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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  Greg F:

2pac
Afrika Bambaataa
Alice In Chains
Arcade Fire
Bad Company
Barry White
Beck
Big Star
Björk
Black Flag
Blur
Bobby Darin
Can
Captain Beefheart
Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)
Cheap Trick
Chic
Chicago
Connie Francis
Daft Punk
Daryl Hall & John Oates
De La Soul
Depeche Mode
Dick Dale
Dion & The Belmonts
Donna Summer
Duran Duran
Dusty Springfield
Eddie Cochran
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Gram Parsons
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Harry Nilsson
Jan & Dean
Jane’s Addiction
Janet Jackson
Judas Priest
Kanye West
Kate Bush
King Crimson
Link Wray
MC5
Motörhead
New Order
New York Dolls
Nick Drake
Pixies
Procol Harum
Rage Against The Machine
Sonic Youth
Sparks
Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble
Suicide
T.Rex
The Animals
The Cars
The Coasters
The Impressions
The Jam
The O’Jays
The Runaways
The Specials
The Spinners
The Stone Roses
The White Stripes
The Zombies
Thin Lizzy
Tom Waits
Tommy James & The Shondells
Tool
Traffic
Wanda Jackson
Warren Zevon
Whitney Houston
Wu-Tang Clan
X
XTC
Yes
ZZ Top
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 12:48pm
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About Journey, Gassman wrote:
  Zuzu: I have no idea what you are talking about.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 12:36pm
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About Journey, Dezmond wrote:
  Zuzu, while I agree that Journey is hallworthy and has been unfairly snubbed due to prejudices against certain genres on the part of the powers that be, saying that about Springsteen is pure ignorance. Whether you like him or not, you have to at least have some objectivity and knowledge of rock history to be taken seriously.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 12:28pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Greg F wrote:
  Darren or Gassman: Can you list my nominees list?
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 11:49am
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About Journey, Zuzu wrote:
  ""Springsteen owns the hall and his music doesn't stand the test of time like Journey."

What are you smoking? Whatever it is, I'd love you have what you're having!"

It's about who is getting propped up and who is enduring despite lack of publicity. Remember the guy got booed off the stage!!! (ask yourself why.) Influence? At what point do you "wake up and smell the coffee and realize it's mostly just wink wink - pat on the back - vote for me - I'll vote for you.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 11:14am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, John R.C. wrote:
  I'll replace Del Shannon with Isaac Hayes.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 10:12am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  Donnie: Here are the 69 nominees I have accounted for:

1. 2pac
2. Alice In Chains
3. Beck
4. Big Star
5. Black Flag
6. Bon Jovi
7. Chicago
8. Coldplay
9. Daft Punk
10. Def Leppard
11. Depeche Mode
12. Devo
13. Dick Dale
14. Donna Summer
15. Duran Duran
16. Eddie Cochran
17. Electric Light Orchestra
18. Eurythmics
19. Foo Fighters
20. George Harrison
21. Green Day
22. Heart
23. Jackson Browne
24. Janet Jackson
25. Jay-Z
26. Jethro Tull
27. John Mellencamp
28. Judas Priest
29. Kanye West
30. KISS
31. LL Cool J
32. Martha & The Vandellas
33. N.W.A
34. Neil Diamond
35. New Order
36. New York Dolls
37. Oasis
38. Paul Simon
39. Pixies
40. Rage Against The Machine
41. Rod Stewart
42. Sam & Dave
43. Smashing Pumpkins
44. Sonic Youth
45. Soundgarden
46. Stevie Ray Vaughn & Double Trouble
47. T.Rex
48. The Animals
49. The B-52’s
50. The Cars
51. The Coasters
52. The Doobie Brothers
53. The Isley Brothers
54. The Jackson Five
55. The Mamas & The Papas
56. The Monkees
57. The Notorious B.I.G.
58. The Pretenders
59. The Replacements
60. The Shirelles
61. The White Stripes
62. The Yardbirds
63. The Zombies
64. Tool
65. Traffic
66. War
67. Whitney Houston
68. Yes
69. ZZ Top
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 08:50am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  John R.C. - You had already nominated Del Shannon. So you have one more nomination left.

Nicks - Thanks!
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 08:42am
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About Journey, Gassman wrote:
  "Springsteen owns the hall and his music doesn't stand the test of time like Journey."

