2 July 2003
Stairway to heinous
One of the more admirable characteristics of Rocksnobs' DragonAttack is her ability to nail down a definition:
In my mind, the word oldies indicates rock and roll that spans the era that begins with Bill Haley (and his Comets!) and ends with Mungo Jerry.
I mention this because last night someone called up KOMA-FM, a formerly-inspiring oldies station, and had the temerity to request a Barry White tune. Now I like Barry White, but Barry White ain't oldies. Yet. So I spun the dial a little further and was treated to Tanya Tucker's "Blood Red and Goin' Down", which ain't oldies either but which can pass for Classic Country.
Of course, DragonAttack is more vexed with her local Classic Rock outlet, which plays too much Zeppelin and too much already-overplayed Zeppelin at that but there's an explanation for that. And not the obvious explanation, either:
Some people would claim that local radio sucks because of a certain evil empire, but that is just because it is currently very much in vogue to hate this particular empire. I would argue that local radio has sucked for years and years already, thanks to a certain evil empire that hides behind a mouse.
Which invites a question: Is there still time to change the road they're on? Or should we just change the station?
(Update, 4 July, 4:50 pm: As noted by commenters, Barry White died this morning at the age of 58. What am I bid for a posting about Fred Durst?)