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Here are the music artists that both me and *this* website (which, by the way, I am part of the voting body of) AGREE should be in the top 100 music artists list.... BUT I rank each of these at least 25 places better than the other list:


Diff in Rank My Rank Artist
67 14 The Sex Pistols
58 30 Van Morrison
57 15 T. Rex
53 24 Joni Mitchell
48 22 Elvis Costello
45 40 Pixies
38 5 John Lennon
33 53 Al Green
30 21 Run-DMC
29 9 Ramones
29 45 Eddie Cochran
29 68 Grateful Dead
27 3 The Doors

Top 25 Favourite Recording Artists

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Last time I made a list like this was back in 2010 and it was the top 100.  Three years ago.  Well, things can change in three years...  not TOO much, but a bit.  The artists in the top 25 are all the same but I've changed the order a little, mainly based on how many songs have been added to my favourites list in the past three years (but not ONLY based on that).

So here is the new list:

1 The Beatles (Still at number 1, more highlights are noted below)
2 Bob Dylan
3 The Doors
4 The Beach Boys (up 2 places... tied with the Beatles with 17 songs)
5 John Lennon
6 The Clash (up 3 places, have 8 songs)
7 Leonard Cohen
8 Johnny Cash
9 Ramones (down 4 places... just 5 songs on list, less than others)
10 George Harrison
11 The Kinks (down 3 places, have 6 songs)
12 Donovan
13 Neil Young
14 The Sex Pistols
15 T. Rex
16 Chuck Berry
17 Brian Wilson (up 4 places)
18 Frank Black
19 Nirvana
20 Weezer
21 Run-DMC (down 4 places, still no HoF songs)
22 Elvis Costello
23 Pink Floyd
24 Joni Mitchell
25 Bruce Springsteen

(others have moved only two places or less either way)



September 2000

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Catching up on chronicling past journal goings-on... This is September 2000... a little over 10 years ago... Living in Dumfries, working in Glasgow as an engineer at the shipyard.

Sept 8... documented the results of a beer contest... out of 32 beers, I narrowed it down to the final four: Belhaven Best Ale, Pilsner Urquell, Castle Lager and Guinness Original Stout... and the winner was Belhaven Best Ale (with Guinness as runner-up).

Sept 10... Ride and walk in Mabie forest... other subjects include the Kursk tragedy, Britney Spears, Sinead O'Connor comes out as a lesbian, mostly catching up on old stuff I had clipped out, which interested me...

Sept 11... more junk... Hitler's skull, Charlie Chaplin, Cuba, Vikings, pictures of Guid Nychburris in Dumfries, Burns poetry... etc etc

Sept 13... Britain is having the worst fuel crisis in 25 years... Protesters are blockading refineries... "Looks like I'm going to have to stay up in Glasgow during the week next week."... stuff about George W. Bush, Run-DMC, Kim Jong Il, Vladimir Putin, the usual...

Sept 17... Fuel protest ended, Sydney Olympics started, a look at music charts in the '60's...

Personal Favorite Rock Artists List

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A website I look at asked people to compile their lists, so I spent some time this morning arranging it thusly  (as well as a short early influence list at the bottom):

ranking of my 100 favorite "rock" artists (Oct 26, 2010)

1 The Beatles
2 Bob Dylan
3 The Doors
4 John Lennon
5 Ramones
6 The Beach Boys
7 Leonard Cohen
8 The Kinks
9 The Clash
10 Johnny Cash
11 Neil Young
12 George Harrison
13 T.Rex
14 Donovan
15 Chuck Berry
16 The Sex Pistols
17 Run-DMC
18 Nirvana
19 Frank Black
20 Weezer
21 Brian Wilson
22 Joni Mitchell
23 Elvis Costello
24 Pink Floyd
25 Bruce Springsteen
26 Big Audio Dynamite
27 Gang of Four
28 Public Enemy
29 Van Morrison
30 The Rolling Stones
31 The Who
32 Elvis Presley
33 The B-52's
34 Sly & the Family Stone
35 ABBA
36 Creedence Clearwater Revival
37 Derek and the Dominoes
38 Jerry Lee Lewis
39 Eddie Cochran
40 Jackson 5
41 Paul McCartney
42 Led Zeppelin
43 James Brown
44 REM
45 Byrds
46 Pixies
47 Ike and Tina Turner
48 Janis Joplin
49 Richard and Linda Thompson
50 Michael Jackson
51 Paul Simon
52 Devo
53 Jimi Hendrix
54 Blondie
55 Talking Heads
56 Al Green
57 The Muffs
58 James Taylor
59 Marvin Gaye
60 David Bowie
61 Prince
62 Beck
63 Moby
64 The Jam
65 Curtis Mayfield
66 Stevie Wonder
67 Temptations
68 Grateful Dead
69 Squeeze
70 Steve Miller Band
71 Cat Stevens
72 Radiohead
73 NWA
74 Alice Cooper
75 Jimmy Cliff
76 Green Day
77 Arctic Monkeys
78 The Hives
79 The Mamas & the Papas
80 Neil Diamond
81 Isley Brothers
82 Rod Stewart
83 Keith West
84 The Band
85 Everly Brothers
86 Buddy Holly
87 Cheap Trick
88 Otis Redding
89 The Damned
90 Madness
91 Manic Street Preachers
92 Barry White
93 Shonen Knife
94 Sweet
95 Eric Clapton
96 Dead Milkmen
97 Alanis Morissette
98 The Waterboys
99 Adam Ant
100 Norman Greenbaum



