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I wish I'd died before I got old

Recently, I accidentally hit the button on my radio and discovered a new (well, new to me) radio station. I LIKED this station, and I'm not a big fan of music stations. They had a LOT of good artists, bands I've been fond of for some time. The Cars, Queen, Springsteen, Mellencamp (when he was still John Cougar Mellencamp), REO Speedwagon, The Police, (safe-driving) Billy Joel, Chicago (with Peter Cetera), Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers, Heart, and so on. I was delighted -- right up until the DJ did his station break.

"You're listening to The Mill -- WMLL, 96.5 FM -- Manchester's Classic Rock station."

The songs of my youth -- the music I love -- is now considered "classic rock."

Bartender, gimme a Geritol, straight up, with a Metamucil chaser.


Comments (42)

lol classic rock used to be... (Below threshold)

lol classic rock used to be 70's

it's now 80's rock

funny how the world works, eh?

I actually heard a beatles song on an oldies station once...

That's ok. Our Classic roc... (Below threshold)

That's ok. Our Classic rock station plays Pearl Jam and U2.

Just be gald you still have one, and that Clear Channel didn't turn it into a spanish-language talk radio station as they have done to soooo many.

Careful about casual statem... (Below threshold)
been there:

Careful about casual statements on wishing you were dead. in FL they take them seriously.

I heard a Nirvana song on a... (Below threshold)

I heard a Nirvana song on an elevator the other day....Smells Like Teen Spirit by a string symphony.

I have a tendancy to sing t... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

I have a tendancy to sing the Bicycle song a lot. My younger daughter made me prove to her that it was a real song, she didn't believe me.

STYX !!!!!LEONARD ... (Below threshold)

STYX !!!!!

LEONARD SKYNARD !!!!!!!!!! (really showing my age with that last one).

OMG, LYNARD SKYNARD, not "L... (Below threshold)

OMG, LYNARD SKYNARD, not "Leonard..." ha, tired ovah heah.

FOREIGNER !!!!!!!... (Below threshold)


The first time I heard a 'S... (Below threshold)

The first time I heard a 'Stones tune rendered as elevator music, I still was going to their concerts. You cats are young!

The Sex Pistols Anarcay in ... (Below threshold)
been there:

The Sex Pistols Anarcay in the UK was quite a trip in Muzak

I heard the Eagles on a loc... (Below threshold)

I heard the Eagles on a local Oldies station a couple months ago. I have occasional contact with one of the DJ’s there, so I asked him if they had a policy for determining what constitutes an “Oldie”. Turns out, their rule is 30 years.

So I guess I can look forward to hearing Springsteen there any day now. And Tom Petty sometime next year. Wow…

If you don't want to feel o... (Below threshold)

If you don't want to feel old start listening to rap, if you can stand it. Notice I didn't call it music, it's not, but anyway, there are no oldies rap stations and I doubt there ever will be. I'd rather feel ancient than listen to bad poetry chanted to records played wrong so I'll stick with rock. Youth is overrated anyway.

I knew my age group had tur... (Below threshold)
Opionated Vogon:

I knew my age group had turned mainstream when I heard my high school music as the soundtrack for Mercedes commercials almost ten years ago. Then I noticed the front end of the new Mercedes models bore a striking resemblance to the '78 Camaro I drove then. q.e.d. :)

I guess I'm lucky. The old... (Below threshold)

I guess I'm lucky. The old stuff I like to listen to is still popular with most folks (Steely Dan, some Stones), but I also like some of the new stuff.

...so I was sitting out in front of this bar one afternoon, drinking, reading, and listening to music on the MP3 player, and this young friend of mine comes up and asks, somewhat snarkily, what I was listening to. "Kid A, by Radiohead." Which had just come out that week.

Freaked him out. Couldn't understand that Old Guys often liked something other than Old Music...

Yeah, I new it was time to ... (Below threshold)

Yeah, I new it was time to write my will when I heard Blow Up The Outside World by Soundgarden. It's from feaking 1996!

Where I live the state won't give you one of Antique license plates unless your car is more than 25 years old. Perhaps radio should follow the same rule.

How quickly things go by, a... (Below threshold)

How quickly things go by, and we forget. This puts me in mind of the poll MTV had for "Best Band of the Century" at the end of 1999.

The winner: Backstreet Boys.

Isn't is funny how you list... (Below threshold)

Isn't is funny how you listen to music when you're young, and then you reach a point and never go further. I've been listening to the same music for so many years now (I graduated H.S. in 1979)...and so much of the stuff I hear my kids listening to "isn't music....that's just noise". (Oh my goodness, it's really happening, I've turned into my parents).

Henry: 80's rock? ... (Below threshold)


80's rock? Those are all 70's bands.

"80's rock? Those are all 7... (Below threshold)
Just Me:

"80's rock? Those are all 70's bands. "

In defense almost all of those bands were making music in the 80's, although some got their start in the 70's.

My favorite singer while in... (Below threshold)

My favorite singer while in Vietnam was Timi Yuro. Someone said the following is a joke, but it makes perfect sense to me.
An elderly couple were having dinner at another couple's house and after
their meal, the wives left the table to go to the kitchen.
The two elderly gents were talking, and one says: "Last night we went out to
a fabulous new restaurant .I'd highly recommend."
The other man says: "What's the name of the restaurant?"
The first man thinks long and hard with a furrowed brow, finally saying:
"Ah, what is the name of that red flower you give to someone you love?"
His friend replies: "A carnation?" "No, no. The other one," the man says.
His friend suggest "The poppy?"
"No, no, no" growls the man.
"You know - the one that is red and has thorns."
His friend says: "Do you mean a rose?"
"Yes! Thank you!" the first man says. He then turns toward the kitchen and
yells: "Rose, what's the name of that restaurant we went to last night?"

Margo: I'm not so sure....I... (Below threshold)
Old Coot:

Margo: I'm not so sure....I'm 63 and never could dance a lick (think Elaine on Seinfeld, only worse) and yet I' ve gotten hooked on something called "trance", mostly European in origin by folks like Paul Van Dyk, St. Etienne, etc. Got about 3 gigs of it. My kids think I'm bonkers; probably am.

Jay, I'll make ya feel bett... (Below threshold)

Jay, I'll make ya feel better --- some of the kids in HS down here that are playing in bands are doin Beatles cover tunes. And Stones. And they know who Jeff Beck is. Skip the Geritol and go for a Pabst.

Bullwinkle -- Try this expe... (Below threshold)

Bullwinkle -- Try this experiment. Listen to "Trouble in River City" from The Music Man. Then listen to an up tempo rap number. See any similarity?

Because someone has to say ... (Below threshold)

Because someone has to say it...


Julie, I was talking about ... (Below threshold)

Julie, I was talking about the era that I heard them. I was born in '81. Oh, and besides, they may have started in the 70's, but they were mainstream in the 80's (the ones I remember hearing)
Springsteen, Mellencamp , The Police, Billy Joel, , Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers (I'd say these guys are 90's)

Oh, and the '90s are the ne... (Below threshold)

Oh, and the '90s are the new '80's. No one can compete for 80's fashions, those were some of the weirdest and most ugly, but VH1 is "bringin back the '90's"

Springsteen and Billy Joel ... (Below threshold)

Springsteen and Billy Joel = mid 70's. Remember, Springsteen made the cover of Newsweek in '75 or '76. Well, maybe you don't remember. :-)

Petty = early 80's. He had ... (Below threshold)

Petty = early 80's. He had that duet with what's her name, remember?

:::sigh::: The fir... (Below threshold)


The first time I saw a Cadillac commercial with Led Zepplin music I knew I was had.

Good lord, my GRANDPARENTS every five or so years would fly back to Detroit and buy and new Caddy, visit some relatives then drive back to California.

