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Wednesday, July 27, 2005

Musical/Radio Rant



About a month or so ago I was reading a post on aquarium drunk about how radio stations in L.A. suck. I wasn't surprised but rather disappointed because, I had read an article in Rolling Stone (for a long time now a publication without any musical street cred what-so-ever, the reason I still subscribe is b/c they charge me 30 cents an issue, this could be a different post altogether) about the station Indie 103, and from reading the post and the comments, found that it too is basically a worthless radio station. The post went on to chronicle an L.A. station called, I think, Fred FM, that plays popular radio hits from the 70's-90's.

Here in Atlanta we have Dave FM. Same deal as Fred FM, play mostly popular radio hits from the mid 70's to current popular songs (think Jack Johnson, etc). Now this station is fine, it's ok at best, nothing really wrong with it until they recently started playing their new promo spots. The new Dave FM promos suggest that us listeners need not deal anymore with our pesky iPod's because they, Dave FM, already play EVERYTHING that we already have on our iPod's. They claim to be our new personal iPod, what a fucking joke. The thing that makes this worse is they have actual people on the promos saying shit like, "Dave FM is the greatest, ya'll already play all my iPod songs, I'm a dumb fucking redneck". Of course I made up the last part but you get the drift, these people should have their iPods stripped from them, they should then be neutered. If a corporate rock station like Dave FM is really going satisfy all of your musical needs, why buy an iPod in the first place? It gets worse.

The thing that then really put me over the top about Dave FM was last week they were playing the live version of I Still Haven't Found What I'm Looking For, by U2. After the song ends the asshole DJ comes on the radio and says something to the effect of, "That was the live version of still haven't found, not what you'd typically hear on a radio station, but that's kind of what we are all about here at Dave FM, playing stuff you won't hear anywhere else" ????!!?!?!?!?!? Excuse me dude, did I just hear you correctly? That song can be found, not on some special live 12 inch import or something, but on Rattle and Hum!! But you guys already know that because you probably already own Rattle and Hum, it has only sold around 8 million copies give or take a million or so copies. So sorry, ass-clown DJ man, that's actually not the rarest of songs out there. The funny thing about his comment is that it is ironically true, playing an extremely popular U2 song is EXACTLY what Dave FM is all about.

Anyway it comes down to this, it's unfortunate but people who really love music will never be able to turn on the radio and find new cool shit to listen to (but of course we already know this). I'm just sick of corporate radio being condescending to me by claiming that they already cover all of my listening needs. So fuck you Dave FM, ass-clown DJ dude, and all the fuck-faces who did those promos.

14 Comments:

Anonymous Chops said...

Excellent work there, iPod. Excellent.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 6:29:00 PM

 
Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

nice one, cgpop. F the "man's" radio. long live the aquarium drunk's radio.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:26:00 PM

 
Blogger sasefina said...

As a member of the marketing profession, it's always embarrassing when you hear about promos that insult people's intelligence. I mean people are pretty stupid, but not everyone will be fooled, and it just ends up fucking you in the long run. What morons.

Wednesday, July 27, 2005 8:37:00 PM

 
Blogger cgpop said...

I appreciate the overall support on this one. Radio is basically a lost cause.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 9:30:00 AM

 
Blogger Satisfied '75 said...

i will eventually pony up some dough to check out Sirius radio or it's competitor XM

Thursday, July 28, 2005 3:25:00 PM

 
Blogger cgpop said...

They have XM on AirTran now, it's pretty solid.

Thursday, July 28, 2005 6:18:00 PM

 
Blogger Martin McFriend said...

I was wondering, have you guys ever heard that song Sweet Child of Mine? I hear it's killer.

Fuck Jack FM and the horse he rode in on...

Thursday, July 28, 2005 7:47:00 PM

 
Blogger cgpop said...

exactly my point

Thursday, July 28, 2005 10:31:00 PM

 
Blogger ...stephanie said...

amen.

Friday, July 29, 2005 9:35:00 PM

 
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