Rock and Roll Hall of Fame

•May 18, 2012 • Leave a Comment

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame – A Review

May 18th, 2012

Written by Kim Dixon

Edited by Troy Swiatek

"RnR HoF"

If you’ve ever watched That Metal Show, then you’ve probably heard Eddie Trunk rant and rave about how screwed up the Rock n Roll hall of fame (rnr for short) is. This is a review of more or less my opinion of the highly acclaimed establishment.

When you think of rock n roll you probably think of bands/artists like The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Pink Floyd, Led Zeppelin, Queen, the Doors etc. All of whom are in the hall of fame. OK so if those bands are in, you would think that bands like Deep Purple, Bad Company, Steppenwolf, Def Leppard, Rush, etc. would be in the hall right? WRONG!! Here’s a list of the most famous bands who have been snubbed:

I understand that only a few bands can be inducted each year & that to be able to be inducted it must be at least 25 years since the release of a band’s debut, so if it takes a band say 3 years to make the hall. I’m not too upset, but when a band has been eligible for over 10 years or more & when Michael Jackson (2001 inductee) beats out that band for a slot, I just feel confused.

Which brings me to my next pet peeve about the hall. What’s the deal with inducting non-rock n roll artists? Since when is Run DMC rock? Pioneering rap group, yes, rock band, I don’t think so. Mind you here are some artists who most folks wouldn’t consider rock, but the very selective group of people of who inducts artists do: Run DMC, ABBA, Grandmaster Flash, Prince, & Bob Marley, to name a few. I Mean nothing against those artists; it’s just to most of us their music isn’t rock. Now I know some people would say ABBA is rock (pop rock) so they could go either way, like my favorite band Fleetwood Mac (1997 Inductees though only half of the band was included). List of RnR HOF inductees:

Another peeve is that deserving bands normally have to wait too long to get in. Take Black Sabbath for example. Their debut was released in February 1970, making them eligible in 1995. They have been inducted 11 years later in 2006. Only 4 out of 20+ members (some of who were only in the band for few months while others in the band for years); they even snubbed Dio. The Hall of Fame has habit of inducting only a few members of a band. In my opinion if a person contributed to making music in the band then they are just as deserving as the founding members.

My last point is about the people who decide who makes the cut and who doesn’t. Why is it that only a select few can decide who they want in? Why not leave up to the people who made this music the big success it was and continues to be to this day, THE FANS! The “judges” or board, for lack of a better term, only put the bands that they want in and the fans don’t get any say in the voting of who gets in. I wish that somebody would make another “hall of fame” and actually put deserving bands in it.

To Summarize the Rock n Roll shouldn’t be called the Rock n Roll Hall of fame, it should be called the Hall of Fame Created by a Bunch of Elitist Musical Snobs. It isn’t a good hall of fame. while there are some deserving artists in the hall, there are about as many artists who don’t need to be in there.


U.S. iTunes Top 5 [5/18/12]

•May 18, 2012 • 1 Comment

US iTunes Top 5 – A Review


Written by Lyla Page.

1.    “Call Me Maybe” – Carly Rae Jespen

        The infectious chorus of “Hey, I just met you /And this is crazy/But here’s my number/So call me, maybe?”, is not only “crazy”, but backed up by obnoxious synthesizers and drum machines offers nothing new to the current spectacle known as mainstream pop music. However, we may as well give Ms. Jespen credit for our inability to hear auto-tune ringing true and free throughout her one-octave vocals.

2.    “Somebody That I Used to Know” – Gotye (ft. Kimbra)

        A mellow acoustic intro kicks off this heartfelt ballad as Gotye sings about the joys and conflicts of supposed love. A surprising vocal feature, courtesy of Kimbra, serves only to add emphasis and emotion to the song’s in-depth lyrics. Kimbra’s solo is easily the highlight of the song, wailing, “Now I’m just somebody that you used to know.” A solid effort, this hit offers a refreshing change from the 80’s pop-esque love songs that dominate teen radio.

3.    “Payphone” – Maroon 5 (ft. Wiz Khalifa)

        OH DEAR GOD. Not ANOTHER catchy Maroon 5 single, right? But this time, it’s featuring Wiz himself. There’s not much to say about the auto-tuned vocals and generic lyrics, with the exception of “All those fairy tales are full of shit.”

