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DJs

Posted by shanoah on July 28, 2008

I remember hearing both versions of 99 Red Balloons on the air, Sean. It was a a fun song: “Captain Kirk says red alert

I’ve been listening to KVMR a bit more, and happened to catch a few interesting songs. There was a jazz piece that prominently featured hold music clips I thought was very cool (but was unable to russle up for the blog).

They also had a David Bowie marathon a few days ago, which is always a good thing. While listening to that, I happened to run across this song:

DJ – David Bowie

This song kind of got stuck in my head. I heard it before I realised I was in a Bowie marathon, too, and found out what song it was by a lyrics search.

I’ll admit I sometimes feel like a DJ when doing these posts (though, not having actually been a DJ, I can’t say how close this actually gets).

Sadly, most music you hear on the radio these days, with certain radio stations as exceptions, are not determined by the people running them, and will not have more obscure or less popular songs. Which somewhat leads us to this song:

The Last DJ – Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers

This song is the title track of a cd by the same name from 2002. Is you might imagine, it was banned from air play.

Rolling Stone magazine quoted him saying this about it:

I remember when the radio meant something. We enjoyed the people who were on it, even if we hated them. They had personalities. They were people of taste, who we trusted. And I see that vanishing. I thought it was a good metaphor to start the album.

So, along with the last gunslinger, we have the last DJ. And, you know, Tom Petty is very distinctive. Before he started singing, my first thoughts were “Tweeter and the Monkeyman. Woohoo!”

Both great songs, but the overall sound is very similar. Makes me think that he may have been one of the main writers on that song…

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