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(Pop Matters)   Top 10 overplayed songs by artists you love. Apparently, Soft Cell had more than one song   (popmatters.com) divider line 156
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2012-07-07 03:31:13 PM  
Thread is useless without Freebird.
 
2012-07-07 04:09:35 PM  
And Hotel California
and Alright Now by Free
and Never Been Any Reason by head East
and the 'Ripped Off like Douche' song
 
2012-07-07 04:38:04 PM  
Soft Cell also had this minor hit which got a whole lotta airplay on KROQ in SoCal in the early 1980s (along with Sex Dwarf). I think it's much better than Tainted Love.

"Oh shiat...you've forgotten the rubber"
 
2012-07-07 04:47:00 PM  
They picked the wrong U2 song. "I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For" or "One" are more overplayed songs than "Mysterious Ways".

That being said, they also forgot Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes". It's an OK song, but it gives the impression Peter Gabriel is a soft-rock balladeer, which is far from the truth. The fact that I hear "Sledgehammer", a #1 song in the 80s and much more representative of the majority of Peter Gabriel's work, every once in a blue moon, but I have to hear "In Your Eyes" on the radio every other day is somewhat saddening.
 
2012-07-07 05:19:28 PM  
Gary Numan and Soft Cell are the only examples that really support the article's point, IMO. For each of the other bands, there are at least one or two other songs that get regular airplay.

The disregard of Numan's catalog is the biggest tragedy; he recorded tons of absolutely amazing stuff.
 
2012-07-07 05:27:14 PM  

Lorelle: Soft Cell also had this minor hit which got a whole lotta airplay on KROQ in SoCal in the early 1980s (along with Sex Dwarf). I think it's much better than Tainted Love.

"Oh shiat...you've forgotten the rubber"


Haven't heard that song in ages, and much like anything that got play in those days, you can probably thank Rodney Bingenheimer for getting it out there
 
2012-07-07 05:52:38 PM  
The radio stations around here are obsessed with Stand and Shiny Happy People. I think they've forgotten about Losing My Religion.
 
2012-07-07 06:20:51 PM  
U2 has been pigeonholed by Mysterious Ways? On what planet? Losing My Religion is overplayed? And when I think of The Clash, I think of Rock the Casbah. What the hell kind of radio stations does this author listen to?

FTFA: Definitely an important artist whose unfairly stereotyped.

Did I just get sent to a shiatty blog with no editor? I'm just askin questions.
 
2012-07-07 06:34:48 PM  

Di Atribe: What the hell kind of radio stations does this author listen to?


That's what I can't figure out. His radio station of choice plays one Pink Floyd song? One Elton John song? One U2 song. That's extremely improbable. My guess is he either listens on some mobile device, thinks he is tuning in to a radio station, but is actually playing the same playlist over and over again. Or he listens in the car and thinks he is tuning in to a radio station, but there's actually a mixed CD he burned in 1998 stuck in the CD player.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-07 06:57:42 PM  
#2: "Tiny Dancer" - Elton John

Not overplayed in my experience. Like "Comfortably Numb" it is good enough to survive the airplay it gets.

If you want an overplayed Elton John pick either "Empty Garden" or his Diana tribute. I mention the first because I was a teenager in 1980-1982 and overdosed on the John Lennon nostalgia forced over the airwaves.
 
2012-07-07 07:10:31 PM  
i44.photobucket.com
 
2012-07-07 07:21:06 PM  
The real question here is why in the blue fark are you people still listening to FM radio?
 
2012-07-07 07:28:34 PM  
^
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
2012-07-07 07:41:14 PM  
The real question here is why in the blue fark are you people still listening to FM radio?

Because it's free, easy, and I can listen in my car even if my iPod adapter decides to crash.
 
2012-07-07 07:46:36 PM  

Di Atribe: U2 has been pigeonholed by Mysterious Ways? On what planet? Losing My Religion is overplayed? And when I think of The Clash, I think of Rock the Casbah. What the hell kind of radio stations does this author listen to?




I was wondering this as well. I don't think I've heard Mysterious Ways on the radio since it was a new song, or at least not nearly as often as some of U2's other tracks. That said, I also don't really tire of Man in the Box, even if it is probably the most likely AIC song to be played; though I do agree they have better tracks.

I think TFA is somewhat silly in that it assumes album cuts will be played over singles, which hasn't been the case in quite some time. Kind of sad because I think it would make radio a bit more tolerable if it wasn't the same pre-approved tracks being played.
 
2012-07-07 07:49:20 PM  
Man in the Box

^This

One of the reasons I stopped listening to FM radio. WOULD? it hurt you to play other AIC songs?

/I'm looking at you X96
 
2012-07-07 07:49:57 PM  
'The Clash were politically important'?

Where, why and to who/m?

I like 'em but it matters not; they were ever politically important; what legislation did they introduce here or in England? Did they invent any new 'rights'? Did they start and sustain a political party?

