Rock Hall recruits are the usual mixed bag

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has revealed the 2022 class. It’s the predictable mixed bag, which comes after months of speculation and the usual dose of controversy since the nominees were announced at the beginning of February.

There are seven recruits in the Performance category, five of whom are stunning first-time nominees, including Duran Duran, Lionel Richie, Carly Simon, Dolly Parton and Eminem, who was also in his first qualifying year. The chapter was rounded off by Pat Benatar and Eurythmics.

Most of the uproar surrounding this year’s nominees was because Barton, recognized primarily as a country artist, was on the ballot in the first place. It got to the point where she released a statement in March saying, “I respectfully take” out of consideration so it doesn’t end up splitting the votes. Rock Hall said it was too late and the ballots had already been taken.

Everything was quiet a little later, but then last Friday, Parton seemed to suddenly change tack, telling NPR when asked if she ended up joining in, “Okay, I’ll gracefully accept. I’d just say thank you and I’ll accept that.” Because the masses vote.”

One kind should suspect that the singer and actress knew at that point that she was on her way to Cleveland, where the rock hall is. When the news officially broke on Wednesday, Parton was by all accounts “fun” accepting the award.

“People usually [say] “Dolly rocks,” “you rock,” or “you’re a rock star,” she told Billboard. “I thought they just meant I was cool, and I took that as a huge compliment. But now I have to take it literally!”

Among the recruits, there is a stark lack of actual rock ‘n’ roll, with Benatar being the only real rocker on the list. Known for such artists as “Hit Me with Your Best Shot,” “All Fired Up,” “Love Is a Battlefield,” and “Heartbreaker,” she will reunite with her husband, guitarist, and longtime music partner Neil Giraldo to join Rock Hall.

Other than that, it’s really an exaggeration to call anyone else a “rocker”. Definitely not rapper Eminem or soft rock star Simone. Ritchie has been categorized as soul and R&B while Duran Duran has had his moments throughout his long career, riding the scene in the ’80s as a new wave powered by synthesizers.

Heavy metal rocker Judas Priest will receive the Musical Excellence Award. (Image credits to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame)

Rage Against the Machine, Devo, New York Dolls and MC5 cast ballots in February. Obviously, none of them succeeded. Judas was a priest, too. Metal Legends will be introduced in November at the party in Los Angeles, but not as artists.

It’s a bit of a shame, but the band would enter as the recipient of the “Music Excellence Award,” which was voted on by another panel entirely, and was called the “sidemen” category. For wit, Priest joined the group with famous R&B songwriters and producing team Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. However, Rob Halford appeared on the moon with recognition.

“This isn’t just for Judas Priest, this is for heavy metal,” the singer to Hall President and CEO Greg Harris said in the mandatory post-enlistment video chat. “Heavy metal is such an important part of the culture and fabric of the United States, that you get a band like Priest on the Simpsons. That’s the extent of this band; we’ll come to your house any minute.”

vinyl of the week

Keep an eye on this spot as every week we’ll be looking for new or soon-to-be-released vinyl from a variety of artists. It could be a re-compression of a historical record, a special edition, or a new collection of a legendary work. This week, it is the 25th anniversary of a post-militant unit effort outside Washington, D.C.

Girls Against Boys celebrates the 25th anniversary of the House of GVSB with a double vinyl re-issue of the album. (Photo courtesy of Michael Christopher)

Girls vs. Boys: “GVSB House [25TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION]”

Come 1996, the post-hardcore/noise group Girls Against Boys had taken the leap. The musicians in Washington, D.C. delivered “Venus Laxor No. 1 Baby” in 1993 and the following year, “Cruise Yourself.” By the time “House of GVSB” was dropped in 1996, the band had long since left D.C. in the backyard view of the New York City scene, giving grit and dirt to go along with sparkling guitars and a driving bottom end.

And now, Girls Against Boys is celebrating the House of GVSB’s 25th anniversary with a double vinyl re-issue of the album. Packed in a full-color Gatefold jacket, Sides A and B are the original album, reworked by fellow Shellac rockstar Bob Weston, Sides C and D are full of possibilities and finishes off the band’s ’90s work including B-wanted. Sides, Singles, Aggregate Tracks, and a previously unreleased recording.

The ‘House of GVSB’ is available in several different configurations. A standard 2LP black vinyl set and a 2LP version on baby blue vinyl are available exclusively from Touch and Go Records. Also available through the Poster Store (, is a bundle with a choice of either vinyl with a navy blue T-shirt depicting album cover art, designed by drummer Alexis Fleisig.

After the House of GVSB, the majors came, and the next release Girls Against Boys, Freak *on *ica*, appeared on Geffen’s DGC Records. Met with mixed reviews, it showed some disappointment from the group and fans, but it’s on tour this year for the first time since 2013. A regional date hasn’t been announced yet, but with only Brooklyn and DC on the agenda for October Still, hopefully, Philly’s show will come.

The “House of GVSB” 25th Anniversary Edition can be found online and in stores from all respected vinyl retailers.

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