The station that was originally an “oldies” station when I first came up here has now shifted its programming to so called classic rock. At one time, this station was amazing, they played all sorts of obscure doo wop, b sides, etc. It really broadened my music awareness. Now they just suck. It’s a nonstop barrage of Steely Dan, The Doobie Brothers, Boston, Styx, Kansas, and REO Speedwagon. Honestly, it’s about the worst combo I’ve ever heard, and they seem to play the same 60 songs all day long. I woke up the other day with “Babe” from Styx going through my head, boy was I pissed.
The other classic rock station is actually worth listening to. This weekend they’re only playing live performances. It strikes me that without the visuals, the physical sensations, and the excitement o live rock, a lot of it sucks. But when they manage to get it right, there’s nothing else like it. I’ve heard some amazing stuff this weekend. “Pinball Wizard” from Tommy at Isle of Wight literally gave me goose bumps. I’ve never really understood what the big deal was with the Who, they just never really clicked with me. Now I’ve got a better idea why they were so popular. I had always heard that the Isle of Wight concert was one of the better live albums ever, I believe it.
On the way home I heard a scorching version of “Fortunate Son” by CCR. I consider that song one of the greatest rock and roll songs of all time, and this version was incredible, gotta find out where that recording came from… Anyway, it’s been fun listening to the this station, almost makes me wish that I had FM hooked up to my stereo…