This is a really great read guys - some guy did some research into what songs/bands get played most on classic rock radio stations, and noted what year they came from.
He found that quite a lot of bands from the 90s are being played - annoying right? Even including Green Day! Metallica, U2, Guns N Roses, Nirvana and Pearl Jam were also mentioned - those are great bands at least, but they shouldn't be played on classic rock radio stations, if you ask me.
What do you think of this guys? And what crap does your local classic rock radio station play?
Well out Barry...Classic isn't by time period...and yes, I would out AC/DC in the genre as well as Rare Earth...well we talked about them before...
I would rather hear 3 doors down on the radio than REO Speedwagon! But again, I don't know very many people that even listen to radio anymore...well, except for sports or talk...
Oh dear I didn't want to really hear that lol. I have just started doing a two hour Classic Rock Show on the internet and currently working on my 4th show which includes for the very first time some 90s.
I don't mind AIC or STP or White Zombie. I could do with less REM and Soundgarden though.
What was, is, and and will always be incredibly annoying, from Corporate Conglomerate Classic Rock Radio, is their Consultant Driven insistence on the narrow playlists from each of the Classic Rock bands that have 20-30 classic songs, and not 5-7 songs worthy of repeated airplay.
Unless you're an insipid musical moron, IF you LOVE Led Zeppelin, then you will love hearing "Four Sticks" just as much as hearing "Going To California". But the "expert consultants" would have you believe that playing "Four Sticks" to the core CR audience would have them turning off the channel...
I'm old enough to remember when FM Rock radio was a "friend" because of the cool music they played, from many different rock genres and bands, and not because they had "cool" contests, "cool" DJ personalities, and "cool" give-aways. The mega-commercial rock "hits" were avoided, for anything that was "cool", from Frank Zappa to Joni Mitchell.
What annoys me isn't that they're playing 90s music, but the choice of bands they play. (Usually it's grunge, which I'm not a big fan of.) At least half of the classic rock bands were British; but today, contemporary continental rock bands get ignored by US classic rock stations. For example, I've never heard Marillion on the radio, or IQ, or Anekdoten, The Flower Kings, Beardfish, Haken, Big Big Train, etc etc. Some of the most exciting classic rock was made by prog bands - Floyd, Yes, Tull, Rush, Genesis, ELP, King Crimson, Supertramp, etc. I used to hear all these bands on classic rock stations in the early 80s. But today, contemporary prog bands get utterly ignored by classic rock stations. British rock didn't stop being good; Americans just became more closed to the rest of the world.
Just the yesterday I'm listening to the "classic" station here...and they follow a pink floyd tune with,,,Guns and Roses...I turned it off and turned on the MP3 player!