Monday, November 14, 2011

Nigel Tuffnel Day -OR- It Coulda Been Good

Call me a Chicago snob, but I do loves me some WXRT radio; Chicago's elite FM radio station since the DFH "underground radio" days.

On Friday 11/11/11 the station's website offered each of the "on-air personalities" the opportunity to list the eleven songs they crank up to eleven. Cool! Well, briefly cool that quickly devolved into pissed-off anger when I went to the website. Fourteen DJs made their "lists". The website however, didn't print a list. Instead, each of the fourteen was posted one song at a time, complete with YouTube embed of the selection. Twelve clicks to see each DJs list? Not gonna happen. While I appreciate that website clicks and time on site are important for profit based websites, it would have taken hours to plow through the "lists".

So with all due respect to the "Jewel of Chicago Radio", drop dead. I've come to expect that kind of cleverness from senseless empty content providers like Forbes, but I have more than enough semi-productive ways to waste time... While I might have enjoyed the trip, I have to wonder what the fuck was the point? For me it would have been interesting to see the lists side-by-side, see what songs were common to the most lists, what "guilty pleasures" creeped in, what, if any, themes developed etc.
Now we'll never know. Oh well...(shrug)

Somebody might slog through and post a concise unadulterated list of the lists. That person will get clicks and linky love from me, but I won't hold my breath. I'll just make my own list to share with you...
Crank it UP!

1. Heard It Through The Grapevine- CCR (long version)

2. Medicine Jar- Wings

3. Mahler's Symphony #1 Titan

4. Ride The Sky- Lucifer's Friend

5.Thick As A Brick- Jethro Tull

6. Whale Meat Again- Jim Capaldi

7. The Royal Scam- Steely Dan

8. Good Life Shuffle - The Boyzz

9. Bring It On Home To Me- Dave Mason

10. Bohemian Rhapsody- London Horns

11. No Class- W.O.W.


matt jacob said...

where's the jazz?

Rehctaw said...

I toyed with some Bill Chase, a little Miles, Maynard Ferguson then some Louis Jordan, Cab Calloway but for me Jazz doesn't need ELEVEN. Loud? Sure, but not overkill.

amber ladeira said...


I love most of Mahler's symphonies,
Pop/rock/crossover classics like
"Heard it through the grapevine".
Don't know the other references.
You might blanch at my "taste", as I also used to like some top 40s
from the '80s.

Between my 8th and 16th B/Ds, I lived in Texas, which had NO FM
even in 1962, due to the Lyndon Johnson family ownership of the
airwaves in Austin and San Antone.
I heard no Classical or Rock via radio until I came to Chi in '62.

-Yep, I have/had a strange life, always. As Colin Wilson from across
the pond (England) said decades back, I'm an outsider. Only very intelligent and kind folk will even deal with me.

Best, A.