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Initial post: Jul 28, 2012 5:26:59 PM PDT
Songs I wish would get more airplay on the classic rock stations are

Tycoon's "Such A Woman"
any Michael Stanley Band song
Deep Purple's "Fireball", "Black Night", "Burn" or "Stormbringer"
any UFO song
any Uriah Heep song except for "Easy Livin'"
any Mott The Hoople song except for "All The Young Dudes"
any Nazareth song except for "Hair Of The Dog" and "Love Hurts"
J. Geils Band's "Whammer Jammer" and "Give It To Me" (Full version please)

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 5:33:37 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Jul 28, 2012 5:33:59 PM PDT
Those classic rock stations are trapped in a very small box.

Songs they will never play:

"Thunderbuck Ram" ~ Mott The Hoople
"Monkey Island" ~ J. Geils Band
"Connection" ~ Montrose
"Rat Bat Blue" ~ Deep Purple
"July Morning" ~ Uriah Heep
"Born To Die" ~ Keef Hartley Band
"Signed D.C." ~ Love

It's 2012 and the machine runs the show....

Posted on Jul 28, 2012 11:12:00 PM PDT
Anything by T.Rex outside of "Bang A Gong (Get It On)". One day a long, long time ago I heard "Jeepster" played on a "lost classics" hour and I was blown away. I haven't heard it since. But what about "Children Of The Revolution", "Metal Guru", "20th Century Boy", "Hot Love", "Telegram Sam", etc.?

Anything by Procol Harum outside of "A Whiter Shade Of Pale". "Conquistador", "A Salty Dog", "Shine On Brightly", etc. used to get limited radio play back in the day.

Anything by Jethro Tull besides "Aqualung" and "Locomotive Breath". How about "Living In The Past", "Witch's Promise", "Teacher", "The Whistler", "Skating Away", "Cross-Eyed Mary", "Bouree", etc.? They used to play some of those, too, way back when.

Anything by Jefferson Airplane besides "Somebody To Love" or "White Rabbit". "Lather", "Volunteers", "Today", "Crown Of Creation", "The Ballad Of You And Me And Pooneil", "Wooden Ships"...

Anything by The Velvet Underground, period.

Anything by Roxy Music outside "Love Is The Drug". "Do The Strand", "Virginia Plain", "Pyjamarama", "Street Life", "Out Of The Blue", "Avalon", etc etc.

Anything by Genesis before 1980: "Musical Box", "Watcher Of The Skies", "I Know What I Like", "Firth Of Fith", "Carpet Crawlers, "The Lamb Lies Down On Broadway", "Ripples", "Afterglow", etc.

In reply to an earlier post on Jul 29, 2012 7:45:52 AM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
Totally agreed on T. Rex, Genesis, and the Velvets. :)

Also:
The Eagles -- "The Sad Cafe," "Wasted Time," "The Last Resort," anything from 1971-75 that's not on 'Greatest Hits'

Fleetwood Mac -- anything from 'Tusk' aside from "Sara" or the title cut; "I Don't Want To Know," "Never Going Back Again," anything before 1975

Warren Zevon -- anything beyond "Werewolves of London" and "Lawyers, Guns and Money"

The Kinks -- more from 1966-72 beyond "Victoria" and "Lola"

Big Star -- anything at all

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 9:33:13 AM PDT
Hard to believe that Blue Oyster Cult has only 3 songs(Dont Fear The Reaper, Godzilla, Burnin For You) cuz thats all you hear on the radio in San Diego. In fact, Black Sabbath has only 3 songs(Iron Man, War Pigs, Paranoid) too(At least according to program directors in San Diego).
I would like to have a station that plays only hard rock and metal that doesnt just play the hits over and over. The lame classic rock station in San Diego(KGB-101.5) has a show they call Deep Cuts. Their example of Deep Cuts have been-Carry On Wayward Son-Kansas, The Song Remains The Same-Led Zeppelin, and Tie Your Mother Down-Queen. Those are either the first songs on the album and played every day on the station. I requested UFO and Rainbow songs and they didnt have any! Or thats what they told me anyway. They dont play any Iron Maiden and rarely play Dio or Judas Priest(You can name the 3 songs by Priest that they play) and that music is 30 years old or close to it.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 2:53:17 PM PDT
You must mean "Living After Midnight"..."Head Out To The Highway"..."You Got Another Thing Coming". Those are the only Priest songs they play on my classic rock stations !

