Sunday, October 14, 2007

Ten Questions: A Tagless Music Meme

Have at it, if you so desire...

Which performer is your least favorite member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? I’m not a fan of Frank Zappa, Pink Floyd, Traffic or Black Sabbath. Overall, and this was inevitable, the standards for entry have been lowered over time, but I don’t think there’s anyone on the list who is truly awful/undeserving.

Which performers in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame have you seen perform live in concert? Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, Neil Young, The Grateful Dead, Bob Dylan

If there is one performer in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that you could bring back to life, in their prime, to see for one night only, who would it be? Elvis Presley, at the comeback television special in 1968. Runner-up: Sam Cooke, anytime, anywhere.

What classic rock album just doesn’t do anything for you? I think Sgt. Pepper is the most overrated album in rock history. There are at least four Beatles albums that I think are better.

What do you think are the greatest live albums in rock history? Springsteen at the Hammersmith Odeon 1975, Dylan Royal Albert Hall Concert 1966, Nirvana MTV Unplugged

Born to Run, or Born in the U.S.A.? Reluctantly, the former. I say “reluctantly” because I find the tendency of some Springsteen fans to bad-mouth the latter album, simply because it was his most popular, highly annoying.

What great rock artist has made the most truly awful albums? It’s got to be either The Rolling Stones or Bob Dylan, both of whom have released more than their share of stinkers.

Motown, or Stax? It pains me to say it, but a lot of Motown hasn’t aged very well (a lot of it, I still love as much as I did 25 years ago). But just about every Stax song sounds like it was recorded yesterday.

Johnny Ramone, or Johnny Rotten? Both.

What are your favorite albums that no one else has ever heard of? Robin Lane and the Chartbusters, and Frontier Days by The Del-Lords

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