IT would be impossible to find a more eclectic assortment of musos than the one being inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame next week. It’s a safe bet that Rolf Harris, Max Merritt, the Triffids, Russell Morris and Dragon have never assembled in the same city, never mind the same room, during their respective, lengthy careers in show business. That will change on Tuesday, however, when each of them is welcomed into the hallowed hall of the Australian Record Industry Association, whereupon they will be handed a pointy trophy and told to sing something. The annual gala occasion takes place this year at Melbourne Town Hall and insiders are saying that once again it should be one of the highlights on the local music industry’s free drinks calendar. In previous years this event has provided some landmark performances from Oz rock veterans. Last year, for example, Hoodoo Gurus and Radio Birdman brought the house to its feet, sending more than one neglected dessert flying into the air in the process. At first glance, this year’s inductees have little in common, but pause for thought: some of their recorded output gradually pulls them together. It’s all about the Australian landscape. The Triffids, of course, wrote songs that celebrated or were inspired by just that. Their Wide Open Road , along those lines a thread begins to form, tying the Triffids to the other inductees. His Rolfness, for example, had a hit many moons ago with I’ve Been Everywhere , one of the few tunes in Australian music history in which Parramatta and Taree are both mentioned. Dragon, although originally from New Zealand, wrote Bondi Road , one of its most respected tunes. Morris’s biggest hit, The Real Thing , had some kind of trip in mind. That may be stretching the idea a little and I can’t think of one for Kiwi Merritt, but if he didn’t write about the Australian landscape he certainly covered a lot of it. Merritt, who is suffering from the rare autoimmune disorder Goodpasture’s syndrome, is to perform on Tuesday, despite his ill health. written by the group’s singer David McComb, who died in 1999, is, with no exaggeration, an Australian rock classic. Once you start thinking SPIN Doctor hears whispers that the latest album from Tex Perkins comes under the moniker of Tex Perkinz and the Ladyboyz and features previous collaborators such as Charlie Owen ( Tex, Don and Charlie), Cruel Sea guitarist James Cruickzhank ( the Z is an affectation) and Dallas Crane’s Pat Bourke. Provisional title for their debut album, to be released in September, is No 1s and No 2s. Reviewers, get ready to work with that one.