Did They Really Just Play That?

Good heavens , Miss Sakamoto!

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Posting this one with a photo because you might not believe me if I just told you the song and the station

And no, we’re not in Requestival either.

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That was my immediate thought!

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Listening to tonight’s 20-20 Retro Countdown, and one of the tracks that’s outside the Top 20 is “I Love It When You Call Me Names” by Joan Armatrading. It’s a great track, as long as you don’t try and process the lyrics. I guess 40 years ago, it was probably normal for couples to beat the snot out of each other…

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No, it still had quite a shock value at the time. People were well aware it was a commentary on sado-masochism. Great song though in other respects. I loved Drop The Pilot and Show Some Emotion. She’s still releasing music by the way, BBC R2 were playing one of her new songs last year fairly regularly.

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Sounds like Joan Armatrading is one of the many artists from the '70s and '80s that kept on making great music well into the 21st century, but whose later music was ignored by mainstream radio (at least in Australia anyway). Will definitely need to listen to her newer stuff.

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Radio Caroline is another station that plays new music from ‘classic’ artists. They specialise in it actually.

I know I wax lyrical on RC, but they truly provide something that’s missing elsewhere.

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I stream Radio Caroline from time to time. It’s a great station. Radio Paradise is quite similar, though they’re more of a traditional American style AOR format.

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Both great stations but they’re pretty different imo. Caroline is your classic album rock station but Radio Paradise leans heavily toward adult album alternative. You won’t find AOR bands like Journey and Foreigner on there as they are too ‘poppy’ for Bill’s liking. There’s a big indie folk bias to Paradise which isn’t my jam- but it’s still very well put together. Bill of RP knows what he’s doing. RP is a lot more laid back than Caroline and often too slow and sleepy for me.

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'Nuff said.

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Over the last 3 nights, ‘Nights With Dave Gleeson’ have doing the Top 27 ‘Rock Chicks’ Countdown in their ‘Classic 9 at 9’ (9 songs per night)… some interesting selections below given the metro Triple M stations hardly ever play these artists otherwise.

No. 21 - Our Lips Are Sealed - The Go Gos
No. 18 - Running Up That Hill - Kate Bush
No. 16 - Kids In America - Kim Wilde
No. 12 - Manic Monday - Bangles
No. 4 - U + Ur Hand - Pink

And putting Pink up so high on the list is quite baffling.

For the record, the Divinyls was # 1 with ‘Science Fiction’.

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Triple M Brisbane this afternoon played Tina Turner’s “The Best”, the original version without Jimmy Barnes.

It would be most unusual to hear Tina on the metro Ms otherwise, but her connection to Australian sport and her passing made her a "must play " today.

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In my uber home Nova 93.7 PLAYED “Nutbush City Limit”

I know why they did, but really was something to hear Nova play that song

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Agree! I Love it when stations go off format to play a classic they don’t normally play.

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A couple of interesting artist choices I’ve heard on DAB radio recently…

Just then, 80s New Wave just played Sinead O’Connor (Mandinka)… I always thought she was more alternative rock/folk, and she is also a bit late on the scene to be considered New Wave (or so I think).

And last week, Triple M’s Tradie Radio played Tori Amos (Cornflake Girl). Not an artist/song I would imagine (male) tradies would listen to.

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“This is not really happening here!” said Paul the plumber.
“You bet your life it is!”cried Craig the carpenter.
“Rabbit food…”

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I actually quite like that song. I have not heard that song in years.

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MacArthur Park by Richard Harris on 2BS last night.

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Back when they were Triple M 90s I heard them play that Tori Amos song once or twice, was a little out of character in the good way.

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I sometimes think Triple M have to be a little bit more flexible with the genre for female vocalists, otherwise it would get incredibly narrow

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