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Tuesday, May 30, 2006

Back in the day....

The day that U2's Zoopropa album came out is kind of a landmark for me. Not because it was such an amazing album - which even most fans agree it wasn't. Not because some amazing cultural or personal or even musical thing happened on that day - which it didn't as far as I can remember. The only reason I find that day as a landmark is because I taped a cassette that day - well two cassettes. These cassettes I taped off the radio and entitled them Zooropa - Interference. To me they serve as a roadsign of what the lush musical terrain was like back then and leave me shaking my head as to where the music industry stopped signing talented artists and began feeding us carbon copy heavy crap.

I woke up that morning and heard the radio announcers on the CFNY morning show (likely Humble and Fred) saying that the station would be playing one track from the new U2 album every hour that day. Being young and irresponsible I thought it would be cool to skip work and just tape stuff all day - not just the new U2 material but everything I liked in between too. I'm not sure all of the titles are right because it was a long time ago and I was just learning about a lot of these bands but here's most of the playlist that I taped that day:

Tape I

side A

Payolas - Eyes of A Stranger
U2 - Daddy's Gonna Pay For Your Crashed Car
Waterboys - Return of Pan
the Violent Femmes - Gone Daddy Gone
Bare Naked Ladies - McDonalds Girl (extremely rare song not found on any album)
Sun 60 - Mary X-Mas
Morrissey - We Hate It When Our Friends Become Successful
Peter Gabriel - Secret Life
Tears For Fears - Break It Down Again
Big Audio Dynamite II - the Globe
U2 - Zooropa

side B

Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way
U2 - Baby Face
All Good Children - Ammunition
U2 - Dirty Day
the Cult - the Witch
National Velvet - 68 Hours
Siouxsie and the Banshees - Monitor
U2 feat. Johnny Cash - the Wanderer
Japan - Adolescent Sex
Bauhaus - Kick In The Eye
The Assembly - Never Never
The Motors - Airport

Tape II

Side A

Billy Bragg - Great Leap Forward
Adorable - Sunshine Smile (first time I'd ever heard them)
Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Relax, You Will Think You Are A Chicken
U2 - Stay( Faraway So Close)
Slowdive - Allison (first time I'd heard them too)
New Order - Ruined in a Day
U2 - The First Time
Radiohead - You
Radiohead - Prove Yourself ( come to think of it - it's quite possible Radiohead's first album was released on this date as well cuz I'm pretty sure this was a mini sampler of the album)
Sunscream - Love U More
Bjork - Human Behavior
U2 - Some Days Are Better Than Others
the Wild Strawberries - The Way It Goes

side B

Gary Numan - Cars
Grapes of Wrath - What Was Going Thru My Head
the Waltons - Sunshine?
13 Engines - More
New Fast Automatic Daffodils - It's Not What You Know
U2 - Lemon
Rheostatics - Soul Glue
Cranberries - Dreams (I swear it's still the only Cranberries song worth listening to)
Alice In Chains - Cradlesnatch
and a bunch of really cool unknown shoegaze stuff tagged on the end

So what's the big deal? It was all on the radio on the same day.
I guarantee with the state that the radio and music industry has been in that you could never assemble so many good bands or tunes in one day on the radio. It would probably take at least a week of constant listening to amount to anything near that quality of tunes not to mention the diversity of styles. Even the whole retro and post punk sound that's out now doesn't provide the diversity of sound we once had. The musical terrain is loads better now than it was a few years back I'll give it that much but it will be a long while before it becomes as rich and vibrant as it was then....