MEDIA BUZZ: Please, Mr. DJ, play LMFAO one more time
Songs that make radio jocks shudder
Recently I walked into an auto parts store to pick up some oil. I couldn’t get out of there fast enough, because “Mony, Mony” by Billy Idol was blasting through the speakers. I’ve heard that song so many times I can’t stand it any longer. It’s one of many tunes I’d be completely fine with never hearing again.
Imagine how a radio disc jockey feels about music’s repetitive nature. What songs can they live without? I asked a few local DJs.
Tron Simpson, KCMN/KCBR/KWRP/KAVA
I am no fan of Eric Clapton’s “Wonderful Tonight.” I hear it at every wedding. I may have a change of heart if it’s played at a funeral. I hear it on other stations and when I see it coming up on my show, it’s so deleted. I can also do without, for the rest of my life, the song, “Dude (Looks Like A Lady).” This song embarrasses Aerosmith in that it was their attempt to be as cool in the ’80s as they were in the ’70s.
The song that really needs to vanish from existence is “Lady” by Styx. This song dominates dentists’ offices. I’d rather listen to the sound of a drill penetrating the depths of a tooth.
Captain Dan, KKLI
How many thousands of times can you play “Stairway To Heaven” or “I Will Always Love You” before you’ve heard it enough? They are great songs, huge hits, listener favorites and deserve to be heard, but remember the average radio listener may only hear it once out of every five times it’s played, whereas I heard it every time it was played during my show.
Perhaps a better question for me might be what songs were huge hits that blew up the request line but we were sick of hearing for a while? Or, how much time must pass before you begin to enjoy a song again? The perfect example might be “I Will Always Love You” by Whitney Houston. I loved it when it first came out, tired of it when we played it often and for such a long time, then enjoyed hearing it again recently upon Whitney’s tragic death.
Tammy Oakland, KKLI
“Say” by John Mayer.I love Mayer and his music but that one drives me crazy. He says the same thing over and over and over, to the point that I always scream at my radio, “Just say it already!”
"The Climb" by Miley Cyrus. As for “Climb,” I don’t have a real reason why, that one just bugs me for some reason. I think maybe because it was really overplayed when it came out.
Mark Stevens, KKFM
I am basing this on my reaction when I hear a song. “Paradise by the Dashboard Light” by Meat Loaf may be the most overwrought song in the history of music. “Total Eclipse of the Heart” by Bonnie Tyler for the same reason and “Piano Man” by Billy Joel. It was ruined for life by straining karaoke singers.
Angela Cortez, KIBT
Enrique Iglesias’ “Tonight (I’m Lovin’ You).” I think he is too bold with these lyrics. (Note: The Spanish version is more explicit than ‘Lovin’). If I were the girl he was speaking to, I’d probably call the cops.
Usher’s “DJ Got Us Fallin’ in Love” (featuring Pitbull). I have always been an R&B Usher fan but I don’t really care for the new dance Usher. I think he is too old for all that. I’d be OK if that song never played ever again.
Jason Derulo’s “In My Head.” I personally think there is way too much going on in this song. Loud drums, hard guitar strums with a guy “singing” on top it. It’s a musical mess to me.
But what do I know? I’m just a radio DJ.
Steve B, KRXP
“Party Rock Anthem” by LMFAO. I’m pretty sure this song was made as a joke, ridiculing the worst sounds of today’s rhythmic Top 40. Just a complete regurgitation of played-out song effects. I’m also fairly confident that all of the guys in the band are just as surprised as me that their music is being taken in any way seriously. Kind of like if Weird Al started collecting Grammys.
“I Gotta Feeling” by The Black Eyed Peas. When I hear the opening keyboard/siren effect, I will literally knock things over to kill the power to whatever source the song is playing from. If I actually hear the “I gotta feeling” line, my brain will become infected for the rest of my then-ruined day.
“Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker. This last one was a toss-up between “Follow Me” and everything else from Uncle Kracker.
America’s “A Horse With No Name.” I can’t give you a bunch of reasons that I cannot stand this song, but I can tell you that it is a gut reaction that I have always had to it since childhood. The lyrics are fine but the music has always made me cringe.
Nickelback’s “This Afternoon.” True story, I was on my way into work at ‘o’ dark 30’ one morning when I heard this Nickelback song start. As it had no intro, I honestly assumed it was a new beer ad featuring the band. I kept waiting for the voice-over guy to say, “Brewed with pure Rocky Mountain spring water, please drink responsibly.” You know you’ve lost your “edge” when all your songs start to sound like they are commercial ready.
Rihanna’s and Chris Brown’s “Birthday Cake.” I could write for hours on how much I hate this one. First, I wish Rihanna would set a positive example for all the young people out there and keep out of this toxic partnership with Brown. Second, it sounds like a vuvuzela throughout. Third, how many times can you say “cake” in a song and be taken seriously.
Gina Kavali, KKFM
“She Bangs” by Ricky Martin or William Hung, “Barbie Girl” by Aqua and “We Built This City” by Starship.
She Bangs” was not a good song when Ricky Martin recorded it, then William Hung brought it back like a bad cold sore on “American Idol” for round two of misery. “Barbie Girl” from Aqua? Have you watched the video? It’s just over three minutes of life you will never get back.
“We Built This City” by Starship, to me, was the band’s biggest sellout. How did they think they could go from such great classics like “Find Your Way Back,” and “Jane” to that song?You might as well have given all of us a spoon so we could gag ourselves. Truth be told, there are many more songs that make my list of what should never get airplay again, but just like assholes, we all have our opinions, and someone somewhere is saying that these are their favorite songs.