early influence:
1 Hank Williams
2 Carter Family
3 Woody Guthrie
4 Nat King Cole
5 Frank Sinatra
6 Dean Martin
7 Richard Wagner
8 Bill Monroe
9 Robert Johnson
10 Bing Crosby
11 Flatt & Scruggs
12 Billie Holiday
13 Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter
14 Al Jolson
15 Slim Whitman

 

 


Rock Hall

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This year's inductees into the Rock Hall of Fame in Cleveland were announced the other day:


The performer inductees are:

Jeff Beck
Little Anthony & the Imperials
Metallica
Run-D.M.C.
Bobby Womack


Early Influence Category
Wanda Jackson

Sidemen Category
Bill Black
DJ Fontana
Spooner Oldham

Rock Hall Nominees 2009

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The official 2009 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ballot was announced today... Five of these will be voted in.

The Official 2009 Rock Hall Nominees:

Metallica
Run-DMC
The Stooges
Jeff Beck
Chic
Wanda Jackson
War
Little Anthony and the Imperials
Bobby Womack



Run-D.M.C.

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For induction into Darrin's Recording Artist hall of Fame...  Run-D.M.C.

Run, D.M.C. and Jam Master Jaaayyy !  I was fans of the Hollis Crew in the early and mid 80's.  Had most of their albums (vinyl, back then).  I liked the way they finished each other's lines when they sang, and I've always been a fan of sampling in music...    They were the first rap act to have a video on MTV ("Rock Box") and they received significant MTV airplay when they collaborated with Aerosmith on "Walk This Way", produced by the great Rick Rubin.  And did you know.. Jam Master Jay, who was murdered a few years ago, shared the same birthday and year as me.
 

The Chronic

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Hooray for me. At noon today I am leaving work and not returning for two entire weeks. WOO, and indeed HOO !

But nevermind that... A few days ago, I bought "The Chronic", a CD by Dr. Dre from the early '90's. The reviews I've read of this album say it's one of the greatest rap albums of all time. I like "Straight Outta Compton" by NWA so I figured this would be a good buy... but after listening to it, I don't much like it. I've listened to it about 3 or 4 times even, and I still don't like it. Too much swearing, drug references and sexist humor that fails to be funny. Snoop Doggy Dogg is the only good thing about it. I much prefer Public Enemy and Run-DMC to this gansta rap stuff...

I give it a rating of 1.5 stars. AMG and Rolling Stone both give it 5 stars. What do they hear that I don't hear ???


Other albums that I've found I disagree with the critics include:

Animal Rights by Moby...................                My rating = 4 stars        AMG = 2        RS = 2
Lola vs Powerman... by the Kinks....            My rating = 5                  RS = 2 (?????!!!???!???)
Little Duece Coupe / All Summer Long       My rating = 4.5               AMG = 2.5    RS = 2.5
F-Punk by Big Audio Dynamite.......               My rating = 5                  AMG = 2        RS = 2
Depeche Mode 101........................                 My rating = 1.5              AMG = 4
Soundgarden A-Sides.....................               My rating = 1.5               AMG = 4.5     RS = 4

Future Rock Hall

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I've found an interesting website called "Future Rock Hall" which speculates on future inductees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (the one in Cleveland... not to be confused with DRAHoF, which is only in my head).  On the website, it gives the percentage chance that it figures each band or artist might someday be inducted...  The % is based on various factors and allows you to vote yes or no for each band, which is also factored into the percentage.
 
So, using this info...  here are some of MY speculations.
 
REM is a dead cert to be inducted into the Rock Hall this year (ceremony next year).  The website gives them a 90% chance of going in at some point...  and this year is the first year they are eligible (25 years after their first record release).
 
Van Halen has the second highest % chance of all the bands that are currently eligible...  at 81%.  They've been eligible since 2003 but have yet to be nominated by a panel of Rock experts who decide these things.  I figure they should be nominated and voted in this year, as does the website.
 
Patti Smith has been nominated for the past six years but has yet to be voted in by the Rock Hall voters.  Black Sabbath and the Sex Pistols were similarly treated but finally got in last year after 7 or 8 years of nominations...  so Patti Smith will most likely make it in this year, I think.  The website says she has a 77% chance of getting in eventually.
 
Lou Reed has had two previous nomination, and I think he'll go through this year.  He's got a 77% chance.
 
The Stooges have had four previous nominations, have a 75% chance, and I think they'll round out the list of 2006 inductees, which have numbered five for the past two years.
 
 
Here are my guesses (mostly based on info from the website) for the next several years, keeping in mind that some of these are not eligible until the future...  Only the ones coloured red will be inducted in their first year of eligibility...

