March 29, 2010 @ 17:32
Hall and Oates make my hair itchy.
My musical tastes were shaped by CFNY's playlists of the 80's, which would never include H&O of course. To me H&O represented the "bad 80's music".
But, to each their own.
Freddie, correct me if i'm wrong but I sense you're more of a straight ahead rock and roll guy in general. So if that's the case, you must have gotten all squirmy hearing all that relatively obscure stuff during your tenure at CFNY. Although, I'm sure you were more focused on what you were about to talk about on air rather than the tunes.
Was there any "CFNY" music from that era you really enjoyed? (aside from The Cult's Love Removal Machine which you covered) Hated? I'd be curious to know your thoughts.
Actually I'm not a straight ahead rock and roll guy. And no, I didn't get all squirmy during my days at CFNY when it was at its alternative best, on the contrary, my IPOD is full of old CFNY stuff that not only brings back great memories, its great music.
The only problem I had with the music at CFNY was that it wasn't very accessible. Humble and I knew the tunes were great, the problem was, not enough people caught on, remember this is the city that has made CHFI and CHUM-FM number one since you were shitting yellow.
It was frustrating to be working at the station delivering the city's best radio, but not getting the recognition through ratings. I'm just being honest.
But to address another point, why is it so hard to believe that somebody could like Hall and Oates, but also like The Smiths, New Order and The Clash. For the most part, I liked it all.
Having said that, there are bands that I didn't like so much. I wasn't the biggest fan of the Sex Pistols, but I don't care much for Led Zeppelin either. I was a huge UB 40 fan in the 80's, but pretty much ignored Bruce Springsteen.
I think music is all about feel and emotion. It's subjective. There's really not such thing as bad music because whatever it is, there's somebody who likes it.
I don't care for rap or hip-hop but I love reggae. I'm not big on classical but I enjoy Jazz. Right now I can't stand Nickleback but I really like Cage the Elephant and Metric.
And yes, while at CFNY we were focused on our "talking" segments, but the music went a long way in positioning our show. Edgy and different, exactly what we wanted our show to be, and often we were fuelled by the great tunes.
I hope that answers all your questions.