As most of you know, I listen to a lot of college radio, which is due to the fact that it's the closest I can get to an eclectic mix of music w/o paying gobs of money (yes, I can be cheap sometimes). I also enjoy listening to talk radio, mostly on the drive home from work and when I'm running my nightly errands after work. What I don't enjoy is when people try to mix the two.
While I'm not ashamed to admit that I consider myself to be a moderate Republican, that doesn't mean I want to strictly listen to politics that lean extremely right. I consider myself to be a rather open minded individual, but not so open minded that I would tolerate politics that lean extremely left.
Now, I bet you're asking me, "What in the world does this have to do with music?"
The other day I was listening to a morning college program on my way to work, when the jock decided to offer his two cents about a song that he just played (Hey Joe by Jimi Hendrix), saying that it was misogynist and offensive to women. Now, with that one little comment, he managed to annoy me enough to make me switch the radio to jazz.
Now, this isn't the first time this numbnut offered his skewered left-of-center opinion on something old. Back when I first started listening to college radio (mid 90's) he had someone on nicknamed The Biblio Babe, who proceeded to chop the book "Babar" down to size by applying her warped values to something that was originally written back in the early 20th century (make sure you check out some of the reviews of this, they are priceless).
I'm of the opinion that one cannot apply one's values to something that happened decades/centuries ago (i.e. revisionism). Why? The values and mores of say, the early 20th century were extremely different from the warped/skewered values and mores of today, so to apply those values only makes you look like an idiot.
Same thing applies to music. Trying to scrub out offensive words (i.e. bitch, shit, goddamn and faggot*) that were acceptable back when the song came out or making a comment about the music you grew up with is suddenly offensive/misogynistic is simply, in my opinion, hypocritical.
If you don't like something about the music you play, Then. Don't. Play. It. Especially when you actually control your own playlist/programming of your show. Nobody wants to hear/listen to your warped opinion when all they want to do is listen to some uninterrupted music. You want to offer an opinion about music, then do a separate show that is critical of music from days gone by. Don't ruin it for everyone else, especially for those who actually turn into your program on a weekly basis.
*in order, the songs are: Rich Girl by Hall & Oates; Legs by ZZ Top; Sweet Home Alabama by Lynryd Skynyrd and Money for Nothing by Dire Straits.
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