In a recently posted poll I hoped to give you an opportunity to include write-in entries for this year’s upcoming RTH Foyer of Fame’s Second Annual Partial Lifetime Achievement Award and Chili Cookoff, but some genius spammer has apparently found a way to immediately load our polls with write-in responses that are, shall we say, off topic. The RTH Foyer of Fame is an important event, and we want to make sure that your voice is heard as the selection committee deliberates nominees.
As of this writing, nominees include John Mellencamp, J. Geils Band, Joan Jett, and the Doobie Brothers. We’re curious to know your thoughts on the mediocre merits of these nominees and see what other artists you might feel are worthy of the Foyer’s consideration.
Personally, I’m concerned that Mellencamp’s body of work lacks the cultural impact of our inaugural inductees, Bob Seger and Steve Miller. I mean, did anyone ever produce a John Mellencamp rock mirror or substitute his music for that of The Boss in a major motion picture?
I expect that some will object to J. Geils Band even being nominated. Remember, this is a Partial Lifetime Achievement Award; maybe it depends on what part we’re inducting.
Joan Jett was initially a surprising name to find on this list, but the more I think about her the more I believe she’s worthy of consideration. The woman’s a rock ‘n roll survivor and a lifer. She’s withstood multiple ups and downs, all the while broadening her audience while doing nothing of merit since her brief moment in the Hit Parade. She’s also a testament to a woman’s equal ability to produce a thoroughly mediocre, toe-tapping body of rock ‘n roll.
The early favorite for induction might be the Doobie Brothers. I know many of you expressed disappointment offlist that they were not part of the initial class of inductees.
Over the coming days, please think about these selections. The RTH Foyer of Fame would like to induct two new members. There are also plans to induct a new member to the Gear Manufacturers’ wing as well as a first member to a newly created wing specifically for frequently overlooked instrumentalists (friend of RTH Don Felder is an early nominee for this honor).