Tuesday, March 16, 2010

It was gratifying to see Genesis inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame last night. Hopefully their induction will pave the way for Yes to be inducted, and soon. The hall has a clear bias against "progressive rock" bands. King Crimson also deserves induction. But first things first: The absence of Yes is criminal, particularly in light of some of the other inductees. Seriously, take a look at the list. It includes the Shirelles, Earth, Wind and Fire, Blondie, Grandmaster Flash, the Ronettes – you get the picture. Fine acts all, but Rock and Roll Hall of Fame material? I don’t think so.

Yes is worthy of mockery. The indecipherable lyrics, the album-side-long songs, the personnel changes so numerous they would fill a hundred pages of the Congressional Register. But, based on any single criterion – musicianship, songwriting, radio airplay, record sales, longevity, touring, influence – Yes deserves to be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. And until they are, I won’t go. Not that anybody cares. But still...

(Incidentally, I took these pictures at a Yesshow in Anaheim in 2004. Woo hoo!)