Favorite Songs that your rarely hear

#1
Last night, a song came on the radio that I rarely hear, but am always glad when I do.

Triumph - Magic Power

What songs, when they come on, will you go out of your way to take a longer way home or sit in the driveway to wait for the end?
 
#3
I love threads like this. Thanks for posting, Illwinsagain!

These songs are less likely to be heard on the radio, but I love them to death:
-Alabama Shakes, Miss You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHA2f0hzMTE

-Caitlin Rose, Waitin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHdsJAGBscE

-Possessed by Paul James, Sweet but Bitter Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9UKRqAm6BY

-Manchester Orchestra, Virgin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKgSs0MQ270

-Royal Blood, Little Monster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ere2Mstl8ww

-Trampled by Turtles, Wait So Long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjdkc14-zwQ

-Jason Isbell, Alabama Pines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMsUQmS0Bo

-Father John Misty, The Night Josh Tillman Came to Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY37fixfN_A

-Courtney Barnett, Elevator Operator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq5qshxXQ2Q

-The Avett Brothers, Divorce Separation Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56dahg34hl0

-Sturgill Simpson, Turtles All the Way Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gBV-Nzq7Pg

-Justin Townes Earle, Midnight at the Movies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKEiePB6IVM
 
#5
Ordained Dudeist Priest
Johns Creek, GA
Interesting topic--but I have to admit that I rarely listen to terrestrial radio (always XM in the car) and use Spotify or my own library when not in the car, so it's rare that I can't hear a song that I want to. Even in the car I can stream my own Spotify or Pandora channels. I guess technology has spoiled me quite a bit when it comes to music.

Having said that, no radio station, anywhere, plays enough Cheap Trick for me....
 
#6
Is there a movie on this flight?
Elmhurst
Big Star, September Gurls
Replacements, Alex Chilton

And though the Avett Bros. are in heavy rotation on XRT (which I don't listen to much anymore, but I digress), could stand hearing them more often. Some of my favorites: Ballad of Love and Hate, Shame, January Wedding, Down With the Shine, Morning Song.
 
#7
And though the Avett Bros. are in heavy rotation on XRT (which I don't listen to much anymore, but I digress), could stand hearing them more often. Some of my favorites: Ballad of Love and Hate, Shame, January Wedding, Down With the Shine, Morning Song.
Saw them the last 2 summers in Cincinnati and Louisville. Ballad of Love and Hate is amazing. Murder in the City is an incredible ballad from one of their very early EPs.
 
#8
I love threads like this. Thanks for posting, Illwinsagain!

These songs are less likely to be heard on the radio, but I love them to death:
-Alabama Shakes, Miss You: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NHA2f0hzMTE

-Caitlin Rose, Waitin': https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zHdsJAGBscE

-Possessed by Paul James, Sweet but Bitter Life: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h9UKRqAm6BY

-Manchester Orchestra, Virgin: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fKgSs0MQ270

-Royal Blood, Little Monster: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ere2Mstl8ww

-Trampled by Turtles, Wait So Long: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xjdkc14-zwQ

-Jason Isbell, Alabama Pines: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lCMsUQmS0Bo

-Father John Misty, The Night Josh Tillman Came to Town: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iY37fixfN_A

-Courtney Barnett, Elevator Operator: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq5qshxXQ2Q

-The Avett Brothers, Divorce Separation Blues: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=56dahg34hl0

-Sturgill Simpson, Turtles All the Way Down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6gBV-Nzq7Pg

-Justin Townes Earle, Midnight at the Movies: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EKEiePB6IVM
Quite welcome, by the way, also thought of Tesla, Signs. I wouldn't buy their album to hear it more often, it would ruin it for me. I hear it about every 6 months or so, that makes it fun.
 
#11
Los Angeles
XRT (which I don't listen to much anymore, but I digress)
I return to Chicagoland twice a year, and over the past 5 years or so I'm floored at how bad that station has become. Chicago's finest dad rock; how much U2 can you really fit in a given block?
 
#13
Is there a movie on this flight?
Elmhurst
I return to Chicagoland twice a year, and over the past 5 years or so I'm floored at how bad that station has become. Chicago's finest dad rock; how much U2 can you really fit in a given block?
I'm out of the XRT (and all commercial radio) orbit, so can't answer. I do think their DJs have a lot more license to play what they want, especially those on during off hours, than the vast majority of stations. That's great if one's music taste aligns with the DJ's tastes. Otherwise, not so much.

