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What songs should I play on my recently started internet radio station that features beyond classic rock music?


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Initial post: Sep 17, 2012 10:19:51 PM PDT
I've recently started an internet radio station that features music from 60's, 70's, 80's and 90's classic rock. Beyond classic rock is my mantra, so what songs should I play? I'm not interested in playing the same old tired classic songs like "Walk This Way" or "Freebird".

Posted on Sep 17, 2012 10:53:55 PM PDT
Play what you have and what you like. Or take requests from your listeners.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 1:06:16 AM PDT
Play nothing but metal and hard rock. NO HITS ALLOWED!!

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 3:15:28 AM PDT
Nickelback.

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 4:17:18 AM PDT
Sha57 says:
Hi Daddy Rock 'N' Roll
I believe that you will get get some wonderful inspiration from the Trainwreckers - "You Are Given Your Own Radio Show etc " thread.

Wishing you well!

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 4:34:28 AM PDT
zlh67 says:
I think any radio station that has "classic rock" as part of their description should play SOME of the well-known classics because that's what most people expect to hear when they tune in. Playing nothing BUT those well-known songs though is what makes them so tiresome. So I would still play "Smoke On The Water" (on occasion), but I'd also play "Lazy". I would still play "Kashmir," but I'd also work in "Sick Again", etc.

There are so many solid album cuts that got little or no airplay from so many great bands that no one could list them all here, but you get the idea...

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 5:53:00 AM PDT
C. Batty says:
Get Rodriguez's Cold Fact album.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 6:31:16 AM PDT
Lauren says:
Definitely add in some newer artists that have similarities to the classic rock staples. May I suggest My Morning Jacket, Ryan Adams, Alejandro Escovedo, and Jack White?

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 6:53:48 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 18, 2012 6:55:36 AM PDT
vivazappa says:
Dig deep and find some FRANK ZAPPA!!!
He never got played on FM when he should have.
Besides it's internet...you can even play the dirty songs.

Head for the 74-75 band and later...Joe's Garage!!!

And don't forget...
"Billy was a mountain...Ethyl was a tree growing off of his shoulder."

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 8:42:17 AM PDT
EvenSteven says:
"Making maple syrup for the pancakes of our land.....do you have any idea what that can do to a man?"

Daddy R&R....noble cause, playing stuff that requires some imagination....I agree with that.
Even artists that are known have very good stuff just burried on their lps & I like when dj's cherry pick them crucial LP cuts or B sides. Play local or unknown artists that you like. Try to play a little of everything that goes into the "rock pallate" like blues, country, instrumental rock, pop, gospel, folk, pop, etc.....you'll be just fine.
Good luck....ES.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 11:03:52 AM PDT
Just keep it varied. Mix a few classics in with little/seldom heard cuts. Play Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, Gordon Lightfoot, My Morning Jacket, The Stawbs, Otis Redding, The Bangles, The Doors, REM and The Drifters all in the same hour! Play the full version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida!

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 18, 2012 11:23:24 AM PDT
B L T says:
Daddy Rock 'N' Roll,

I'd enjoy helping you out with late 60's/early 70's music recommendations. 80s and 90's rock isn't my thing.

Are you playing entire albums now or planning to in the future? If it's not too much trouble, I'd like to see a short list of what you're playing now.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 11:28:56 AM PDT
Severin says:
Play 'Echoes' by Pink Floyd.

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 11:39:37 AM PDT
B L T says:
Play side one of "Meddle" first. That way, I can find something else to do for 23 or 24 minutes when you switch to side 2 and play "Echoes". Sorry "Echoes" fans, Pink Floyd is a favorite band of mine, but I can't listen to "Echoes".

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 12:12:09 PM PDT
Play The Smithereens - a vastly underappreciated band!

