Thursday, March 15th midday commute

Finally writing again after we had a couple of nor’easters blow through. There were a few dicey days with no power and no driving so I wasn’t listening much to the radio. There is one music related  note before I get to what I heard today.

In playing Classic Rock Trivial Pursuit, I learned that for some reason they classify many performers that I think of as pop in with Classic Rock. Cyndi Lauper, Whitney Houston, a lot of Rod Stewart and a few others that had me scratching my head. Not sure if it is an idiosyncrasy of the game or if this is a general classification that I missed. The theme today is, Am I out of touch?

Today, I had to ride up to Wells, Maine so there was more listening than usual.

Grouplove – “Tongue Tied” – 92.5 The River

Nice little fluff to sing along to without thinking too much. Pretty solid summer song from a few years back. In Sean Ross’ discussion on best top of the hour songs I think this could qualify at many alternative stations. It has energy and kicks off an hour well. That whole discussion fascinates me in how something like the first song played at the top of the hour dictates the feel for a station. I’m not sure how true it is today, but the concept interests me. While this was the 2nd song played in the hour, i thought it was stronger than the 1st played, U2 “Get Out of Your Own Way.”

Rise Against – “House on Fire” – ALT 92.9

As soon as this song began, I knew it was Rise Against. That’s not a bad thing, in my opinion but I haven’t really heard a progression in their style or delivery over the course of the 10 years or so I’ve been listening. I guess if something works for you and expresses what you need to say then there is no real reason to change it? Regardless, I cranked it for the duration of the song and thoroughly enjoyed it.

Foo Fighters – “Everlong” – 100.3 WHEB

Pretty sure this is their best song. I always sing along to this one and it is a staple for most Rock radio for good reason. This is a band that has stood the test of time and is still enjoyable to me. This is their “Whole Lotta Love” or “Satisfaction” so far. They also do a good job managing the imagery with their music. Is there anyone who hears this and doesn’t think of the punk party and oversized fists from the video? There are alot of bands that take themselves too seriously but I’m glad this is a band that does not. One of my top Lollapalooza memories was seeing them in the rain and mud with 100000 of my closest friends.

Drake – “God’s Plan” – JAM’N 94.5

Ugh, I can not escape this mess of a song. How is someone able to mumble their way to a number one song that includes lines as dumb as:

She said, “Do you love me?” I tell her, “Only partly”
I only love my bed and my momma, I’m sorry

On an hour long ride I heard pieces of this 4 times. It is inescapable and I’m not sure why this is popular. I don’t think it’s because I’m old (I am) but I can’t get over how stupid Jimmy from Degrassi can mumble his way to number one with lyrics like that.

Verdict

I’m old. I also heard a bunch of songs multiple times like “Eye of the Tiger”? “Carry On Wayward Son”? “Africa”?!!! What is going on? Are the last three enjoyed ironically or ?

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6 thoughts on “Thursday, March 15th midday commute”

  1. I disagree on Foo Fighters best song, but it is definitely a popular one. In no particular order I’d take Best of you, These Days, Up in Arms, Live in Skin, Aurora and I’ll stick around.
    There’s no irony for those last songs in my enjoyment of them- 2 of the 3 are my childhood! So it’s a reminder of being 5 years old, jumping on the couch with an acoustic guitar that I couldn’t actually play and watching MTV!

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