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Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

So as I mentioned Tuesday, The Red Hot Chili Peppers were inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on April 14, 2012. Along with RHCP, other bands such as The Beastie Boys, and Guns N’ Roses were inducted as well.

To celebrate this achievement, The Red Hot Chili Peppers have recently released an album consisting of six covers by other Rock and Roll Hall of Fame members. This album is called Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Covers EP and includes songs by The Ramones, David Bowie, and Neil Young.

I was stoked when I found out that RHCP was covering a song by Neil Young! This song, “Everybody Knows This Is Nowhere”, was released in 1969 and was Young’s second studio album. (Fun Fact: “Cinnamon Girl”, “Down by the River”, and “Cowgirl in the Sand” were all written for this album while Young had 103° F fever). Neil Young has been inducted into The Rock and Roll hall of Fame twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield.

Almost all of the most famous bands and solo artists in history have been inducted into The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Some musicians have even been inducted more than once! Neil Young has been inducted twice; once in ’95 for his solo career, and again in ’97 for Buffalo Springfield. Other artists to have been inducted more than once include: John Lennon, Paul McCartney, George Harrison, Graham Nash, Stephen Stills, Michael Jackson, Jimmy Page, Jeff Beck, and Paul Simon. Eric Clapton is the only person who has been inducted three times.

What do you think about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame? Who are some of your favorite artists who have been inducted? Is there anyone who you think should be inducted? Comment below!

Talking Heads

The Name of This Band Is Talking Heads

Ever wonder where a band got its name? Here are 10 famous classic rock bands and how they were named.

1. The Beatles: John Lennon claimed that he once had a vision as a child of a flaming pie in the sky that said “You are Beatles with an “A”.

2. Bob Dylan: Born Robert Zimmerman, Bob Dylan was a fan of a poet named Dylan Thomas.

3. Depeche Mode: meaning “hurry up fashion”, this band’s name came from from the name of a fashion magazine.

4. Elton John: Born Reginald Dwight, Elton John got his name from two other British musicians: Elton Dean and Long John Baldry.

5. The Grateful Dead: Originally named The Warlocks until Jerry Garcia found out another band had the same name. The Grateful Dead’s name comes from a folk tale about a poor man who is given help from a traveler. The man helps the traveler with his quest. Later, the traveler finds out the poor man has been dead for years. Find out more at http://www.britannica.com/EBchecked/topic/242238/grateful-dead#23476.hook

6. Led Zeppelin: The band’s name comes from a conversation Jimmy Page had where his friend said if Jimmy ever made a band, it would “go over like a lead balloon”.

7. Lynyrd Skynyrd: named after Leonard Skinner, a gym teacher some of the bandmates had in high school who told them they would never be successful.

8. The Ramones: Inspired from Paul McCartney’s pseudonym Paul Ramone.

9. The Eagles: Originally named Teen King and the Emergencies, The Eagles were greatly influenced by The Byrds.

10. Talking Heads: Inspired by a military experiment which involved talking mannequin heads.

For more, go to http://library.thinkquest.org/4626/rock.htm.

What are your ideas for cool band names? Comment below!