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post #1 of 40
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I have to rant about this...

I have very few classic rock stations in my area. Most typically, I listen to Q104.3. I have HAD it with this station! When I'm chilling at work with nothing to do, this is one of my safe havens from all of the boring lack of activity, but recently this radio practice has been getting on my nerves. The last time I turned on 104.3, I heard "Somebody to Love" by Queen three times in a two hour time span. Classic rock radio stations must only play a maximum of 800 songs, even though they have literally tens of thousands of eligable tracks to choose from. They've completely killed Pink Floyd, Aerosmith, The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, George Thoroughbred (of all people!), and other important classic rock artists for me, and this damage is probably permament! And, surprisingly enough, the two artists that I hardly ever hear on these stations are The Beatles and Bob Dylan! Considering this would be the undoubtable 'sixties and seventies classic rock duo', I find it odd that I hardly ever hear songs from either one of them.

The people that enjoy this music, particularly the ones that lived during this era as a youth, know plenty more songs than the ones that the classic rock stations limit themselves to. When was the last time you've ever heard Todd Rundgren, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Moody Blues, Television, Emerson Lake and Palmer, Brand X, Jack Bruce, Bob Marley, Genesis, Bryan Eno, Average White Band, or any of the more 'out there' artists from the seventies and sixties that many baby boomers could recognize off the top of their heads? Almost all of these artists, and many more of similar style, I have never heard ONCE on any classic rock radio station.

Is anybody else besides me becoming tirelessly agrivated by classic rock radio?
post #2 of 40
I agree. I never listen to the radio anymore, since every station plays the same songs over and over. The worst part is that the most interesting songs by the classic rock artists tend to be the ones that don't get played on the radio at all. I've been told that the stations in other areas outside of NY tend to be better, but I haven't really tried anything outside of NY.

Actually, one time my friend had the radio on in the car, and some station in Pittsburgh played all of Dogs (by Pink Floyd), and I was impressed, especially considering the length of that song.

They frequently play Nights in White Satin on the classic rock radio, however. I don't think I've actually heard any other The Moody Blues song though.

If you think the classic rock stations are bad with repetitiveness, try Z100 (if you can stomach it). Ugh.
post #3 of 40
All radio stations are like that, not just classic rock.

I haven't touched the radio in years and couldn't be happier.
post #4 of 40
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Originally Posted by asmox
All radio stations are like that, not just classic rock.

I haven't touched the radio in years and couldn't be happier.
I disagree strongly. All radio stations that have a genre which allows them a huge number of tracks to choose from generally give a varried selection. I don't think I've heard too many of the jazz or classical stations around here repeat. Actually, I've heard none of them repeat tracks/songs before.
post #5 of 40
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Originally Posted by Aman
I disagree strongly. All radio stations that have a genre which allows them a huge number of tracks to choose from generally give a varried selection. I don't think I've heard too many of the jazz or classical stations around here repeat. Actually, I've heard none of them repeat tracks/songs before.
Sorry, all pop stations are like that. Classic Rock included.
post #6 of 40
This was a big part of what drove me to satellite radio (XM). The change has been immense. Many of the artists you mentioned (Zappa, Rundgren, Eno, Genesis) have been heard in the last six weeks between several of their channels, and I have been very happy with it. I have not turned on my regular FM in the car since I purchased it. You will hear repeats of songs, but the frequency is less and specific stations for deep album tracks, progressive, classic punk/new wave and others help alleviate this as well.

Most of the public is ok with being told what is "Classic Rock", we just seem to have a bit more depth, and thus have to go searching a bit to get it.

A_Sr.
post #7 of 40
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Originally Posted by asmox
Sorry, all pop stations are like that. Classic Rock included.
But classic rock stations have over 25 years of pop music to work with! Think about it - a new #1 pop single hit the world every week or two since the early 60s, not to mention the hundreds of conventional artists that are known to every music fan on the face of the earth from that time period. Not only are they working with the thousands among thousands of hit single tracks, they are working with discographies from legendary bands, ranging from folk, to pop, hard rock, metal, experimental, prog, and the classics. There are plenty of artists that are never played anymore, even though any teen from the 70s could sing you all of his/her/their hit songs, and maybe even more than that. Everyone from Todd Rundgren to the Mamas and the Papas.

There is really no excuse for this. There are SO many artists that could be played and SHOULD be played on these stations, that aren't. Just like jazz and classical -- if you have over 25 years of music to work with, and thousands and thousands of songs, you should mix it up every now and then!
post #8 of 40
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Originally Posted by Aman
There is really no excuse for this. There are SO many artists that could be played and SHOULD be played on these stations, that aren't.
Yeah, that's just how modern commercial radio works.. it's a business more than anything else. Even the stations that claim to play different material from all the "other" stations still end up playing essentially the same thing.

I've wondered on occasion what would happen if I called my local radio station and requested some Cynic.. I might still do it, just to hear the response.
post #9 of 40
When I saw the title of the thread the first thing I thought was "he's not listening to Alice Cooper Nights."
I hate the radio. I hate everything on the radio and have come to find that for every semi-decent song played there is probably two much better songs by the same artist on the same CD. Alice Cooper has excellent taste in music and has proven much more adept and cheeky than the other hosts on the same station here in central Oregon. Unfortunately, he is always on pretty late so I'm pretty much screwed for classic rock until nighttime.
Did I mention I hate terrestrial radio?
post #10 of 40
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aman
But classic rock stations have over 25 years of pop music to work with! Think about it - a new #1 pop single hit the world every week or two since the early 60s, not to mention the hundreds of conventional artists that are known to every music fan on the face of the earth from that time period.
There was a classic rock station here in San Diego marketed as having a huge roster of songs. Diverse too... you could hear lesser known Four Seasons stuff alongside early Bowie. Maybe 2 out of 3 songs were new to me, when it's rare I hear something new on the couple major classic stations. It was really cool while it lasted - about a month.
post #11 of 40
The one classic rock station in his area isnt' quite as bad as some.They do play a little variety.Of couse being in the south we tend to hear alot of southern rock.WE also have a great heavy metal and new rock station (93.3 the planent)that plays some pretty decent music.
post #12 of 40
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the two artists that I hardly ever hear on these stations are The Beatles and Bob Dylan!
IIRC, Q104.3 plays the Beatles every weekday at noon. They do play the same artists over and over though. One artist they play way too much for my taste is Billy Joel, and they only seem to play the same 3 or 4 songs.
post #13 of 40
Here in Ottawa, we have a great classic rock station. A few months ago they featured genisis as the band of the month and they regularly play bands like ELP.
post #14 of 40
I agree so G.D. much with this topic I could screem! If I have to hear Hotel Califonia or Man Eater one more M.F.ing time I could die!

One a side note, on XM sattelite radio there is a station called the Vault and it plays more obscure songs from the classic rock erra. It sucks alot of the time but on occasion it will play some awsome cuts that you've never heard before. I have grown to love all of those songs that have refferences to the Hobbit and Lord of the Rings.
post #15 of 40
All I know is the radio around here really, really sucks. You will hear the same songs something like 3 times an hour for a month and then they will switch, which just kills any enjoyment you had in the songs they were playing. Almost everything that people listen to is overplayed to the grave. Radio sucks.
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