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Rantings of a Sandmonkey

Be forewarned: The writer of this blog is an extremely cynical, snarky, pro-US, secular, libertarian, disgruntled sandmonkey. If this is your cup of tea, please enjoy your stay here. If not, please sod off

Tuesday, January 11, 2005

Killing me softly!

Conventional Radio in the USA apparently is afraid of the competition provided by Satalite Radio, despite the fact that Satalite Radio only currently has 1% of the market! So what do you do when you are an aging industry that offers sub-par service when confronted with something new and inventive that might just make your ass obselete? You enlist the help of the Music community! The radio industry plans to promote itself in coming weeks via a string of high-profile print and on-air ads featuring testimonials from music stars such as Nelly, Alicia Keys and Ludacris! If it seems that Radio may be turning too Hiphop for your taste, Whitey, then you might be on to something! Don't fret though, Rock Lovers; The Radio Execs do intend on appealing to you guys as well, using their secret weapon: Avril Lavigne! The radio ads feature pop stars ticking off career accomplishments and allusions to hit songs, laid down over a musical track. Canadian rocker Avril Lavigne, whose 2002 single "Complicated" rocketed her to stardom at 17, chips in: "Before the cover of Maxim, before stomping the red carpet, before I stole my father's ties, before the star on my wrist, before boy-beaters beat out wife-beaters, before I got nominated again, before the pop-tart drama, before I toured the world at 19 and 'Complicated' made things so complicated, you heard me -- Avril Lavigne -- on the radio." You know, I don't know about any of you, but this seems to be kinda counterproductive. I mean, part of the reason why i stopped listening to radio and thought it sucked in the first place was because it ran the songs of Nelly, Alicia Keys , Ludacris and the Queen-God of annoying music Avril Lavigne! Who's next to do a radio promo? Probably Ashlee Simpson!


At 1/11/2005 10:57:00 AM, Blogger Kat said...

No, no...not ashlee simpson. That's terrible.

Of course, this is tantamount to giving milli vanilli or vanilla ice a grammy. fake music for the fakers who want to control the manner in which their fakeness is presented and insure their monopoly on the minds of the young and impressionable.

I think Ashlee Simpson and Jessica whatever her name is and Brittney Spears has just about set women in entertainment back to the 50's when they just had to look cute and sing a catchy tune. god forbid they be "artists".

At 1/11/2005 03:19:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

And just what was wrong with the '50s, you whippersnapper? Perhaps you have heard of Elvis Presley? Chuck Berry? Little Richard? Jerry Lee Lewis? THEY WERE GODS, YOU INFIDEL!

At 1/11/2005 03:22:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

Buddy Holly? Conway Twitty? Richie Valens? Bobby Darin? GODS, I TELL YOU! GODS!

At 1/11/2005 04:27:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

satalite is actually spelled satellite

At 1/11/2005 10:06:00 PM, Blogger Tina said...

The entire media world is turning upside down. It's going to be really funny to watch their reactions. Some can't believe it's happening and just continue on the same way they've always gone, some are over reacting, some are actually panicing.

Hmmm, wonder if anyone has ever considered that the talent is......um.....missing. Ya think?

At 1/11/2005 11:39:00 PM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have something called live 365 (dsl/computer)for the past couple of years(tons+ of choices). Of course they keep trying to get you to trade up to a more premium service, by making the basic service crappier. By crappier I mean more like regular AM & FM radio with the very annoying promotions and commercials. Thats my main gripe,close behind that is, the same old 100 tunes played over and over by free radio.


why I'd bet money there's no whippersnappers commenting here that owd a crystal set.


At 1/11/2005 11:49:00 PM, Blogger Twosret said...


Commercials made me want to slit my wrist on FM, that is why I purchased Satellite Radio. The only thing that I still listen to on NPR is cartalk man those guys are just great. They will keep me going back to the radio for sure every saturday.

At 1/12/2005 11:45:00 AM, Blogger Josie said...

Ya know, I have several really great stations that I listen to, & most of the commercials don't really bug me. But what does bug me (now watch some guy tell me I'm a prude or something) is the trash talking morning shows. As soon as the song is over, I'd better switch stations or else my nine year old is going to hear something about "drunk bitch Friday."

Did you like that, Sandmonkey? I said "bitch" LOL


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