Where we all at, at the moment?
schrade at akrobiz.com
Fri Jan 21 18:04:44 CST 2005
> I think significant radio play might be out of the question. I don't know,
> is radio even relevant anymore?
To me personally, no. But to many others, yes. I hardly ever listen to rock
music on the radio. I like classical music, on low volume, in the background
at work. In my car, I'll listen to weird AM stations playing Carly Simon or
Gordon Lightfoot - transporting my mind back to the glorious '70s.
But rock & roll? Classic rock? Nope. I've heard those 100 songs before.
That's all they play. The same 100 songs, over & over. You can name them
off the top of your head.
But I think many people still do listen to classic rock radio. They like those
same hundred songs, over & over. It's like a broken in pair of shoes: no
So, that's where The Who gotta get some exposure. I *know* those stations
will take a chance on new music by old artists. When I was a regular listener,
I heard them do it.
But The Who has to make it easy for them. They have to come up with at
least *one* bitchin' single. A really catchy song. Catchy & tough. Catchy
Good luck, men.
But, speaking of radio, I heard a story that some markets are experimenting
with stations that have playlists from a wider range of genres - instead of
sticking with the rigid formats: classic, oldies, rap/soul, country, etc. I've
yet to hear such a radio station.
But college radio stations have always carried the mantle. Usually, they'll give
you plenty of variety & an escape from the run-of-the-mill selections.
> OK, then I think great is possible. As long as we're not expecting another
No OX. No Moon. No QUAD.
> The biggest question mark for me is what on earth the songs
> will be *about*.
I trust Pete will come up with something interesting, something intelligent. Of
course each song will have to judged on its own. I hope there aren't too
many "corny Pete songs." No awkward "How Can You Do It Alone"-type
songs. It'll be hard (!) not to look at the songs through the lens of Pete's
high profile arrest. Unless he comes right out & states that all his songs on
the album were written years ago. But, if he uses new material......
> Pete has announced it won't be a concept album. That's bad news, as far
> as I'm concerned.
No, that's good news. A concept album would pigeon-hole his writing.
I want little song-vignettes. Little bursts of anger. Frustration. Despair.
Joyousness. Unrelated emotions. Like Kevin, on one of his bipolar, lawn chair
throwing fits. I want this to be Pete's emotional release from all that's happened
in the past few years. Because, in a sense, it'll be *my* release, as well. I see
myself when I see The Who.
- SCHRADE in Akron
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