What are you smoking? Whatever it is, I'd love you have what you're having!
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 08:38am
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About Phil Ochs, Paul in KY wrote:
  Have always enjoyed Mr. Lovecraft's tales.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 07:17am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Donnie wrote:
  Hey Darren, go ahead and post a list of the nominees you have recorded for me. Want to verify that they're the same lists.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 04:11am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Nick wrote:
  I'm gonna repost my replacements as follows:
Afrika Bambaataa
Alice in Chains
De La Soul
Frankie Lymon & the Teenagers
Jeff Beck
Jim Croce
Judas Priest
Missy Elliott
New York Dolls
Solomon Burke
Sonic Youth
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
The Cars
The Hollies
The Jam
The Ronnettes
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 01:25am
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About Journey, Dave wrote:
  Journey goes in after Green Day, the Beastie Boys and Joan Jett and her 2 hits? I remember Journey selling out three straight nights in Minneapolis at the civic center. Springsteen owns the hall and his music doesn't stand the test of time like Journey. There is a reason people like Paul Stanley, Ozzy, Eddie Van H., DLR, Axle Rose and the rest of the best don't show up for induction or gripe about how dumb the whole thing is. I noticed the security question for me to leave a comment is "what letter is in the name of Springsteen's band. He owns it and it's b.s.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 01:17am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, John R.C. wrote:
  Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
De La Soul
Del Shannon
Devo
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Foo Fighters
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Harry Nilsson
Jim Croce
KISS
Siouxie & The Banshees
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
The Marvelettes
The Ronettes
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 01:04am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  My 20 replacement nominees:

1. Bill Withers
2. Can
3. Devo
4. Dick Dale
5. Dion & The Belmonts
6. Eric B. & Rakim
7. Foo Fighters
8. Fugazi
9. George Harrison
10. Hüsker Dü
11. Kate Bush
12. Massive Attack
13. New York Dolls
14. Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
15. Richie Valens
16. Steve Miller Band
17. The Impressions
18. The Platters
19. Thin Lizzy
20. Tom Waits
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 00:45am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  You had previously nominated all of the acts that you just listed except:

Jeff Beck
Jim Croce
Missy Elliott
New York Dolls
Sonic Youth
Stevie Ray Vaughan & His Trouble
The Hollies

You still have 9 nominations left.
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 00:43am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Nick wrote:
  Bad Company
Bonnie Raitt
Daft Punk
Eric B. & Rakim
Hank Ballard & the Midnighters
Jeff Beck
Jim Croce
Missy Elliott
New York Dolls
Sonic Youth
Stevie Ray Vaughan & His Trouble
The Hollies
The Mamas & the Papas
The Shirelles
The Staple Singers
Whitney Houston
Thursday, 01.29.15 @ 00:33am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Darren wrote:
  My replacement nominations:

Chic
Daft Punk
Donna Summer
Dusty Springfield
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Eurythmics
Jane's Addiction
Jimmy Cliff
Mötley Crüe
Patti Smith Group
The (Young) Rascals
The Righteous Brothers
X
XTC
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 23:38pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Darren wrote:
  Final Rankings for Round 8 (of 18) of the 2014 Performer re-rankings are now complete.

Here are the current 2014 Performer re-rankings for:

1. The Beatles
2. The Rolling Stones
3. Bob Dylan
4. Elvis Presley
5. Chuck Berry
6. Led Zeppelin
7. The Who
8. The Jimi Hendrix Experience
9. James Brown and the Famous Flames
10. The Beach Boys
11. Aretha Franklin
12. Stevie Wonder
13. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band
14. Ray Charles
15. Michael Jackson
16. Nirvana
17. Buddy Holly and the Crickets
18. Marvin Gaye
19. Johnny Cash
20. David Bowie
21. U2
22. Pink Floyd
23. Queen
24. The Clash
25. The Doors
26. Black Sabbath
27. Little Richard
28. Prince
29. Bob Marley & The Wailers
30. Elton John
31. Neil Young
32. Metallica
33. R.E.M.
34. The Velvet Underground
35. Public Enemy
36. Simon & Garfunkel
37. Ramones
38. Creedence Clearwater Revival
39. Fats Domino
40. Madonna
41. Sam Cooke
42. Otis Redding
43. The Kinks
44. Sly & The Family Stone
45. The Supremes
46. The Temptations
47. The Everly Brothers
48. Talking Heads
49. Bo Diddley
50. Kraftwerk
51. John Lennon
52. Joni Mitchell
53. Radiohead
54. The Allman Brothers Band
55. The Miracles with Smokey Robinson
56. Van Morrison
57. Eagles
58. Pearl Jam
59. Roy Orbison
60. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers
61. Fleetwood Mac
62. Jerry Lee Lewis
63. The Byrds
64. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young
65. The Police
66. Aerosmith
67. Guns N' Roses
68. Cream
69. The Grateful Dead
70. AC/DC
71. Billy Joel
72. The Band
73. B.B. King
74. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company
75. Al Green
76. Run-D.M.C.
77. The Bee Gees
78. Paul McCartney & Wings
79. Parliament-Funkadelic
80. The Drifters
81. The Four Seasons
82. Elvis Costello & The Attractions
83. Van Halen
84. The Stooges
85. Genesis
86. Beastie Boys
87. Santana
88. Steely Dan
89. Eric Clapton
90. Jackie Wilson
91. Lynyrd Skynyrd
92. The Four Tops
93. The Cure
94. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention
95. Bill Haley & His Comets
96. Outkast
97. Rush
98. Deep Purple
99. Red Hot Chili Peppers
100. Ike & Tina Turner
101. ABBA
102. Eminem
103. Peter Gabriel
104. Earth, Wind & Fire
105. The Smiths
106. Nine Inch Nails
107. Alice Cooper
108. Sex Pistols
109. Curtis Mayfield
110. Blondie
111. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band
112. Carl Perkins
113. Jefferson Airplane
114. Joy Division
115. James Taylor
116. Wilson Pickett
117. Etta James
118. The Moody Blues
119. Iron Maiden
120. Roxy Music


Here are the final standings in the tiebreaker:

ABBA - 133
Eminem - 128

Peter Gabriel - 124 (157 Points in Initial Tiebreaker)
Earth, Wind & Fire - 124 (116 Points in Initial Tiebreaker)

The Smiths - 122
Nine Inch Nails - 118
Alice Cooper - 116
Sex Pistols - 110
Curtis Mayfield - 107
Blondie - 101
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - 100
Carl Perkins - 97

Jefferson Airplane - 96 (122 Points in Initial Tiebreaker)
Joy Division - 96 (92 Points in Initial Tiebreaker)

James Taylor - 94
Wilson Pickett - 91

Etta James - 90 (121 Points in Initial Tiebreaker)
The Moody Blues - 90 (101 Points in Initial Tiebreaker)

Iron Maiden - 87
Roxy Music - 76


Here are the updated combined rankings:

