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2012-07-07 08:33:56 PM  

kiteless: WOULD? it hurt you to play other AIC songs?




maybe it was just the station i was listening to, but it seemed like Would? was the most played AIC towards the late 90s or so.


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




I know what you're getting at, but it seems like if a radio station plays Led Zeppelin, it's not the same 2 or 3 songs. Led Zeppelin seem to be one of the few bands that get album cuts consistently played.
 
2012-07-07 08:34:25 PM  

Crazymuthafarker: I prefer this one

Legend has it Joey Ramone was listening to that song when he died.


Interesting...I'm a sucker for this one, but I really don't listen to anything by them anymore.
 
2012-07-07 08:35:26 PM  
I had the soft cell hits cd. Trust me, Tainted Love was the only thing they had going for them.

I also agree that Man in the Box seems to get the most play, or at least it used to, haven't heard it in years myself. AiC had many good songs.

I don't know what #7 is on about, Mysterious Ways was a decent song, but if I had to pick an over played U2 song I'd say either Where The streets have no name or Still haven't found what I'm looking for would be top of that list.

REM had a lot of hits that got a lot of play, I don't think Loosing my religion was played any more than any other.

Similar to Soft Cell, for the B-52's love shack was about their only decent song, so yeah, it got all the radio play.

And finally for Elton John, the man has so many damn hit songs its not funny. Tiny Dancer doesn't get any more played than any of his others.

Sounds to me like whoever wrote this article needs to try out a few different radio stations, or maybe the town he lives in only has one classic rock station.
 
2012-07-07 08:37:17 PM  
One (err..10) of the many reasons I have Sirius.

Yes, 80s on 8 does play some of them, but they're not overplayed at all.
 
2012-07-07 08:39:55 PM  

Killer Cars: Crazymuthafarker: I prefer this one

Legend has it Joey Ramone was listening to that song when he died.

Interesting...I'm a sucker for this one, but I really don't listen to anything by them anymore.


I like that version. I don't listen to them much anymore either but, every once in a while it's fun to have a high school flashback.
 
2012-07-07 08:40:48 PM  
ELP: Lucky Man
Yes: Roundabout

I get it, this isn't 1971 where they'd play 20 minute songs on FM radio, so the chances of hearing Close to the Edge or all of Karn Evil 9 are non-existent, but still.

douchebag/hater: Where, why and to who/m?

To 15-year old guys who are really really really angry about the world, lyrics like

Burn down the suburbs
With your half-closed eyes
You won't succeed
Unless you try!


or

Kick over the wall
Cause governments to fall
How can you refuse it?
Let fury have the hour
Anger can be power
Do ya know that you can use it?


seem like brilliantly thought out manifestos.

Of course, years later that same 15 year old realizes that arson is lame and why should children and pets be immolated because their parents suck? OK, you overthrow the government, THEN what? A brutal dictatorship? Constitutional democracy? What to do with the previous regime? Kill 'em all and let god sort it out or pardon them in the name of reconciliation?

/Just sayin'
 
2012-07-07 08:41:46 PM  

Archimedes' Principal: Every time I hear 'Tainted Love', I instantly think of Danny Devito as the stripper-cop on 'Friends'.


I remember dancing to that in a gay bar when I was barely legal to be there. I had great fun.
 
2012-07-07 08:41:59 PM  

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



Well, be fair, you can't really single out one specific Radiohead song that is over-played, because all Radiohead songs are over-played, even if they are only played once.
 
2012-07-07 08:43:12 PM  

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



Because when you go under a bridge it doesn't "fuzz out" the way AM does. No static at all.
 
2012-07-07 08:48:26 PM  
Adding;

The Cure's "Friday I'm in Love"


/Love me some Cure. Hate that song with a passion
 
2012-07-07 08:56:29 PM  

fusillade762: Soft Cell's David Ball had a pretty good house band called The Grid.

Rollercoaster

Worth checking out if you like house.


And what's wrong with that?
 
2012-07-07 08:58:04 PM  

LarryDan43: I would have gone with Money by Pink Floyd.


This. And I am a huge Rush fan, but I change stations whenever Tom Sawyer comes on.
 
2012-07-07 08:58:57 PM  

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


Because when you go under a bridge it doesn't "fuzz out" the way AM does. No static at all.


Well played!
 
2012-07-07 09:00:52 PM  
I haven't heard any of these songs in years!

When I was in college a girl lived next door to me who liked Billy Joel. She would play Piano Man, then pick up the needle (OK I was born in the stone age) and play it again. Over and over. And over. And over.

And that's why Mr. Bourdain, I hate Billy Joel.
 
