2006-02-04

In No Particular Order?


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VH1 is doing another list show - The 100 Greatest Artists of Hard Rock.

Pretty good stuff. Once again a lot of memories. But I don't get the order. Apparently there was some kind of polling of undisputed classic rockers, but some of the results are puzzling.

Example: Bon Jovi comes in at 78. Immediately ahead of them ... Pat Benetar and Spinal Tap. Spinal Tap isn't even real. How do you make a comparison? And Pat Benetar ... hard rock? She oscillated between bubble gum and feminist anger, only occasionally straying into hard rock.

Another example: Lynyrd Skynyrd at 72. Immediately ahead of them ... Living Colour, Megadeath, and Husker Du. Not that any of them are undeserving of being on the list, but Skynyrd is top 20 regardless of your criteria.

My guess, they spent a bunch of time unsuccessfully trying to define "Artist" and "Hard Rock" and wound having to pick the order out of a hat.

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