1. The Beatles - 2
2. The Rolling Stones - 5
3. Elvis Presley - 6
4. Bob Dylan - 8
5. Chuck Berry - 9
6. Led Zeppelin - 14
7. James Brown and the Famous Flames - 16 (9th in 2014)
8. The Beach Boys - 16 (10th in 2014)
9. The Jimi Hendrix Experience - 17
10. The Who - 21
11. Stevie Wonder - 25
12. Aretha Franklin - 26 (11th in 2014)
13. Ray Charles - 26 (14th in 2014)
14. Johnny Cash - 29
15. Michael Jackson - 31
16. Pink Floyd - 33
17. Buddy Holly and the Crickets - 34
18. Nirvana - 36
19. Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band - 37
20. David Bowie - 38
21. U2 - 43 (21st in 2014)
22. The Clash - 43 (24th in 2014)
23. Marvin Gaye - 45
24. Queen - 49
25. Bob Marley & The Wailers - 50
26. The Doors - 55 (25th in 2014)
27. Black Sabbath - 55 (26th in 2014)
28. Little Richard - 58 (27th in 2014)
29. Elton John - 58 (30th in 2014)
30. The Velvet Underground - 59
31. Prince - 63
32. Neil Young - 64 (31st in 2014)
33. Sam Cooke - 64 (41st in 2014)
34. R.E.M. - 69
35. Ramones - 75 (37th in 2014)
36. Creedence Clearwater Revival - 75 (38th in 2014)
37. Metallica - 76 (32nd in 2014)
38. Public Enemy - 76 (35th in 2014)
39. The Kinks - 77
40. Simon & Garfunkel - 84 (36th in 2014)
41. The Supremes - 84 (45th in 2014)
42. Radiohead - 85
43. The Temptations - 88
44. Otis Redding - 89
45. Kraftwerk - 90
46. Fats Domino - 92
47. John Lennon - 94
48. Sly & The Family Stone - 96
49. Bo Diddley - 99
50. Madonna - 101
51. Talking Heads - 103 (48th in 2014)
52. Pearl Jam - 103 (58th in 2014)
53. Roy Orbison - 108 (59th in 2014)
54. Jerry Lee Lewis - 108 (62nd in 2014)
55. The Miracles with Smokey Robinson - 112
56. Fleetwood Mac - 117
57. The Everly Brothers - 118
58. The Police - 119
59. The Byrds - 121
60. Aerosmith - 125
61. Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers - 127 (60th in 2014)
62. Run-D.M.C. - 127 (76th in 2014)
63. Joni Mitchell - 129
64. Eagles - 133
65. The Allman Brothers Band - 134
66. Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - 137
67. The Band - 138 (72nd in 2014)
68. B.B. King - 138 (73rd in 2014)
69. Janis Joplin and Big Brother and the Holding Company - 142
70. Van Morrison - 144 (56th in 2014)
71. The Drifters - 144 (80th in 2014)
72. Cream - 146
73. Elvis Costello & The Attractions - 152
74. Jackie Wilson - 153
75. The Cure - 155
76. Guns N' Roses - 159 (67th in 2014)
77. The Bee Gees - 159 (77th in 2014)
78. Billy Joel - 161 (71st in 2014)
79. Al Green - 161 (75th in 2014)
80. AC/DC - 163
81. The Grateful Dead - 166
82. Van Halen - 167 (83rd in 2014)
83. The Stooges - 167 (84th in 2014)
84. Deep Purple - 167 (98th in 2014)
85. Joy Division - 174
86. Beastie Boys - 177
87. Paul McCartney & Wings - 180
88. Genesis - 181 (85th in 2014)
89. Santana - 181 (87th in 2014)
90. Steely Dan - 183
91. The Four Seasons - 184
92. Parliament-Funkadelic - 187
93. Eric Clapton - 188
94. Sex Pistols - 189
95. The Four Tops - 192 (92nd in 2014)
96. The Smiths - 192 (105th in 2014)
97. Jefferson Airplane - 192 (113th in 2014)
98. Roxy Music - 195
99. Ike & Tina Turner - 205
100. Bill Haley & His Comets - 210
101. Lynyrd Skynyrd - 211
102. Red Hot Chili Peppers - 212
103. Eminem - 213
104. Nine Inch Nails - 216 (106th in 2014)
105. Blondie - 216 (110th in 2014)
106. Rush - 218
107. Frank Zappa & The Mothers of Invention - 222
108. Alice Cooper - 223
109. Peter Gabriel - 225
110. ABBA - 227
111. Carl Perkins - 230
112. Etta James - 231
113. Earth, Wind & Fire - 236
114. Curtis Mayfield - 248
115. 100. Outkast - 249
116. The Moody Blues - 259
117. James Taylor - 271
118. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band - 283
119. Iron Maiden - 286
120. Wilson Pickett - 315


Here are the current number of replacement nominees for each participant:

Darren - 14
Classic Rock - 66
DarinRG - 37
Donnie - 31
Gassman - 20
Greg F. - 20
John R.C. - 14
jtrichey - 19
Mike - 49
Nick - 16
Paul K - 60
PopeCharming - 17
Rick Vendl II - 26
Ryan - 60
Scott Banks - 60
SotN - 94
Taylor - 37
The_Claw - 18
Tom H. - 16

If you need me to post a list of your current nominees, please let me know.


