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Old 03-03-2004, 05:06 AM   #1
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Classic rock....Is it as bad as I imagine it to be?

Stupid question: What exactly constitutes 'classic rock'? I don't think I'd include the Beatles in that category. When I think of classic rock, I think of the kind of music they play on those radio stations people that drink cheap beer in cans and wear dirty, worn out jeans and gross t-shirts listen to when going on road trips in rusty old cars....songs with 20 minute guitar solos....the kind of radio stations that say 'This is Q103 -- CLASSIC RAWK!!!' in a really deep, growly voice....lots of hair....old men who look like they're carrying every std known to man (like Courtney Love)....the rednecks who don't only listen to country in a trailer park....8-tracks....the kind of music I NEVER, EVER listen to. Maybe it's just bad childhood memories of former stepdads or something, but I think I have a natural aversion to this kind of music.

So...what is it? Is it as bad as the associations I have with it?

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I think your associations are close. I actually have proof kinda. We have an all rock station and they do nothing to disprove the redneck ute owning piss in a can swilling cattle dog owning sheep rustling geneology. Or for the more citified version, its red flannelettes in the local dive bar on a Saturday night, beating someone over the head with a pool cue and broken long neck bottle. Police paddy wagon stuff.

Here is the tracklisting from their Best Beer Drinking Songs compilations. Sorry its a bit lengthy, but this is classic rock and why I associate it like you do.

The boys light up-Aussie Crawl
You ain’t seen nothing yet-Bachman Turner Overdrive
Pleasure & Pain-The Divinyls
Paradise by the dashboard light-Meat Loaf
Copperhead road-Steve Earl
Mustang Sally-The Commitments
Am I ever gonna see your face again-The Angels
Never gonna die-The Choirboys
American Pie-Don McLean
Hot in the city-Billy Idol
Rockin’ all over the world-Status Quo
Cry in shame-Johnny Diesel & the Injectors
Brown eyed girl-Van Morrison
Bad to the bone-George Thorogood
Centrefold-J.Geils Band

Black Night-Deep Purple
Down under-Men at work
We’ve gotta get our of this place-The Animals
Stuck in the middle with you-Stealers Wheel
La Grange-ZZ Top
The stroke-Billy Squier-Rock & Roll Part 1-Gary Glitter
I am an Island-Richard Clapton
Sweet home Alabama-Lynyrd Skynyrd
Waterfront-Simple Minds
My Sharona-The Knack
And she was-Talking Heads
All fired up-Pat Benatar
We can’t be beaten– Rose Tattoo
A Pub with no beer-Slim Dusty

Some of these are great. Most of them are my stereotype though.

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The stroke-Billy Squier
I actually know a woman who has a tattoo of Billy Squier on her posterior. Now that's devotion to the stroke!
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Steve Miller

That's the bad end of the classic rock spectrum.
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Heh, I do appreciate some Steve Miller Band and Journey

I don't think it's as bad as you make it out to be Meggie. When asked about my musical background, I always tell people that I was raised on classic rock: The Beatles, The Who, Zeppelin, The Stones, The Doors, Pink Floyd, etc.

However, when you do listen to those stations, you'll always get the good music along with the stuff that makes you cringe. For me, that is Styx, REO Speedwagon and Foreigner among many others. But these days, I hear Talking Heads and U2 on such stations as well. So I guess it all just depends on what you're into.
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Yeah, Foreigner, Journey, Styx, Steve Miller and Billy Squier all fit into the 'classic rock' category.

Simply put, it's rock from the 70's. The thing that cracks me up about classic rock radio stations, which first started appearing in the early '80's, is that they've been playing the EXACT SAME PLAYLIST for 20 years and they're still going strong (apparently).

One song you were/are guaranteed to hear on the L.A. classic rock station if you tuned in most days over the last 2 decades: Boston's "More Than a Feeling."
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Originally posted by Angela Harlem
We have an all rock station and they do nothing to disprove the redneck ute owning piss in a can swilling cattle dog owning sheep rustling geneology.
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More classic rocks artists:
Cream, Traffic, Heart, Van Halen, Police, Moody Blues, Fleetwood Mac, The Doors and Deep Purple.
It seems that once the music is 20 years old, it becomes classic whether it is or not.
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Jefferson Airplane, too
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what can I say?

you have just about printed our songlist up there

I was around when those songs were released.
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The definition of "classic rock" certainly does change over time. In Boston we have one of the U.S.' oldest "classic rock" stations in WZLX. When they started(around 22 yrs ago) it was a steady diet of Beatles, Stones, The Who, The Doors Lynyrd Skynrd etc.
Now U2 is a staple (Carter Alan , formerly of WBCN is now the mid morning DJ). They also play the Clash, Billy Idol and other bands who would have been "new wave" "punk" or some other designation 15-20 yrs ago. Its one of the reasons I hate labels and just prefer to call it all "rock".
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Classic rock is not what you're thinking it it. My local classic rock station put togetehr their list of the top 96 classic rock albums and while I may not agree with some of the selections or the order, the list gives a good definition of what "classic rock" is.

(PS ... there's 96 albums because the station can be found at 96.5 on the FM dial)

Top 96
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I don't listen to the classic rock station where I live that much because it's pretty terrible, but I've noticed they tend to play a lot of Deep Purple, Led Zeppelin, BTO, Bad Company, Foreigner, Journey, Van Halen, REO Speedwagon, Styx, Rush and Bon Jovi. I even heard "Enter Sandman" by Metallica on their once, and that's a song from the early '90s! I guess they play it because it's metal rather than grunge or alternative.

I don't consider any of that stuff "classic" except for Led Zeppelin. I'm a lot more likely to hear "classic" stuff on the oldies sation, which plays Beatles, Doors, Cream and Rolling Stones songs in addition to Motown hits and rock and roll songs from the pre-Beatles era.

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