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Now that we can Create a Hit Single in less than 2 minutes thanks to Microsoft, more & more people start worrying about music and its destiny. In UK, the 23 years old (and Xtina fan, 'I can't wait till she's number one' he says) Wes Butters takes over the great Radio 1 institution 'the Chart show'. (the guardian article) Can this mean the end of quality music shows? (Nah... Just a beginning downfall.)
posted by Sijeka (17 comments total)

 
God I feel old.
posted by viama at 6:14 AM on February 8, 2003


When has the R1 chart show ever been a quality music show, apart from when you were 12
posted by ajbattrick at 7:13 AM on February 8, 2003


Most people are stupid. Charts reflect this. There's nothing wrong with the state of music so long as you listen to what you like and not what other people are buying the most of.
posted by Pretty_Generic at 7:25 AM on February 8, 2003


And how does linking to an obviously fake Microsoft "Hit Wizard" do anything to prove your already faltering point? If you don't like pop, don't listen to it.

Next issue, please...
posted by JollyWanker at 8:19 AM on February 8, 2003


Who the hell is Xtina?
posted by FiveFrozenFish at 1:12 PM on February 8, 2003


P_G= Agreed. As long as there is music, there will be indie artists that no one likes that create what they love. The trick is finding the ones you love too. Fuck the charts.
posted by lazaruslong at 1:48 PM on February 8, 2003


Xtina is Christina Aguillera.

I know, I know. I hate it too.
posted by iconomy at 1:52 PM on February 8, 2003


Xtina = Christina!

How very clever!
posted by FiveFrozenFish at 1:57 PM on February 8, 2003


I dunno. The tail-end of the charts is usually chock full of more interesting stuff that barely gets any radio play at all.

At least it's not like US radio, which play the same six songs in succession, just varying the order... OK. That's unfair. Maybe the occasional hit from a while back is interspersed every now and again... But rare is the commercial station that actually plays anything a bit different.

;-)
posted by chrimble at 2:01 PM on February 8, 2003


I can't stand most radio, I wouldn't survive without the college radio stations around here.
posted by theroid at 10:55 PM on February 8, 2003


Coming up on CJAY-92, we've got Avril Levigne, Creed and Nickleback. But first, here's Nickleback, Creed, and Avril Levigne.

Serious question: Do you people actually listen to the radio at home, other than as an alarm clock? I work with people whose choice of radio stations include "real" rock (see above), lite rock/adult contemporary, and rap--basically, the entire spectrum of commercial radio in Calgary except country. And I've come to the conclusion that it's not so much the music itself that sucks (although it frequently does) as the repitition. Seems, though, that people only listen to the radio in situations where their real attention is needed elsewhere, so that the only part of the music that gets through is the Obvious Pop Hook, preferably one repeated as often as possible. Probably doesn't help that Smokin' Joe the Drive Time Joker is nattering over the song's intro and outro, either.
posted by arto at 11:20 PM on February 8, 2003


I'm listening to Radio 4 a lot suddenly. I am old. I am 28.
posted by feelinglistless at 2:00 AM on February 9, 2003


I don't listen to the music radios just because i don't like people telling me what to listen to.
I perfectly agree about the repetition. It's like musical propaganda in my eyes, you eventually end up liking things you wouldn't listen to usually.
posted by Sijeka at 5:15 AM on February 9, 2003


"Music was better when I was younger." It's always been the same, people.
posted by owillis at 8:09 AM on February 9, 2003


I'm listening to Radio 4 a lot suddenly. I am old. I am 28.

Eeeep. I'm a regular listener, and only 16....Radio 4 can make ANYTHING interesting...
posted by Orange Goblin at 8:16 AM on February 9, 2003


The tail-end of the charts is usually chock full of more interesting stuff that barely gets any radio play at all.

It used to be more that way, but these days it seems the interesting stuff doesn't get in the top forty at all and the lower reaches of the chart are just bad imitations of what's at the top.
posted by kerplunk at 9:53 AM on February 9, 2003


I know ... I listened to a fifteen minute doc about beekeeping earlier and it was captivating...
posted by feelinglistless at 10:16 AM on February 9, 2003


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