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2019 Rock Eligibles

Had Aaliyah not perished in a plane crash in 2001, what would her relevance be today? In the time she was alive, she had hit albums and was in hit movies and by all accounts was on a track to be among the top entertainers in the world. The music she did do has been labeled as a link between R&B and Electronica and depending on…
Just when it thought that At the Drive-in was poised for a breakthrough they broke up. The Texas based band reined as an important act of the Post-Hardcore scene. Their music was well crafted and among the most cerebral and cryptic of its time. They developed a sizeable cult following but as we have seen from the Hall and discussed on this site, cult bands, regardless…
It took a while for Basement Jaxx to achieve some International success, but once they did they were able to create Hose staples that may very well stand time’s ultimate test. Many who hear Basement Jaxx for the first time only think of them as a group that only did House music, but they pushed that genre’s edge more than they got credit for.   The…
The music critics absolutely love them, and it is easy to see why. Their dreamy brand of Pop was about as pretty as it came and this was not meant to be a negative. This gentle type of music was perfect for the Indie scene, yet was not type of music that was meant for the Adult Contemporary stations. As long as they stay on their…
Should induction be based on pure musical talent alone, Ben Harper would be considered by many as a shoe in for induction when eligible. Harper seems comfortable performing music in any style and his concerts are journeys that reflect his abundant skills. With songwriting ability on par with his musicianship, Harper became a beloved on college radio and the Jam band circuit, but not a whole…
Long before she was causing fatal car accidents, Brandy Norwood was a teen R&B sensation who enjoyed success on the charts. Despite her achievements, it leaned too far to the teeny bop set and it could be safe to say that she hasn’t really tested the limits of what she can do. Still in her early thirties, she has plenty of time to stretch her boundaries.…
Possibly the uncrowned king of retro cool, Brian Setzer first made his mark with the 50’s Rockabilly throwback, the Stray Cats. He would reemerge in the 90’s looking even further back in ushered in the Swing revival. This brings up the same question that we have asked with other musicians who have had great overall careers, but not necessarily a Hall of Fame run with any…
Although there are many who despised Bush and called them a watered down version of Pearl Jam, or a prepackaged Alternative band for MTV, there were many in the States (though not in their home in England) who responded well to their sound and their Post Grunge radio friendly music. Despite their success, the band is best known now as the group that found Gwen Stefani…
Cake may have been defined as an Alternative Rock band never always seemed quite accurate. It wasn’t that they were mainstream as they were far from that, but their geeky brand of music drew from so many genres and created herky jerky combinations that made them a unique act. Lyrically, they were in their own world and full of sarcastic references. They developed a good core…
Critical love isn’t going to be an issue for Daft Punk as they have had plenty of it through their career. What will be the question is whether the Hall will ever consider a House band as Hall worthy. If they do, Daft Punk is a reasonable choice for induction. They are beloved in the Dance world and with the amount of success they had, their…
Like Nick Drake before him, Elliott Smith made a living making introspective and often morose songs. Smith touched many a soul by digging inside of his own. Sadly, as much as he sang of his depression, he was unable to control it and like so many artists he died young. As one of the most celebrated songwriters of his time, he could receive a shot, but…
The Fugees have been called a one album wonder, and that is a statement that bears much truth. However, that album (The Score) was a brilliant effort that was amongst the best that Hip Hop had to offer. It was Jazz Rap brilliance that crossed over to multiple audiences and still is considered a landmark. With that said, despite the solo accomplishments of Lauryn Hill and…
The limited chances of Godspeed You Black Emperor may depend on how much the Post-Rock genre (that of using traditional Rock instruments for non traditional Rock melodies) goes. GYBE is known as being on the forefront of that genre and if that ever takes on a higher profile they would be a solid representative. We won’t be holding our breath for that to happen. The Bullet…
Like many Alternative bands, Grandaddy was at their best when they merged old with new. Their most praised work showcased their ability to use Electronic textures over a Folksy type sound. Lyrically, they followed a similar vein exploring technology from seemingly a rural American point of view. They were a good and quirky little band but that is not the type that the Hall looks for.…
Regular visitors to our site know how adamant we are against actors singing.   Academy Award winner, Jamie Foxx may be one of the exceptions to that rule as the multi-talented performer, actually can sing. Foxx sold millions of records not just because he is a famous actor and comedian, but because those people actually enjoyed the music. Sadly we wonder how many other actors will fail…

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  • 95. Truck Robinson
    95. Truck Robinson
    Len “Truck” Robinson fit his nickname and could very well be the very definition of a power forward.  He was a “truck” underneath, using his incredible strength to dominate.  A great rebounder Truck also had the ability to score and developed a great mid range game.  Injuries limited his career totals and this will hurt his chances, however fans of…
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