2012-07-07 09:01:57 PM  

ReapTheChaos: Similar to Soft Cell, for the B-52's love shack was about their only decent song, so yeah, it got all the radio play.


No, and no. "Sex Dwarf" (warning - NSFW video) was better than "Tainted Love". "Roam", "Rock Lobster", and "Channel Z" were all much better than "Love Shack"

"Geno", "Show Me", and "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" all kick "Come On Eileen"'s ass, even if "Come On Eileen" was the only American hit for Dexy's Midnight Runners (Brits can't fathom that Americans think Dexy's Midnight Runners were one-hit wonders).

Animotion's "Let Him Go" was better than "Obsession", but Obsession was still better than "I Engineer" or "Room to Move"
 
2012-07-07 09:08:14 PM  
Also, I would like to nominate Pat Benatar's "Hit me with your best shot."

Benatar is one of my favorites. She's got a fantastic voice & for a pop-rock act, managed to keep things interesting. Hit Me With Your Best Shot is a 3 note formulaic derp-fest that feels like it was made only to sell records. Hate.
 
2012-07-07 09:17:29 PM  
So we can have one of these retarded lists posted again but no stories about Randy Blythe charged with murder in prague?
 
2012-07-07 09:20:47 PM  

Shakes999: So we can have one of these retarded lists posted again but no stories about Randy Blythe charged with murder in prague?


Or Glenn Beck killing that girl.
 
2012-07-07 09:21:58 PM  

HopScotchNSoda: "Geno", "Show Me", and "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" all kick "Come On Eileen"'s ass, even if "Come On Eileen" was the only American hit for Dexy's Midnight Runners (Brits can't fathom that Americans think Dexy's Midnight Runners were one-hit wonders)


Why? Are they amazed that anyone was able to find even one of their songs likable enough to become a hit? I went and listened to all the links you gave as well as Come on Eileen so I could refresh my memory since I didn't really remember the song all that well, and it they all sucked giant sweaty hairy donkey cock. And the thing is, I can't explain it. I really can't tell you why I found all of those songs to be so shiatty but they all grated my nerves.
 
2012-07-07 09:27:30 PM  
Boc, Killer Cars, Crazymuthafarker, and anyone else that's interested:

You're discussing really cool U2 songs that never get played? This kicks ass.
 
2012-07-07 09:27:56 PM  
I know that music threads sometimes devolve into animosity, when people with good taste in music debate the subtle distinctions between various bands and various styles. Ultimately, there is no way to resolve those debates, because good music will always appeal to people for different reasons. We may never be able to decide which band is "the best ever," but I think that we can at least all agree that every song by Radiohead sucks the corn kernels out of a dead donkey's ass and all of their fans are inbred simpletons with too many chromosomes who should be boiled down and converted to bio-diesel because they will never, ever contribute anything of value to humanity.

I mean at least we can all agree that this much should be uncontroversial.
 
2012-07-07 09:33:10 PM  

FloydA: I know that music threads sometimes devolve into animosity, when people with good taste in music debate the subtle distinctions between various bands and various styles. Ultimately, there is no way to resolve those debates, because good music will always appeal to people for different reasons. We may never be able to decide which band is "the best ever," but I think that we can at least all agree that every song by Radiohead sucks the corn kernels out of a dead donkey's ass and all of their fans are inbred simpletons with too many chromosomes who should be boiled down and converted to bio-diesel because they will never, ever contribute anything of value to humanity.

I mean at least we can all agree that this much should be uncontroversial.


While I personally agree, I was under the impression that Radiohead was one of Fark's favorite bands.
 
2012-07-07 09:39:24 PM  
"Closer" by Nine Inch Nails needed to be on that list.

For an artist that has put out so much work, and much of it quite good, the general public just seems incapable of not going back to butcher that song over and over again.
 
2012-07-07 09:39:48 PM  

mekki: Adding;

The Cure'sRebecca Black "Fridays I'm in Love"



FTFY.. She really is under appreciated on FM radio
 
2012-07-07 09:45:58 PM  
FloydA: but I think that we can at least all agree that every song by Radiohead sucks the corn kernels out of a dead donkey's ass and all of their fans are inbred simpletons with too many chromosomes who should be boiled down and converted to bio-diesel because they will never, ever contribute anything of value to humanity

No sir, I will NOT be boiled down because your thesis is fatally flawed. As long as this album

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and especially this album:

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are available in any format any place in the world, Radiohead gets a pass for the wildly overhyped Kid A and all the shiate that follows it.

/I'd tell all my friends
//But they'd never believe me
///They'd think that I finally lost it completely
 
2012-07-07 09:46:28 PM  
Add "Right Here, Right Now," by Jesus Jones to the list for me.
 
