Wednesday, May 24, 2006

big tracks

For the last few months, XM has worked very hard to suck as much as regular radio, turning Lucy into a JackFM-eqsue pile of crap with a play list of about 30 songs, and overplaying the fucking Red Hot Chili Peppers on Fred and Ethel.

Where can a child of the 80s turn for spiffy music from our youths, and not want to stab our ears with a pencil every third song? Big Tracks, on XM 49 has been really fantastic. It's like Top Tracks, but with a focus on about 1979-1985. They'll play The Motels, Styx, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Journey, The Cars . . . sometimes they get really shitty, with extended periods of Tom Petty and Bon Jovi, but most of the time it's very satisfying and nostalgic.

Updated: Dude, they're playing Sweet's Love is Like Oxygen right now. I rest my case.

Updated Again: Now they're playing Stone in Love, From Escape. Fucking Brilliant. Maybe I'll live blog an hour of Big Tracks tomorrow. Yeah, that's what I'm-a gonna-a do-a.


Blogger Katrina said...

I should really start listening to XM again now that we have the new reciever in the house rack.
Our old one (first and only recoever they offered back in the day. You couldn't even key in the channel you wanted, had to 'scroll' to it.) bought the farm last year, and my Ethel addicion came to a screeching halt. Must. Re. addict.
I'll definatly give 49 a listen.

12:58 PM  
Blogger Todd said...

Boo! Tom Petty rocks!

11:47 AM  
Blogger rrrob said...

Man, if I had known they were playing Escape I would have signed up for XM ages ago.

1:16 PM  

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