"Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

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    "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    I thought I'd add this discussion to our "series" on convenience, since it deals with our patterns intaking music.  Again.  :)

    "Radio Gaga"

    Is there a better illustration of song lyrics that skewer the transformation of the way we receive and intake music, ergo, the migration from radio to television? 
    Audio to visual.

    The song is over 20 years old.  Radio is still with us, but what the song said is true.  Yet... we are still hanging onto radio despite the odds.  What do you think of the point and relevance of this song?  Still pretty much on point? 

    Are there other songs that make a commentary like this?  Can you think of some?  Any songs that deal with or satirize societal, technological, cultural, etc., changes are all relevant to this discussion.  

    Any thoughts? 
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    "We hardly need to use our ears
    How music changes through the years.
    Let's hope you never leave old friend
    Like all good things on you we depend
    So stick around cause we might miss you
    When we grow tired of all this visual
    You had your time you had the power
    You've yet to have your finest hour."

     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience!, Part 3" : Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    Elvis Costello Radio Radio

    He saw what was to become of the inner working of radio.  This was 1979 (I think) and radio was still a very good source of music.  DJ actually chose music lists and had permission to break new acts.  But big money realized that they could squeeze  much money out of the listening public by following a corporate structure which takes no chances.

    "And the radio is in the hands of such a lot of fools
    Tryin' to anaesthetise the way that you feel"

    "Radio is a sound salvation
    Radio is cleaning up the nation
    They say you better listen to the voice of reason
    But they don't give you any choice 'cause they think that it's treason
    So you had better do as you are told
    You better listen to the radio"
     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience!, Part 3" : Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    Roger Waters - "Radio KAOS"

    Rush - "The Spirit Of Radio" - "All this machinery making modern music can still be open-hearted / not so coldly charted, it's really just a question of your honesty / yeah, your honesty..."

    Neil Young - "Hey, Hey, My, My / Rock and roll can never die / there's more to the picture / than meets the eye / hey, hey, my, my..."

    And one of the best I can think of:

    The Who - "Eminence Front" - "It's a put on..."
     
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    Nice.  I don't know all of the songs you named thus far, so I'll have to check them out. 

    I just thought of one out of the blue:  "Video Killed the Radio Star"  that was a new wave song, and it's been covered by a few groups. 

    Seriously (seriously, not making a dig here) -- did the Talking Heads have any songs with social commentary along these lines?  
     
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    "Nothing can be further removed, not everybody wants to be soothed
    Oooh they must be real, people that you never meet and never feel
    And they don't feel you

    Passive resistance! You get surveyed out of existence
    Passive resistance! Just one in a million silent listeners
    Passive resistance! It's all programmed by programmers
    Passive resistance! You're just a nail underneath their hammers
    Passive resistance! And it breaks your heart
    To know there's no heart involved, involved, involved"

    Graham Parker - "Passive Resistance"
     
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    I"m losing status at the High School?
     
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    speaking of radio, my band is supposedly gonna be on 95.5 WBRU today at fiveish when they announce the semi finalists for their annual rock hunt. listen for bad bromance if you so choose. that is all, carry on.
     
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    In Response to Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga:
    [QUOTE]Nice.  I don't know all of the songs you named thus far, so I'll have to check them out.  I just thought of one out of the blue:  "Video Killed the Radio Star"  that was a new wave song, and it's been covered by a few groups.  Seriously (seriously, not making a dig here) -- did the Talking Heads have any songs with social commentary along these lines?  
    Posted by yogafriend[/QUOTE]

    Given David Byrne's proclivities, it might be easier to ask which TH songs did not include (often inverted) social commentary...  :P

    "Nothing But Flowers", "Once In A Lifetime", "This Must Be The Place", and "Born Under Punches" come to mind as a couple of the best.

    I'll also add: The Pretenders - "My City Was Gone"
     
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    "Signal fading, listen to what I'm saying.
    Testing, testing,
    this better be worth all of the breath I'm wasting.
    Maintaining radio silence from now on.

    Barricaded in the talk radio station
    Hostage taken
    The red 'On Air' light shines on
    Something cheaper than passes for free speech
    Will have to do

    Hear him coming through loud and clear
    Trickling in your ear
    He'll tell you anything you want to hear
    The tape starts running
    He's going to tell you something
    Strings start strumming another humdrum conundrum.
    Signing off now,
    Maintaining radio silence from now on.

    But there's one thing I should have said,
    The hostage will end up dead.
    It's just a comedy, the hostage is me.
    So pay the ransom beyond the run-out groove and
    Get my wife down here, a helicopter on the roof.
    No police marksman
    Maintaining radio silence from now on.

    Mystery voices drowned out by too much choice
    That's not to mention
    The sad waste of this wonderful invention
    Maintaining radio silence from now on.

    Libraries filled up with failed ideas,
    there's nothing more for me there.
    I trust in tender ink and gentle airs.

