black box just hates Geddy Lee’s voice.
I’m not an industry insider. I have no special knowledge. As just another schmuck with a keyboard and an opinion, I can only conjure theories based on what’s available to observe and study, and from what I’ve seen? Rush isn’t in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame because the people who make such decisions are utter twat-waffles.
You can hear Nick read the answer as a segment on the show each week by listening live, or check out the replay/download options when the episode is loaded to their website: The Sunday G&T Show. Listeners to the show are also encouraged to send in their own questions, one of which will be sent to me each week for a future episode.
Thanks as always to Nick, Terry, and Mike for continuing to include me in each week’s fun.