Here is the list of performers that are eligible for nomination for Round 9 (of 18) of the 2014 Performer Re-Rankings, but haven't been ranked as of yet:

2pac
Afrika Bambaataa
Alice In Chains
Arcade Fire
Bad Company
Barry White
Beck
Belle & Sebastian
Big Star
Bill Withers
Björk
Black Flag
Blur
Bobby Darin
Bon Jovi
Bonnie Raitt
Brenda Lee
Buffalo Springfield
Can
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band
Cat Stevens (Yusuf Islam)
Cheap Trick
Chic
Chicago
Clyde McPhatter
Coldplay
Connie Francis
Daft Punk
Daryl Hall & John Oates
De La Soul
Def Leppard
Del Shannon
Depeche Mode
Devo
Dick Dale
Dion & The Belmonts
Dire Straits
Donna Summer
Donovan
Duane Eddy
Duran Duran
Dusty Springfield
Eddie Cochran
Electric Light Orchestra
Emerson, Lake & Palmer
Eric B. & Rakim
Eurythmics
Faith No More
Foo Fighters
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers
Fugazi
Gene Pitney
Gene Vincent & His Blue Caps
George Harrison
Gladys Knight & The Pips
Gram Parsons
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Green Day
Hank Ballard & The Midnighters
Harry Nilsson
Heart
Hüsker Dü
INXS
Isaac Hayes
Jackson Browne
Jan & Dean
Jane's Addiction
Janet Jackson
Jay-Z
Jeff Beck
Jethro Tull
Jim Croce
Jimmy Cliff
John Mellencamp
Johnny Burnette & The Rock 'n' Roll Trio
Journey
Judas Priest
Kanye West
Kate Bush
King Crimson
KISS
LaVern Baker
LCD Soundsystem
Leonard Cohen
Linda Ronstadt
Link Wray
Little Anthony & the Imperials
LL Cool J
Lloyd Price
Lou Reed
Love
Lovin' Spoonful
Martha and the Vandellas
Mary Wells
Massive Attack
MC5
Megadeth
Missy Elliott
Mötley Crüe
Motörhead
My Bloody Valentine
N.W.A
Neil Diamond
New Order
New York Dolls
Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Nick Drake
Notorious B.I.G.
Oasis
Ozzy Osbourne
Pantera
Patti Smith Group
Paul Simon
Pavement
Peter, Paul & Mary
Pixies
PJ Harvey
Procol Harum
Rage Against The Machine
Randy Newman
Ricky Nelson
Ritchie Valens
Rod Stewart
Ruth Brown
Sam and Dave
Scott Walker
Silver Apples
Siouxsie & The Banshees
Slayer
Smashing Pumpkins
Solomon Burke
Sonic Youth
Soundgarden
Sparks
Steppenwolf
Steve Miller Band
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
Stone Temple Pilots
Suicide
T. Rex
Television
The (Young) Rascals
The Animals
The B-52's
The Buzzcocks
The Carpenters
The Cars
The Coasters
The Dave Clark Five
The Dead Kennedys
The Doobie Brothers
The Flaming Lips
The Flamingos
The Guess Who
The Hollies
The Impressions
The Isley Brothers
The Jackson Five
The Jam
The Mamas & The Papas
The Marvelettes
The Monkees
The Offspring
The O'Jays
The Platters
The Pretenders
The Replacements
The Righteous Brothers
The Ronettes
The Runaways
The Shirelles
The Specials
The Spinners
The Staple Singers
The Stone Roses
The Ventures
The Yardbirds
The Zombies
Thin Lizzy
Tom Waits
Tommy James and the Shondells
Tool
Traffic
Wanda Jackson
War
Warren Zevon
Weezer
Weird Al Yankovic
White Stripes
Whitney Houston
Wu-Tang Clan
X
XTC
Yes
ZZ Top


Voters can nominate up to 100 performers from this list.

Anyone who wants to participate may do so at any time, even if they aren't currently caught up with their nominations or voting, with the exception of voting in a final tiebreaker if you haven't participated in any ranking or induction projects in the past.

If you haven't nominated any performers as of yet, you may nominate as many as 100 eligible performers of your choosing, though through the completion of Round 10, you must nominate a minimum of 50 performers to have your nominations included in the count. After Round 10, a minimum of 25 nominations will be required.

The approx. 25-50 performers that receive the most nominations will be eligible for the initial rankings.

Nominations will end at 10 PM Central on Saturday the 31st.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 23:34pm
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About The Album Project, Darren wrote:
  Voting is now closed.

