Yeah, and if you notice, those Clearchannel and Sirius classic rock stations will play those same tired old, overplayed songs at the same time slot each day. You gotta seriously wonder who these program directors listen to. Do they think we are all a bunch of 5 year olds that have never heard these songs before? Do they seriously think we want to hear Sweet Home Alabama for the 1,000,000th time in our lives? There are classic rock songs I used to like that I truly cannot stand anymore because of radio overplay.Yep. Same here in Dallas. The stations delight in playing the same Led Zepplin, Aerosmith, John Mellencamp, The Who, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, ZZ Top, Doobie Brothers, and Styx songs over and over and over and over. Turn the channel to get away from the same Led Zepplin song you've heard for the sixth time that week, and land on another station playing the same song!! Not that I'm bashing these bands, but they did record more than the two or three songs continually being played.
And it's just not the bands, it's the individual band members who seem to get all the attention, all the time. If Steven Tyler of Aerosmith even farts, it's reported as "Late Breaking News!" And it's talked about for weeks!!
ZZ Top once reported that back in the late 60's, early 70's radio stations in the states refused to play certain rock bands' songs because they were deemed "too controversial", and not by a major artist. As a result, right across the border in Mexico pirate radio stations sprang up booming 50,000 watts and broadcasting all over the place. The US Feds couldn't touch them because it wasn't in the U.S.
ZZ Top and a lot of other "up and coming" bands of the day got their songs played because these Mexican stations liked what they heard and played them, regardless of "controversy" or not. Hence the title of the famous ZZ Top song , "Heard it on the X".
Or as told in ZZ's biography. Now if this story is true is anyone's guess, but it seems to make sense.
I doubt if I'm the only one getting fed up with normal "corporate" radio. I have Sirus XM and it still seems like the same old stuff is played over and over and over again.
I believe what ZZ Top was saying. I grew up in that time in Texas (my band even played a few clubs ZZ Top played when they are up and coming), and remember those radio stations. I remember those dj's on those pirate radio stations would get so stoned they would forget to change albums, and after the last song on a side was complete, you would hear pop,pop,pop, etc for sometimes a few minutes before they would switch sides, lol. I always thought those Mexican stations were what Jim Morrison wrote about in the Doors' song, Texas Radio and The Big Beat. They played some truly awesome tunes, including plenty of Doors stuff they wouldn't play on US radio.