My Grandparent's car with MY music??!!

Please oh please, someone reassure me Doors music hasn't gone commercial!

What's her name being Stevi... (Below threshold)

What's her name being Stevie Nicks (in 1981).

As for his being of the 70's or 80's, his pre-1981 hits are Breakdown, American Girl, I Need to Know, Listen to Her Heart, Here Comes My Girl, Refugee, Even the Losers, and Don't Do Me Like That. The other twelve songs on his Greatest Hits CD come after 1979.

Ain't that the truth, J, so... (Below threshold)

Ain't that the truth, J, so what are we? Classic rockers? :-)


Scott:Ha, "STAIRWA... (Below threshold)



That's the funniest article I think I've ever read among all things rock-related.

I note this morning that I persisted in my torturous misspelling yesterday, this thread, of "LYNYRD SKYNYRD".


I used to really be into th... (Below threshold)

I used to really be into the Rolling Stones and thought I'd share an embarrassing factoid about just what it is to be really into music when you're in your early adult years (as I was where the RS are concerned)....

I spoke with a friend from the Illinois college years much later and he was sharing memories of having gone with me to a RS concert in the S.F. Bay Area a few years after those college years and I continued to listen to his tale as if it was a new story I'd never heard of and was trying to figure out when this old friend of mine had been in the S.F. Bay Area, attended a Stones concert and not called me, and so eventually asked the guy that...

He responded that it was ME he'd gone to that RS concert with in the Bay Area, that he was sharing memories of him and ME having gone to that concert together...

I really and truly just did.not.remember...

Well let's see. I'm in my e... (Below threshold)

Well let's see. I'm in my early 50s, I was raised on folk music by my leftie parents. Altho I range as far as bhangra and breakbeat, the current CD stack (yeah, I'm that retro) contains Manhattan Transfer, Susan Tedeschi, Kamikazi Ground Crew, Kitty Wells, and the Bad Plus. Fortunately, Milwaukee has a college station which ranges this wide, altho not in any one hour.

Amusing, triticale, I was r... (Below threshold)

Amusing, triticale, I was raised on the 'music' of a bagpipe band from Scotland but to this day, I've never purchased any "more" of their albums.

In all good ribbing here...~;-D

RUSH!!!!!Just want... (Below threshold)


Just wanted to say...

"When did Motley Crue becom... (Below threshold)

"When did Motley Crue become classic rock?"
Yes, I know I'm missing the little dot thingies. I was crushed when I realized that the classic rock station on Yahoo's Launch was playing Van Hagar and Poison. I felt so damn old.

Going futher back the Oldie... (Below threshold)
Jack Tanner:

Going futher back the Oldies station no longer plays 50's and is only playing 60's and 70's. Now is there going to be a Dinosaurs station?

Great! I feel ancient now ... (Below threshold)

Great! I feel ancient now because I saw Hendrix and Joplin - live.

Why do you need new bands? ... (Below threshold)

Why do you need new bands? Everyone knows rock attained perfection in
1974. It's a scientific fact.
-- Homer Simpson

I used to be with it, but then they changed what "it" was. Now, what
I'm with isn't it, and what's "it" seems weird and scary to me.
--- Abe Simpson

It could be worse, FloridaO... (Below threshold)

It could be worse, FloridaO. You could have seen them perform when they were still bar bands. (don't look at me)

WIBA FM 101.5 Classic Rock ... (Below threshold)

WIBA FM 101.5 Classic Rock in Madison WI plays everything from Cream to Creedence to Creed.

Maybe "Classic Rock" doesn't necessarily have to mean old, just real.

To who ever mentioned Led Zep showing up in the Caddy commercials... yes, my Hard Rock heart sank another inch. Now we are hear the opening chords of "Pinball Wizard" being used. Is there nothing sacred anymore?

OTOH, I'd wouldn't mind Ozzy's "Crazy Train" in an Amtrack spot. At least it fits.






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