There is a reason I don’t listen to FM radio anymore.
In truth, I haven’t listened to anything but sports or news radio in well over a decade. Call me an old fart if you want, but there is zero reason for me to push the button to FM anymore.
The decline of popular music during my lifetime makes me genuinely sad. To witness radio go from the likes of Nirvana, Pearl Jam, and Alice in Chains (three guesses how old I am) to the current, star-studded lineup of Justin Bieber, One Direction and Carly Rae Jepsen makes me want to stick my head in the oven and turn it on, full blast.
Seriously, is this what we’ve come to as a society?
There was a time when music meant something. It was used as a rallying cry for the youth of America, full of pain, angst, anger.
And now, we get “Hey, I just met you, and this is crazy. But here’s my number, so call me maybe.”
Shoot me now.
At some point, I hope the youth of the world realize that this is nothing more than radio friendly crap, full of catchy radio friendly lyrics and poppy tones. Maybe they will come to this conclusion when blood starts pouring out of their ears and falls on the precious T-shirts of these so-called artists.
When this happens, please let me know, so I can start to press the FM button again.
One final thing: Nirvana is not classic rock. Neither is Pearl Jam, nor is Alice in Chains. Just because a song turns 20 years old doesn’t immediately turn it into “classic rock.” The only thing classic about these songs being played on a “classic rock” station is the DJs are as old as real classic rock artists.
The Beatles, Rolling Stones, and The Doors. These are classic rock artists. The bands I listed just happen to have albums that are 20 years old. Big difference.
Wait a minute-does that mean that in 20 years Justin Bieber will be considered classic rock? Let’s hope not.