No, nope and uh-uh.

Did they write a some good songs and mash-up different genres and get rich in the process? Yup and who could ask for more?
 
2012-07-07 07:49:57 PM  
The 10 most overplayed songs on your 70's,80'sand 90's Flashback station maybe..
 
2012-07-07 07:50:42 PM  
Isn't it nice
Luring disco dollies to a life of vice
 
2012-07-07 07:51:41 PM  
Why haven't I ever bought a U2 cd? I don't need to. Jump around the stations, you will find ANY one of their songs playing somewhere.
 
2012-07-07 07:54:56 PM  

kiteless: Man in the Box

^This

One of the reasons I stopped listening to FM radio. WOULD? it hurt you to play other AIC songs?

/I'm looking at you X96


Not as bad as Van Halen. If you went just on FM radio airplay, you would think that Panama was the only song they ever released.
 
2012-07-07 07:55:37 PM  

ZAZ: #2: "Tiny Dancer" - Elton John

Not overplayed in my experience. Like "Comfortably Numb" it is good enough to survive the airplay it gets.

If you want an overplayed Elton John pick either "Empty Garden" or his Diana tribute. I mention the first because I was a teenager in 1980-1982 and overdosed on the John Lennon nostalgia forced over the airwaves.


I agree, but I had no idea Empty Garden was about Lennon. I really like that song, and I can't help but admit knowing it's about Lennon really takes it down a few notches for me.
 
2012-07-07 07:55:37 PM  
Soft Cell's David Ball had a pretty good house band called The Grid.

Rollercoaster

Worth checking out if you like house.
 
2012-07-07 08:01:09 PM  
Every time I hear 'Tainted Love', I instantly think of Danny Devito as the stripper-cop on 'Friends'.
 
2012-07-07 08:01:35 PM  
Came for "Two Princes" and "Don't You Forget About Me".

Meh, whatever.
 
2012-07-07 08:03:17 PM  
There was a reason why I switched to public radio back in the early 2000's.

/I got knocked down, but I got up again, I never let it get me down.
 
2012-07-07 08:04:25 PM  

Di Atribe: U2 has been pigeonholed by Mysterious Ways? On what planet?


Yeah, that was weird. He had his choice of about 20 overplayed U2 singles and somehow chose the one that really isn't overplayed.
 
2012-07-07 08:04:42 PM  
The Clash's London Calling over Combat Rock or Should I Stay...

It's all over any film or Tv programme that switches location to London. And wait for the Olympics coming up, it's gonna be all over the place.
 
2012-07-07 08:05:13 PM  
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www.adrians.co.uk

upload.wikimedia.org

seriously, wtf radio
 
2012-07-07 08:07:53 PM  
I would have gone with Money by Pink Floyd.
 
Boc
2012-07-07 08:08:29 PM  
No radiohead creep? Had to say it meh.

As for alice in chains...Back when i worked for a terrible retail company durring night shift hours back before they shut off the store fm radio completely I didn't hear man in the box nearly as much as i heard rooster or no excuses.

Far as U2 goes ...only song that exist to me.
 
2012-07-07 08:11:22 PM  
Celebration - Kool & The Gang - How trite can you get? Played at *EVERY* DAMNED WEDDING and is nutritionally equivalent to a Slim Jim.

Old Time Rock & Roll - Bob Seger - Which contains nothing of the sort, and only Seger grunting it out. Even *HE* hates the song.

Holiday - Madonna - See "Celebration" above (same reason)
 
2012-07-07 08:13:26 PM  
Oh wait, by "artists I love". Uh... no, not so much.
 
2012-07-07 08:13:50 PM  
Counting Crows - Big Yellow Taxi

For the love of God stop playing this song. It's not even their song.
 
2012-07-07 08:16:03 PM  
Over played?? How about anything by Led Zeppelin.
 
2012-07-07 08:16:42 PM  
As a Dire Straits fan, I hate to say it, but "Sultans of Swing" and 'Money for Nothing" are overplayed. And unfortunately, they're mostly the songs that the populous knows them for.

Also, Phil Collins solo era could be divided into three groups of songs: bitter, dark ballads: "In the air tonight", " "I don't care anymore", "do you know, do you care", "take me home", (and downright creepy: "thru these walls"), syrupy ballads: "one more night", "if leaving me is easy", "we said hello goodbye", and cheesy pop: "susudio", "you can't hurry love", etc.

plus all the ones that are uncategorizable: "droned", "hand in hand", "long long way to go"
 
2012-07-07 08:18:04 PM  
For me "Money" from Pink Floyd stands out.
Rolling Stones "Can't Get No Satisfaction"
The Doors "Hello, I love You"

could probably go way too long doing this.
 