What I wouldn't give for a little Diamonds and Rust !

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 4:46:53 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2012 4:48:48 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
Gena,

I actually heard "September Gurls" on the PA system in Kroger. Nearly soiled myself. Mind you, whoever handles the tunes in Kroger supermarkets has strangely wonderful taste. One visit in I heard Madness' version of "It Must Be Love" and "Suburbia" by Pet Shop Boys.

As for my choices:
Anything but "Love My Way" and "Pretty in Pink" by the Psychedelic Furs
Anything but "Your Love" and "Winning It All" by The Outfield (esp. "Say It Isn't So," LOVE THAT SONG!)
Anything but "And We Danced" by The Hooters
"Sooner or Later" by Huey Lewis and the News
Add to the Bryan Ferry/Roxy Music canon of "Thank you, please go away now": "Dance Away," "Jealous Guy," "Slave to Love," and "A Hard Rain's Gonna Fall." Wouldn't it be nice to hear "Remake/Remodel" on the radio?
Anything by The Sports (Can't believe "Who Listens to the Radio?" hasn't been run into the ground like "Radio Radio" and "Turn Up the Radio" both have)
"She," "Saturday's Child," "The Porpoise Song," "Circle Sky," "Listen to the Band," and pretty much anything by the Monkees except "Daydream Believer," "I'm a Believer," and "Last Train to Clarksville."
"Truth Hits Everybody," "Can't Stand Losing You," "Next to You," and anything else on the first two albums that isn't "Roxanne" or "Walking on the Moon" or "Message in a Bottle" by the Police.
Anything but "In a Big Country" or "Look Away" by Big Country.
It'd be great to hear The Pogues beyond the forever bleeped "Fairytale of New York" played around the holidays and "Tuesday Morning" around St. Patty's Day (even if the latter is my favorite Pogues song tied with "White City," and I'm not bored with it yet).

and this list is getting out of hand so I'll shut it now.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 6:08:18 PM PDT
@S.Stalcup: "Wouldn't it be nice to hear "Remake/Remodel" on the radio?"

YES

It would also be awesome to hear "Porpoise Song", too.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 6:13:09 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2012 6:13:29 PM PDT
tmoore says:
I have recently heard both Rock and Roll and Sweet Jane by the Velvets on the radio, but not on classic rock stations - I avoid those stations completely now. Station I heard it on was one of the publicly funded ones who aren't beholden to tight playlists.

Posted on Aug 2, 2012 7:22:43 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 2, 2012 8:06:36 PM PDT
S. Stalcup says:
A few more then it's off to bed so I can study for fields tomorrow. I sit for 'em the 15th and 17th and we only get two chances, so if you feel like it, cast a pleading word to your deity of choice: Cthulu, The Flying Spaghetti Monster . . . Eric Clapton?

* Any Madness beyond "Our House" and "One Step Beyond"
* Any Go-Gos beyond "Our Lips Are Sealed" and "We Got the Beat." (NOTE: Anyone citing Rodney's show will be disqualified.)
* Any NRBQ
* Any Violent Femmes beyond "Blister in the Sun." (Do you like "American Music"?)
* Any Blasters songs other than "Dark Night" and "Marie Marie"
and though I know it's a Dave Alvin composition . . .
* Any X songs beyond "4th of July" (played usually on, yes, you guessed it, Boxing Day)
and lastly, can't believe I neglected it the first time . . .
* Any Replacements other than "I'll Be You" and "Achin' to Be"
P.S. This is actually more geared to FM radio than a lot of my choices, but I'd really like to hear something other than "Hold On Loosely" by .38 Special. I actually rather miss "Like No Other Night."

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 2, 2012 8:40:35 PM PDT
Gena Chereck says:
"Any Violent Femmes beyond 'Blister in the Sun.' (Do you like 'American Music'?)"

YES. (I'm also partial to "Gone Daddy Gone" and "Kiss Off"...)

"Any Blasters songs other than 'Dark Night' and 'Marie Marie'"

How about "Border Radio"? :)

"Any X songs beyond '4th of July'"

"The World's a Mess (It's In My Kiss)" would be kind of cool. :D

Agreed on The Replacements (I'm especially keen on the 'Let It Be'/'Tim' era) and NRBQ!