FWIW, I'd rather take my chances with an old fart DJ than go with some dude who's playing whatever corporate dictates. And, yes, I know it's not that simple.
 
#14
Ordained Dudeist Priest
Johns Creek, GA
I'm out of the XRT (and all commercial radio) orbit, so can't answer. I do think their DJs have a lot more license to play what they want, especially those on during off hours, than the vast majority of stations. That's great if one's music taste aligns with the DJ's tastes. Otherwise, not so much.

FWIW, I'd rather take my chances with an old fart DJ than go with some dude who's playing whatever corporate dictates. And, yes, I know it's not that simple.
Norm Winer, XRT's long time program director, was "retired" earlier this year. I would expect the programming to continue to decline. He pushed back on the CBS suits as long as he could but corporate radio is going to be corporate radio.

I live in Atlanta, where I've never found a decent station. Thank goodness for XM. Little Steven's Underground Garage, the Tom Petty channel, Bluesville, and even the Spectrum keep things interesting. And--as I said before, being able to stream just about anywhere removes the need to tolerate crappy radio stations.
 
#17
Last night, a song came on the radio that I rarely hear, but am always glad when I do.

Triumph - Magic Power

What songs, when they come on, will you go out of your way to take a longer way home or sit in the driveway to wait for the end?

Wow, a ton, but I just heard Skid Row "I Remember You" and couldn't turn it off. Guilty Pleasures! lol

And the next song was Candlebox - Far Behind....not turning that off!
 
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#18
I return to Chicagoland twice a year, and over the past 5 years or so I'm floored at how bad that station has become. Chicago's finest dad rock; how much U2 can you really fit in a given block?
I think you're overreacting to a small sample size. XRT is still great, though you're right that without Norm Winer (and John Farneda, who was just as essential to the XRT ethos) the cracks keep coming in the facade.

They've started taking requests on occasion. Blasphemy.
 
#20
Los Angeles
For as much as the genre is replicated (ripped off?) to great fanfare currently, I'd like to hear more air time for some of the early 80's post punk greats not named Joy Division. The Fall, Wire, Swell Maps, Josef K etc.
 
#21
Houston, Texas
For as much as the genre is replicated (ripped off?) to great fanfare currently, I'd like to hear more air time for some of the early 80's post punk greats not named Joy Division. The Fall, Wire, Swell Maps, Josef K etc.
Agree with this. Spotify is great for that (although it's not traditional radio).
 
#23
Is there a movie on this flight?
Elmhurst
C'mon, I know I'm not the only one who still listens to music.

Sweet Jane, New Sensations, Turn to Me, Lou Reed (RIP)

Tomorrow Never Know, She Said, Rain, The Beatles

Respectable, It's All Over Now, Monkey Man, The Stones
 
#24
Los Angeles
Could go all day with Beatles' cuts. In the past year I've re-discovered the genius that is their early records, particularly "Please Please Me" . I can't imagine how much that changed the pop music landscape when it was released. There are some *perfect* songs on that record.

I've also always been a huge fan of Help. It's not a flawless record, but it really captured their sound during a huge transitional period in their catalog.
 
#25
Ordained Dudeist Priest
Johns Creek, GA
Could go all day with Beatles' cuts. In the past year I've re-discovered the genius that is their early records, particularly "Please Please Me" . I can't imagine how much that changed the pop music landscape when it was released. There are some *perfect* songs on that record.

I've also always been a huge fan of Help. It's not a flawless record, but it really captured their sound during a huge transitional period in their catalog.
Help, Revolver, and Rubber Soul are all in my top 10 albums. Nothing against their other work before and after, but the evolution through those 3, not to mention the more mature songwriting, just blows me away.

I'm also a big, big fan of the Beach Boys through roughly the same period. Pet Sounds and the aborted SMiLE album are such a leap forward for the band, and pop music in general. I still pick up new bits here and there when listening through headphones. The SMiLE box set is such a revelation to hear how these songs came together. I also strongly recommend the Brian Wilson biopic "Love and Mercy" to get a (fictionalized) glimpse into the making of this music.

The Beatles Live at the Hollywood Bowl was just released, and is such an upgrade in sound over the vinyl version released back in the 70's. You can really hear the band and realize that what they were doing in the studio at the time couldn't possibly be replicated live in the conditions they played in.