Ironically, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is not very rock n' roll.
While it's rare to hear anyone excited about anything that happens in Cleveland, the music world is abuzz with news of the 2020 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees.
Being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is among the top honors any musician can hope to achieve, and past inductees include a wide range of icons from Bob Dylan to Etta James to The Grateful Dead. This year's honorees include Notorious B.I.G., Whitney Houston, Pat Benatar, Dave Matthews Band, Depeche Mode, the Doobie Brothers, Judas Priest, Kraftwerk, MC5, Motörhead, Nine Inch Nails, Rufus featuring Chaka Khan, Todd Rundgren, Soundgarden, T. Rex and Thin Lizzy. Those who receive the most votes will be inducted May 2nd, 2020 at a ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.
While fans and media personnel take the Hall of Fame very seriously, it's not uncommon for rock stars to display nothing but nonchalance and cool when faced with this great honor, or even to snub it altogether—which, honestly, is pretty rock and roll. So, in celebration of the 2020 nominees, we've compiled a list of times musical icons didn't give a f*ck about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
1. Todd Rundgren
Todd Rundgren, among the 2020 nominees, met news of this honor with a simple, "No comment." This is the second year in a row Rundgren has been nominated, and many consider it a major slight that he has yet to be included in the hall of fame. He told Billboard last year: "I didn't expect it and have never cared about it. The hardest thing was keeping my fans' expectations within reasonable bounds because they are very naive about it. I'm not; It's some weird Illuminati thing and nobody understands how it works and who does the voting and the nominee selections and all that sort of crap.
I'm not looking for some organization to acknowledge me, somehow. Besides, the Hall of Fame doesn't make any sense to me because musicians don't have to retire. Athletes retire, and that's when they go into the Hall of Fame, because they're not playing anymore. But everybody (the Rock Hall) is inducting now is still playing, so how can you say you've got the measure of them? You don't. So, no, I really don't care."
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One Texas couple became a meme after they went 18 minutes without shredded cheese on their fajitas. What could be worse?
Karens. Even if you don't know them by name, you know who they are.
Karens have been asking to speak to managers all over American suburbia ever since Kate Gosselin debuted her infamous reverse-mullet on Jon and Kate Plus 8 in 2007. "Karens"—the collective nickname for middle-aged entitled white women who love nothing more than being pains in your ass—have been walking among us for quite some time, but as shelter-in-place orders and mask mandates have taken over the world, the presence of Karens has become even more apparent.
Last weekend, a Karen went viral in a since-deleted Tweet for a reason only Karens would empathize with. Jason Vicknair, a 40-year-old man from Allen, Texas, was just trying to enjoy his first date night out in three months with his wife at a Tex-Mex restaurant called Mi Cocina. Things took a turn for the worse.
The indie pop singer embraces new wave roots in his latest infectious single.
Indie pop gem Máni Orrason's newest single is a fitting addition to his already impressive catalogue.
Shockingly, this talented Icelandic artist has managed to fly relatively under the radar since the release of his debut album, 2015's Repeating Patterns. But with the release of the latest single off his upcoming EP, Orrason seems poised to change that.
The recently released track, "Privilege of Time," is a sparkly and fun confession of delusional love. Glistening with new wave synths and simple, heartfelt lyrics, the upbeat and emotionally wrought song is infectious. It's almost impossible not to hear at least a little bit of Robert Smith when Orrason quavers lyrics like, "Why does summer come when I want to cry? / Runnin' around just to feel alive / If I could understand... / Now I'm thinkin' about seeing you again / Thinkin' out loud, tryin' to pretend / That me and my boyfriend, our love will never end." The speaker is so in love with a man who, for one reason or another, is inaccessible (perhaps due to a long distance relationship).
That doesn't stop him from pretending that they are together, though—so thoroughly that he may have actually tricked himself into believing that they are still happily together. Perhaps that is what "The Privilege of Time" refers to. By spending so much time apart from someone, missing them like crazy and thinking about them constantly, you can delude yourself to the point of blurring reality. Or perhaps Orrason is simply singing about the fact that he and his boyfriend will come out of this trial stronger from the time they've put into it, even while apart. Either way, it is a wonderfully layered song that is just as enjoyable on the surface as an upbeat and sparkly indie pop love song as it is when deconstructed into something deeper.
If you enjoy "The Privilege of Time," be sure to check out the rest of Orrason's musical offerings, keep an ear out for his upcoming EP, and check him out on tour in Europe until the end of the month.
Dustin DiPaulo is a writer and musician from Rochester, New York. He received his MFA in Creative Writing from Florida Atlantic University and can most likely be found at a local concert, dive bar, or comedy club (if he's not getting lost somewhere in the woods).
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