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Provost Harrison
13-09-2002, 21:25:54
Bloody awful, this is what I have to endure at work all day, blasting out 'chart' and 'commercial' music all day, it's enough to make you sick.

And the other thing is, I am sure that Viking FM (the local radio station for where I live) only has 3 CDs because they cycle through the same songs all day :mad:

And I think Radio 1 have gone right down the shitter in recent years. There was a point when they were alright, but listening to them in recent time, they have become very orientated around R&B and it's bastard offspring (no, not Offspring the band).

Is this what the general populace like to listen to, or have radio listenerships collapsed? Perhaps digital radio may bring a lease of life; lets hope for more specialist stations, some of which may bother looking at decent alternative/indie music, because you get fuck all on the radio...

Sean
13-09-2002, 21:27:37
Radio 3 is the best. I love Late Junction.

MattHiggs
14-09-2002, 01:11:03
Maybe they should play that crappy pop punk that you love.

*End Is Forever*
14-09-2002, 10:02:55
At least you don't have to put up with Galaxy 102...

Funkodrom
15-09-2002, 11:18:29
PH: It's commercial radio. The more listeners they get the more money they make. They play what people want to hear.

Scabrous Birdseed
15-09-2002, 12:23:50
It's nowhere near that simple. They play what the record companies want people to want to hear, in huge direct sponsorship deals. Basically they're gigantic marketing machines and little else, yes following "fashion", but more concretely, creating it.

It's also a bit like Tabloids. Murdoch claims he just gives people what they want, I consider him a patronising bastard who gravely underestimates the good tastes of the public.

Debaser
15-09-2002, 12:34:40
It's all so sinister. Like 1984 or something.

Originally posted by Scabrous Birdseed
It's nowhere near that simple. They play what the record companies want people to want to hear, in huge direct sponsorship deals.

The best example of this is the TV music station The Box. Their slogan is something like "You Pick The Music You Want to Hear" or words to that effect. What it should be is "You Pick The Music you Want to Hear (from the range of singles Universal or Polygram are promoting over the next two months)"

Sean
15-09-2002, 12:36:14
And that is exactly why the BBC is so valuable. Even if I only listen to 3, 4, and 5.

Debaser
15-09-2002, 12:39:40
Radio 1 is just as bad as anything else.

Scabrous Birdseed
15-09-2002, 12:43:57
Except Peel and many of the post-midnight shows.

*End Is Forever*
15-09-2002, 12:45:04
"Well I know you can't work in fast food all your life
But don't sign that paper tonight", she said.
But it's too late...

I don't remember what I read
I don't remember what they said
Guess it doesn't matter, guess it doesn't matter anymore...

You're gonna go to the record store
You're gonna give them all your money
Radio plays what they want you to hear
They tell me it's cool, but I just don't believe it...

Sell out with me, oh yeah
Sell out with me tonight
The record company's gonna give me lots of money
And everything's gonna be alright...

No more flippin' burgers
Putting on my silly hat
You know I don't want that no more

But I didn't ask when we'd get paid
Quit my day job anyway
Guess it doesn't matter, guess it doesn't matter anymore...

You're gonna go to the record store
You're gonna give them all your money
Radio plays what they want you to hear
They tell me it's cool, but I just don't believe it...

Sell out with me, oh yeah
Sell out with me tonight
The record company's gonna give me lots of money
And everything's gonna be...

And I don't think it'll be so bad
And I know it won't be so bad
Cause The Man said "that's the way it is"
And The Man said "it don't get better than this"
No no no...

So i signed on to the record company
They say they're gonna give me lots of money
If I play what they want you to hear
They tell me it's cool, and I sure believe it...

Sell out with me, oh yeah
Sell out with me tonight
The record company's gonna give me lots of money
And everything's gonna be alright...

Yeah... the record company is gonna make everything alright

"Baby don't you sign that paper tonight", she said
But I can't work in fast food all my life...

Funkodrom
15-09-2002, 14:40:44
I don't think you can underestimate the taste of the public.

Koshko
15-09-2002, 21:27:48
Do they do literally 8 straight minutes of commercials and then play ONE song and then go back into commercials like here in the US?

Lazarus and the Gimp
15-09-2002, 21:32:50
No. They have far worse horrors to inflict.

Like the woman who's started doing the traffic bulletins on Radio Bristol, but keeps digressing to talk about making jam with her mother. I'm not making this up.

Koshko
15-09-2002, 21:35:03
Well around herre they like playing 40 minutes of straight music which is fine for the first 40 minutes of an hours. Then all the stations will have to cram in like 12-15 minutes of commercials in the last 20 minutes of the hours. The end result is you'll literally be flipping from commercial to commercial with no actual music at all. =/

Koshko
15-09-2002, 21:36:23
Yes those DJs and announcers seem to think we actually care what they did last night or when there were young.

Spartak
15-09-2002, 22:59:14
I actually listen to Magic FM - 'cos I'm old and they play lots of '80s/early 90s music.

PosterBoy
16-09-2002, 08:15:03
Radio 2 plays a good mix of music, Ok you do get Westlife and crap like that, but mixed in with Jackson Browne and the like.

Provost Harrison
16-09-2002, 18:09:47
Yes, they have a phone in for songs you want to hear for half an hour each day. I bet if I phoned up and asked them to play 'Too Drunk To F**k' by the Dead Kennedys it wouldn't get played. They push a commercial agenda in music, as Johan says. They repeat and repeat ad nauseum.

I remember reading about it, how much music companies pay to have their music pushed on the radio. You see, there is little room for talent to come through on commercial radio (and nowadays in the daytime, even public broadcasting). I hope things eventually change with the advent of digital radio and all that stuff...

:shoot: