An East Coast Monk In King Wenner’s Court [part the second]
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RRHOF – the present
This year the class of 2019 inductees added seven artists to the sacred rolls of the Hall. Of recent years, there was a fan vote where the broad range of nominees could get votes from ordinary joes like myself. I actually voted once a day for a month or two for the following four nominees: DEVO, Roxy Music, Kraftwerk, and Rufus/Chaka Kahn. There were other artists I admired like Todd Rundgren [what…he’s not already in there??!] and The Cure but I felt the most strongly about the four I picked. At the end of the fan vote, Def Leppard and Stevie Nicks overwhelmingly crushed the competition. Sigh.
But Roxy Music actually got in! I didn’t expect that since the group were the height of the finest sort of inauthenticity that the RRHOF is very much not about. It would be very cool to see a display of Roxy Music stuff. Hopefully Eno’s Antony Price “plumed serpent” outfit from the interior gatefold of “For Your Pleasure!” So it was around noon when we arrived at the pyramid on the lake and by that time hungry, we got a bite to eat in the café which was… not bad. The vegetarian selection was an eggplant stir fry dish that was decent and priced lower than it could have been. It could have been all burgers and fries, but someone cared. We next set out to see how best to storm this castle of rock history. The maps revealed that there was a show of rock pinball machines, and the new inductees zone as well as many video based exhibits.
The interior of the pyramid is largely open. Hmm, would we find King Crimson on Level 5? We ascended to the inductee level to see the Roxy Music portion of the exhibit. The main draw for visiting today.
I thought my wife took a photo of the amazing Phil Manzanera “fly-eye” goggles from the interior of the debut album gatefold, but all I can see is the descriptive text in our photos. The 1975 “Siren” tourbook is something that I’ve actually held in my hands and read once, when a British gent called Jez met me over at Armadillo Records one afternoon. I’ll never forget that the opening act [who got a page in the tourbook in those earlier, gentler times] were the Sadistic Mika Band, featuring future YMO drummer Yukihiro Takahashi! The owner had told him that I was a big Roxy fan so he brought over a box filled with bootlegs and that tour book for me to view. Possibly the most interesting item here was Bryan Ferry’s timeline/daytimer from his notebooks detailing what happened and when during the first two years of the band. They are just barely legible if you click to make them larger.
I especially liked the first line item for 1973…
You have to love how these sheets have seen a lot of wrinkles and folds over the years. Just like the rest of us.
The induction membership plaques display the Hall algebra that goes into deciding who, among the many members a band may have over its history, actually get to ride along in the induction limo. We can see that in most cases, the lineup when the first album is recorded is a given. So for Roxy Music that meant that even their first of many revolving bass players, Graham Simpson, was in the history books here. Eno is in, probably to his head-shaking bemusement. But of all of the many players who graced Roxy Music from their third album on ward, only Eddie Jobson is enshrined here. Which I can agree with. Jobson inherited the Eno role in the band of textural filigree and did a stellar job of it.
Next to Roxy Music in the pantheon of inductees was The Cure. The membership roster for The Cure was also well considered. The basic quartet were there, abetted by the major players who have kept The Cure’s torch burning since the mid-80s. There were even a few names that I didn’t recognize as well as Mr. Reeves Gabrels, who has held guitar position in the band for the last seven years or so after initial contact with Smith at Bowie’s 50th birthday concert. He has yet to actually record anything with the band save for the 1997 single “Wrong Number” since they have hardly been burning up studio time in the last decade or so. Well, good on yer, Reeves Gabrels! His years as Bowie’s right-hand man for a decade apparently didn’t count as Bowie is considered a solo act, and not a “band.” And I’m not going to hold my breath until Tin Machine is recognized [the philistines]. If it were up to me he’d be in the RRHOF just for the act of saving Bowie’s creative bacon when he really needed the helping hand.
Next: …Will DEVO Ever Get Into The RRHOF?
Hey Monk, we’re here now!
at least until Ira gets th proper TP board up again. You dont have to be on Facebook to go on it.
Oh, and Mrs Fab thinks “Remake Remodel” is so named because it is somewhat of a remake of the Monkees “Stepping Stone.” Dont know why I never thought of that..
Wow! TP forum still lives!! Lemme guess, the webhost upgraded their server OS and the forum code bit the dust? Happens all the time. But if it’s all the same to you I will wait until the actual forum is back. I won’t feed FB in any way. No account or even web traffic, if I can help it. I really resent looking for restaurant “websites” that are actually their FB page instead of a real site. The knowledge that FB has constructed a phantom profile around me using friends and associates who have succumbed really infuriates me as an example of some of the furthest reaching nefarious behavior outside of world governments. Besides, ain’t nothin better than the real thing! Good ol’ TP forum. The last one last standing and never a home to flame wars.
Ah, the days of finding a copy of the new issue of Trouser Press in my mailbox in the lobby of my college dorm after morning classes. Good times.
Nortley – When did you subscribe? I only saw the mag when their distribution increased with issue 61. I bought the subsequent issues. By issue 71 I was subscribed after the flexi-bait hooked me!
This would be back about 1983 — maybe about a year before it ceased publication. I’m wondering if I might still have a few issues boxed up somewhere.
Nortley – They threw in the towel with the April ’84 issue. I had just renewed my subscription so I was not happy when I got almost a dozen issues of Rolling Stone’s spinoff magazine that actually covered music called “The Record.” Needless to say, these didn’t take up space in my Record Cell for long! Unlike the Trouser Press issues that I still refer to.
I don’t remember The Record — was that some sort of substitute rag they sent out as some sort of consolation for TP subscribers? If so it must as been pretty forgettable because I don’t recall getting it.
My subscription probably started in spring of 83 — about a year before it ceased publication. I distinctly remember some of these later covers shown here: Big Country, Madness, Duran Duran, and U2. I’m pretty sure the April 83 issue shown here with The Clash on the cover was the first issue I got because I KNOW I would have remembered the Peter Gabriel issue and I would have been upset with having Jefferson Starship on the cover with the Marc 83 issue. WTF?