4.    “Wild Ones” – Flo Rida (ft. Sia)

        THE MASTER OF MAINSTREAM PARTY MUSIC IS BACK. Flo Rida has returned, this time featuring newcomer Sia (how many Flo hits don’t feature a rising star? *cough cough KESHA* ), whose voice adds the right amount of carefree, wild enthusiasm to the perfect house party theme.

5.    “We Are Young” – Fun. (ft. Janelle Monae)

        A simple yet dominating drum beat kicks off Fun.’s massive hit, “We Are Young.” While the lyrics may be intentionally ambiguous (“I know I gave it to you months ago/I know you’re trying to forget”), they offer the hope a promise can bring. From the piano outro to the emotional singing, “We Are Young” is the perfect song to kiss and make up to.


“In short, what’s considered popular at this day in time makes me want to shove a spoon down my throat and regurgitate the Harry Potter jelly beans I had for breakfast.”


•May 18, 2012 • 3 Comments

Musical Indulgence: Defined

      Quite simply, we are a group from the notorious, faraway land of RockNPopia. RockNPopia lies within the clueless country of Yahoo. There, unruly trolls and a myriad of ne’er-do-wells reside comfortably. Fortunately, we’ve managed to escaped the tyranny of the nuisances and their manifestation within the country of Yahoo. The land in which we now reside is known as “WordPress”. It is an exquisite kingdom that allows entry to all intellectual and kindhearted folks alike; luckily, the kingdom vehemently enforces a law that eternally exiles all of those who seek to cause harm to others. ALAS, WE ARE FREE.

Now that that’s over with.. we here at Musical Indulgence are a prideful group of creatures (men, women and sheep alike) that possess a common interest: music. Without it, our lives would alter dramatically; this is unfortunate but true. Because of our passion – and hunger for entertainment – we have decided to share our discoveries, not to mention insight, with the rest of the world through this miniscule blog. We here at Musical Indulgence hope that you’re able to become accustomed to our way of doing things, as we are new to blogging and WordPress, and simply enjoy the daily musical indulgence as we spoon-feed it to you all.

We do have a staff/team at Musical Indulgence. We are lovable.

Troy “The Sheep” Swiatek

Baahey there! I am known as “The Charm of the Sheep” on Yahoo Answers’. I am a Rock and Pop regular and have been for over a year now. I am also the one who wrote all of the above material, not to mention edited all of the material currently present on the blog. You could say that I am the founder, but, I am not, merely a “top contributor” (as we Y!Aers would say). The true creator of this blog is a wondrous female who would prefer to remain anonymous on the Internet. That is her decision, and so be it.

A few miniscule details about myself.. I love computer gaming. I love video games. I love reading. I love writing. I believe in Agnosticism. I am a firm believer in equality – nobody should be discriminated against for whatever reason. I will fight to defend that fragile equality. I am also a fairly intelligent individual, and relatively mature for my young age. Not to mention that I am quite knowledgeable in the music field. My weak points, however, are band members’ names; it is absolutely impossible for me to identify band members by name or face.

I also try to live by a certain philosophy dictated by the oh-so-wise Transcendentalist Ralph Waldo Emerson who once said “For every minute you are angry, you lose sixty seconds of happiness”. This is a brilliant quote, and I attempt to live by it as closely as possible. I am always happy, unless something dramatic has occurred within my life. This is most certainly something rare within society these days, and I am ultimately proud of this quality.

Drugs, as well as cigarettes, are something I’d very much like to avoid. My mother, up until two years ago, recently had an addiction.. of prescription pills.She was receiving all types of mind-numbing, body-destroying pills. I’ve learned my lesson vicariously through her. Fortunately, since then, she’s been sober. Two whole years. It is a wonderful experience, having a mother once again. That is the reason why I will never, ever resort to illegal drugs or cigarettes, not to mention alcohol (although I will likely drink it occasionally when I am older for fun). Although there is one thing that is severely preventing me from even trying this type of stuff: my overactive asthma. If I attempted to smoke.. well, I could very easily have an asthma attack right then and there, and perhaps end up killing myself. I also have an allergy to several nuts.. so, I’m pretty screwed when it comes to exercise (asthma) and eating things people give me (severe allergies).

