August is nearing its end, making it the perfect time to start thinking about nomination season in the rock scene. Nominations for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame will be released in October, with the inductions taking place at the actual Hall of Fame in Cleveland in late March or early April 2020. While most of the inductees are individuals or groups that are indications for the rock culture of the time such as recent inductees like Def Leppard (2019), Stevie Nicks (2019), Chicago (2016), and Cheap Trick (2016); other inductees are more reflective of culture changes and inspirations for future artists such as Earth, Wind & Fire (2000]), Hank Williams (1987), NWA (2016), Michael Jackson (2001), Johnny Cash (1992), and even Tupac Shakur [(017).
There’s quite a variety of artists and bands that have been inducted into the hall, but who truly deserves to be inducted next spring?
Well, from the eligible contestants I’ve seen while browsing the interwebs, groups from Korn all the way to the Notorious B.I.G. have been talked about, but I would like to write a case for one of my personal favorite rock groups of all time: Weezer.
We all know Weezer’s hits including their chill Island In The Sun, the screaming anthem of Say It Ain’t So, and of course the fantastic sing-along Buddy Holly. There’s also a good chance you heard their wonderful techno-synth style cover of Africa which was released last summer.
But what many do not know is that Weezer did not only rule the 90s with their fantastic self titled Blue album, but they have actually been consistently putting out albums since then. Weezer has produced fourteen full albums; of course excluding collaborative remixes with different DJs, Christmas collections, as well as acoustic singles of their personal favorite songs.
Not only has the band been putting out a dizzying amount of albums in only twenty-five years, but they’ve all been BANGERS from a multitude of different genres and instrumentation. Take one of their first big hit, Undone – The Sweater Song. Using a hard distortion with power chords throughout both the verse and chorus while keeping the vocal part in a goofy sounding falsetto makes for a fascinating juxtaposition of sounds.
Now take a look at their most recent album, their latest in their line of albums based off colors; the Black album. If you’ve read some of our previous Fresh Music Friday pieces, you’ll know I’ve written about multiple songs on that album. You might also know that it’s one of my favorite albums that have been released this summer, due to its masterful use of modern musical tropes alongside their signature distorted guitar sound (as well as some fantastic acoustic work as well). One of my personal favorites on the album is the opening song, Can’t Knock The Hustle. In my own humble position, the song is a masterpiece, not only because it has an extremely creative use of electronic synths, electric guitar, and extremely creative lyrics; but it also has the perfect beat to drive to.
While they might not be everyone’s favorite, Weezer’s dense and diverse track record alone should put them into consideration for induction for the prestigious Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The fact that the band has been constantly making quality music on a multitude of albums throughout their entire career. If you have not given the band a proper listen, I absolutely recommend you checking them out for real.
Is there another band you think should be inducted into the Hall this year? Feel free to let us know!