Thoughts On The Dead

Musings on the Most Ridiculous Band I Can't Stop Listening To

Vote Early And Vote Awful

This is the shirt that Jeff Ament from Pearl Jam wore to the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony the other night, and I think he should have chosen a larger font, as some of these bands strain the credulity of reality itself.

Voting time, Enthusiasts: who’s the most absurd? I go with Lenny Kravitz, who I simply cannot believe isn’t a judge on a reality show by now, or maybe Grand Funk.

WARNING: Anyone voting for Dio will be banned with extreme prejudice.


  1. Ted Nugent

  2. thin lizzy

    • Thoughts On The Dead

      April 11, 2017 at 2:12 am

      Get out

      • test reply to see if I have been banned..

        • Thoughts On The Dead

          April 11, 2017 at 2:55 am

          Dio is the only insta-ban. But your position is absurd to the point of outrageousness.

          Whether Thin Lizzy deserves to be in the Hall can be debated, but they’re surely not the least deserving name on the list. You’re saying Thin Lizzy’s worse than Nugent? Bold statement.

          • No I am not saying Thin Lizzy is more absurd than Ted Nugent..

            Just re-read, the post.

            “who’s the most absurd?”

            Oh that was the question, I just heard “vote” and I voted oopsy. Happens all the time here in America, someone says vote, and someone else who is not paying attention votes.

            Someone should interview me in a diner for voting for Thin Lizzy.

  3. I’m going with ELP. Sure, the Nuge is a great example of an awful human being, but somehow he seems at least sincere about his awfulness. On the other hand, the sheer pretension involved in an ELP performance gave me the shudders, even when I was in still in my formative teens (Augusta Maine in ’77), the climax being the bombastic organ solo wherein Emerson contrived to have the organ fall over on him while he somehow heroically managed to play on. Having been at the Boston Garden for my first Dead show (you know, the one before that show), the contrast couldn’t have been more stark. Our boys were goofs, for sure (sorry, Donna), but the focus seemed always and ever to be on making music in the moment, with no pretense at ‘showmanship’.

    • GjermundHigraff

      April 11, 2017 at 10:12 am

      Pretensiousness and bombastic organ solos are surely rock’n’roll. A very different type, no argument there, but still. And you won’t get me to admit I’m an ELP fan.

  4. The Cult? C’mon. Seriously? Them on the t-shirt undermines the whole premise, so I’m ignoring them.

    Flaming Fucking Lips: Because . . . too many reasons because. Don’t go there. Ignoring them too.

    Nine Inch Nails: Second tier industrial music made palpable for public consumption, nothing original to see there, move along, move along.

    The more I look, the worse this t-shirt gets.

    (I am ignoring the ELP comment above, lest my head explode in indignation).

  5. I love Jaco, but I don’t think it is going out on a limb to state that Weather Report ain’t Rock n Roll. Might as well vote for Oregon.

    Preposterous that Link Wray even need be on this list.

  6. The Central Shaft

    April 11, 2017 at 2:06 pm

    Hipgnosis and Raymond Pettibon. Love ’em, but that’s a slippery fucking slope if we’re bringing in album art.

  7. I too vote for Hipgnosis and Raymond Pettibon because they are the only two I never heard of.

  8. When Rush is inducted long after this abomination has manifested (the HoF itself) and only after long sustained pressure from fans, why anyone, with any sense, pays any attention to then HoF is beyond my ability to understand. At all. Any.

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