I love science. In the future, I wish to become an astronomer, astrophysicist or the like. Space intrigues me, as does everything inside and beyond it. The creation of the universe is one of the topics within (historical) astronomy that piques my interest the most. I hope that one day I will be able to pursue this in a university of my choosing. I am also quite interesting in other sciences, such as biology (astrobiology!) and chemistry (ties in with astronomy for “extraterrestrial life”). Computer sciences are also quite intriguing, as I am currently a newbie programmer in C++ and will soon be learning Java next year. Meteorology was also a concept that I was fairly intrigued by as a child. The storms that would always hover over New Jersey were particularly frightening to my wee-soul. Now, however, I can honestly say that the intrigue is still there! I am, however, quite frightened of larger storms (hurricanes, tornadoes, earthquakes, etc.) but I have become accustomed to the occasional thunderstorm or torrential downpour. All of these are points of intrigue for me and I hope that someday I am able to pursue each and every one of them, whether it be as an amateur or a professional.

Unfortunately, as of now, I am simply “ticking away the moments that make up a dull day” and also “frittering and wasting the hours in an offhand way”, as Pink Floyd’s brilliant “Time” would say. I’m wasting away my life on the computer as of now.. well, can’t say that I’m too dissatisfied with it. I am, however, constantly neglecting my homework and receiving unfortunate marks because of it. I’ve also developed a slightly large bodily figure because of it. Oh well.

I am also what people would call an “otaku”. I love reading manga. In short, they are Japanese comics with an ongoing (or complete) storyline. Like television shows (and books), there are large assortments and categories.. and, well, basically millions of these mangas online, available for me to read. They are allowing to me to pass time cheerfully, which I suppose is a good thing!

Alright, now to explain who the blog I am. My name is Troy Swiatek. I am a 16 year young high school junior who utterly adores both learning and music. I wish to merely introduce a large number of people to music they’ve never dared to even attempt to discover – the obscured, “lost” gems of music. I’ve committed a large amount of my time, and will continue to, to discovering new music. I’ve only lived a short number of years, but my desire is fomented by the knowledge that my music collection can never be too large. My favorite band is Pink Floyd, and they introduced to me to my current favorite genre of music, progressive rock. It is a particularly unusual genre  that most people attempt to stay away from. Luckily, with the wondrous Internet, I am able to meet people with common interests and possibly have them introduce me to something new – the reciprocal is also true.

Despite my passionate love for music, I am but an untalented man when it comes to playing music. I do not wish to learn an instrument at the moment, but I have tried in the past. The only one available to me at this point would be the keyboard, or the piano. They both appear to be achievable, learning wise. Perhaps I will look into them if I hit an insurmountable brick wall in my near future.

Any who, Pink Floyd’s song “Sheep” is what introduced me to them. It is an absolutely brilliant song, as is the entire Animals album. I combined it with a song I was into at the time, “The Charm of the Seer” by Ayreon. They’re a modern progressive rock group.. well, that doesn’t matter. I combined the two song names and it stuck. So, here I am, the Charm of the Sheep, giddy and proud.

Summarized, I love music and I love sharing it with other people. I hope I am able to touch the lives of other people through introductions into new music.

Lyla “The Founder” Page

Hey there. First things first, I prefer to remain anonymous on the Internet – so I shall go by the alias of Lyla Page. My interests include the arts – namely music – as well as sports and coffee. I am a multi-instrumentalist in a band – hopefully some of our music will see the light of day! Speaking of which, music is my passion, as cliché as it sounds. For the record (see what I did there?), I’m not entirely sure what to write about in an “About Me” section. (Kudos to Mr. Sheep for having a far more sophisticated entry than I. ) If you get to know me, which you will, you’ll discover that I’m sarcastic yet sweet, serious yet funny, as well as everything in between. Why choose one when you can have them all? On another note (are you loving these music puns yet?), I am a proud neo-Objectivist and Methodist, which are mutually inclusive concepts. All right, that’s enough chatter – I hope to see you around! Feel free to add me on My username is LiveForever16. Cheers xx.