2012-07-07 08:19:00 PM  
Writer sounds like another effete music snob who is still pissy that no one gave a shiat about The Smiths...or some other band critics loved and only effete music snobs heard their music

Although David Lee Roth was rock musics version of pancreatic cancer...he was right when he called out critics "they like Elvis Costello's music because he is as ugly as they are"
 
2012-07-07 08:20:29 PM  
perhaps "overplayed" isn't quite right for what I'm thinking, but songs that get played often enough that drive me crazy when there is so much better music that could be played in its place.
 
2012-07-07 08:21:43 PM  
Green Day's "Good Riddance".
I hate Green Day so I guess it doesn't really count.
 
2012-07-07 08:22:47 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: Also, Phil Collins solo era could be divided into three groups of songs: bitter, dark ballads: "In the air tonight", " "I don't care anymore", "do you know, do you care", "take me home", (and downright creepy: "thru these walls"), syrupy ballads: "one more night", "if leaving me is easy", "we said hello goodbye", and cheesy pop: "susudio", "you can't hurry love", etc.

plus all the ones that are uncategorizable: "droned", "hand in hand", "long long way to go"


i46.tinypic.com

/sorry, just reminded me of that
 
2012-07-07 08:25:21 PM  
I never really got tired of "Cars" or "Tainted Love" and can appreciate "Losing my religion" from time to time, but they're not the only songs i listen to.

/Sex Dwarf, isn't it nice? Sugar and spice. Luring disco dollies to a life of vice...
//I'd love to pull the wires from the wall. Did you?
///Blackbirds, backwards, forwards and fall and hold, hold

U2 gets on my tits, though, especially the overplayed "One".
 
2012-07-07 08:26:58 PM  
No one plays "Mysterious Ways" anywhere, nor have they in over 10 years. You're more likely to hear a deep cut off of the farking War album on radio than that track.

Boc: No radiohead creep? Had to say it meh.


Nah, I'd say "Fake Plastic Trees". "Creep" just sucked the first time you heard. "Fake Plastic Trees" was brilliant the first several times you heard it, but then by the next millions times you heard it, you start openly asking for the sweet release of death. Case in point; few rock bands (be it a local garage band or someone "famous") ever covered "Creep". Every "singer/songwriter" to come up after 1995, regardless of success and longevity, has at some point covered "FPT".
 
2012-07-07 08:27:15 PM  
Someone could run a continual loop of the opening riff to Iron Man on a station 24/7 and I'd have no problem with that.
 
2012-07-07 08:28:01 PM  
DancingElkCondor: they like Elvis Costello's music

Who is not overplayed: Elvis Costello.

/thank goodness
 
2012-07-07 08:29:24 PM  

Boc: No radiohead creep? Had to say it meh.

As for alice in chains...Back when i worked for a terrible retail company durring night shift hours back before they shut off the store fm radio completely I didn't hear man in the box nearly as much as i heard rooster or no excuses.

Far as U2 goes ...only song that exist to me.


I prefer this one

Legend has it Joey Ramone was listening to that song when he died.
 
2012-07-07 08:30:30 PM  

elwood1972: Over played?? How about anything by Led Zeppelin.


I used to work in an office that played classic rock 90% of the time. You know the one...the "eagle" the "wolf" etc. It seemed as if LZ was playing every 5 songs. I moved to England and lived there for 8 years and considering they are an English band, I didnt hear anything at all about them. Not one note. Not one mention on TV or radio. I come back to the US and and the first thing I hear is "hey hey mama say the way you move...". I wanted to kill myself.
 
2012-07-07 08:31:42 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: I don't think I've heard Mysterious Ways on the radio since it was a new song, or at least not nearly as often as some of U2's other tracks.


I hear it a lot on the Soccer Mom station (they're having a Magic Mike sweepstakes for godsakes), which used to be a pretty good 80's-ish station. I find myself surfing past it most of the time because I still hold out hope for a little cheesy 80's action every once in a while.


kiteless: Why haven't I ever bought a U2 cd? I don't need to. Jump around the stations, you will find ANY one of their songs playing somewhere.


They are the Law & Order of FM radio


ThatGuyGreg: The real question here is why in the blue fark are you people still listening to FM radio?


Because it's free & I still manage to find new things on it sometimes.
 
2012-07-07 08:32:14 PM  
I never really liked 80s synth pop Gary Numan, but his goth/industrial stuff over the last decade+ has been absolutely phenomenal and will never receive the acclaim it deserves.
 
2012-07-07 08:32:45 PM  

Lorelle: Soft Cell also had this minor hit which got a whole lotta airplay on KROQ in SoCal in the early 1980s (along with Sex Dwarf). I think it's much better than Tainted Love.
"Oh shiat...you've forgotten the rubber"


I like "Sex Dwarf" but was unfamiliar with this "It's a Mugs Game" to which you introduced me. Interesting. Had I heard it without knowing its performers, I would have thought they were Go West, as the song shares a great deal with "We Close Our Eyes".
 
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