Monday, May 27, 2024

Can Larry David Make Rock Group Chicago Hip Enough for Rock Hall?


For years fans of Chicago, the horn based ensemble rock group, have struggled with one question: how to get the group into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Every year the group is omitted from the induction list despite a raft of massively popular hits that are played over and over on classic oldies radio.

Now Larry David, the epitome of hip, has based a whole subplot of his HBO film “Clear History” around Chicago. The result is a soundtrack issued today on Relativity Records which includes “Saturday in the Park,” “25 or 6 to 4,” “Does Anybody Really Know What Time It Is?,” “If You Leave Me Now,” and “Colour My World.” That doesn’t even include “Beginnings,” “Feeling Stronger Every Day,” “Just You and Me,” “Wishing You Were Here,” “Make Me Smile,” or all the later, poppier hits with Peter Cetera at the center.

Cetera may be the problem. Chicago’s history sort of runs from 1969 to 1975 as the original group, and then post-that with Cetera’s syrupy sound replacing the blue eyed soul and strong brassy horns. But really, Chicago deserves induction just for its first three or four albums. Maybe the Larry David connection will help. It can’t hurt.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

Read more

In Other News