Tuesday, April 13, 2004

YOU'RE IN TUNE WITH MUSIC... BBC RADIO ONE?: So, Radio One decided to let its audience take over the station yesterday, cutting a great chunk of ten hours of airtime free from the playlist and allowing listeners to choose the tracks that got played. What the exercise shows is, given the choice, Radio One's audience doesn't want to hear the sort of things that Radio One usually plays. They've put the whole playlist online, but amongst the 'high'lights:

The Muppet Show Theme
I'm Still Standing - Elton john
9 to 5 - Dolly Parton
Trash - Suede
Love Will Tear us Apart - Joy Division
We All Stand Together - Paul McCartney and the Frog Chorus
Money For Nothing - Dire Straits
I Could Be So Good For You - Dennis Waterman (the theme from Minder)
Played-a-live - Safri Duo
Running in the Family - Level 42
Don't Stop Me Now - Queen
Living In A Box - Living In A Box
Living on A Prayer - Bon Jovi
Love Me Tender - Elvis Presley
Last Christmas - Wham
U Can't Touch This - MC Hammer
Ace of Spades - Motorhead
Mmmbop - Hanson
Finally - CeCe Penis ton
Le Freak - Chic
Since You've Been Gone - Rainbow
Waiting For A Star To Fall - Boy Meets Girl
Mickey - Toni Basil
Size of A Cow - Wonderstuff
It's Raining Men - The Weather Girls
Theme from Jim'll Fix It (no indication of which version, but we're guessing it'll be the opening theme in some form rather than the "Now you've done it/Jim's fixed it for you" end credits edition)
Lets Get Ready to Rhumble - PJ and Duncan
In The Shadows - Rasmus
Making Your Mind Up - Bucks Fizz
God Only Knows - The Beach Boys
Loco In Acapulco - Four Tops
We Built This City - Starship
Rock me Amadeus - Falco

Of course, there's some element of the stunt selection here - Falco and the Frog Chorus must surely be a bet, and someone did request Williams doing bloody Angels. And there were as many Busted tracks as Presley tracks. But even so - the things people wanted to hear were so different from what would have been wheeled out if the Radio One staff had programmed the day, you wonder if there's going to be a bit of navel gazing shellshock down at One FM today. Maybe they knew this all along, though: perhaps Mark and Lard were sacked not because they were too old and shy of the charts, but because they weren't old enough. Nicky Campbell for the breakfast show in '05?

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