The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Class of 2018 Nominees

This year, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominated 19 musicians for the Class of 2018 Induction ceremony. The nominees are as follows. My picks are in orange.

Bon Jovi: The 80’s glam rock superstars from New Jersey still have an avid fanbase to this day. They are one of the few artists on this list still recording, and their latest album, This House Is Not For Sale, was released last year.

Kate Bush: The innovative alternative rock musician has collaborated with Peter Gabriel and is best known for her song “Running Up That Hill”.

The Cars: This new wave act was a big hit in both Classic Rock and New Wave, with such classics as “Let The Good Times Roll”, “You Might Think”, and “My Best Friend’s Girl.

Depeche Mode: The innovative “dark wave” band managed to have a following that continues to this day with their latest album Spirit.

Dire Straits: Mark Knopfler’s band is best known for their commentary on the rise of music videos, “Money For Nothing”.

Eurythmics: This new wave duo of Annie Lennox and producer Dave Stewart was a big hit in the 80’s, with their most famous single “Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This)”, later ruined by Marilyn Manson.

The J. Geils Band: One of the best rock bands of the 80’s, this band is best known for songs like “Love Stinks” and “Centerfold”.

Judas Priest: One of the big 4 Heavy metal bands (along with Metallica, Megadeath, and Slayer), Judas Priest is one of the biggest acts in the genre.

LL Cool J: Although today he is known for his acting in NCIS: Los Angeles and Toys, LL Cool J was one of the earliest “Old school” rappers, famous for his song “Mamma Said Knock You Out”

MC5: A prototype for punk rock that came out of Detroit. Their name means Motor City 5.

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Remembering Star Wars: Rogue One

rogue oneWhen Disney acquired Star Wars from George Lucas, they decided to release one movie each year at Christmas. This started with Episode 7, The Force Awakens. In addition to the main movies (the “episodes”), we would also get movies that touch up more on the mythos of the franchise. Rogue One was just the first of these. Because it is the most recent Star Wars movie released, I have chosen it to end my retrospective. I don’t think I’ll be able to see The Last Jedi before the end of the year, so I will wait for the DVD.

Rogue One takes place before the very first Star Wars movie and follows a team of rebels attempting to retrieve the plans for the first Death Star (because Return of the Jedi has a Death Star too).

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Worst Episodes of MLP: FIM #14

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Writer: Neal Dusedau

Season: 5, episode 10

Overall: 101

Characters: Spike, Princess Cadance

Summary: Twilight is overworked at a summit and Princess Cadance suggests that she take a nap. Spike decides to take over her duties while she’s asleep, and the newfound power goes to his head.

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The Best Episodes of MLP: FIM #15

15. Hurricane Fluttershy

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Writer: Cindy Morrow

Storyboard: Raven M. Molisee & Dave Weibe

Season/Episode: 2, ep. 22 Overall: 48

Characters: Rainbow Dash, Fluttershy

Summary: Rainbow Dash has assembled a team of pegasi to divert water from Ponyville to Cloudsdale, and she wants to break the wingpower record of the last hurricane in order to impress Spitfire, the Wonderbolt who’ll be overseeing the operation. However, Fluttershy doesn’t wish to participate because she’s not a good flyer.

Review: Fluttershy is really not as one-note as she seems at first, and this episode is probably one of the best focused on her. I really like how this episode goes into her backstory of all the ridicule she received in Cloudsdale because of her abilities, and how Rainbow Dash was the only one who showed her any confidence. The training montage is the best part, although I would’ve put in a mock-up of “You’re the Best Around”, from the first Karate Kid movie. One of the best episodes of season 2, which in my opinion was where the show actually started to show its promise.

 

 

Worst Episodes of My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic #15

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#15. The Cart Before the Ponies

Writers: Ed Valentine and Michael Vogel

Storyboard: Patricia Ross and Megan Willis

Characters: Cutie Mark Crusaders, Cheerilee

Season: 6, ep. 14 Overall: 131

Summary: The Cutie Mark Crusaders enter the Ponyville Applewood Derby Race. They each ask Rainbow Dash, Applejack, and Rarity to help. Scootaloo wants the “Most Creative” trophy, Sweetie Belle wants “Most Traditional”, and Apple Bloom wants to win the “Fastest” award. However, each of the adults has her own idea.

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Jason’s Jukebox: Foreigner

It was 1976. Disco was beginning to wane. It was time for Rock to return. And one band that helped user it back in was Foreigner. This time, Jason’s Jukebox looks back at the career of one of the greatest arena rock bands of the late 70’s and 80’s, Foreigner!

Members

  • Lou Gramm–lead vocals (currently replaced by Kelly Hansen)
  • Mick Jones–lead guitar, keyboards, backing vocals (not to be confused w/Mick Jones from the Clash)
  • Ian McDonald–rhythm guitar, keyboards, saxophone
  • Rick Wills–bass, backing vocals (currently replaced by Jeff Pilson)
  • Al Greenwood–keyboards
  • Dennis Elliot–drums

Mick Jones formed the band in 1976, naming them Foreigner because there were members from both the US and England. Throughout the late 70’s and the 80’s, Foreigner did pretty well. These days, they’re still around, but they just tour.

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Top 20 Best MLP Episodes: Lesson Zero

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#16) Lesson Zero

Writer: Meghan McCarthy

Storyboard: Raven Molisee and Nicole Wang

Season/Episode: 2, ep. 3

Overall: 29

Summary: Twilight obsesses more than ever because she hasn’t learned something new about friendship all week. Realizing she may be penalized for being tardy, she freaks out and asks her friends for advice, but they’re all doing fine for a change. Then she gets the worst possible idea–“if I can’t find a friendship problem, I’ll make a friendship problem!” Only good things can come of this.

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