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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
upload.wikimedia.org

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".
 
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

ecx.images-amazon.com

and especially this album:

ecx.images-amazon.com

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.
 
ZAZ [TotalFark]
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
I came for this: Link

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.
 
2012-07-07 11:17:40 PM
Funny that the article complains about these songs being overplayed then only shows the videos for the songs they say are overplayed
 
2012-07-07 11:43:33 PM

JoePiscopoJr.: Kiss- Rock and Roll All Night
New Order- Blue Monday


Doesn't get old for me, but True Faith is a better song.
 
2012-07-07 11:46:43 PM
No Smells Like Teen Spirit?
 
2012-07-07 11:46:46 PM
Tainted Love is a remake from the 60's any how. Soft Cell didn't even bother to write an original song.
 
2012-07-07 11:54:42 PM
Rock Lobster is one of the stupidest songs I've ever heard, sorry.

Meh, perhaps but it was fun as hell to dance to back in the day.

I prefer Dirty Back Road or Mesopotamia myself by the B-52s.

Mark played it live on his last tour and damn near brought the house down with the extended solo.

Would have loved to see that. Telegraph Road purely rawks.

Overplayed? Party Rock by LMFAO. Actually, anything by LMFAO even if it's the first time it's being played.

Not sure why Nickelback and Bieber get the grief they do on Fark when LMFAO gets left alone.
 
2012-07-08 12:06:45 AM

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


you shut your whore mouth
 
2012-07-08 12:35:29 AM
Pearl Jam- Evenflow
 
2012-07-08 12:46:44 AM
Ok, I only read the first 50 comments but where is Blind Melon's No Rain?

Not really overplayed, but that entire first album was incredible, and I just found out tonight that Shannon Hoon was alive for a second album. So now I have to find Soup.
 
2012-07-08 12:58:15 AM

Deddude9988: Funny that the article complains about these songs being overplayed then only shows the videos for the songs they say are overplayed


Well to be fair, the article wasn't 'What should be played instead of these songs'.

Oh and Journey Don't Stop Believing'. In class (4 hours a day 5 days a week) our drafting proff would play 92.9 the River. You knew it was 9:30 because that damn song played every goddamned day.
 
2012-07-08 02:06:43 AM
"Walk on the Wild Side" is the only Lou Reed/VU song you will ever hear on FM
 
2012-07-08 02:09:25 AM
I do think Sublime is overplayed
 
2012-07-08 02:23:28 AM

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

you shut your whore mouth


Would you like them as much if they werent over played?
 
2012-07-08 02:31:35 AM

Di Atribe: 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.


Per her autobiography Pat hates it too because it's so overplayed. I love Pat but I never liked that song. Her version of "Wuthering Heights" off that album is absolutely amazing, though.

The guy in the cube behind mine keeps the local classic rock station on and I swear to Cthulhu it only plays Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", Aerosmith's "Dream On" and the Eagles' "Hotel California". It doesn't even play Zeppelin. WTF.
 
2012-07-08 02:55:27 AM

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

you shut your whore mouth

Would you like them as much if they werent over played?


John Bonham was the biggest leap in rock and roll drumming since Buddy Rich. And any geek loves the Tolkin references. You know not of what you speak.
 
2012-07-08 03:50:16 AM
That was the most ridiculous, random, premise-less article I've read in like a couple hours...

/I didn't like it
 
2012-07-08 04:15:57 AM
Every Beatles hit

Every Rolling Stone hit

The Grass Roots- Midnight Confession

Alice Cooper - School's Out, Eighteen, Elected, No More Mr. Nice Guy. The guy has a back catalog like no other, and they keep playing the same hits

Van Halen- Panama, Hot for Teacher, Right Now

AC/DC- Back in Black, Hell's Bells, Highway to Hell
 
2012-07-08 04:41:36 AM

Godscrack: And Hotel California
and Alright Now by Free
and Never Been Any Reason by head East
and the 'Ripped Off like Douche' song


And Crazy Train.
 
2012-07-08 04:51:44 AM
Can't believe no one has mentioned A Flock of Seagulls - "I Ran"
 
2012-07-08 06:26:50 AM

The Why Not Guy: 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.


American radio stations don't pay anything to play music. They call it free advertising. In Britain and most of Europe radio stations pay per track played (in Britain a play counts as over 20secs).

It seems every couple of years getting paid when a radio station plays a song raises its head in America but gets shot down by the radio stations.


Fun fact is that because American radio stations refuse to pay British artists Amarican Artists don't get paid when they are played on British radio stations.
 
2012-07-08 06:31:43 AM
Don't play that song! That achey breaky song!
 
