Tuesday, March 11, 2008


Let the movement begin now.

Let the movement begin here.

Boycott Rolling Stone magazine…

Until The Hudson Brothers
are inducted into
The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

And let the inspiration come from the picture above: former Mickey Mouse and Lou Perlman ward Justin Timberlake on his knees before disco pop queen Madonna, not at a Bravo, Nickelodeon or VH1 awards show-- but at last night’s Rock Hall induction ceremony.

As of last night, Madonna is in. Tina Turner is not.

Leonard Cohen is in. Lou Reed is not.

John Mellencamp is in. The MC5 are not. Neither are The Faces, The Stooges, or The Monkees.

Or The Hudson Brothers.

The weakening of the Hall is the work of Jann Wenner, the Rolling Stone magazine publisher who has inserted enough of his minions onto the Hall’s board to control the voting and keep out the greats out while putting cronies and personal favorites in (see Fox.com's Roger Friedman's story on the "Rock Hall of Shame".

And high on the list of the neglected, forgotten greats are Bill, Mark and Brett Hudson, the brothers who were the kings of youth and pop culture in the Seventies, who worked and palled with the group including Keith Moon, Harry Nilsson and John Lennon, whose work was influenced and equally by The Beatles, Rolling Stones and The Beach Boys, and who continue to be relevant and influential thirty years on, working with the likes of Ringo Starr, Ozzy Osbourne and Neil Innes.

The Hudson Brothers were an American rock ‘n’ roll band from Portland,Oregon that rose to international fame in the Seventies with hits like "So You are a Star" (1974; Billboard #21), "Rendezvous" (1975; Billboard #26), "Lonely School Year" (1975; Billboard #57), and "Help Wanted" (1976; Billboard #70).

The group was formed in the 1960s by young Beatles-influenced school kids Bill, Mark and Brett Hudson, and first named The New Yorkers (after the Chrysler), after winning a "battle of the bands" contest. In spring 1967 they released "When I'm Gone" (SCE-12190) on Scepter Records, following that in August 1967 with the Indian-influenced "Mr. Kirby" (SCE-12199) and "Show Me The Way To Love" (SCE-12207) in the falloff that year. By October 1968, The New Yorkers had switched to Jerry Dennon's Pacific Northwest label Jerden Records and issued "Adrianne" (#906), and, in March 1969, "Land of Ur" (#908) in March 1969. Also in 1969, The New Yorkers recorded "Lonely" (#7318) for Warner Bros. Records and "I Guess The Lord Must Be In New York City" (#32569) for Decca Records.

They changed their name to Everyday Hudson in early 1970, releasing "Love Is The Word" (Decca #32634).

For the spring 1971 release of "Love Nobody" on Lionel Records (L-3211), their name was shortened to Hudson. This name was also used in 1972 after switching to the newly re-activated Playboy Records, with the release of "Leavin' It's Over" (P-50001), Billboard Bubbling Under Chart #110. In 1973 Hudson signed with Elton John's Rocket Records and released "If You Really Need Me" (MCA-40141), which was recorded in France and produced by Bernie Taupin. It was followed by "Sunday Driver" (MCA-40317).

Their first record release as The Hudson Brothers came in September 1974 with their chart record "So You Are A Star" on Casablanca Records (NES 0108; Billboard #21), followed by "Coochie Choochie Coo" (NES 816) in 1975, Billboard Bubbling Under Chart #108. They returned to Rocket Records for more 45 RPM charted songs in 1975 with producer Bernie Taupin, later switching to Arista Records in 1976. Yet another name change back to Hudson came in 1980 on Elektra Records, and then to The Hudsons in 1983 on Columbia Records.

The Hudson Brothers albums include "Totally Out of Control" on Rocket Records, Billboard 179 in 1974; "Hollywood Situation" on Casablanca Records, Billboard 176 in 1974; "Ba-Fa" on Rocket Records, Billboard 165 in 1975; "The Truth About Us" on Arista Records in 1978; and "TV's Hudson Brothers" on First American Records, also in 1978. "Those Damn Kids" on Elektra Records in 1980 was released under the name Hudson.

They also starred in The Hudson Brothers Show, a TV variety hour Wednesday nights on CBS in the summer of 1974, followed by The Hudson Brothers Razzle Dazzle Show on CBS Saturday mornings, from September 7, 1974 to August 30, 1975, in a half-hour format, and Bonkers!, a half-hour syndicated comedy show in 1978, produced in Britain by ATV and distributed by ITC. The three brothers also starred in Hysterical, a horror-comedy film released in 1983.

All three remain active today in the music and movie fields. More on their influence to come. Meanwhile...

No Hudson Brothers?

No Rock and Roll Hall of Fame!


Anonymous said...

"Kearns (Tabloid Baby) formed the production company Frozen Television (later Frozen Pictures) with veteran producer Brett Hudson, formerly of the Hudson Brothers, in 2000. " - Wikipedia

Anonymous said...

That Kearns has financial ties to Hudson explains a lot, since he's probably the only person on the planet who actually think the Hudson Brothers should get in the HoF.

It also probably explains why he repeatedly promotes a lot of very strange complete unknowns, like Dr. Reuhl. I've long wondered about that.

ConnieTalk said...

Good luck with that - they don't even have KISS! As a Clevelander, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame shames me.

Anonymous said...

Tabloid Baby has always been very open about its staff's personal and business ties. BK also has been involved with Gene Simmons projects. As for the Hudson Brothers... YES!!!!!!!

Anonymous said...

The Hudson Brothers compared to Madonna? YES. At least they contributed to numerous albums of truly legendary acts. Madonna belongs in the Marketing Hall of Fame.

Anonymous said...

Deleting comments that are realm of the spineless and cowardly, Mr. Kearns. Afraid of what people don’t know about this site?

tabloidbaby said...

That makes ten.


Now fire away with your criticisms.

Anonymous said...

Whoa, wait a minute. I thought I wasn't talking to "Tabloid Baby," I was talking to "anonymous." Oh yeah, I forgot - you post responses to your own posts.

Anonymous said...

Maybe they are not in the Hall of Fame because they just plain suck?

Anonymous said...

Madonna wouldnt even have a career if it wasnt for MTV -
The Monkees should have been inducted long ago- that just goes to show that the hall of fame isnt about music at all- its about image

The Hudsons might never get into the hall of fame-but they're going to be in our hearts forever- we know how truly talented they are and to be honest if Madonna is an example of the company they would be keeping- I say KEEP THEM OUT - theyre to good for the hall..............

knownote said...

I boycott Rolling Stone anyway, because it's not a music magazine anymore, it's just a political rag.

The Hudson Brothers probably won't make it in, not because of lack of mass popularity (because many unpopular acts are in there), they won't make it because they weren't political activists.

If you aren't an artist who uses your music to spout political mumbo jumbo, your chances are slim.