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Old 12-21-2010, 08:28 PM   #81 (permalink)
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Mhmm, mhmm, that's whatever you were talking about for you.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:46 PM   #82 (permalink)
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The radio is a crime against music?
In most cases, for me, yes. Let's say a band makes a decent song. I end up liking it and listening to it. A week or two later, I hear the song on the radio ALL the time and it gets to the point where I absolutely despise the song. I am not one for mainstream whatsoever largely due to hearing the music everywhere and (sometimes) it not being very good. Of course, there are some good radio stations, but they are more underground or the DJ's play a wide variety of genres. I also like NPR, but for the most part... radio is a murderer.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:49 PM   #83 (permalink)
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Then the problem is overexposure, not radio.
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Old 12-21-2010, 08:55 PM   #84 (permalink)
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Radios? All hip hop ever made? Tsk tsk.


Incredibly Generic Punk Covers of Popular Songs



Punk covers have been around a while, for example Sid Vicious cover of My Way or Dead Kennedys take on Viva Las Vegas. However, sometime in the 90s, some punk musicians from bands like NOFX and Lagwagon had managed to create a punk sound which was so uncreative that it was perfect for covering whatever songs that have traditional time signatures and are not too difficult. These covers typically sound so predictable and generic that you can imagine what they will sound like almost perfectly before you've even heard them.

One such popular band and a good example is Me First and the Gimme Gimmes. However, there are many bands out there riding the wave and adding to this phenomenon's horribleness.

Here are some songs. If you want to play a game, try to imagine what they will sound like before you listen to them and then see if you are correct.


Cover of Over the Rainbow



I'll take Judy Garland over these douchebags any day.


Cover of Cat Stevens' Wild World




Cover of Phantom of the Opera



Crap, that is embarassing
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I actually like Me First and the Gimme Gimmes quite a bit. Their cover of "Rocket Man" is great as are a lot of the other songs on their first album.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:01 PM   #86 (permalink)
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Yeah, I have to disagree with the Over the Rainbow cover. It might not be better than the original, but I think it's an interesting rendition. I remember hearing it at the end of the a Taxicab Confessions episode and thought it worked really well.
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Old 12-21-2010, 09:17 PM   #87 (permalink)
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I agree with Tore. But I would have touched on the current trend of "myspace screamo" and "hardcore" bands covering Pop or Hip Hop songs.





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Old 12-22-2010, 12:02 AM   #88 (permalink)
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Then the problem is overexposure, not radio.
The overexposure is channeled through radio. Radio as a source of media is not the true problem, but the people behind the radio. So, I am considering radio being tool of those people. Therefore, I guess I could consider radio the "gun" in a metaphorical sense.
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Old 12-22-2010, 12:11 AM   #89 (permalink)
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But the radio has plenty of good material on it. College radio for example is an important part of underground music. And throughout it's lifespan the radio has played an important role in everything from news to emerging genres and acts that owe their success to heavy radio rotation. It may seem less important nowadays with the Internet, but being played on the radio is still important to establishing a local fanbase.

There is more to radio then Top 40 stations.
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Old 12-22-2010, 07:58 AM   #90 (permalink)
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But radio can get a band noticed as well. Like how Elvis got discovered. Both sides to the coin i guess
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