Kim “Motormouth” Dixon

Hola, I’m Kim, but I’m probably better known as Rock Metal Country Blues Forever which is my username on Yahoo! Answers. I’m not on as much as I once was but for a while I was a fairly regular(reg) on R&P(Rock & Pop). However I still get on every so often & I talk to other “regs” so I decided to join my friend’s( Lyla Page’s) R&P blog.
Anyways a little bit about me:
I’m 16 & am currently going through rough times in my life but I find joy in participating in and on groups, blogs, chat-rooms, & websites. Doing stuff on the computer(music, chatting, making new friends, having fun etc) is my escape from my screwed up regular world life.
I guess I would venture to say that my music taste is pretty varied, especially after reading my username. I thank my parents & my uncle for about 85% of my musical tastes. Growing up hearing late 60s-early 80s rock(hard rock, classic rock, blues rock, soft/pop rock, southern rock, & folk rock mostly), I just fell in love with rock ‘n’ roll. After my dad died when I was 11, my uncle became the main musical influence. He got me into harder rock, old school metal, progressive rock, & some country. For a while his music was all I listened to, until I rediscovered my mom’s & dad’s stuff. Their 3 different tastes have come together to form most of mine & along with my own online musical searches on last fm & other sites(mostly for heavier metal) are mainly what I listen to now. Also I would like to give a shout out to my good friend Troy “Sheepster” Swiatek for getting me into listening to more than the “hits” from a band & also for getting me to search for new music.

Back to my life & interests; I’ve never been a “normal” kid nor normal girl for that matter. I’ve always been a tomboy (look it up if you don’t know what it is). I’ve always the rugged girl: always wanting have fun outside & enjoying the great(well mostly great) outdoors. I’ve lived my whole life in Leary, Georgia, which is in the southwestern part of the state. There’s nothing but farms/plantations & woods around here but I enjoy the peace & quiet of living in a small town.
I’m a big sports fan. I support all the home-state teams( Atlanta Braves,(baseball),Atlanta Falcons,(football) Georgia Bulldogs(college football) & Atlanta Hawks(basketball). My dad worked at a racetrack (dragstrip) from the time I was born till he died, so racing’s in my blood.(NASCAR & NHRA) Extreme sports also peak my interest. I enjoy watching the X games & Olympics.

My dad was a big history/reading buff which he passed down to me much to moms displeasure. Some historical eras that interest me are: the dark & middle ages, Greek, Egyptian, & Roman history/mythology Victorian era England, English history from the Viking era-1800s, American Civil war, American Revolution, & most American history from 1607–1945 I’m in intrigued by Sci-Fi stuff. I’m a huge Star Trek fan & I love the paranormal. I love reading(drama, history, mystery, etc.)
As for myself as a person, I’m fairly easy going. Most people find me funny, caring, & nice to be around. As I said before I’m not normal in that I don’t keep up with the latest trends or whatever. I don’t give into peer pressure I’m not 1 to really care about how I look. That’s not to say I don’t try to be nice but I am me myself & Kim, not anybody else.

If you ever want to talk to me about music, hit me up on my Last.FM:

Holly “The Riot Grrrl” Reynolds

I’m a freak of nature, I’m telling you now. I don’t know where my love of music came from, because my parent’s certainly don’t have it. First and foremost, riot grrrl holds a special place in my black and unholy heart. It’s how angry it is. It’s the lyrics of sexuality and female empowerment. Kathleen Hanna, this is entirely your fault.

I’ve spent all of my eighteen-and-a-bit years living in Tasmania, Australia. It’s a rather sheltered upbringing, with a population of just half a million people state wide. I don’t exaggerate when I say that everyone knows everybody. I’m in my final year of high school, studying Media, English writing, Art and Religion & Philosophy. My father pays a ridiculous amount of money to send me to this very conservative private all-girls school, where I make movies, write poems, paint hyper-realism portraits on huge canvases and debate the meaning of life. It’s not that I dislike conformity (I can acknowledge that society needs it to function); I just think it suppresses individualism and stunts our own personal growth. And this, I’ll admit, gets me into a lot of trouble, and I have a bit of a reputation.

It could be the piercings, tattoos, fiery red hair or side-cut, but it’s more than likely my vocal feminist tendencies. Not only that, but I’ll support anything where there is a breach of equality or human rights. I find it disgusting how people can do nothing but hope and wish and pray. I promise I’ll fight with you, but I need you to fight along with me. I’ve often been told I come across as bitter and arrogant. I probably am, but it’s not all that. They’ve got me all wrong. I’m just passionate.

I do not believe in the existence of any superior force or being, although if you think otherwise I’ll hold the utmost respect for you and you’re opinion. I find the whole concept of religion fascinating. Alternatively, I believe in the power of the individual. Fuck yeah, I believe in myself.

