Who Cares About the Rock Hall?

A podcast about the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame hosted by comedians Joe Kwaczala and Kristen Studard. He's a long-time devotee. She's a skeptic. Join them as he attempts to get her (and their guests) to care about this institution. Proud part of Pantheon - the podcast network for music lovers.

Music History
Music Commentary
Music Interviews
201
Joy Division/New Order w/ Wendy Fonarow
Indie music scholar and sociology professor Wendy Fonarow joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the potential Rock Hall future for post-punk legends Joy Division/New Order. Also discussed in this episode is Wendy's research on concert audience behavior, the British music press, and bad band names. This show is part of Pantheon Podcasts.
76 min
202
Thin Lizzy w/ Guy Norman Bee
TV director Guy Norman Bee (Supernatural, Criminal Minds) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall merits of Irish hard rockers Thin Lizzy. Also discussed in this episode are one-hit wonders, Canadian rock, and Guy getting to guest on Jonesy's Jukebox
69 min
203
Slayer w/ Greg Heller
Television producer and former rock journalist Greg Heller joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of thrash metal godfathers Slayer. Also discussed in this episode is Greg's experiences working on Behind the Music, Bono's induction speech for Bob Marley, and Pearl Jam bassist Jeff Ament's stupid "omissions" t-shirt.
81 min
204
The J. Geils Band w/ Mike Scully
Writer/producer Mike Scully (The Simpsons) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about one his favorite groups and frequent Rock Hall nominee, The J. Geils Band. Also discussed in this episode is the laborious induction of the E-Street Band, the merits of Tommy James and the Shondells, and Mike's experience writing and producing the most rock-centric episode of The Simpsons.
84 min
205
De La Soul w/ Oliver Wang
Culture writer, author, and podcast host Oliver Wang (Heat Rocks podcast) joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the potential Rock Hall future of groundbreaking hip-hop trio De La Soul. Also discussed in this episode is the PBS documentary Soundbreaking, Oliver's music writing beginnings on online newsgroups, and Kristen's passionate hatred for skits on rap albums. Check out all the great music podcasts over on Pantheon!
76 min
206
Carpenters w/ Karen Tongson
Writer and podcaster Karen Tongson joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Carpenters and their Rock Hall merits. A lot of the great Carpenters stories and information from this episode are written about in further detail with insightful analysis in Karen's new book, Why Karen Carpenter Matters.
79 min
207
The B-52's w/ Oscar Montoya
Comedian and fellow podcaster Oscar Montoya (Inside the Disney Vault) joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of campy New Wave all-stars The B-52's. Also discussed in this episode are the hosts' recent concert adventures, the origin of Steely Dan's name, and nostalgia by the decade.
78 min
208
The Guess Who w/ Grace Spelman
Writer and music aficionado Grace Spelman joins Joe & Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of '60s Canadian rockers The Guess Who. Also discussed in this episode is the movie Almost Famous, the culture's de-glorification of drugs, and the documentary "Bachman."
76 min
209
The Monkees w/ John Levenstein
Writer/producer John Levenstein (Arrested Development, Kroll Show) stops by to make a case for The Monkees' induction into the Rock Hall. Also discussed in this episode is John's experience writing comedy for Mike Nesmith, taking a "hero's dose" of drugs, and the Archies.
81 min
210
LL Cool J w/ Renee Gauthier
Comedian and writer Renee Gauthier joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the Rock Hall merits of hip-hop pioneer LL Cool J.  Also discussed in this episode are Renee's experiences as a writer/producer for Lip Sync Battle, Chicago's B-Bash series, and the many shows in the NCIS franchise.
75 min
211
Duran Duran w/ Dave Schilling
Writer Dave Schilling (WWE, Bleacher Report) joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the potential Rock Hall future for English new wave band Duran Duran. Also discussed in this episode is the WWE Hall of Fame, the best James Bond songs, and having to choose between Incubus and Sublime.
