Beasties will live to Fight (For their right) another day...

Earlier this week, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the five acts to be honored this year. They were surf-guitar combo the Ventures, '60s hitmakers the Dave Clark Five, roots rocker John Mellencamp, poet/singer/songwriter Leonard Cohen and pop culture icon Madonna. While each act is certainly notable and deserving of this honor, more interesting is the act omitted -- the Beastie Boys.

The New York trio, known for exploding and exploiting the barriers between rap and rock, had made the short list of possible inductees and, from my cheap seat, seemed like the easiest of inductees. Not only have the Beasties spent 25 years producing infectious hits, but they have also understood and embraced the role of real artists, expanding what they do and how they do it with a sense of sonic experimentation.

But clearly this was not their year.

Here's the thing about the Rock Hall. Similar to the professional sports Hall of Fames, it works off a fairly simple system. Each act selected must have been in the business for 25 years, measured from the time of their first release. A short list is developed every year, usually comprised of previously spurned vets and first time nominees, and from that five inductees are chosen. It's rare for an act to make it from initial list to inductee the first year, and this time there were two strong possibilities -- the Beasties and Madonna. While it might be argued that Madonna isn't exactly rock, her place within the pantheon of popular music is secure. Although I don't rock much Lady M during my daily commute, given the opportunity I probably would have voted the same way.

The good news is that the Beastie Boys remain eligible for induction. Sure, it won't happen this year, but both the Dave Clark Five and the Ventures (a personal fave) sat out for a long time before they got the call. Much longer, in all probability, than the Beasties will. In fact, if I were a betting man, I would wager that this time next year we'll be talking about some other act that was eschewed in favor of the the Beastie Boys.

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Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/14/07 - 08:24 pm
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Until the Monkees are in...I

Until the Monkees are in...I won't be visiting. My own little protest. It ain't much, but it is all I got.

Waterburger1
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Waterburger1 12/15/07 - 02:10 am
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As much as I love The

As much as I love The Monkees and recognize their place in the history of popular culture, I think it more fitting to recognize Tommy Boyce, Bobby Hart, Neil Diamond, Harry Nilsson, and Carol King for their songwriting efforts that afforded The Monkees their success. Sure, The Monkees wrote the bulk of their own material when their 4th album was released but was any of it as hitmaking or impactful as what was contained within their first four release written largely by the aforementioned songrwriters ? In a word, no. It most certainly was not. If Harry Nilsson is not in The Rock Hall, I cry fowl.

Austin Rhodes
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Austin Rhodes 12/15/07 - 09:40 am
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The Monkees didn't write

The Monkees didn't write most of their 4th album (Pisces, Aquarius, Capricorn, and Jones LTD.)...you most likely are thinking of their 3rd album (Headquarters) which they didn't completely write, but they did completely control or play every note of music heard on the disc. This was in response to the charge that they were "phonies" because they didn't play their own music. They were no more "phony" than the Mamas and the Papas. In 1967 the Monkees outsold the Beatles and the Rolling Stones, with their first three albums all going # 1. The Monkees made more money in the 60's than any music group other than the Beatles. For the years they were on TV, they made WAY MORE than the Beatles. Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork are consumate musicians and composers, and Micky Dolenz and Davy Jones are as talented as any "performing vocalists" in pop music. It is a minor miracle that 4 guys thrown together to "play a band on TV" could put out anything that would hold up...but their classic hits remain hugely popular even today. The song "I'm a Believer" was the number best selling and most popular song for all of 1967. "Last Train to Clarksville" became a huge hit BEFORE the TV debuted, and "Pleasant Valley Sunday" is remembered even more fondly today than when it was a million seller in late 1967. "Daydream Believer". Another HUGE hit that topped the charts. Features one of the most famous piano intros in all of pop music. Brian Wilson says the Monkees belong in the Hall. Michael Stipe said he wouldn't be in the music industry if it weren't for his love of the Monkees as a child. Kurt Cobain said he first picked up a guitar because of the Monkees. I think they should go in because they were a true phenomenon of their time, beloved by MILLIONS, while creating a sub genre of music that continues even today. Put The Monkees in the Hall! AR

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Austin Rhodes 12/15/07 - 11:34 am
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ETA...Harry Nilsson LOVED

ETA...Harry Nilsson LOVED the Monkees. Not only did writing for them give him his FIRST success in the biz, he also hand picked Dolenz and Jones (post Monkees)to star in a GREAT musical he wrote called "The Point". If he were alive today...HE would be pushing for their Hall inclusion. AR

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 12/17/07 - 05:06 am
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RUSH,GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.THE

RUSH,GRAND FUNK RAILROAD.THE MONKEES SHOULD BE IN FOR INFLUNCE.KIDS STARTED BANDS BECAUSE SEEING THEM ON TV.SAME AS WITH BEATLES ON ED SULLIVAN.EVERY FREAKIN TEENAGE BOY GREW THERE HAIR LONG AND WANTED TO START A BAND.AT FIRST TO GET THE CHICKS.THEN THE MUSIC.HELL I THINK ALVIN AND THE CHIPMUNKS SHOULD BE IN TOO.I THINK THE MONKEES SHOULD GET BACK TOGETHER AND HAVE A VARIETY SHOW ON VH1.AUSTIN CALL UP YOUR FRIENDS(MONKEES)AND PITCH THE SHOW.IF YOU PLAY A MONKEES ALBUM BACKWARDS IT WILL SAY%&^**&# THATS BECAUSE YOU'RE SCRATCHING IT YOU IDIOT.THE DAY PUFF DADDY AND THE RAP GETS IN IS THE DAY WE TEAR THE BUILDING DOWN.AND REMEMBER MY MOTTO-RAP IS CRAP WITHOUT THE C(COPYRIGHTED) DUE TO LACK OF FUNDS I HAD TO DO A RAP CD.LL KOOL AID IS MY RAP NAME.ALSO A BLUES CD.KNECKBONE MY BLUES NAME.ELVIS CURED MY HEMROIDS.MERRY CHRISTMAS,KWANZA,FESTUVUS,BOXING DAY,TRASH DAY,PAY DAY,ETC.STAY IN SCHOOL DON'T DO DRUGS.KISS YOUR MAMA AND LISTEN TO AUSTIN R.ON THE RADIO.OR IF IT'S ABOUT POLICTIS THAT DAY LISTEN TO DON AND MIKE.3-6 WJFK STREAMING ON THE NET.

SANTA CLAUS JR
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SANTA CLAUS JR 12/17/07 - 05:24 am
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MOODY

MOODY BLUES,KISS,METALLICA,YES,ALICE COOPER,QUEEN,IRON MAIDEN,JETHRO TULL,DEEP PURPLE,HEART,STEPPENWOLF,CAT STEVENS(IF HE DOESN'T GO MOHAMMED HA HA )TOO MANY AND SOME THAT SHOULDN'T BE IN.MAYBE LAWRENCE WELK-SOME ONE WILL GET HIM IN I BET

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dougmo 12/21/07 - 07:23 am
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Strater, Queen is already in

Strater, Queen is already in the hall. I agree with the rest though. Also add Rush, Devo, and the B-52s

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