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2012-07-07 09:48:30 PM  
"Every day I write the book" is Elvis Costello's overplayed song. I liked it the first few times I heard it.
 
2012-07-07 09:48:45 PM  

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


This. Mostly it's like 5 zeppelin songs, not just anything. Although one time in the past year I heard a radio station play a pretty badass and famous live I dunno 20 minute version of stairway which was just goddamn awesome, especially because DJs simply don't do that anymore.

But yes typically it's schlock. I'd add No Woman No Cry and Plush by STP (they had some good songs but Plush was not one of them).
 
2012-07-07 09:49:10 PM  

FeedTheCollapse: kiteless: WOULD? it hurt you to play other AIC songs?



maybe it was just the station i was listening to, but it seemed like Would? was the most played AIC towards the late 90s or so.


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



I know what you're getting at, but it seems like if a radio station plays Led Zeppelin, it's not the same 2 or 3 songs. Led Zeppelin seem to be one of the few bands that get album cuts consistently played.


not while I was living in Chicago. A radio station had a "Get the Led Out" hour every evening at 9pm and it was always the same songs.
 
2012-07-07 09:50:41 PM  
I don't know what radio station the author listens to but we get more than enough Pink Floyd, U2, R.E.M. and Elton John around here. And to say Black Sabbath has "remained relevant without ever leaving it's early 70's radio friendly fare". What does that even mean? And if you're going to bring up Black Sabbath, why not mention Deep Purple, or Led Zeppelin, or Metallica. I'm sure you could make all of those bands fit this ill-conceived and poorly executed sketch of an idea of an article.
 
2012-07-07 09:51:12 PM  

Skarekrough: "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails needed to be on that list.

For an artist that has put out so much work, and much of it quite good, the general public just seems incapable of not going back to butcher that song over and over again.


I believe that would be on the overplayed at Strip Clubs list.
 
2012-07-07 10:10:50 PM  

LarryDan43: Skarekrough: "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails needed to be on that list.

For an artist that has put out so much work, and much of it quite good, the general public just seems incapable of not going back to butcher that song over and over again.

I believe that would be on the overplayed at Strip Clubs list.


Having been a bouncer in one in college and coming to the tail end of the era where all my friends are getting married (and having bachelor parties) I would argue that whatever song it is getting overplayed in strip clubs is, it's probably hip-hop.
 
2012-07-07 10:16:48 PM  

Skarekrough: LarryDan43: Skarekrough: "Closer" by Nine Inch Nails needed to be on that list.

For an artist that has put out so much work, and much of it quite good, the general public just seems incapable of not going back to butcher that song over and over again.

I believe that would be on the overplayed at Strip Clubs list.

Having been a bouncer in one in college and coming to the tail end of the era where all my friends are getting married (and having bachelor parties) I would argue that whatever song it is getting overplayed in strip clubs is, it's probably hip-hop.


Really depends on the area you're in and as well as the club itself and the girls dancing if they get the choice of music. When I was stationed in Texas one of the places I'd go had girls that would choose mostly rock type music with a little bit of hip hop thrown in. Around where I live now it's pretty varied, but I'd say about 1/2 of the girls choose rock to dance to.

What always gets me is the number of girls dancing to Rage Against the Machine.
 
2012-07-07 10:20:06 PM  
You can't overplay Ironman.
 
2012-07-07 10:21:52 PM  

HopScotchNSoda: ReapTheChaos: Similar to Soft Cell, for the B-52's love shack was about their only decent song, so yeah, it got all the radio play.

No, and no. "Sex Dwarf" (warning - NSFW video) was better than "Tainted Love". "Roam", "Rock Lobster", and "Channel Z" were all much better than "Love Shack"

"Geno", "Show Me", and "Jackie Wilson Said (I'm in Heaven When You Smile)" all kick "Come On Eileen"'s ass, even if "Come On Eileen" was the only American hit for Dexy's Midnight Runners (Brits can't fathom that Americans think Dexy's Midnight Runners were one-hit wonders).

Animotion's "Let Him Go" was better than "Obsession", but Obsession was still better than "I Engineer" or "Room to Move"


I'll give you Roam, I had actually forgotten about that one, but no offence, Rock Lobster is one of the stupidest songs I've ever heard, sorry.

I'll stick to my original assessment of Soft Cell, don't get me wrong, I really did try to like more of their stuff. Back in the 80's I was all into that whole British alternative music scene too, but no dice on Soft Cell.
 
2012-07-07 10:28:57 PM  

Third_Uncle_Eno: 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.


