Tuesday, April 10, 2007

Classic Rewind (Classic Rock): Set 1

Classic Rewind plays a later blend of classic rock. Most of their playlist is roughly from 1977 to 1991.

  • Stevie Nicks - Rooms on Fire
  • Steve Miller Band - Keeps Me Wondering Why
  • Starship - Nothing's Gonna Stop Us Now
  • Kenny Loggins - Danger Zone
  • Midnight Oil - Beds are Burning
  • George Harrison - When We Was Fab
  • Divinyls - I Touch Myself
  • Steve Winwood - While You See a Chance
  • Tom Petty - Two Gunslingers
  • Paul Simon - The Boy in the Bubble
  • David Bowie - Jump They Say
  • Rod Stewart - Hot Legs

Saturday, March 31, 2007

The Pulse (Decades, Hot AC): Set 1

The Pulse is an interesting channel. About a third of the playlist is solidly Hot/Modern AC, while a third is that of a '90s decade channel, with the remainder being the intersection of these two. My research then has to contort itself to get around those constraints (my focus is not so much on changing the playlists, just expanding them a bit).

The research showed a strong tendency towards new singer-songwriter and such material (as well as Norah Jones and her ilk). My impressions of The Pulse are that it's normally a bit more energetic than that, so I'm not including those here. It does indicate that the next great AC format, perhaps alongside the more rhythmically-focused Movin', is something built around the new crop of singer-songwriters (Anna Nalick, The Fray, etc.), a sort of modern version of The Bridge (which plays mellow rock) who appear to be having strong under-25 appeal. Many of these artists may have the potential to remain core for female audiences for 15-20 years.

Some might say that this is just a relaunch of Modern AC, but Modern AC's problem, to my mind, was that to too great an extent, its artists were shared with Modern Rock. I don't hear very many rock/alternative outlets playing the new singer-songwriters, outside of some AAA outlets.

Anyway, on with my recommendations:

  • Creed - My Own Prison [the acoustic version works better, but the electric version works as well]
  • Blue October - Calling You
  • Train - Ramble On
  • Jack Johnson - Cookie Jar
  • Howie Day - Collide
  • Dave Matthews Band - Big Eyed Fish
  • Third Eye Blind - New Girl
  • Death Cab For Cutie - Soul Meets Body
  • Foo Fighters - Learn to Fly
  • Nickelback - Just For
  • Goo Goo Dolls - Broadway
  • The Killers - Believe Me Natalie

Tuesday, March 27, 2007

Big '80s (Decades): Set 1

Lots of new wave here.

  • Queen - One Vision
  • Alphaville - Sounds Like a Melody
  • Wham! - Club Tropicana
  • David Bowie - Ashes to Ashes
  • Frankie Goes To Hollywood - For Heaven's Sake
  • The B-52's - Mesopotamia
  • XTC - Senses Working Overtime
  • A Flock of Seagulls - Transfer Affection
  • ZZ Top - Give Me All Your Lovin'
  • The Bangles - Eternal Flame
  • Culture Club - The War Song

Monday, March 26, 2007

Totally '70s (Decades): Set 1

Now for the channel covering the decade that taste forgot...

While I'm not prepared to advocate this, a tendency towards jazz was noted in my research. Not sure what to make of this...

  • Faces - Stay with Me
  • Chic - Real People
  • Commodores - Still
  • Wings - Mull of Kintyre
  • Stevie Wonder - You Are the Sunshine of My Life
  • Neil Young - Tired Eyes
  • Crosby, Stills & Nash - Cold Rain
  • David Bowie - Suffragette City
  • AC/DC - Shoot to Thrill
  • Bob Seger - Against the Wind
  • Eric Clapton - I Shot the Sheriff
  • Kansas - Sparks of the Tempest

'60s Vibrations (Decades): Set 1

Moving a few spots up the dial, we come to '60s Vibrations.

These are mostly of a rock orientation. The Brian Wilson track wasn't released until recently, but it was written in the '60s and if there's an artist who helped define the decade it was Brian Wilson.

  • Led Zeppelin - Ramble On
  • Johnny Cash - Ring of Fire
  • The Beatles - Norwegian Wood (This Bird Has Flown)
  • Jefferson Airplane - Volunteers
  • The Kinks - Party Line
  • Love - My Little Red Book
  • Muddy Waters - I Just Want to Make Love to You
  • Creedence Clearwater Revival - Lookin' out My Back Door
  • James Brown - Please, Please, Please
  • Brian Wilson - Vega-Tables
  • Rolling Stones - The Under Assistant West Coast Promotion Man
  • The Hollies - King Midas in Reverse

Sirius Hits 1 (CHR): Set 1

So here goes. These are recommendations based on my proprietary research methods (a magician doesn't reveal his secrets!)

Most are from earlier this decade, but they generally stylistically fit in with the more rock-oriented approach to CHR that Hits 1 takes. I'm not advocating that these become major parts of the playlist, but these could improve the recurrent selection somewhat.

  • 3 Doors Down - Kryptonite
  • The Hives - Walk Idiot Walk
  • Danity Kane - Show Stopper
  • Gnarls Barkley - The Boogie Monster
  • Fountains of Wayne - Stacy's Mom
  • K'naan - Soobax
  • AFI - Miss Murder
  • Jet - Are You Gonna Be My Girl
  • Chanel - My Life
  • Ashlee Simpson - Pieces of Me
  • The Wreckers - Lay Me Down

Most of these are recurrents... the Gnarls Barkley track hasn't received much (if any) radio play, and the K'naan track has a phenomenal beat behind it and was included in the soundtrack to the FIFA Football 2006 video game. I'm somewhat surprised that Hits 1 hasn't touched the Danity Kane track (given that it's a product of an "Idol"-style competition with Diddy's imprimatur).