Feb 222013
Don't forget Bowie blows Ronson.

Don’t forget Bowie blows Ronson.

We’re not talking about 1-time stage moves, like Jimi Hendrix setting his guitar on fire or Pete Townshend‘s slide across the stage in The Kids Are Alright‘s live performance of “Won’t Get Fooled Again.” We’re looking to determine—once and for allRock’s Most Iconic Recurring Stage Move. What are the go-to stage moves that rock fans can count on, and what is the most iconic of those go-to stage moves?

Is that clear?

Examples of these iconic recurring stage moves and the RTH People’s Poll follow the jump. Your job is to determine—once and for all—the clear-cut answer to settle all heated barroom debates on the subject!

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Feb 172013
Jed Hoile (in chains).

Jed Hoile (in chains).

Despite opening the landmark decisions of Once and For All February to The People, one particular Townsperson has made such a strong case for settling a topic that we are compelled to suspend the RTH Poll on that topic and be done with any further debates on the matter—once and for all!

That’s right, thanks to a write-in nomination by Townsman cherguevarra, Rock Town Hall has determined—once and for all—the Least-Essential Sidekick of ’80s Rock.

Congratulations, Jed Hoile, better known as the mime who initially served as the sidekick for Howard Jones.

The Townspeople have spoken. Let this be the end of all debates on this subject.

Feb 152013
Groovy, baby!

Groovy, baby! (Click photo for full-size view.)

As we learn during Once and For All February, some rock debates have taken years to settle. Here’s one that has been debated hotly but not been resolved: Who’s Britain’s Best-Dressed Pop Star?

The nominees are right here in this photo: Brian Jones, Ronnie Lane, and George Harrison! (Apologies to Paul Weller.)

Who's Britain's Best-Dressed Pop Star?

  • Brian Jones (53%, 16 Votes)
  • George Harrison (40%, 12 Votes)
  • Ronnie Lane (7%, 2 Votes)

Total Voters: 30

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Feb 152013

We received a note from Steve Gadd‘s people informing us that he was a little bummed to have received no consideration, to date, in our ongoing discussion to determine—once and for allRock’s Greatest White Afro. The final paragraph of the note is worth sharing with our readers:

Although Steve would have been honored by the Hall’s consideration, he understands he would have been no match for his fellow drummer (and his personal selection) Sib Hashian. On Valentine’s Day, may we suggest that you run another thread to settle—once and for all—another age-old question: Rock’s Most Essential Drum Intro; that is, the one drum intro that is most essential to the success of the song that follows. Steve’s intro to Paul Simon‘s “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” has got to rank among the Top 5 most essential drum intros in all of rock, possibly only challenged for the top spot by the intro to The Rolling Stones‘ “Honky Tonk Women.” Another Stones song to consider might be “Get Off My Cloud.” Would that song ever get off the ground without that intro? We ask that you bring this topic to your readers for them to determine—once and for all!

So there you have it, without the aid of an RTH People’s Poll, let’s determine—once and for all—the Most Essential Drum Intro in Rock, beginning with “50 Ways to Leave Your Lover” and “Honky Tonk Women.”

What is rock's most essential drum intro?

  • The Ronettes, "Be My Baby" (29%, 12 Votes)
  • Led Zeppelin, "When the Levee Breaks" (17%, 7 Votes)
  • The Rolling Stones, "Honky Tonk Women" (17%, 7 Votes)
  • Iggy Pop, "Lust for Life" (14%, 6 Votes)
  • Sweet, "Ballroom Blitz" (12%, 5 Votes)
  • Paul Simon, "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover" (7%, 3 Votes)
  • Elvis Costello & The Attractions, "This Year's Girl" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • The Clash, "I Fought the Law" (2%, 1 Votes)
  • Smokey Robinson & The Miracles, "Going to a Go-Go" (0%, 0 Votes)

Total Voters: 42

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Previously, you may recall, we suggested “50 Ways…” is a recipient of a Most Valuable Drum Part (MVDP) award.

Feb 132013
Wah. Wah-wah wah-wah wha. Wah wah-wah-wha wah wah...

Wah. Wah-wah wah-wah wha. Wah wah-wah-wha wah wah…

As 2000 Man wrote in his suggestion to conduct this discussion, “It was cool to talk through your guitar way before it was cool to Auto Tune!”

The Talk Box, I was amazed to learn, is almost as old as your youthful-looking Moderator (“But you don’t look a day over 47!” a colleague recently told me). Pedal-steel guitarist Pete Drake introduced this effects box that does stuff those of you more technically minded will better understand if you read about it for yourself, here. Such effects go back to the ’30s, which you can also read about on the effects’ Wikipedia page. Fascinating stuff that will go on my long list of “Things I Couldn’t Have Invented If I Had a Million Years to Think About Them.”

The Talk Box came into my world—and likely yours—in the 1970s, that glorious decade of extraneous technological developments. There are probably a dozen strong candidates for the Best Use of the Guitar Talk Box that I am forgetting, so you may write-in an “Other” candidate. The nominees and the RTH People’s Poll follow…after the jump!

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