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Cindy Hood

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The radio is most likely where you heard it first - your favorite song, breaking news, severe weather alerts, etc.  The first airing of wireless radio debuted on January 13, 1910 in New York City.  It started out on that day playing opera songs.  Since then, public radio became widespread throughout the nation with news, radio shows, talk shows and popular music and has become a daily part of our lives.  The first thing I do every morning is to turn the radio on.  
 
Here are the 4 contenders for this week's contest.
 
1.  Surfin' by The Beach Boys.  It was their first record  ever played on the radio.  Audree Wilson had said that Dennis was running down their street, yelling, "We're on the radio!" and that Carl was so excited, he threw up.

 
2.  FM by Steely Dan.  

 
3.  Radio Ga Ga by Queen.

 
4.  Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles.



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BB's/Surfin'
Steely Dan/FM
Queen/Radio Ga Ga
Buggles/Video Killed The Radio Star.



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Game on, Cindy [biggrin]
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1.  Queen - Even though I find their early to mid 80s work a little more patchy than their near perfect 70s catalog, still a great song.  

2.  The Beach Boys - A sign of great things to come 

3.  The Buggles - A grim warming of awful things to come 

4.  Steely Dan - I never got the attraction to this band.  
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1st.  Steely Dan/FM...Clearcut Winner.  Number 1.  Solid Gold.  And they were willing to part with this so that a movie could use it as the 'theme' song.

2nd.  Queen/Radio Ga Ga...Silver...by default.  As golf's Johnny Miller would say..."Not 'their' best."  Patchy?  Indeed!!! 

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Buggles/Video Killed The Radio Star.  Bronze...but the title is wrong.  Video...killed music/All Hit Radio and most importantly FM radio.  A descending circle of despair, crash, and burn.

And well back in the pack...coming in a 'distant' 4th.  BB's/Surfin'.  Last.  A nice try.  A fairly decent first step.  Yet, NOT a true hit song.  Proof that more work on the vocal 'aspects' was well more than merely and obviously necessary.

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Gold: Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star.  Bit sick of it as I played it a lot as a DJ.  It was inspired by UK dj the late Kenny Everett.

Silver: Queen - Radio Ga Ga. Kinda sums up music radio for me in 2018....  Radio Ga Ga.  I'm pretty sure the group had more hits than the Buggles.

Bronze: Beach Boys- Surfin'. I'm assumin' this would be a pre-Wrecking Crew backing. Short, sweet ... I like it.  Nice song to launch their career.

Tin: Steely Dan - FM.  A cool band for serious music lovers but can't say I was much of a fan.  Really liked Hey Nineteen.  



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I may have racked up a total of about 5 - 7 years of radio listening since 1973 or so. For good reason. I don't share their taste, and I don't need to find out what some stranger thinks that I'm supposed to like.

GOLD for the BB's/Surfin'. A regional hit for good reason.....sounds like it was written in 5 minutes.

(really big gap)

SILVER Buggles/Video Killed The Radio Star. I'm just not the MTV generation. Okay, but overplayed.


BRONZE Steely Dan/FM. Boring x 3. "Rikki Don't Lose That Number
" would have been Silver,

TIN Queen/Radio Ga Ga Absolutely nothing about this band or their music appeals to me.




The Ramones - Do You Remember Rock'n'Roll Radio?
youtube.com/watch?v=loFLdYM79gY

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Cindy Hood

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Here's the video with Audree Wilson, talking about 'Surfin''.





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Not exactly his finest moment, but here's the opening track to Roger Waters ultra 80s concept album Radio KAOS, Radio Waves

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This isn't an easy vote, partly because it's an apple and three oranges, or a beach ball and three competently-made jack-in-the-boxes.

Gold -- The Beach Boys -- Primitive but it has its moments. If I could have separated the other three more easily, it might have gone lower.

Silver -- The Buggles -- Who? It has the benefit of being catchy, which is why it was supposedly #1 in sixteen countries.

Bronze -- Queen, I guess -- I've never been a fan. This is decent except for the goo goo/gaa gaa thing.

Pewter -- Steely Dan, I guess -- I've never been a fan of them either. This would have done better except my mind wandered and more than once I forgot I was listening to it.


The Blasters -- "Border Radio" (live) ("50,000 watts out of Mexico")
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Larry, really it's an apple, an orange, a plum and some key lime pie!

The Purple Plum and Gold to:  The Dan, the band that has so much going on. 
Some key-lime SILVER when your board is losing wax to those punky Beach Boys
It started something like this:


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Now for the apple and orange-aide.
Bronze to a band that I REALLY enjoy but not the 80's drum sound Queen and Ga Ga
Tin
to when they tried to kill the musical star with image more important than the music, first song played on MTV by those Buggles.

Good one, Cindy!


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While I like the studio version of Radio Ga Ga, it sounds 10X better live.   Like many of Queen's more pop / dance / electronic sounding songs from the 80s, they were able to rock them up a bit in concert.  

Here's a clip from their legendary performance at Live Aid

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Gold - Video Killed the Radio Star (single version) (The Buggles - 1979)
I think this was the last #1 of the ‘70s here in Australia. It was huge. Bought it. Love it. So does our audience when we throw this one in as a surprise at our smaller shows when people think we’re taking a break. Yes, folks; I sing this!

Silver - Surfin’ (The Beach Boys - 1961)
I’ve told this story before. At 14, we lived out in, what was then, the countryside of The Gap on the outskirts of Brisbane. After a huge walk to the nearest bus stop, I caught two buses into Fortitude Valley to spend my $7.98 on a two-fer LP Surfin’ Safari / Surfin’ USA (still has the price tag on it). This adventure took most of the day. Still debating as to whether it was worth the trip or the expense. I remember showing my dad what I’d bought. He was probably grateful it wasn’t yet another Beatles album. Sentimental favourite.

Bronze - Radio Ga Ga (album/video version) (Queen - 1984)
From the period when John Deacon had one of the worst hairstyles ever. I didn’t buy The Works. I was over Queen by then.

Participant - FM (No Static at All) (Steely Dan - 1978)
What’s a steely Dan? Their music has its place – just not in my music collection. 

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What Larry said, including the comments.

1. Beach Boys
2. Buggles
3. Queen
4. Steely Dan
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Darren J. Ray

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kds, thanks for posting the, yes, legendary Live Aid performance by Queen.  

I stayed up the night watching the whole thing. 

Queen and Freddie put on the best show. Sensational and memorable. 

I loved seeing The Who and The Beach Boys too, with Brian looking young and so fit. 

Just looked up the acts... the Four Tops sang five songs? Really?

The Boomtown Rats sang four songs? Why? Whose idea was that? [rolleyes]

RIP Freddie. 


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Pewter -- Steely Dan, I guess -- I've never been a fan of them either. This would have done better except my mind wandered and more than once I forgot I was listening to it.


ROTFL  [rofl]


I just remembered a guitar teacher in the '90s who tried to get me to learn some Steely Dan song (might have been 'Pretzel Logic') when I just wanted him to teach me how to play the lead guitar to 'You Drive Me Crazy' by Shakin' Stevens. 

These Steely Dan fans - they're as boring as the group. 

I quit lessons with him. 


Congrats, Cindy. You have us engaged this week. [thumb]
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Darren asked...

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What’s a steely Dan?


You really don't know where the "Steely Dan" moniker comes from? How shall I put this politely...it's the proper name of a deep, penetrating massage device in the book "Naked Lunch" by William S. Burroughs.

The (formerly Bay City) Rollers - Turn On the Radio
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