May 162011

Driving home from my son’s soccer game yesterday we tried to get our minds off a most-frustrating loss and near “global red card,” as the ref put it, by turning on our Classic Rock station. The following 3-song sequence played in the following order, which I explained to my son might have represented absolute rock ‘n roll mediocrity and the two points on either side of that state:

  • Steve Miller Band, “Jet Airliner”
  • Bad Company, “Can’t Get Enough of Your Love”
  • John Cougar Mellencamp, “Jack and Diane”

I felt that one of these songs represented the absolute point of rock ‘n roll mediocrity, while the other two just toed the line on either side of the mediocrity. Where would you place these songs along the narrow spectrum of mediocrity?


You Make the Call

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Jun 062010

Hartford, CT has two passable radio stations. WDRC-FM 102.9 is an oldies station, although they have been tweaking the format for the last 2 years and no longer use the term oldies but rather “good time rock ‘n roll.” WAQY-FM 102.1 out of Springfield, MA is a classic rock station.

In honor of MLB umpire Jim Joyce, I present nine choices for you. These are taken from actual instances on the radio while driving on weekend errands. I noted which song was being played on DRC and which song was on 102.1. So, you make the call: If you were listening, which song would be safe and which would be out. First song listed in each is the oldies choice, second is the classic rock choice.

(1) Neon Philharmonic, “Good Morning Girl” vs. Santana, “Oye Como Va”
(2) The Beatles, “I Want To Hold Your Hand” vs. The Beatles, “Golden Slumbers” medley
(3) The Four Tops, “Same Old Song” vs. Heart, “Barracuda”
(4) Archie Bell & The Drells, “Tighten Up” vs. David Bowie, “Young Americans”
(5) Elvis Presley, “Suspicious Minds” vs. Boston, “More Than A Feeling”
(6) Dusty Springfield, “Wishin’ & Hopin’” vs. Journey, “Lights”
(7) Beach Boys, “Wendy” vs. Don Henley, “Dirty Laundry”
(8) Jonathan King, “Everyone’s Gone to the Moon” vs. Grand Funk, “American Band”
(9) Billy Joel, “Only The Good Die Young” vs. Billy Squier, “Lonely Is The Night”


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