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Words to Live By: Ian Paice and the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame 

Today's post is from our friend HIM. Note: BBG! is run by a devout vegetarian and no animals were harmed or eaten during the creation of this post.

Not to bludgeon a baby cow to death (then sauté him and eat him, to boot), but I am really tired of talking about the Rock n’ Roll Hall of Fame (RaRHoF). And yet, I do. Every year. Like clockwork.

Who got in? Who didn’t? Who showed up? Who didn’t? Why is NWA in while Judas Priest are not (they are too big to be singularized)? Why does Van Halen’s “Standing on Top of the World” sound too similar to the Scorpions’ “Falling in Love”? Wait, scratch the last one. I was on a roll.

My point all along has been simple. The RaRHoF doesn’t really matter. Sure, it sorta’ matters if you think it does. Bon Jovi, Bret Michaels, and Nikki Sixx are already lengthening their cummerbunds in anticipation. So good for them. And good for their fans if they think this makes a difference. Which, in some sense, I suppose it does. The fans will now have an HBO-edited version of something related to the band they like to watch, and perhaps some doodad from said band to look at when they finally get to the Paris of the United States, Cleveland.

But I think old people know better. Particularly old people with suspiciously pulled back hair. Even more particularly, old people who can bash a drum like Moon and swing like Bonham . . . while still breathing oxygen. Oh, and make Portnoy worry about his twenty side-projects (not sure if he has a non-side-project).

Ian Paice doesn’t need crap from Yawn Wenner and his Coven of Itches. While Gillan and Blackmore played “Well, maybe . . .” over the course of years with the whole idea of the RaRHoF, you could expect that Paice would, on cue, keep a measured beat regarding all the horse-merde that followed expectation, nomination, and inauguration.

Recently, Paice was interviewed by WMOS-FM 102.3 The Wolf (is any classic rock station named anything other than “The Wolf”?). In the interview, teenage DJ Miles "The Shoe" Schuman (see what he did there?), asked Paice about the whole RaRHoF thingamajigger. His reply:

"Rock and roll is not Hollywood. Hollywood's [about handing out] awards every year, slapping each other on the back for just doing a good job. It's a bit schmaltzy, really, isn't it? And rock and roll is everything that that's not. And just 'cause we've been around for a while and made some records that have been successful, I don't need a slap on the back from anybody. I know what we've done, I'm proud of a lot of it, and our fans let us know what we've done. So that's it; I can't put it any better than that."

Like I said, Paice speaks old truth to all ears. You can argue about which Mach is the best, which singer is better. You can box Morse’s ears all you want, while hoping that Blackmore doesn’t wig out and lute someone to death while struggling to keep his pale rainbow in order. But, as Paice goes on to suggest, age has a way of mellowing old grudges and imagined slights . . . if one is mature enough to let stupid things go. So Paice can have a shot of Fireball with Coverdale in the still of the night. No problem. He can wax rhapsodic with Hughes, a man who is no stranger to love or controversy. But he can also call out the RaRHoF for what it is: an exercise in celebration for only those who need it.

So if you need it, ask yourself why? Paice did. And his answer suffices for me.


Oh, one last note. This interview came to me via Blabbermouth:

But I made sure to go and actually check out what “The Shoe” was shopping. You see, Blabbermouth tends to involve itself in cut-and-paste click-bait for the attention-deficit set. Which, in turn, engenders the same sort of ADD response from its comments section. Thankfully, I can’t see the comments right now. So I came at this story with clear eyes, even if I already had a solid opinion to guide me.


Reader Comments (8)

"Yawn Wenner and his coven of itches". Cue spit take Him. 😂😂.

Paice hits the nail squarely on the head with his Hollywood vs. Rock analogy. Smart dude.Guess it's true that with age comes experience (along with arthritic joints, shitloads of cynicism,and the ability to wake up to pee 5 times a night,at least in my case) But, if nothing else, it (the RRHOF) gives us something to bitch about once a year. Lol
April 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterGary
Great post, Him! But allow me one slight, cheeky correction (see what I did there🙂). Van Haln's song is entitled, "Top of the World", although the lyrics suggest otherwise. Also, it was reportedly written by Eddie 'n Dave for the 1984 album, but Ted Templeman suggested that they save it for their next album because 1984 was already chock full of hits. But we all know what happened next...thier fiasco when they were inducted into the RNRHoF! (See what I did there, too).

Have a rock-n-roll Easter/Holiday everybody! Peace.
April 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
"Yawn Wenner"... Classic, Him !

I totally ignore the R&R Hall of Shame & it's B.S. as it's got nothing to do with the RIAA, it's just that Wenner beat Gene $immons to the trademark office for the ©. I bet Gene's pissed. ;)
April 15, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterAce Steele
@ace: 1997 called. they want your weed back.
April 15, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
I bow to you, Fletch. That is, of course, the accurate title. Thanks for that! But I still wonder if others hear the similarities between those two songs.

And you are right, Gary. It does provide an annual source of genial annoyance. Any other sort would be giving it far too much credit.

Ace, imagine if a person like Simmons had some measure of control over the brand that is the
RaRHoF. That would be something.
April 20, 2017 | Unregistered CommenterHim
Him: not sure I follow??? The similarities between which two songs? Van Hagar has the song, "Top of The World" on the LP, FU Carnal Knowledge. The refrain of the song is:

Standin' on top of the world for a little while
Standin' on top of the world
Gonna give it all we got

Whereas, on Van Halen II, there is the song 'Beautiful Girls". In this song, the song starts off with:

She was seaside sittin', just a smokin' and a drinkin' on ringside,
On top of the world, oh, yeah...

Purportedly, when Top of the World was written, Dave was channeling that lyric into song. It never made it's way onto a Roth-era album and found it's way (3 albums later) sung by Hagar.

Gosh, I can't believe I know stupid stuff like this. Then again, it is only purported, so who know if this is true. There is the urban legend (my source) that when Van Hagar first appeared on The Howard Stern Show, segment producer and huge Van Halen Fan, "Gange" asked Eddie if the rumors about this song were true and he reportedly admitted that it was. Then, reportedly asked that this be edited out of future broadcasts since Dave and Van Halen, Inc were in litigation over publishing and royalties- not just this song, but the entire catalogue.

BTW, @Ace: My comment to you was also cheeky. I overheard someone say it to another and thought it was funny. It was my post 4/1...pre 4/20 joke. What can I say)...I'm goofy. Blame David Lee.
April 20, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
are you fuckin' blind bob?
April 22, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfletch
confirms what I've been singing. After a few days...nobody pays attention. yes, I know Bob is blind. I trumped up the question by using the word, "Fuck". If Bob responded, I would've have replied, "Yes, Bob, I pay attention...I know you are blind. I am often blindsided (more mesmerized) by your intuition and understanding of song construction, influence and technique that goes into your posts of our beloved genre of songs."

But again, after a week or seems that no one longer cares. But to me...

A long, long time ago
I can still remember how that music used to make me smile...

...And the three men that I admired most, the father, son and david lee roth.
April 26, 2017 | Unregistered Commenterfletch

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