2012-07-08 06:36:53 AM
upload.wikimedia.org
 
2012-07-08 08:20:26 AM
Gordon, that one's a shame. Their first album is lovely but nobody believes me because of that damn song.
 
2012-07-08 08:37:32 AM
not really overplayed, in America anyway, but I'm sick of the only Jesus and Mary Chain track anyone knows about/compiles is Just Like Honey. It's not even the best track on Psychocandy...
 
2012-07-08 08:42:38 AM

groppet: 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.


That is exactly how it works. And it's usually less than 15 seconds of a song. The participants are usually asked to rate it on a scale of 1-5 on how much they like the song, then they are asked to note whether they are tired of hearing it or would like to hear it more often (the "burn" score). Crunch all those numbers, factor in the burn, and you get a list. All these songs everyone is complaining about are ALWAYS in the top 20 or so in every music test I have ever seen from anywhere in the country. Radio stations will then take the top 400-500 songs from the music test and put together the playlist. Lower scoring songs getting longer rotations so they only come up 1 or 2 times a week.

This happens in every format. They all have their own set of songs that are consistent high testers.

And I will tell you this: If you program a radio station to the vocal minority who claim "You need to play more deep cuts from 'Flaming Pile of Cheese'. Everybody loves them and your ratings will go up.." They won't.

/Ex rock Program Director.
 
2012-07-08 09:49:58 AM

The Why Not Guy: 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.


Radio stations pay an annual licensing fee that has nothing whatsoever to do with which songs they play, although ASCAP and BMI distribute those fees based on what had the most airplay. Theoretically.

Overplaying specific songs (at least when they were originally released) has much more to do with payola (record labels paying program directors to play songs). Now it's just bad taste and Clear Channel focus groups.
 
2012-07-08 10:38:31 AM

groppet: I do think Sublime is overplayed


Coming from someone who lives in the OC, this might be the understatement of the century. Add RHCP and No Doubt to that list as well. At this point I would happily resurrect that fat fark from Sublime's body just so I could kill him again. And again. And again.
 
2012-07-08 11:03:38 AM
Good idea but the list lost my confidence at #8. I've heard enough of "Down in a Hole", "Rooster", and "No Excuses" to invalidate everything he said. Then when I saw U2 at #7 I stopped reading.
 
2012-07-08 11:06:22 AM
I know Alice in Chains for Bones more than Man in the Box. Also... seriously? U2? I can name at least ten songs of theirs that have gotten plenty of radio play.
 
2012-07-08 11:11:37 AM

Six_By_Nine: Came for "Two Princes" and "Don't You Forget About Me".

Meh, whatever.


Yeah but the difference is that really was Spin Doctors only song. Thankfully.
 
2012-07-08 11:13:18 AM

Di Atribe: Did I just get sent to a shiatty blog with no editor? I'm just askin questions.


Pretty much.

I'm here to counterbalance that, though.
 
2012-07-08 11:20:21 AM

theurge14: 've heard enough of "Down in a Hole", "Rooster", and "No Excuses" to invalidate everything he said.


I hear No Excuses a lot, but I think I've only heard Down in a Hole once on the radio. Rooster used to get played a bit, but I haven't heard it in a while.
 
2012-07-08 11:46:48 AM

The Why Not Guy: Gordon, that one's a shame. Their first album is lovely but nobody believes me because of that damn song.


Well at least the hibees know they have other songs.
 
2012-07-08 11:59:06 AM
All of them. Every single god damned one.

In a world with literally trillions of hours of musical choice, we get 'treated' to the same 40 song playist every. single. farking. day. It gets mass updated once a month if that. Same playlist on 3-4 different stations, and they sometimes even sync up across 3 of them.

So sick of radio, but it beats 'driving in silence' by company trucks without cd/mp3 options.
 
2012-07-08 12:08:48 PM

Gordon Bennett: The Why Not Guy: Gordon, that one's a shame. Their first album is lovely but nobody believes me because of that damn song.

Well at least the hibees know they have other songs.


I really should put up a Jambo's link in response, but I will say Chumbawuma gets tarred with that same brush.
 
2012-07-08 12:33:28 PM
Pandora's Litterbox
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.


wow, you're kidding! that's pretty awesome, them playing "skateaway".
The only D.S. songs I've heard on my local rock radio stations are "Sultans", "Walk of Life", "money for nothing", rarely "romeo and juliet" and the most 'obscure' one being "industrial disease" (maybe not that obscure since it actually was a hit in Canada, much more-so than the US). I don't think I've ever heard "Skateaway" on them.
 
