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Monday, September 04, 2006

Why Stupid People Shouldn't Be Allowed to Vote

No, not a partisan screed or even a lament on the sorry state of the "national debate" in this 21st Century world of ours. Just an observation that when you let people vote on things you never know what idiotic results you'll get. Fan voting in sports, for example. Jesse Ventura for another.

Anyway, remember way back in June of 2005 when I did a Friday's List of my top songwriters? Well, a local classic rock radio station did the same thing over the Labor Day weekend, allowing all their bone-headed listeners (I'm one of them) to vote online. This is their top-25:

25. Jimi Hendrix
24. Queen
23. John Mellencamp
22. Jackson Browne
21. Fleetwood Mac
20. Don Henley (Solo & Eagles)
19. Jim Morrison/The Doors
18. Billy Joel
17. Eric Clapton
16. John Lennon (solo)
15. Jerry Garcia/The Grateful Dead
14. Ian Anderson
13. Elton John/Bernie Taupin
12. Peter Gabriel
11. Bob Seger
10. Neil Young
9. The Allman Brothers
8. The Rolling Stones
7. Pink Floyd
6. U2
5. Bruce Springsteen
4. Bob Dylan
3. Tom Petty
2. Led Zeppelin
1. The Beatles

Is that dreadful or what? The full list of 40 is here.

Okay, first of all, what the hey is the deal with some artists (Lennon and McCartney) being listed both solo and together while others (Henley, Plant, Stevie Nicks) aren't? Could you make it any more confusing and, sorry, stupid?

And even granted that it's a classic rock station, sweet mother-0f-pearl how can the Allman Brothers be in the top 25, much less the top 10! Jackson Browne ahead of Pete Townsend, David Bowie, Ray Davies and Paul Simon?

Tom Petty THIRD?!? I like Tom's stuff (I had him at 16), but fercryinoutloud, THIRD? Ahead of Dylan, Springsteen, U2, and on and on? How is Bob Seger even on the list much less #11? My friend Russ is of the opinion that there are precisely TWO Bob Seger songs-- the slow one and the fast one. I'm not sure he's wrong and I'm bloody well certain Bob Seger is nowhere near the 11th best classic rock songwriter of all time.

AAARRRGGGGHHHHHHH! Were all of these people stoned out of their friggin' gourds when they voted?

Okay, I just had to get that off my chest.


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