Posted on Sep 18, 2012 5:57:03 PM PDT
All of you have given me some great ideas. The Smithereens are great. I am very fond of "Meddle". Johnny Cash, Muddy Waters, Gordon Lightfoot, My Morning Jacket, The Strawbs, Otis Redding, The Bangles, The Doors, REM and The Drifters all in the same hour would be fantastic and I'm going to do it. Bllues, country, instrumental rock, pop, gospel, folk, pop is what I'm shooting for. Of course I can't forget Frank Zappa. I love especially the "Freak Out" album. "Lazy" and "Sick Again" I've already considered. I love jack White and all his project bands. I will be playing the long version of In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida soon in a segment I'll be calling "Long Tracks, So Relax".

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 10:34:52 AM PDT
B L T says:
"Long Tracks, So Relax"

Iron Butterfly - "Butterfly Bleu" - (14:03)
Creedence Clearwater Revival - "Suzie Q" (8:37)
Tommy James and the Shondells - "Crimson and Clover" - (5:32)
Eric Burdon & The Animals - "Sky Pilot" (7:27)
Bloodrock - "D.O.A." - (8:30)
Vanilla Fudge - "You Keep Me Hanging On" - (7:20)

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 10:43:20 AM PDT
BLT, I like Iron Butterly, I have In-A-Gadda, Ball and Metamorphis but I am not familiar ith Butterfly Bleu. What CD is that on?

In reply to an earlier post on Sep 19, 2012 10:56:23 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 10:59:32 AM PDT
B L T says:
Metamorphosis (last track on side 2).
or
track 9 - Metamorphosis

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 11:46:44 AM PDT
Thanks BLT, I think I am losing it. LOL. I DON'T have Metamorhosis, I have Heavy. That's why I don't have this song.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 4:27:17 PM PDT
In addition to all the suggestions made so far, if you're going to play some of the classics like Layla, play the acoustic version, or the alternate version of Clapton's After Midnight from the Crossroads set. The Grateful Dead have released over a hundred live collections, anyone of the Scarlet Begonias into Fire On The Mountain live releases qualifies for a "long track" and is seldom heard on the radio. You can also play some covers, like Paul Rogers and Company from The Hendrix Set doing Purple Haze or Santana's cover of Spanish Castle Magic from In From The Storm. Neil Young does a killer cover of All Along The Watchtower on the Bob Dylan 30th Anniversary Concert Celebration. Play some songs from some of the lesser played artists of the 60s and 70s like Mahavishnu Orchestra, New Riders Of The Purple Sage, Delaney & Bonnie, Butterfield Blues Band, Elvin Bishop, Leon Russell, Quicksilver Messenger Service, James Cotton, Johnny Winter, Sly & The Family Stone, Booker T & The MGs, James Brown, etc. Play some of classic blues songs from people like Etta James, Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Little Walter, Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Big Mama Thornton, etc. Throw into the mix some classics by Elvis Presley, Chuck Berry, Bo Diddley, Little Richard, Buddy Holly, etc.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 5:08:02 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 5:10:03 PM PDT
B L T says:
Playing the original followed by a cover version might be cool.

J.J. Cale comes to mind...

"After Midnight" covered by Eric Clapton
"Cocaine" covered by Eric Claption
"Travelin Light" covered by Eric Clapton
"Bringing It Back" covered by Kansas
"Call Me the Breeze" covered by Lynyrd Skynyrd

I prefer the original.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 5:17:27 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 5:17:39 PM PDT
Tessa says:
I agree..No Hits! Well I guess thats a bit unrealistic or idealistic. I suggest Damnation of Adam Blessing one of my favs from the 70's. Throw in some Zappa and Rush too.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 5:39:04 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 19, 2012 5:39:42 PM PDT
B L T says:
Tessa is right. On second thought, forget about the popular hit covers, play the originals.

Posted on Sep 19, 2012 5:45:59 PM PDT
Phil Perrin says:
Daddy R&R,the one FM station I listen to the most plays deep cuts! Sure,you hear the same old stuff,but they'll whip out a long lost tune and it ROCKS!
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