23.3.06

All Filler, No Ronseal

We've regressed to using the radio once again in our office situation. It's the easy option: no-one has to select a CD to put on every 45 minutes; no-one gets too wound up about the options chosen; nobody puts the Eurythmics on twice a day, every day.

But is it really a better choice? Probably not, all things considered. I consider myself to have maybe absolutely the best music taste in the world: obviously: if I didn't, it wouldn't be my music taste would it? As such, it's very difficult to find a radio station that genuinely caters for me, and more difficult still to find one that would please an entire office. So, we stick with Xfm. And although there's the occasional classic, a blast from the past, an unexpectedly good new band, there's more filler. For example, I can't really deal with listening to the Arctic Monkeys every third song, and there's only so many times I can hear a trailer for The Kooks without going mental. They're not good! Understand it! They sound exactly the same as every other band that's knocked around for the last three years, and so it seems, every band that's coming up through the system. They sound like the Strokes (i.e. like a provincial Voidoids) before the Strokes started covering James songs. Don't believe me? Listen to the new single's verse.

I'm not going to find a radio station to suit everybody, that's for sure, and when the only alternative approach is take an entirely autocratic approach (don't know what it means? Look in a dictionary!) I'm not guaranteeing popularity for myself (I can't count the number of times I've had "whale music!" shouted at me when I've played Sigur Ros). There's Resonance I guess, and I've been tempted but never given in to Spoilt Victorian Child radio. There's also the weird world of Yahoo Launchcast - I've created a station of my own in the past, but it all seems such a lot of effort.

Yousendit appears to be spurning my cries of late, so I'll post music soon.

5 comments:

Llamadance said...

How can you post this without mentioning Last.fm or even pandora.com? I think there are a few personalised radio websites springing up. One of them must be able to help....I do of course recommend Last.fm.

Em said...

I concur! although my forays into trying to make Last work on these firewalled pc bastardos have been less than successful....

Oh Simone said...

I tried using Last at home but as I'm using the Creative software that came with my fancypants mp3 player, it doesn't seem to work.

Plus, if you based an office radio listening experience on my music taste, hilarity would ensue...

kitten said...

I like Radio 6 (Digital) but Radio 2 is ok as well. Radio 4 too, except when the Archers is on. Bloody Archers. I'm such an old woman.

I don't get on well with these online radio thingums but my PC doesn't have a sound-card so I wouldn't.

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