2012-07-08 12:36:05 PM

hbk72777: Every Beatles hit

Every Rolling Stone hit

The Grass Roots- Midnight Confession

Alice Cooper - School's Out, Eighteen, Elected, No More Mr. Nice Guy. The guy has a back catalog like no other, and they keep playing the same hits

Van Halen- Panama, Hot for Teacher, Right Now

AC/DC- Back in Black, Hell's Bells, Highway to Hell


I think I get where you're going, but the meaning of "hits" would somewhat encourage the DJ's to play them.
You aren't going to get many complaints from the listeners by playing it safe.
 
2012-07-08 12:44:24 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: Pandora's Litterbox
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.


wow, you're kidding! that's pretty awesome, them playing "skateaway".
The only D.S. songs I've heard on my local rock radio stations are "Sultans", "Walk of Life", "money for nothing", rarely "romeo and juliet" and the most 'obscure' one being "industrial disease" (maybe not that obscure since it actually was a hit in Canada, much more-so than the US). I don't think I've ever heard "Skateaway" on them.


You guys must be young. "Skateaway" was their first single to recieve heavy rotation since "Sultans". Then "Industrial Disease" and "Twisting By The Pool" were both Top Ten or near enough. Then, of course, came the two-fer-one shiat sandwich of "Brothers in Arms" and "On Every Street" and their shiatty,shiatty singles that were inescapable for a couple of years.
 
2012-07-08 12:59:51 PM
I'm a huge Metallica fan but I'm kind of sick of Enter Sandman being played frickin' everywhere.
 
2012-07-08 01:01:48 PM

XMark: I'm a huge Metallica fan but I'm kind of sick of Enter Sandman being played frickin' everywhere.


I somehow forgot about this one. Even with a new, admittedly crappy Metallica album out, Enter Sandman will be played constantly.
 
2012-07-08 01:11:23 PM

HopScotchNSoda: 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 didn't say (nor think) that "Rock Lobster" wasn't stupid; it is.


media.skateboard.com.au



/jeesh
 
2012-07-08 02:08:15 PM

Madbassist1: HopScotchNSoda: 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 didn't say (nor think) that "Rock Lobster" wasn't stupid; it is.

[media.skateboard.com.au image 452x339]


/jeesh


Oh, come on, Rock Lobster is a great song but Legal Tender is my favorite B-52's song.
 
2012-07-08 02:11:28 PM

drewogatory: Third_Uncle_Eno: Pandora's Litterbox
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.


wow, you're kidding! that's pretty awesome, them playing "skateaway".
The only D.S. songs I've heard on my local rock radio stations are "Sultans", "Walk of Life", "money for nothing", rarely "romeo and juliet" and the most 'obscure' one being "industrial disease" (maybe not that obscure since it actually was a hit in Canada, much more-so than the US). I don't think I've ever heard "Skateaway" on them.

You guys must be young. "Skateaway" was their first single to recieve heavy rotation since "Sultans". Then "Industrial Disease" and "Twisting By The Pool" were both Top Ten or near enough. Then, of course, came the two-fer-one shiat sandwich of "Brothers in Arms" and "On Every Street" and their shiatty,shiatty singles that were inescapable for a couple of years.


Where are you?
I don't recall DS getting that type of airplay in the states.
It went Sultans, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, Money for Nothing, Heavy Fuel.

At least not where I lived in NE.
 
2012-07-08 02:16:49 PM

Marisyana: Per her autobiography Pat hates it too because it's so overplayed. I love Pat but I never liked that song. Her version of "Wuthering Heights" off that album is absolutely amazing, though.


It doesn't do anything for her voice at all. I've gotten to see her a few times in the past decade or so & she sounds better every time. I need to read her autobiography, for real. Thanks for the reminder!


Marisyana: The guy in the cube behind mine keeps the local classic rock station on and I swear to Cthulhu it only plays Journey's "Don't Stop Believin'", Aerosmith's "Dream On" and the Eagles' "Hotel California". It doesn't even play Zeppelin. WTF.


I don't know if it's just my perception or what, but it seems that as soon as summer hit, Hotel California was all over the place. Classic Rock, Oldies, Mix, Rock, all the stations where it could possibly fit in their playlist.... it was on, every day, repeatedly.

And maybe they should change the name of that station to "some old stuff that everyone undoubtedly remembers & likes" instead of classic rock. Because seriously WTF
 
2012-07-08 02:31:18 PM

Virtual Pariah: drewogatory: Third_Uncle_Eno: Pandora's Litterbox
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.


wow, you're kidding! that's pretty awesome, them playing "skateaway".
The only D.S. songs I've heard on my local rock radio stations are "Sultans", "Walk of Life", "money for nothing", rarely "romeo and juliet" and the most 'obscure' one being "industrial disease" (maybe not that obscure since it actually was a hit in Canada, much more-so than the US). I don't think I've ever heard "Skateaway" on them.