Here is your new class of inductees:

Fatboy Slim - You've Come a Long Way, Baby (1998)
Manic Street Preachers - This is My Truth Tell Me Yours (1998)
Muse - Showbiz (1999)
Suede - Coming Up (1996)
Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995)


Here are the final results of the tiebreaker:

Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995) - 15
Muse - Showbiz (1999) - 12
_______________________________

Travis - The Man Who (1999) - 9


Travis - The Man Who (1999) will be automatically nominated for the February Album Project vote.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 23:05pm
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About The Album Project, Greg F wrote:
  Muse- Showbiz (1999) 3
Supergrass- I Should Coco (1995) 2
Travis- The Man Who (1999) 1
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 22:54pm
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About The Album Project, Gassman wrote:
  Muse - Showbiz (1999) 3
Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995) 2
Travis - The Man Who (1999) 1
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 21:38pm
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About Phil Ochs, Zach wrote:
  Andrew, I'd start with A Farewell to Arms for Hemingway (He wrote both short stories and novels, so whichever you prefer to start with is entirely your prerogative). It's a poignant narrative that blends romance and war (It's set during WWI, BTW). I got into his work in college and have always found his literature to be quite enjoyable. He was fabulous at setting up and describing scenes. The Old Man and the Sea is another good place to start, especially if you enjoy maritime themes.

I've loved Poe since elementary school. Since you asked for recommendations, I have to start with the two short stories that has stuck with me through all these years: The Cask of Amontillado and The Tell-Tale Heart. Both are grim tales of murders as related by the culprits themselves. Poe was fantastic at writing stories of the macabre, especially those that dealt with madness. There are tons of anthologies containing his poems and short stories on the market, so feel free to acquire one (preferably one that is fairly comprehensive) and enjoy!

There's also some outstanding films that have adapted Poe's works or least taken inspiration from them, if you're interested. I've seen all the Roger Corman-directed movies from the 1960s. It's been a while since I've seen some of them, but in order of preference, here's how I'd rank them:

1. The Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
2. The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
3. House of Usher (1960)
4. Tales of Terror (1962 - The Black Cat segment is actually a reworking of The Cask of Amontillado and is easily the best of the three in this movie)
5. The Raven (1963)
6. The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
7. The Premature Burial (1962)

I don't count The Haunted Palace (1963) since that's actually an adaptation of an H.P. Lovecraft novella, The Case of Charles Dexter Ward.

To tie this all back in to music, here's a quote from Edgar Allan Poe's essay The Poetic Principle regarding the goal of poetry that I feel applies to music and other arts just as well:

We have taken it into our heads that to write a poem simply for the poem’s sake, and to acknowledge such to have been our design, would be to confess ourselves radically wanting in the true poetic dignity and force: — but the simple fact is, that, would we but permit ourselves to look into our own souls, we should immediately there discover that under the sun there neither exists nor can exist any work more thoroughly dignified — more supremely noble than this very poem — this poem per se — this poem which is a poem and nothing more, this poem written solely for the poem’s sake.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 21:26pm
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About Taylor Swift, Colin wrote:
  So sense most of the posts on here are from a good deal of time in the past, I'd just like to point out that despite the fact of her earlier songs repetitive nature, she has now flowered into someone who has been singing songs that instill a sense of feminism in today's society. She's not all about break-ups and everything that she was once known for, she sings of being a strong independent woman. I believe she will definitely get in, not initially most likely, but because she has had both commercial and universal success, which is why we are even considering her.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 20:47pm
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About Scott Joplin, Zach wrote:
  The father of ragtime (despite Ben Harney billing himself as such) deserves a spot in any credible music hall of fame. Since this is the RNRHOF, which has a recent disturbing track record of pretending nothing happened musically before the Beatles, I doubt Joplin would even cross the narrow minds of the voting committee (In fact, I doubt most of them even know who he is, despite the fact that The Entertainer and Maple Leaf Rag are arguably two of the most recognizable and famous pieces of non-classical music ever written and recorded). Testament to the immortality of Joplin's works is that over 70 years after The Entertainer was originally composed, Marvin Hamlisch revived it for the soundtrack of The Sting and earned a #3 chart hit in 1974 (#1 on Adult Contemporary charts). There are songs half as old that don't have that kind of staying power.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 20:44pm
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About The Album Project, DarinRG wrote:
  Supergrass
Travis
Muse

