Sprinkled with bits of news—sometimes in Spanish, sometimes in English—these two gems are all about the songs of Generation X. What most interests me is that the people who choose the play lists for these stations definitely have favorites, and sometimes they are obscure or just unusual choices to air repeatedly. Months ago I started listing tunes that I hear a lot—many of which I hadn’t heard for years previously.
This list is by no means inclusive, but here are the songs that have stuck in my mind long enough and often enough to make it from brain to blog. And note that I hear a real variety of Heart, Duran Duran, and Survivor—the tunes listed are just those I hear most often.
- Alan Parsons Project: Time
- Andy Gibb: Shadow Dancing
- Bee Gees: Night Fever
- The Carpenters: Calling Occupants of Interplanetary Craft (how weird is this song, anyway?)
- Duran Duran: Ordinary World
- George Michael: Monkey
- Gerry Rafferty: Baker Street
- Glen Campbell: Rhinestone Cowboy (always wish I could call Dad on the cell when I hear this in the car)
- Golden Earring: Twilight Zone
- Heart: Alone
- Lionel Richie: All Night Long
- Martika: Toy Soldiers
- Musical Youth: Pass the Dutchie (on the left-hand side)
- Paper Lace: The Night Chicago Died and Billy Don’t Be a Hero (I had to mention both)
- Pet Shop Boys: West End Girls (Erin loves this song!)
- Sniff’n the Tears: Driver’s Seat (I love this song!)
- Survivor: Burning Heart
... and deserving their own mention:
The good news is that in addition to these curious choices for repeated play, I still get plenty of pop rock: U2, Foreigner, Van Halen, the Stones, Guns N' Roses, Def Leppard (love them!), Scorpions, Poison ... it's not all Carpenters, thank goodness!
Wanna listen to these totally terrific tunes for yourself? You can get live, streaming audio for 99.5 Radio Dos and 103.5 Best FM online by clicking the links. Which really makes me happy, because I like knowing I can enjoy these cool stations even when I’m back in the Queen City.