You guys must be young. "Skateaway" was their first single to recieve heavy rotation since "Sultans". Then "Industrial Disease" and "Twisting By The Pool" were both Top Ten or near enough. Then, of course, came the two-fer-one shiat sandwich of "Brothers in Arms" and "On Every Street" and their shiatty,shiatty singles that were inescapable for a couple of years.

Where are you?
I don't recall DS getting that type of airplay in the states.
It went Sultans, Money for Nothing, Walk of Life, Money for Nothing, Heavy Fuel.

At least not where I lived in NE.


Early 80's I lived in No Cal between Sac and SF. I actually wiki'ed the chart positions, though I could have easily read the wrong column on this damn tiny screen.
 
2012-07-08 02:33:05 PM
Virtual Pariah: Where are you?

The station I wrote of is purportedly* broadcasting from the Midwestern United States area.

And no, I'm not young. I remember listening to FM radio when it was a new format and DJ's could play what they wanted to and not what focus groups told them to.

I've just never heard Skateaway played on terrestrial radio before being exposed to this station.

*the station seems to have a lot of piped-in content so I don't know exactly from where it's actually being broadcast from.
 
2012-07-08 02:34:38 PM
...on terrestrial U.S. radio...

altered for intended point.
 
2012-07-08 02:43:01 PM

Pandora's Litterbox: Virtual Pariah: Where are you?

The station I wrote of is purportedly* broadcasting from the Midwestern United States area.

And no, I'm not young. I remember listening to FM radio when it was a new format and DJ's could play what they wanted to and not what focus groups told them to.

I've just never heard Skateaway played on terrestrial radio before being exposed to this station.

*the station seems to have a lot of piped-in content so I don't know exactly from where it's actually being broadcast from.


I also might have just noticed the Dire Straits airplay more because I was a huge fan of the first three records and most of the fourth (save "Industrial Disease", which unfortunately was what all of "Brothers in Arms" sounded like).
 
2012-07-08 03:35:24 PM
drewogatory
What's your favourite song off of "Communique" ?
 
2012-07-08 03:42:09 PM

Di Atribe: 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.


I hear "Love is a Battlefield" far more often than "Hit Me". I used to like the song, but now I hate it.
 
2012-07-08 03:46:30 PM

Third_Uncle_Eno: drewogatory
What's your favourite song off of "Communique" ?


Once Upon a Time with Follow next I'd say. I always thought "Communique" got a little bit of a bad rap. I don't like it quite as much as "Movies" but it's easily as good as "Love'.
 
2012-07-08 04:09:12 PM
I recognized less than half those songs.
 
2012-07-08 04:34:35 PM

theurge14: Six_By_Nine: Came for "Two Princes" and "Don't You Forget About Me".

Meh, whatever.

Yeah but the difference is that really was Spin Doctors only song. Thankfully.


Not sure if serious, but Little Miss Can't Be Wrong was the album's first single, which was pretty successful, though not as much as Two Princes, I guess.

/not Googling up chart positions
 
2012-07-08 04:37:31 PM
Sorry,

Dee Snarl: theurge14: Six_By_Nine: Came for "Two Princes" and "Don't You Forget About Me".

Meh, whatever.

Yeah but the difference is that really was Spin Doctors only song. Thankfully.

Not sure if serious, but Little Miss Can't Be Wrong was the album's first single, which was pretty successful, though not as much as Two Princes, I guess.

/not Googling up chart positions


Thanks, Mr. Pandora's Box... thought I had that all completely buried and done with in my mind. UGH
 
2012-07-08 06:38:10 PM

theurge14: Sorry, Dee Snarl: theurge14: Six_By_Nine: Came for "Two Princes" and "Don't You Forget About Me".

Meh, whatever.

Yeah but the difference is that really was Spin Doctors only song. Thankfully.

Not sure if serious, but Little Miss Can't Be Wrong was the album's first single, which was pretty successful, though not as much as Two Princes, I guess.

/not Googling up chart positions

Thanks, Mr. Pandora's Box... thought I had that all completely buried and done with in my mind. UGH


Would you... like to talk for hours?
 
2012-07-08 06:54:24 PM
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2012-07-08 10:12:18 PM
"One Week" was nearly BNL's swan song. There are about a dozen songs of theirs I'd rather hear once on radio than hear that again.
Seconded on "Money."
Queen's "We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions" is at the top of my list of grossly overplayed and misrepresentative of the body of work.

Then, of course, came the two-fer-one shiat sandwich of "Brothers in Arms"

Concur on side one--the only side that got air play, but the return was your reward for doing the "Walk of Life."
 
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