It's World Radio Day. La-Di-Freakin'-Da.

radio1 by duncan rawlinson.jpg
Duncan Rawlinson
Normally, Rocks Off gets all giddy when we get to put together a playlist to celebrate an obscure holiday. However, today is World Radio Day, as declared by last year by the United Nations (the best source of obscure holidays), and it's put us in a foul mood.

The reason is that recent automotive mishaps have left us driving a '97 Ford Escort with no MP3 input, so no Internet radio, no podcasts, and none of our own music library since we went 100 percent digital. We're stuck with regular, awful Houston FM radio, and since KPFT's Sound Awake and RadioACTIVE aren't on during our drive, that means we're more or less without good musical accompaniment while experiencing 290's ever more astounding displays of rubbernecking slowdowns.

So World Radio Day can kiss us where the poop comes out. Maybe if someone had focused on radio sooner we wouldn't be stuck in the miasma we are now. Here's five songs that agree with us.

radio2.jpg

Dead Kennedys, "Pull My Strings": Not just about radio, but mainstream music in general. The Dead Kennedys pulled one of the most punk rock things ever at the 1980 Bay Area Music Awards, when they were nominated for best New Wave act. Rather than playing "California Uber Alles," they dropped their one and only performance of "Pull My Strings," a bitter, profanity-laden dig at the entire music industry.

They also parodied the Knacks' "My Sharona" in the song, changing the chorus to "Drool drool drool drool drool drool/ My payola," referring to labels' illegal practice of bribing radio stations to push songs. But seriously, are the Dead Kennedys ever not relevant to a situation?


radio3.jpg

Leftover Crack, "Clear Channel (Fuck Off)": "The same old song of compromise went platinum yesterday." Preach on, brothers. Don't get us wrong, though. It's at least halfway our fault that the airwaves are full of crap. We're the ones who listen to it, and demand determines supply. We're not going to blame ClearChannel if they open a manure store somewhere that buys manure like Zebra Cakes.


Sponsor Content

My Voice Nation Help
5 comments
David Houston
David Houston

Radio is run by big business.  Radio DJ's are pretty inane and stupid.  There are no great stars and no names worth remembering these days.  NPR have killed off community broadcasting, and they've been allowed to...  Other channels are more concerned how far they get their signal out, there is no 'local' feeling.  Watch this and get the low-down of how and what has come to pass.  This fascinating movie explains a lot if you ask me.  I believe strongly in Community Broadcasting, I've been a broadcaster, without that communities are silent.  Even KPFT doesn't quite cut it.  Freedom of speech starts with choice, we have no choice (currently).  So it's NPR talking about the Tea Party...

https://apps.facebook.com/hulu...

Phil
Phil

Thanks Jef!  We try. Check out all of KPFT's programming for an excellent variety of music & talk.Phil  radioACTIVE Fridays 1-3pm KPFT 90.1 FM

Johnny Fever
Johnny Fever

Well, about 90% of the world have NO chance of hearing your brilliance. Just think Brah, if you were on a broadcast radio, BILLIONS more could be enlightened by your genius. Even if it is eminating from Mom's basement

Blaze Hauser
Blaze Hauser

Does shortwave count? That and the police scanners are the only things I listen to besides KUHF and KPFT. Fuck houston radio, bring back KLOL. 

David Houston
David Houston

Short Wave definitely counts.  Although it was at it's best in the 1980's.  I was a keen SW DXer back then listening to the whole world... Those were the days.

Now Trending

Houston Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...