Some more faves:
Rush -- anything beyond "Tom Sawyer" (OK, so "The Spirit of Radio," "Limelight" and "Subdivisions" still probably get plenty of airplay, but I could never get sick of them); more stuff pre-1980 would be nice.

Cheap Trick -- anything beyond "I Want You to Want Me" (I reckon "Surrender" and "Dream Police" still get some play once in a while, but I wouldn't mind hearing them more often)...

David Bowie -- beyond "Space Oddity" and "Changes"

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 5:38:32 AM PDT
Randy says:
Was shopping in the Dollar General store the other day when Marshall Crenshaw's "Cynical Girl" began playing over the store's sound system. Thought that was pretty cool.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 5:42:33 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 3, 2012 5:42:44 AM PDT
Randy says:
There are plenty of great late 70s/early 80s rock bands that get ZERO airplay on Classic Rock radio; would love to hear Starz, The Godz, Trooper, Shooting Star, Point Blank and Stranger on regular rotation. I'm sure there are about a thousand others that I can't think of right now.

Posted on Aug 3, 2012 9:32:54 AM PDT
Any Lowell George LITTLE FEAT minus oh atlanta and dixie chicken.
Pete Townshend an Ronnie Lanes's-Rough Mix.
Early solo Peter Gabriel-Here Comes The Flood,Exposure,Moribund and Burgermeister,Biko.
NILS LOFGRENfirst solo album-fAT mAN.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 11:01:27 AM PDT
The only Foghat you ever hear is Slow Ride, Fool For The City, & I Just Wanna...

Would love to hear My Babe or Burnin' The Midnight Oil !

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 12:09:47 PM PDT
vivazappa says:
How about any tune not in their current rotations...

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 12:30:19 PM PDT
MAC says:
Some Todd Rundgren other than Hello It's Me and Bang the Drum

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 2:54:38 PM PDT
doodah man says:
Some early Fleetwood Mac, pre-Buckingham/Nicks, '67-73 era. About the only thing one hears is "Oh Well" and Bob Welch "Sentimental Lady" on occasion.

Posted on Aug 7, 2012 3:02:25 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 7, 2012 3:04:07 PM PDT
More Peter Gabriel era Genesis would be nice. The single version of "Watcher of the Skies" could definitely see more airplay if song length is the issue.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2012 4:02:17 PM PDT
ANY Soul Asylum pre-Grave Dancers Union.

In reply to an earlier post on Aug 7, 2012 5:34:16 PM PDT
The most obscure song I've found lately is

Thunder Island by Jay Fergusen

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 10:10:10 AM PDT
@Disco Biscuit: the single version of "Watcher Of The Skies" misses its seminal mellotron opening, but is still really cool. I was surprised when I first heard it on the "Archives Vol.1" box set and it went into the "on your own, on your own" fadeout part. Really cool. That's definitely something they can play on radio.

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 10:21:29 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 10, 2012 10:22:31 AM PDT
tmoore says:
Re: early Fleetwood Mac - In addition to what's been mentioned, I have also heard "Hypnotized" in the past on classic rock radio.

Re: Jefferson Airplane - In addition to what's been mentioned, I have also heard "Embryonic Journey" and "Plastic Fantastic Lover" in the past on classic rock radio.

Michael Topper: One Jefferson Airplane track that seems radio friendly to me is "J. P. P. Mc Step B. Blues"; unless there is something subtly radio-unfriendly about it (ala "We Can Be Together" MFs). I know you've been listening to them a lot lately (concerts etc.) - are you aware of anything about that song?

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 10:31:58 AM PDT
Jay Fergusen also had a top 40 hit with "Shakedown Cruise"

back in the 70's, man...

Posted on Aug 10, 2012 11:05:46 AM PDT
@tmoore: "JPP" is an excellent song, and it is quite catchy, but it's just not very well known. It was a "Pillow" outtake that didn't even see release until the "Early Flight" collection of odds'n'ends in 1974. That album barely went noticed, although besides "JPP" it also contained the excellent "Go To Her" and "Mexico". The song was originally written by Skip Spence and was performed by the group only a few times in late '66 (the only extant live version I know of, which is very good and similar to the studio version, appears on the 11/66 Fillmore concerts).
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