Hall Watchers



A podcast dedicated to all things Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Hosted by two rabid music fans and Rock Hall obsessives, join our conversation as we talk about the Hall and discuss acts we believe should be inducted.


  • Ep 37: A Chat With Alex Voltaire

    04/05/2020 Duración: 01h19min

    In this episode, we’re thrilled to welcome fellow Rock Hall watcher Mark Lempke, the man behind the blog The Northumbrian Countdown and Twitter handle Alex Voltaire. We discuss Mark’s journey as a Rock Hall follower and prognosticator, how well the Hall is faring as an American institution, and talk about his personal Rock Hall snubs.

  • Ep 36: Inductee Spotlight: Hank Ballard and the Midnighters

    27/04/2020 Duración: 39min

    There’s a thrill up on the hill, so let’s go, let’s go, let’s go listen to Eric revisit the tremendous work of Rock Hall inductees Hank Ballard and the Midnighters. He looks back at the band’s career, Hank’s racy lyrical content and the intriguing way their music was used in film. 

  • Ep 35: A Chat with Michelle Bourg

    20/04/2020 Duración: 40min

    Today we chat with friend and fellow hall watcher Michelle Bourg. We discuss her blog Iconic Rock Talk Show, how she got started as a hall watcher and her hopes for the John Sykes era.  She also dishes on what it was like to meet Greg Harris and her experience at the 2018 induction ceremony simulcast.

  • Ep 34: Early Influence Spotlight: Screamin’ Jay Hawkins

    13/04/2020 Duración: 47min

    Today we discuss cult icon Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, a Cleveland legend and the man who invented shock rock, but the biggest shock is that he isn’t inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Mary explains why he is overdue for a Rock Hall Early Influence induction by looking back at his legendary personal life, the evolution of his music career and his enormous impact on metal, punk and shock rock alike.

  • Ep 33: A Chat with Nick Bambach

    30/03/2020 Duración: 01h42min

    Today we chat with friend and fellow hall watcher Nick Bambach, and we discuss his blog The Audio-Visual Repository, the current state of the Rock Hall, our favorite music biopics and celebrity encounters on Twitter.

  • Ep 32: Get To Know Your Hosts

    23/03/2020 Duración: 01h03min

    In an attempt to spread fun and cheer at pandemic levels, we each answer 15 music themed questions about ourselves that range from silly scenarios to music related memories. We reveal the musicians we would self quarantine with, who we would make biopics about, our high school prom themes and so much more!

  • Ep 31: Going Viral: A Catch Up with Hall Watchers

    16/03/2020 Duración: 25min

    Join us for a quick catch up chat today on a myriad of topics! We discuss the unprecedented postponement of the Rock Hall 2020 ceremony due to COVID-19 fears, the recent board members added by John Sykes and briefly recap our trip to Los Angeles. We also discuss the future of the podcast as well as what we've been up to.

  • Ep 30: A Chat With Evelyn McDonnell

    09/03/2020 Duración: 01h10min

    Hall Watchers is honored to chat with our very first podcast guest, journalist, author and professor Evelyn McDonnell. We discuss gender imbalance at the Rock Hall, her influence on the Rock Hall watcher conversation as well as Turn It Up, a collective working towards gender parity in the music industry.

  • Ep 29: Ladies First: Celebrating The Women of Hip-Hop

    17/02/2020 Duración: 01h05min

    Today we “cram to understand” how of the 7 hip-hop acts inducted into the Rock Hall, zero of them are women. We discuss 10 currently eligible female acts who changed the landscape of hip-hop from Queen Latifah to TLC, as well as 8 future eligible women.

  • Ep 28: Love and War: Our Valentine’s Day Playlist

    10/02/2020 Duración: 40min

    Do you think love is a many splendored thing or are you much more in the “love stinks” camp? Either way, Hall Watchers has you covered this week! Join us as we talk about 10 of our favorite love songs and 10 songs that can help you nurse a broken heart.

