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Hazing the new class of Rock & Roll Hall of Famers

The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame has announced its new class of inductees, and it's quite the mish-mash of artists this time around: Guns N’ Roses, the Beastie Boys, the Red Hot Chili Peppers, the late singer/songwriter Laura Nyro, Donovan, and influential British rock group The Small Faces/The Faces, the later of which included Rod Stewart and Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood.

Sometimes I get pretty irate about who's being included when some other greats are still left behind (What? No Al Kooper? Gram Parsons? Stevie Ray Vaughan?), but I'm starting to feel a bit more indifferent to the whole process.

So here are my random thoughts about the new inductees.

I've never been a fan of Guns N' Roses (although I have seen Slash live), or the Beastie Boys. I think Laura Nyro was a great songwriter, as evidenced by songs done by others--"And When I Die", "Stoned Soul Picnic", "Eli's Comin'," and "Wedding Bell Blues" to name a few.

Quite frankly, I already though Donovan was in the Rock Hall. And the Red Hot Chili Peppers have grown on me over the past 20 years. And their new record is great.

So that leaves the Small Faces/Faces, who were actually two separate bands with some members overlapping. In case you get them confused like I do, here's a basic primer.

Small Faces was founded in London 1965 by members Steve Marriott, Ronnie Lane, Kenney Jones, and Jimmy Winston, although by 1966 Winston was replaced by Ian McLagan as the band's keyboardist. Their big hit was Itchycoo Park.

After the Small Faces broke up, three of the members were joined by Ronnie Wood as guitarist, and Rod Stewart as their lead vocalist, both from The Jeff Beck Group, and the new line-up was renamed Faces. They toured through 1975 and released four albums. Their biggest hit was "Stay With Me."

My favorite piece of trivia about the Faces? Their last official signal had a great name: "You Can Make Me Dance, Sing or Anything (Even Take the Dog for a Walk, Mend a Fuse, Fold Away the Ironing Board, or Any Other Domestic Shortcomings)."

The song holds the record for the longest titled single ever to hit the charts in England. I hope they perform it at the ceremony in April.








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