sigdiamond2000: This is one of the greatest rock albums ever made, and I'd be willing to bet 99.9% of the population - and about half of all AC/DC fans - have never heard even one song off of it.
Infamous Dr. X: Japancakes: I'm sincerely not trolling. I honestly don't understand the need. Can someone explain to me WHY there are still music-playing terrestrial/satellite stations in 2010?Maybe I'm smug, too, but I agree with most of what you're saying.There are a few reasons, though, why it's still out there. Lest I appear pedantic and lecturing, I'll summarize:1. Access is free (or nearly so) and there's no work involved. Whether you're in your car, on foot, on the train, sitting by the pool, or at work, you can turn on your radio and have instant access to entertainment at virtually no cost (save the investment in the radio) and with no energy/work expended (in researching which albums/tracks to accumulate and put onto a mixtape or mp3 player).2. It's still a key part of the industry marketing machine. Despite the advent of youtube, itunes, pandora, last.fm, etc., terrestrial radio is still THE premier marketplace for the industry - for free, you are able to sample a very wide variety of product, product that you'll likely go buy some of (in form of a cd or album download). The industry WANTS people to have cost- and work-free access to their product.3. No actual statistical data for this, but I suspect that the vast majority of people WANT radio, because it makes life easier. In some small way because their choice of outlet/music source and/or fandom of genres helps them identify themselves and seek like-minded people, just like people watch certain stations on TV or follow certain shows. The same reason people choose to join random subcultures based on hobbies, fashion, or whatever. Again, because it's cost- & work-free, it's an easy and convenient way for people to get entertained and enjoy community.Okay, that was pretty f*ing pedantic. Sorry.
devilskware: I could easily go my entire life without ever hearing any of the hits off of Back in Black, as well as countless other songs, thanks to classic rock radio. This is all thanks to being stuck in a sign shop listening to FM radio for 15 years. Didn't take long!It got so bad that I will gladly listen to sports talk radio for 8 hours straight.
PopFreshenmeyer: You'd think living in one of the largest radio markets in the country would yield some variety to their rock and roll. And while I appreciate the effort to bring in some of the new young turks out there (Green Day? On MY classic rock station?! I'm sure they're just as surprised), I wholeheartedly agree that I have never, ever, ever, heard a Warren Zevon song other than "Werewolves of London."
It doesn't have to be olde to be classical!
drewogatory: devilskware: I could easily go my entire life without ever hearing any of the hits off of Back in Black, as well as countless other songs, thanks to classic rock radio. This is all thanks to being stuck in a sign shop listening to FM radio for 15 years. Didn't take long!It got so bad that I will gladly listen to sports talk radio for 8 hours straight.Dude, I'm CONVINCED this exact thing is what led to the sports talk boom. Pure backlash against rock radio overplay. I would pray for baseball season to start just for something different. At least we had awesome college radio in my area.
GoatCheeseNog: sigdiamond2000: This is one of the greatest rock albums ever made, and I'd be willing to bet 99.9% of the population - and about half of all AC/DC fans - have never heard even one song off of it.A great, big THIS.AC/DC, down payment blues (new window)
AuxRSS: The mostly Internet-based radio station from KCDX is a commercial-free jukebox of deep-cut classic rock. Mostly familiar artists, mostly unfamiliar songs, as TFA requested.
bglove25: Ok, gonna have to give Powerage a try. If its as good as "let there be rock", i will win./Whole Lotta Rosie is the best song about farking fat chicks ever
John Buck 41: Agree 100% but that's a pretty low bar, isn't it? There's Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen and Baby Got Back by some rap mofo...what else?
Shame Based Man: Just gotta add to the Powerage love. AC/DC's best album. There is some actual lyrical content instead of the usual "I'm gonna fight, fark, and go to hell" shtick.John Buck 41:Agree 100% but that's a pretty low bar, isn't it? There's Fat-Bottomed Girls by Queen and Baby Got Back by some rap mofo...what else?Don't forget the Tap.Link (new window)
samperkinsdog: the problem? focus groups. no bullpuckey.so much of this programming is the result of traveling to malls in middle america, swinging a check for $50 and a domino's pizza in front of a willing participant, and then providing a series of stupid one-or-the-other choices over the course of an hour.you like pink floyd? oh yeah? would you rather hear "fearless" or "comfortably numb"?excellent. how about steely dan? would you rather hear "botthisivah" or "peg"?thank you. led zeppelin. which song do you like more, "stairway to heaven" or "hats off to roy harper"?wonderful. here's a tough one. nazareth. here's "love hurts" and here's "waiting for the man". which one do you have stronger memories with?excellent, please... enjoy some more pizza. now, here's "satisfaction", by the stones. would you rather hear that, or "torn & frayed"?and so on. focus groups... especially when accounting for groupthink and the fact that they aren't directed at music fans... well, they ruin everything.and take it from someone who worked in commercial radio, they were EVERYWHERE for a while. it cemented the lowest common denominator among programmers.
kevinfra: You'd think living in one of the largest radio markets in the country would yield some variety to their rock and roll.
GreenAdder: Classic rock bothers me because of the way it's caused radio and television to stagnate, and how much the members of those bands lied. Past generations gave them money so they could "live fast and die young." They lived fast, then reneged on the "die young" part.
CraicBaby: notmtwain: Exactly what classic rock is or isn't can be hard to define.Apparently, Nirvana, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Pearl Jam are now considered classic rock, at least, according to my local classic rock station.
GreenAdder: 97X. Bam! The future of rock and roll.
Infamous Dr. X: sigdiamond2000: Greatest live album ever recorded. Bar none.drewogatory: Uh, just no. Live and Dangerous is with Strangers in The Night a close second.Well, I beg to differ (as much as I love Blood). Of course, this is all wicked subjective and we can argue 'til we're all dead from exhaustion, but I have some alternative choices for "best":The Who, Live at The Isle of Wight (1970)The Who, Live at Leeds (Expanded De-Luxe mega edition, or whatever they called it)Neil Young, Live at The Fillmore East (1970)Otis Redding, In Person at The Whiskey-A-Go-Go (1966)Cream, Wheels of Fire Disc 2 (Winterland/Fillmore, 1968)There's a bunch of other live albums out there that I think are absolutely killer, but these five I think are the absolute tops among "classic rock"...Blood and Cheap Trick At Budokan are at the very top of the honorable mention list.
T.rex: was watching that famous Woodstock documentary, and up came a band who were pretty damn awesome.Ten Years After. I had never even heard of them... and they still perform to this day, and i grew up with classic rock, in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame city.
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