Outstanding round this month. So many deserving albums inducted and a hell of a lot more on the radar now. Mission success.DarinRG
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 20:28pm
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About The Album Project, DarinRG wrote:
  Supergrass
Travis
Muse

Outstanding round this month. So many deserving albums inducted and a hell of a lot more on the radar now. Mission success.DarinRG
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 20:28pm
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About The Doobie Brothers, Sterling Leon wrote:
  the 'E-Street Band' made it in. Doobies are about 2 years older, and much better. this alone really tells you how much to respect the voters for HOF. at least it tells you how much I respect the voters. not.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 19:46pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, PopeCharming wrote:
  That should read: "Sold more records than any other self-identiying American rock group other than the Beach Boys."
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 19:39pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, PopeCharming wrote:
  Thanks for initiating this discussion, Classic Rock.

Kind of like the real Rock Hall, I think "musical excellence" should be the key criteria. A sound catalog of well-crafted songs that endures to this day in some fashion should be the first criteria.

I tend to be suspicious of valuing "influence" too highly, and for this reason: "Influence" implicitly contains the conceit that music is made for musicians. And I think we need to reconsider that; musicians will ideally comprise only a very small fraction of an audience. I'm not a musician, but in a roundabout way, I'm "influenced" as well- by the critiques of the military-industrial complex from Rage Against the Machine, by Peter Paul & Mary's clarion calls for social justice, by George Harrison's dabbling in Indian philosophies, and so on. So, to a certain extent, a band's historicity, or engagement with their era's big questions, matters as well.

Part of this should include- I hate to say it- a certain degree of commercial success. Who cared enough about a particular artist to buy their records should be one factor. At the risk of getting laughed at, I found it absurd that Chicago didn't make the top 100 and might not even make the top 200; they sold more records than any other self-identifying American rock group. I know they made some bad records in the 80s, but who didn't? This is where the "influence" thing falls apart for me. Clearly, Chicago didn't exactly inspire a second generation of jazz-rock artists, but they were one of the most bankable, dependable hit makers of rock and roll's arguably most competitive decade, the 1970s.

I'm rambling a bit, so to put structure into what I'm saying, I rank based on an imprecise combination of:

1. Musical Excellence: Could they play, write, and/or perform well? (In other words, it's always better to be a triple threat). Was their musicianship serious and well-crafted? Or were they hacks out to make a quick buck? Artists who clearly and defiantly could not play their instruments or perform proficiently should not be rewarded. (One reason the Sex Pistols got the fewest points from me this round.)

2. Historicity (as opposed to influence): How much they mattered at the time, and their impact on their culture at large, not necessarily just musicians. Did they matter back then? Do they still matter now in some way? Someone like John Lennon is a good example of this: his solo catalog was important to the antiwar movement in the 70s, and to this day he remains a kind-of icon of world peace.

3. Success: If they mattered, then people bought their records. It can't measure quality, but it can be, if mitigated by other factors, a way to gauge relevance.

I'm actually working on a post hashing out how one can possibly measure all-time greatness in the rock and roll pantheon, and I'll hopefully have it up within a week's time.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 19:38pm
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About The Album Project, BSLO wrote:
  Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995)
Travis - The Man Who (1999)
Muse - Showbiz (1999)
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 19:01pm
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About The Album Project, Darren wrote:
  My tiebreaker vote:

Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995) - 3
Travis - The Man Who (1999) - 2
Muse - Showbiz (1999) - 1
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 17:54pm
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About The Album Project, Darren wrote:
  Just in case the way that I posted this caused some of the voters to overlook the tiebreaker this round, here's the tiebreaker criteria again:

The following albums will be involved in a tiebreaker vote:

Muse - Showbiz (1999)
Supergrass - I Should Coco (1995)
Travis - The Man Who (1999)

Anyone who voted in this genre vote can vote in the tiebreaker. To vote, rank all three albums in order of preference. The highest-ranked album will receive 3 points, the second-highest 2 points and the lowest 1 point. The two albums with the highest point total will be inducted. The lowest-scoring album will be automatically nominated for the February Album Project vote.

