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1993 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Inductees Cream Playing Onstage at the Induction Ceremony

Cream

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  • Year:
    1993
  • Inducted by:
    ZZ Top
  • Category:
    Performers

Hall of Fame Essay

1993

Neil Slaven

It was always, simply, Cream. No need for a definite article. There were the Beatles and the Rolling Stones but it was never the Cream.

Like all the best names, this one functioned at more than one level. It suggested superlative qualities, an elite grouping of the chicest elements. In America, it implied the defeat of all competition. At a deeper and less conscious level, it invoked the pleasure principle, indulgent, richly satisfying, dionysian. 

Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony Program Cover 1993
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the best compliment was to be a musicians’ band. And every musician loved Cream.

ZZ TOP

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