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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'.
 
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