True.
Though I'll tell you that Sultans can be a gateway to Telegraph Road if you can find a friend who can show you something beyond the 4 piece frivolity.
Mark played it live on his last tour and damn near brought the house down with the extended solo.
 
2012-07-07 10:29:30 PM  
I remember years ago when I worked in radio sometimes I would go to the focus groups where they would pick some of the music played. My god the people that would show up to this pretty much picked the same awful stuff over and over. They would play 30 seconds of a song and they would press a button or turn a dial. They would play a great song I havent heard in years and the levels would just kinda meh. Then they would play Hotel California and it would go through the roof. Should have stocked those tests with farkers probably woulda got some decent music. Stupid Clear Channel.
 
2012-07-07 10:29:33 PM  

wiseolddude: You can't overplay Ironman.


True that. "Overplay" suggests the initial playing was welcome in the first place.
 
2012-07-07 10:37:53 PM  
Virtual Pariah: Third_Uncle_Eno: 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.


True.
Though I'll tell you that Sultans can be a gateway to Telegraph Road if you can find a friend who can show you something beyond the 4 piece frivolity.
Mark played it live on his last tour and damn near brought the house down with the extended solo.


The "classic rock" station that is the only music source allowed at one of the warehouses one of my jobs often requires me to spend many many hours in oddly plays Skateaway about six times per each 8 hour shift. They also play Money For Nothing (with that verse included) about 4 times every 8 hours.So far those are the only two D.S. songs I've heard them air.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HAYcBNAu6ik
 
2012-07-07 10:40:16 PM  
None of these songs are particularly overplayed anymore.
 
2012-07-07 10:41:23 PM  

ReapTheChaos: for the B-52's love shack was about their only decent song


Strobe Light.

As for Soft Cell, I think Marc Almond's solo work has been very interesting. It's not consistent - when it's bad, it's terrible but when it's good it's amazing.
 
2012-07-07 10:42:45 PM  

Deadwing: And I am a huge Rush fan, but I change stations whenever Tom Sawyer comes on.


When I was in college one of the two good (as in non-top 40 only) radios stations played Tom Sawyer or Spirit Of Radio not just once a day but at least 3 times a day. I farking hate those songs now.
 
2012-07-07 10:44:51 PM  
Another Brick in the Wall is great. Money, on the other hand, is overplayed crap. I say that with nothing but love in my heart for Pink Floyd.
 
2012-07-07 10:47:46 PM  
Does anyone in the industry know why this is? I mean, I assume radio stations pay licensing fees for each broadcast of a song. Is it cheaper to play one song twenty times rather than twenty songs one time each?

I hardly ever listen to the radio and even so there are dozens of songs that I'm so sick of they make me want to claw my face off.
 
2012-07-07 10:52:16 PM  

ReapTheChaos: I'll give you Roam, I had actually forgotten about that one, but no offence, Rock Lobster is one of the stupidest songs I've ever heard, sorry.

I'll stick to my original assessment of Soft Cell, don't get me wrong, I really did try to like more of their stuff. Back in the 80's I was all into that whole British alternative music scene too, but no dice on Soft Cell.



I didn't say (nor think) that "Rock Lobster" wasn't stupid; it is. I only said that it was better than "Love Shack", which it is.

I was not a fan of Soft Cell. Again, my point wasn't that "Sex Dwarf" was a masterpiece; just that it was better than that annoying "Tainted Love".
 
2012-07-07 10:56:53 PM  
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Posting it myself so I won't be disappointed.
 
2012-07-07 11:07:10 PM  
How about that one song from AC/DC that sounds like all the other songs by AC/DC?
 
2012-07-07 11:08:03 PM  
Kiss- Rock and Roll All Night
BOC- Burning For You
Devo-Whip It
Ramones- I Wanna Be Sedated
Blondie- Heart Of Glass
Alice Cooper- School's Out
New Order- Blue Monday
Prince- Rasberry Beret
Nirvana- Smells Like Teen Spirit
Radiohead- Creep and High and Dry
 
2012-07-07 11:09:58 PM  

The Why Not Guy: ReapTheChaos: for the B-52's love shack was about their only decent song

Strobe Light.

As for Soft Cell, I think Marc Almond's solo work has been very interesting. It's not consistent - when it's bad, it's terrible but when it's good it's amazing.


Dirty Back Road...

and Soft Cell has zippo redeeming qualities.
 
2012-07-07 11:15:13 PM  

bdub77: But yes typically it's schlock. I'd add No Woman No Cry and Plush by STP (they had some good songs but Plush was not one of them).


I would vote for Interstate Love Song. All I hear from them is that steaming pile.
 
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