The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

1 January 2004

Notes from a cold-hearted orb

Dear whoever (if anyone) is programming 96.9 "Bob" FM:

If you're going to run a feature on Big Hits of 1972, the inclusion of the Moody Blues' "Nights in White Satin", a track which was recorded in 1967 and which you play entirely too often anyway, is prima facie evidence that you don't have a farging clue.

Yes, I know: the single (Deram 85023; I have a copy) was a colossal flop on its initial release, and didn't become a Top Ten hit until, yes, 1972. But you didn't play the single; you played the entire 7:41 album track, from opening orchestral flourishes through "Breathe deep, the gathering gloom" all the way to the final gong, which you then segued into "Layla".

Which, by the way, came out in 1971, though I'm willing to let that slide. (The '71 single release was cut to 2:43; the '72 reissue ran the full seven minutes and odd; nobody ever plays the short version.)

Posted at 4:36 PM to Outgoing Mail , Tongue and Groove

I'll give you odds the dipnuts doing the progamming weren't even BORN by 1972 let alone cognizant of their surroundings.

Posted by: Ralph Gizzip at 5:52 PM on 1 January 2004

All true, but geez if this post doesn't make you sound just like Daniel Stern's character in "Diner".

Not that there's anything wrong with that.


Posted by: fritz schranck at 9:03 PM on 1 January 2004

You still listening to that shameful imitator who can't even imitate well and who fades out with regularity (due to the fact that it's broadcast tower is 40 miles away)?

As a side note if you wanna hear any Tull you'll have to tune in elsewhere . . .

Posted by: ms7168 at 8:49 AM on 2 January 2004

I was aimlessly dialing up and down when this, um, incident occurred; I was sufficiently annoyed by the promo to stick around, and when they launched into their anachronism, well, I smelled a blog post coming on.

And I stayed just long enough to see if they'd play the full seven minutes of "Layla".

Posted by: CGHill at 9:08 AM on 2 January 2004