Black Sabbath finally inducted into Rock Hall of Fame

Ozzy, though, couldn't give a flying fuck, as he finds the R&RHoF "totally irrelevant."

I knew something was up with Sabbath. This weekend we signed up for iTunes, and the first song I downloaded for our hearthside jukebox was "Heaven and Hell," from their majestic post-Ozzy release Heaven and Hell, which I hadn't heard in more than 20 years due to it was Gwarbot's vinyl. I must say, it held up admirably, Dio or no.


Brando said...

It could be worse. He could be Sting.

I can't believe Geezer Butler's in the R&R HOF and Geddy Lee isn't. I guess singing about Randian dystopias in a screaching voice and odd time signatures doesn't earn you much critical respect.

Grendel said...

Well, I think they got in for pretty much inventing a genre wholesale (with Zeppelin, Deep Purple, Rainbow) -- not for their bass player's ability to play 7/8 arpeggios on a Rickenbacker.

Don't get me wrong. I loved Rush so much I gave away all my other albums, you may remember. But you gotta admit that Rush didn't spawn a genre or even a style. They took some Yes and some Ayn Rand, mixed it with intrumental virtuosity, and made some highly original, idiosyncratic material. But it all stayed in their playpen. They didn't touch the zeitgeist. Sabbath did.

Grendel said...

That said, I'll bet Rush DOES get inducted, but I'll bet it takes many more years.

Brando said...

It's not that I don't agree with the Sabbath choice -- I'm pleased to see them and AC/DC break through the hard rock snobbery that tends to cloud these sorts of things. It's just that you can see exactly where the Hall of Fame is headed, where every inductee induces nods of critical acceptance from David Fricke's Jackson Browne-esque mullet.

I can just tell that certain genres of music are not going to get their due, while a good but not great group like Blondie gets in because a lot of critics used to masterbate to the cover of Autoamerican.

Grendel said...

I think your point was Ozzy's point, too, that it is totally irrelevant, because it's not voted on "by the fans." Instead some snooty critics issue predictable choices. I just like to think of Ozzy whining about -- slurring about -- "the fans" over and over.