I’m very comfortable with the kind of person I am, even when I know that a lot of people don’t feel comfortable around me. I’m not as naive to think that people won’t discriminate against people who don’t fit under the umbrella of the social norm, but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t get to me, even only slightly. Despite this, no matter who you are, music will let you love it. You can turn against it. You can ignore it. You don’t have to feed it. But whenever you’re ready, it’ll be there, just as ready as always without ever skipping a beat.

I’m known as Holly Speechless on Yahoo! Answers. Please don’t take me seriously. People spend far too much time being serious.

Patrick Jude

Hello to anyone who happens to come across this page. I’d like to keep my private life a mystery, which it is to me as well. I can’t live without three things, Music, Manchester United and Whose Line Is It Anyway?. For me, life is useless if you don’t have these three things, something to believe in, something to be interested in and someone that loves you for who you are.
Back in 2003 I wasn’t having any fun until I heard a song on TV about some kids who didn’t need education. No, it wasn’t Weezer but rather a strange musical quartet who made music about animals, building brick walls and astronomy. How can a clueless teenager not be intrigued by that?. Music had never soared such heights in my brain before. More than nine years have passed and although I’ve not evolved mentally, I know what music means to a human soul which dearly craves it. If I really like the music I’m hearing , I don’t care how many unicorns that musician had to kill to make that song.
I give my unpopular opinions away at a place called Yahoo! Answers. Don’t be afraid to care.
And I am not frightened of dying. Any time will do, I don’t mind. Why should I be frightened of dying? There’s no reason for it. You’ve gotta go sometime.
I never said I was frightened of dying. One does not simply live without music.

Zach (Johnny Bliss)

Hello, my name is Zach. I am 16 years old and I am from Canada. There is lots that could be said about me, unfortunately, I don’t know how to word most of it. Actually, fuck it, lets give it a try but don’t expect anything big. I’ll just word everything in short little sentences, I mean, at least I’ll be getting the point across, right?

I like music. I play guitar. I like hockey. I play it on a regular basis. I have procrastination problems. I can’t keep my priorities straight. I write music most of the time. I find irrelevant humour to be hilarious. Every Friday after school I take a 3 hour nap. I have to sleep with a fan on. Snow is wonderful. I dream about coffee more than actually drinking it. I drink water 90% of the time. I have a dog. I need a job. My clock is an hour and twenty-two minutes ahead so I can wake up better in the morning. I’m living my life.

Anyways, in my jam-packed life there has been lots of mysteries, surprises, relentless times of worry and happiness, and countless times of disappoint. That being said, everything that has happened in my life has shaped me up to the person I am, and the person I am will (hopefully) make things lots of fun. I hope that my Canadian antics and love for hockey will shine on into your minds and annoy the shit out of you, cause frankly, I love hockey. Now, have a nice day //

Christian Purcell (Chris Gingrich, Based Disciple, Giygaszor)

Ay, this yo boy Chris. For all the niggas not in the know, I like music, all kinds of music. Dubstep, UK Garage, Witch House, Synth Pop, you name it, I fux wit it.

Other turn ons: Lesbians, candy, video games, conspiracy theories, King of the Hill, Mountain Dew (Code Red, nigga), Trilluminati stuff, and RVIDXR KLVN shit.

Also, Aeris dies in Final Fantasy VII, nigga. Go figure. That’s what she gets for being way weaker than Tifa the whole 1st disc.

Hit up a nigger at this location /

Seth Brock

Hey, i’m Seth. I prefer to keep my last name off this site so i’m going with the alias Brock. My main interests involve music, religion, psychology, and reading. I am an Atheist, and a Neo-Objectivist.
I’m a 14 year old living in California, just trying to find my way through this world. I’m have a passion for music that has kept me from doing things that might harm myself and others, and making my life better and myself a better person.
I’m also a musician (Mainly Guitar and Bass, among many other things) who hopes one day that someone might stumble upon my music. I write a mix of Ska and Alt/College Rock.
Speaking of music preferences, i listen to mainly Ska (All waves) and College/Alt Rock. That isn’t all though, i can listen to everything from Requiem to a Melvins song then to a Acid Jazz song then to a Death record. My favorite bands include Modest Mouse, Streetlight Manifesto, Tool, The Supervillains, and Alice In Chains.

Thanks for taking the time to read this lengthy introduction post. If you enjoy our blog, be sure to pop in every day for something new!

~Musical Indulgence Staff