The Campaign for Styx to the Rock Hall- Part I: My Intro

I promised at the end of 2018, more specifically, when the 2019 inductees for the Rock Hall were announces, that I would be beginning in earnest my own campaign to have Styx considered in 2020 induction.

I hold to that promise and begin my campaign with a simple introduction of my strategy to lay out Styx’s credentials to be considered for the Rock Hall- in line with the Hall’s own published guidelines, located online at: https://www.rockhall.com/inductees/induction-process

“Ballots are then sent to more than 1,000 historians, members of the music industry and artists—including every living Rock Hall inductee—and the five performers receiving the most votes become that year’s induction class. Beginning in 2012, fans were given the chance to vote for the nominees they’d like to see inducted into the Rock Hall. The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots. “

This means I/we have 2 avenues of influence, either the popular vote or by raising awareness of the band among the “institutional voters”. We shall try and move the dial on both counts.

Meeting the Eligibility

According to the same page at rockhall.com:

“Artists—a group encompassing performers, composers and/or musicians—become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first commercial recording. Besides demonstrating unquestionable musical excellence and talent, inductees will have had a significant impact on the development, evolution and preservation of rock & roll.”

We’ll put aside the first point as obvious, Styx (1972). This leaves us with:

  • Unquestionable musical excellence and talent
  • Significant impact on the development,
  • Significant impact on the evolution and
  • Significant impact on the preservation of rock & roll.

Keep each of these bullets in mind as we weave through the year, and analyze Styx at a very granular level to demonstrate how they have more than earned the right to be inducted.

What this is not:

This is not a “Styx deserves this more than…’X'”. There will be comparisons, to be sure, but in no way would I want to suggest that the ONLY reason Styx should be inducted is bause of another less qualifies inductee- those are others arguments- this body of work is to demonstarte that Styx deserves entry based on their own merits, and how those merits have met the four bullet points above.

Who should get in?

While I would have a pretty clear vision of which band members should be included in the induction- I feel like that’s putting the cart before the horse- you’ll see whom I think should be included- at the conclusion of this series of posts

What are we going to learn about Styx?

Alot. You. me. everybody. If we can build momentum for the effort, perhaps we can get band members, former band members and others to share their insights on some of the topics that are covered in this effort. It’s a long road to December, so we will pace ourselves.

What’s Next?

Well, probably a Facebook Page is he start- maybe a Twitter account. we’ll see. I’ll continue to post here, and share the posts out to social media. But, regardless- get ready to explore one of the great bands from the edge of last century…

In Which I Discuss the Second Godzilla Trailer…

The second Godzilla: King of the Monsters trailer has dropped.

This trailer gives us some addition information, not all of it good.

We clearly see the emergence of Rodan, King Ghidorah and Mothra. Of the three, Mothra is the clear beneficiary of the Legendary CGI treatment, Rodan looks actually less likely to be able to fly than his Toho predecessor, more like an inflatable pool toy. King Ghidorah, meanwhile looks like, well, a CGI King Ghidorah- which is not to say he is bad, but how do you improve on arguably the fiercest monster design of all time? Less head flailing I suppose, but that kind of made him endearing in a Kermit the Frog sort of way.

For the record, the official tag from Legendary and Warner calls him “King Ghidorah”- perhaps as a result of the licensing agreement, but I prefer just calling him Ghidorah.

There appears to potentially be some additional monsters (I might have seen that wrong)- possibly red shirt MUTO monsters that will be tossed aside in some sort of Mortal Kombat (or dare I say Godzilla: Final Wars) style march to the boss (Godzilla himself).

So far, this movie is dutifully following the Godzilla mythology, movie 1: Nebulous Possibly Bad Guy. Following movies, let’s juxtapose him in a twist and make him the Good Guy- no one will expect THAT.

The premise of this film is suspect (which, ironically, allows it to fit nicely into the Franchise), in that “Oh, we found a couple. OH MY GOD,  now it’s RAINING MONSTERS!”

MUTOS are apparently sayonara (except for the aforementioned glimpses) as Legendary was able to secure the rights to Toho’s additional monsters. Let’s be honest, I could be off with that- after all, this is a trailer, and MUTOS won’t sell tickets. Not a bad thing, but clearly telegraphed and comical. Gareth Edwards is also sayonara as he was working on Rogue One and apparently decided he was too whatever to work on the sequel movies.

The REAL problem so far with these movies for me (admittedly a selfish observation), is that I already own them, from each of the ’60’s, ’80’s and ’90’s. Add in the “Young person apparently emotionally attached to Godzilla” and I imagine I could edit this movie together from 3-4 of Godzilla’s past adventures. The CGI is not so far improved from the special effects employed by Toho’s last set of movies that it makes up for the sheer repetitiveness.

Ken Watanabe again get’s the zinger line, which is a good thing.

And finally, the last scene, of Godzilla “sprinting” at Ghidorah- I admittedly was a critic of lethargic over-the-hill Godzilla that seemed ready to check out- this made me think Godzilla was that pet lizard that you prod along with your finger to get him to move… oh boy.

Pacific Rim: Uprising, a Review

Just watched Pacific Rim: Uprising. The twists are competent, and the physics respected (enough). It’s not the first movie, but it’s also not fair to ask it to be the first movie.

(Minor Spoilers)

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