  • Ep 27: Soundtracks Unchained: The Musical Genius of Quentin Tarantino

    03/02/2020 Duración: 01h37min

    From the frantic surf guitar fever dream of Pulp Fiction, to the impossibly cool R&B swagger of Jackie Brown, to the nostalgic 1960’s valentine of Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, no one compiles a soundtrack quite like Quentin Tarantino. Join us as we examine the soundtracks for each of his films and discuss which artists we feel are worthy of Rock Hall discussion.  

  • Ep 26: Rock Docs: Our Music Documentary Reviews

    27/01/2020 Duración: 51min

    This week we take a break from the Rock Hall and have a casual chat about recent music documentaries. Join us as we review Mystify: Michael Hutchence, Between Me and My Mind, The Two Killings of Sam Cooke and Echo in the Canyon.

  • Ep 25: Rock Hall Class of 2020

    15/01/2020 Duración: 51min

    It’s the day we’ve all been waiting for: the Rock Hall 2020 Class. After a bit of speculation and discussion, Eric surprises Mary with the 2020 class. We open the episode with a tribute to late Rush drummer Neil Peart.

  • Ep 24: I Wanna Go Back: A Tribute to Those We Lost in 2019

    06/01/2020 Duración: 46min

    Today we honor some of the incredible people in music that we lost in 2019, including Rock Hall curation visionary James Henke, inductees Dr. John and Ric Ocasek, and such musical heroes as Jackie Shane, Kim Shattuck, Eddie Money, and Nipsey Hussle. 

  • Ep 23: Return of the Watchers

    30/12/2019 Duración: 01h14min

    We’re back from a break with music insights from our European vacation! We discuss Rock Museum Munich, what music resonates with those outside of the U.S., and if the Rock Hall is doing enough to truly be a global institution. We also discuss Future Rock Legends’ recent Rock Hall pieces, the Rock Hall site redesign, Soundgarden’s induction chances in the face of Vicky Cornell’s feud with the band, and our 2019 podcast observations.

  • Ep. 22: E-Rockracy’s 2020 Rock Hall Class Predictions

    25/11/2019 Duración: 01h05min

    It’s our last episode of 2019, and we have a packed episode in store for you! Eric predicts the Rock Hall Class of 2020, we discuss Evelyn McDonnell’s latest Billboard op-ed, and talk recent band reunion announcements. We end on a festive note with music-related things we’re thankful for, and the 10 songs we think need to be on your holiday playlist!

  • Ep. 21: Thoughts of You: A Tribute to Dennis Wilson

    18/11/2019 Duración: 01h10min

    In today’s episode we explore the life and career of the late Beach Boys drummer, Dennis Wilson. Mary takes you beyond the tabloid headlines and discusses his musical genius, contributions to the Beach Boys and his masterful solo album Pacific Ocean Blue. We also discuss his continuing legacy in pop culture, as well as why his fan base is so devoted to him.

  • Ep 20: Rock Hall Roundup: A Casual Chat with Hall Watchers

    04/11/2019 Duración: 42min

    We’re having a casual conversation again this week, and we start by marveling at the overwhelming response to our Phish episode. Mary encourages Phish fans to voice their choice in Cleveland, and also observes how other fan bases could take some pointers from Phish fans. We also discuss the latest Rock Hall fan vote standings, this week’s wacky ballot behavior and also speculate on how categories will be used in the Rock Hall 2020 ceremony.

  • Ep 19: Vermont's Finest: Why Phish Belongs in the Rock Hall

    28/10/2019 Duración: 54min

    The time is near, the mission's clear. This episode will delight some, repel others, and that's OK. Love ’em or hate ’em, Phish's impact on music and festival culture is huge and indisputable. Across 36 years of concerts, this legendary jam band has become a singular phenomenon worthy of Rock Hall induction.

  • Ep 18: Rock Hall Hangover: A Casual Chat with Hall Watchers

    20/10/2019 Duración: 01h26min

    We recover from the busy post 2020 ballot announcement week with an unscripted casual conversation about the Rock Hall and so much more. We discuss the Conversations with Nick Cave tour, whether you should continue to listen to music by morally questionable artists and the perils of social media. We end with a discussion on this year’s ballot after a few days of processing the nominees.

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