    Do those drug dealers still polish women made of wax?
    Gangsters and world leaders require the same protection from attack.
    From a distance it's hard to tell the difference
    Between a king and a jack
    Between a poet and a hack
    Maintaining radio silence from now on."

    Elvis Costello - "Radio Silence"
     
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    Well you can't turn him into a company man
    You can't turn him into a whore
    And the boys upstairs just don't understand anymore
    Well the top brass don't like him talking so much
    And he won't play what they say to play
    And he don't want to change what don't need to change

    And there goes the last DJ
    Who plays what he wants to play
    And says what he wants to say
    Hey, hey, hey
    And there goes your freedom of choice
    There goes the last human voice
    There goes the last DJ

    Well some folks say they're gonna hang him so high
    Because you just can't do what he did
    There's some things you just can't put in the minds of those kids
    As we celebrate mediocrity all the boys upstairs want to see
    How much you'll pay for what you used to get for free

    And there goes the last DJ
    Who plays what he wants to play
    And says what he wants to say
    Hey, hey, hey
    And there goes your freedom of choice
    There goes the last human voice
    And there goes the last DJ

    Well he got him a station down in Mexico
    And sometimes it will kinda come in
    And I'll bust a move and remember how it was back then
    There goes the last DJ
    Who plays what he wants to play
    And says what he wants to say
    Hey, hey, hey
    And there goes your freedom of choice
    There goes the last human voice
    And there goes the last DJ

    Tom Petty - The Last DJ 
     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    You're all awesome.  Tom Petty's lyrics are right on the money.

    Matty, I realize that the TH's specialize in social commentary (ha ha) but didn't know if they had a song about this issue, along with all the others.   BTW, reaching back into my old cassette collection, I have a TH cassette.  Someone must have given it to me ...!  :/

    Tried to check out BRU today, and it did come in here and there (they do have a great retro lunch program that seems to be fantastic); heard one of my favorite singles by the Verve.  But the signal is just too spotty to listen for any length of time, so smitty, you'll have to let us know if your song was played today.  Hope you check back in. 

    Too bad jessey wasn't around this week, since he's our biggest Queen fan. 

    Smile
     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    Supposedly, Petty wrote that song about Howard Stern.
     
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    my song was played on the radio, and i can die happy.

     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Rock and Roll Radio - The Ramones

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJizV-d3sEQ

    Now I know it is a Phil Spector produced Ramones song and I am not a big fan of that album - but I do like this song. Plus I am pretty sure that Yoga makes an appearance on the 1:07 mark of the video Tongue out


    On The Radio - Cheap Trick


    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK-EvAfyTJ8

     
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    In Response to Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga:
    [QUOTE]I'm Back!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Rock and Roll Radio - The Ramones http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kJizV-d3sEQ Now I know it is a Phil Spector produced Ramones song and I am not a big fan of that album - but I do like this song. Plus I am pretty sure that Yoga makes an appearance on the 1:07 mark of the video On The Radio - Cheap Trick http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UK-EvAfyTJ8
    Posted by jesseyeric[/QUOTE]
    Welcome back! 
    Nice choices.  See, I knew you'd have something to add to this discussion.

    As for the video (I'm hysterical!), yeah, that's me!  Shake it!  That was before I got into yoga; I'm more graceful now. 

    Smile
     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    Almost forgot ... REM "Radio Song"

    Hey, I can't find nothing on the radio
    Yo! turn to that station

    The world is collapsing
    Around our ears
    I turned up the radio
    But I can't hear it

    When I got to the house
    And I called you out
    I could tell that you had been crying, crying
    It's that same sing song on the radio
    It makes me sad
    I meant to turn it off
    To say goodbye
    To leave in quiet
    That radio song
    Hey, hey, hey

    I've everything to show
    I've everything to hide
    Look into my eyes
    Listen

    When I got to the show
    Yo, ho, ho
    I could tell that you had been crying, crying
    It's that same sing song and the DJ sucks
    It makes me sad
    I tried to turn it off
    To say goodbye, my love
    That radio song
    Hey, hey, hey

    The world is collapsing
    Around our ears
    I turned up the radio
    But I can't hear it
    Yeah

    I tried to sing along
    But damn that radio song
    Hey, hey, hey
    Hey, hey, hey

    I've everything to show
    I've everything to hide
    Look into my eyes, listen to the radio
    I turned up the radio
    But I can't hear it
    No, I can't hear it
    Hey, hey, hey

    Check it out
    What are you saying
    What are you playing
    Who are you obeying
    Day out day in?
    Baby, baby, baby, baby
    That stuff is driving me crazy
    DJs communicate to the masses
    Sex and violent classes
    Now our children grow up prisoners
    All their lives radio listeners
     
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    Re: "Give Me Convenience! : Part 3" -- Songs That Make Statements: Radio Gaga

    "And I get tired of DJ's
    Why is it always what he plays
    I'm gonna push right through
    I'm gonna tell him to
    Tell him to
    Play us
    Play us a slow song"

    Joe Jackson - "A Slow Song"
     
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