Voting will end at 10 PM Central on Wednesday the 28th.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 17:53pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Darren wrote:
  Classic Rock - I mostly agree with you in that I favor overall body of work over influence. Although influence is obviously a factor when analyzing an overall ranking project like this, I certainly don't think that older is always better.

I like to view the artists that we've inducted (who all had a minimum of 10 years of track record behind them before they were inducted) as if I was looking back on their overall contributions from 50 years in the future. Which bands from the 80's, 90's and 00's have stood / will stand the test of time and influence future generations the same way that those artists were influenced by the bands of the 50's, 60's and 70's and how does their body of work and influence stack up against the best of the classic rock era? This does require some speculation, but the vast majority of the bands in our Hall have solidified their legacy at this point.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 17:53pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  Great topic of conversation Classic Rock!

Personally when I come up with my master list, which I use for my votes, I go with the 3 I's: Influence, Innovation and Impact. The first two are usually weighted around 40%, while Impact is weighted at 20%.

Influence: To me this is tied for the most important criteria. Influence could be inspiring the next great artist to pick up a guitar or have the confidence to want to sign is the most important thing that an artist can do. Influence can also result in a band incorporating another artist's sound into their own to make something new. (Examples: The Velvet Underground, Carl Perkins, KISS)

Innovation: This is the other most important criteria. Innovation is doing something that no other artist has done before or improving/expanding on something another artist has done. It can also be a rejection of what is the popular form of music at the time. It could also be mixing two genres together for the first time. (Examples: Jimi Hendrix Experience, Silver Apples, The Clash)

Impact: This is where I would put body of work, longevity, awards, chart numbers, etc. Not as important to me, but something I still take into some consideration. (Examples: Eagles, Coldplay, Earth, Wind & Fire)
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 17:10pm
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About The Church, Pete wrote:
  Unguarded Moment is a great song and they did a nice remake of I am a rock. They're on my ipod but I'm not sure if they are worthy of Cleveland.
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 12:32pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Classic Rock wrote:
  Just curious, for those that vote on this or other lists here, what do you use as your personal criteria for rating artists (songs, etc.)?

Personally, I lean toward body of work and body of songs over influence. Although influence is definitely a factor. Add that all with a dash of personal favoritism (in both genres and artists) and that adds up to my personal rankings.

Speaking of influence, I struggle with it as a deciding factor. Carl Perkins for instance, body of work and songs is slim, but the perceived influence is great. Pick an artist that you think was influenced by Carl and I could probably name 3 or 4 other artists who probably influenced them as well. Bob Dylan was probably slightly influenced by Carl, is Carl responsible for Like a Rolling Stone? Obviously not, Dylan is. All credit to Dylan. That's why I lean toward the artists who actually made the songs that people remember and enjoy.

What are your personal criteria?
Wednesday, 01.28.15 @ 00:22am
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Classic Rock wrote:
  ABBA 20 points
James Taylor 19
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 18
Earth, Wind & Fire 17
Iron Maiden 16
Blondie 15
Peter Gabriel 14
The Moody Blues 13
The Smiths 12
Alice Cooper 11
Jefferson Airplane 10
Nine Inch Nails 9
Eminem 8
Wilson Pickett 7
Carl Perkins 6
Joy Division 5
Roxy Music 4
Sex Pistols 3
Etta James 2
Curtis Mayfield 1 Superfly point
Tuesday, 01.27.15 @ 18:35pm
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About The Offspring, Philippe wrote:
  No doubt in my mind that they deserve it. Best punk rock band with old Green Day and they inspired Blink-182.
Tuesday, 01.27.15 @ 16:59pm
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About Revisited Projected Rankings, Gassman wrote:
  Second round ballot:

1. Wilson Pickett 20
2. Alice Cooper 19
3. Curtis Mayfield 18
4. Carl Perkins 17
5. Joy Division 16
6. Blondie 15
7. Iron Maiden 14
8. Roxy Music 13
9. Nine Inch Nails 12
10. James Taylor 11
11. The Smiths 10
12. Eminem 9
13. Peter Gabriel 8
14. The Moody Blues 7
15. Etta James 6
16. Sex Pistols 5
17. ABBA 4
18. Earth, Wind & Fire 3
19. Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 2
20. Jefferson Airplane 1
Tuesday, 01.27.15 @ 14:52pm
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