Thursday, September 23, 2010

Would Anyone Listen? & Currently Listening

We spend a lot of time in the car channel surfing on the radio looking for something descent to listen to (mostly because the CD player is messed up). Yesterday I got this idea; what if there was a radio station that literally played all kinds of popular music. A station essentially designed for a family to be able to listen to that would play songs that everyone liked. In other words, what if there was a station that mixed the playlists of 105. The Spy, Radio Disney, 98.9 Kiss FM, KJ103, the KATT, KRXO, the True Oldies Channel 99.7, 97.3 Jack FM (RIP), and the New Version of FM 103.7 (among others)? This station could go from a song by Iggy Pop into one by Boston into one by The Jonas Brothers. The point would be to have a station that a family with diverse tastes could all listen to and eventually hear something that they like. Would it work? Would anyone listen? Could a station cater to tweens while at the same time catering to Gen Xers? Could a station successfully mix mainstream hits songs with underground classics and newer deep alternative tracks? I think that it could. Granted it would never be the most listened to station because you wouldn’t be able to nail it down to being one thing, but it would be perfect for families to listen to in the car and could keep the channel surfing down to a minimum. Plus in this new iPod age, it is not at all unheard of for people having all different kinds of music going in their ears.

So in that vein for today’s edition of Currently Listening, I’m am going to pick songs from all over the place to see how they’d all sound together.

What do you think? Is this something that you and your family would listen to? Is it something that you think other families would agree on?

1. “Fallen Angel” by Poison (from Poison’s Greatest Hits 1986-1996)
2. “I Do Not Hook Up” by Kelly Clarkson (from All I Ever Wanted)
3. “Bring on the Dancing Horses” by Echo & the Bunnymen (from Songs to Learn and Sing)
4. “Try a Little Tenderness” by Otis Redding (from The Definitive Soul Collection Disc 2)
5. “Somebody to Love” by Queen (from Greatest Hits [We Will Rock You Edition])
6. “Sick of Myself” by Matthew Sweet (from Time Capsule: The Best of Matthew Sweet)
7. “The Fear” by Lily Allen (from It’s Not Me, It’s You)
8. “Tomorrow’s Industry” by Dropkick Murphys (from The Meanest of Times)
9. “Surrender” by Cheap Trick (from Heaven Tonight [Bonus Tracks])
10. “Here We Go Again” by Demi Lovato (from Here We Go Again)
11. “Over It” by Dinosaur Jr. (from Farm)
12. “Solace of You” by Living Colour (from Everything Is Possible: The Very Best of Living Colour)
13. “Regret” by New Order (from The Best of New Order)
14. “Who I Am” by Nick Jonas & the Administration (from Who I Am)
15. “It’s Not Unusual” by Tom Jones (from Gold Disc 1)

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