We have 3 free months of Sirius satellite radio on our car. I wasn’t too thrilled, radio has been dead to me for a number of years now as many of you know. Constipated play lists have done me in. I hate that programming for the lowest common denominator – FM stations that play only the most recognizable songs from only the most recognizable acts. And the first one that brings up The Current gets a trout slap – it’s programmed for twenty-to-thirty-something females. Do I look anything like that demographic? So there’s been no radio for me for a good seven or eight years. And it’s made a number of old classic albums bearable again. You can understand again what made certain works classic if you don’t hear them every freaking day.
But I tried “The Vault”, Sirius’ classic rock station that plays deep cuts. As first I was not impressed. I heard a few artists that always get played on KQRS and thought, this isn’t that great. Plus it really didn’t seem to rock. And yesterday the dam broke. Last night while in the car I heard Pink Floyd’s “Free Four”. If that song has been played on a commercial radio station in the last 25 years I would eat my shorts. And today I heard Thin Lizzy’s “Chinatown”, Genesis’ “The Lamia”, and Warren Zevon’s “Roland the Headless Thompson Gunner”. Sweet mother of god, now this is what classic rock radio should be. I may not renew when the end of the three free is up but glory hallelujah I have seen the light!