70 min
212
George Michael w/ Darren Hayes
Recording artist and former Savage Garden frontman Darren Hayes joins Joe and Kristen to talk about George Michael's Rock Hall prospects. A music industry veteran, Darren also has a lot to say about what it's like making an album for a major label, bands breaking up, and his experiences meeting George Michael.
77 min
213
A Tribe Called Quest w/ Matt Braunger
Comedian Matt Braunger joins Joe and Kristen to talk about the legendary hip=hop group A Tribe Called Quest. Also discussed in this episode is Del the Funky Homosapien, the members of LMFAO, and jokes about lyrics.
76 min
214
Boston w/ Colleen Green
Musician Colleen Green joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the band Boston and their potential Rock Hall future. Also discussed in this episode is Colleen's love for Sublime, the meaning of the term "hard rock," and the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
83 min
215
Blink-182 w/ Whitmer Thomas
Comedian/actor Whitmer Thomas joins Joe and Kristen to talk about pop-punk godfathers Blink-182 and their potential induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. Also discussed in this episode is the death of Rock Hall architect I.M. Pei, the standings at the museum's fan vote kiosks, and the best Weird Al songs.
82 min
216
Blur w/ Siobhan Thompson
Writer/comedian Siobhan Thompson joins Joe and Kristen to discuss the Rock Hall merits of Britpop legends Blur. As someone from the UK, Siobhan has a different and interesting perspective on popular music and institutions like the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. Also, this episode has lots of fun talk regarding the bizarre songs that chart in England, especially around Christmas.
74 min
217
The Best of the First Year
In this clip show, Joe and Kristen look back at some memorable moments from the first year of the podcast. A great episode for people new to the show, as well as people who just love to remember!
47 min
218
2019 Induction Ceremony (HBO Broadcast) w/ Jess...
Vulture writer and podcaster Jesse David Fox (Good One) returns to the show to discuss HBO's broadcast of the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony. Sorry for the late upload on this-- technical difficulties, nah mean? This closes the book on Ceremony Season for this year-- back to business as usual next week!
102 min
219
A History of Multiple Inductees
In honor of Stevie Nicks' second induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, we present an episode entirely about multiple inductees. Listen (and play?) along as Kristen tries to guess them all! Note: this is an episode from the vault that was recorded long ago!
53 min
220
Evelyn McDonnell & the Hall's "Women Problem"
Author and rock critic Evelyn McDonnell joins Joe & Kristen to talk about her recently-published article "The Manhandling of Rock 'N' Roll History." Also discussed is her history with the Hall, male-driven rock criticism, Ahmet Ertegun, and Michael Jackson/R. Kelly truthers.
55 min
221
Whose Induction Matters Most? (Vulture Exclusive)
Recorded before the ceremony, Joe & Kristen rank the 2019 inductees in terms of how important their induction is for the artists themselves and how important it is for the Hall. This conversation originally ran as an exclusive on Vulture.
44 min
222
Gregg Geller (Former Nominating Committee Member)
Gregg Geller was not only on the Rock Hall nominating committee for 25 years, but for every induction ceremony since the beginning, he has curated the official CD that VIP attendees receive. He joins Joe & Kristen (in New York City!) to talk about his time on the NomCom, as well as this year's ceremony and its accompanying CD.
66 min
223
2019 Induction Ceremony w/ Neil Walls (Future R...
Neil Walls is the foremost Rock Hall expert in the world and creator of the website Future Rock Legends. He joins Joe & Kristen to review the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony. Also, somehow the first 20 minutes of this episode were lost, so what you need to know is that Neil is a great guy, and that we were all surprised when Don Henley came out to sing Leather & Lace with Stevie Nicks.
85 min
224
What to Expect at the 2019 Induction Ceremony
Our final predictions of what we think might happen at the 2019 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony.
62 min
225
The Cure w/ Kat Corbett
KROQ DJ Kat Corbett joins Joe & Kristen to talk about one of this year's inductees, The Cure. We just had to cover them before they were inducted! Also discussed in this episode is the evolution of radio formats, Joe's first radio contest win, and Kat's surprising run-in with Limp Bizkit's Wes Borland.
80 min