DRAHoF List

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Darrin's Recording Artist Hall of Fame (DRAHoF) - Inductee List
 
Each recording artist making it into the Hall of Fame has gone thru a rigorous selection process in which they are chosen as more worthy than at least 16 other candidates in a semi-random way.  Worthiness is a measure not only of sonic excellence but also of how much the artist has been a part of my life over the years, or perhaps has some special significance to me.
 
DRAHoF inductee list so far:
 
ABBA
B-52's
Beach Boys
Beatles
Beck
Chuck Berry
Big Audio Dynamite
Frank Black
David Bowie
James Brown
Byrds
Carter Family
Johnny Cash
Cheap Trick
The Clash
Eddie Cochran
Leonard Cohen
Nat King Cole
Elvis Costello
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Bing Crosby
Derek and the Dominos
Devo
Neil Diamond
Donovan
The Doors
Bob Dylan
Everly Brothers
Gang of Four
Marvin Gaye
Grateful Dead
Al Green
Woody Guthrie
George Harrison
Debbie Harry
Jimi Hendrix
Billie Holiday
Buddy Holly
Isley Brothers
Jackson 5
Michael Jackson
The Jam
Robert Johnson
Al Jolson
Janis Joplin
Kinks
Leadbelly
Led Zeppelin
John Lennon
Jerry Lee Lewis
Madness
Dean Martin
Paul McCartney
Steve Miller
Joni Mitchell
Moby
Bill Monroe
Van Morrison
Nirvana
Pink Floyd
Pixies
Elvis Presley
Prince
Public Enemy
Ramones
Otis Redding
R.E.M.
Rolling Stones
Run-D.M.C.
Sex Pistols
Paul Simon
Frank Sinatra
Sly and the Family Stone
Bruce Springsteen
Squeeze
Rod Stewart
Talking Heads
James Taylor
Temptations
Richard and Linda Thompson
T. Rex
Ike and Tina Turner
Richard Wagner
Weezer
The Who
Hank Williams
Brian Wilson
Stevie Wonder
Neil Young
 

DRAHoF List

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As you know...

Each recording artist making it into Darrin's Recording Artist Hall of Fame (DRAHoF) has gone thru a rigorous selection process in which they are chosen as more worthy than at least 16 other candidates in a semi-random way.  Worthiness is a measure not only of sonic excellence but also of how much the artist has been a part of my life over the years, or perhaps has some special significance to me.

Well...

Just for fun, I've made a list of all the recording artists in my own little Darrin's Recording Artist Hall of Fame (DRAHoF), and I've divided them up semi-chronologically into groups with similar styles... which is sort of difficult because many of them have a whole range of styles... but here's what I came up with:


Opera

  Richard Wagner

 
Folk and Blues 

  Woody Guthrie
  Robert Johnson 
  Huddie William "Lead Belly" Ledbetter


 Country 

  Carter Family
  Johnny Cash
  Bill Monroe
  Hank Williams


 Vocal Artists 

  Nat King Cole
  Bing Crosby
  Billie Holiday
  Al Jolson
  Dean Martin
  Frank Sinatra

  
 50's Rock and Rollers 

  Chuck Berry
  Eddie Cochran
  Everly Brothers
  Buddy Holly
  Jerry Lee Lewis
  Elvis Presley


Early R & B
  
  James Brown
  Isley Brothers
  Temptations
  Ike and Tina Turner


California Pop

  Beach Boys
  Byrds
  Brian Wilson
 

 British Invasion

  Beatles
  Kinks
  Rolling Stones
  The Who
  

Psychedelic

  The Doors
  Jimi Hendrix
  Sly & the Family Stone
 

 Soul

  Marvin Gaye
  Al Green
  Jackson 5
  Van Morrison
  Otis Redding
  Stevie Wonder

 
Folkie Singer / Songwriters

  Leonard Cohen
  Donovan
  Bob Dylan
  Joni Mitchell
  Paul Simon
  James Taylor
  Richard and Linda Thompson
  Neil Young

  
Country Rock
 
  Creedence Clearwater Revival
  Grateful Dead


 Blues-Rock
 
  Derek and the Dominoes
  Janis Joplin
  Led Zeppelin
  Steve Miller
 
 
 Album Rock 

  David Bowie
  George Harrison
  John Lennon 
  Pink Floyd
  Bruce Springsteen
  T. Rex
  
  
 Soft Rock /  Pop
 
  ABBA
  Neil Diamond
  Paul McCartney
  Rod Stewart


Punk 

  The Clash
  The Jam
  Ramones
  Sex Pistols
  

 New Wave
 
  B-52's
  Cheap Trick
  Elvis Costello
  Devo
  Debbie Harry
  Gang of Four
  Madness
  Squeeze
  Talking Heads


 Rap 

  Public Enemy
  Run-DMC
    

Club / Dance

  Michael Jackson
  Moby 
  Prince


Alternative 

  Big Audio Dynamite
  Frank Black
  Beck
  Nirvana
  Pixies
  REM
  Weezer

  

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