List of the Day’s Grammy Breakdown: Best Rock Album & Best Alternative Music Album
It sure is swell that "Rock" and "Alternative" get their own categories, since I believe musicians who rock and those who make their music with wine bottles and banging trash cans together should each have their own category. So you can imagine my dismay upon seeing that the alternative acts listed below play their music with conventional instruments. Why, back in my day…
But what really disturbs and saddens me is to see so many old people in the rock 'n' roll category. No wonder kids today think of rock as old people music. Every time I turn on my TV, I'm met with guys in their mid-40s through 70s recalling how much fun they used to have! Now, I remember back in the 1980s, when I would see Bob Dylan or Neil Young and because they were in their 40s, they were considered "old." In a twist of evil irony, I am now older than they were when I thought they were ready for the pasture. Except I'm still a spring chicken! Point is, young people in their 20s think they will never reach 30 -- or that it's a long way from now. If you want to reach them, you need to show them people their own age making the music that is rightfully theirs.
But we can thank the record industry for doing such a bang-up job promoting bands for the past thirty years. Imagine if grunge hadn't immediately sold any records, this list would be even older.
Best Rock Album
1) Jeff Beck -- Rock 'N' Roll Party Honoring Les Paul: Jeff Beck is a legacy artist, one of rock's finest guitar players, who had the misfortune of never sticking to anything long enough or consistently enough to make his career understandable to the average fan. His records lacked that knockout radio hit that fans crave. Here, he tributes one of the greatest guitar players of the 20th Century. A sentimental favorite for the Academy?
2) Foo Fighters -- Wasting Light: Dave Grohl seems like a really nice guy and I'm sure the Academy likes to work with people who are agreeable. It's easier than dealing with Grohl's old boss in Nirvana. Since the Foo Fighters are one of the few rock bands that get any promotional push at all -- having been grandfathered in by the grunge movement -- I'm in full support, regardless of how often I actually play them. Other people dig them and I dig other people, especially you. Can nice guys finish first?