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David W

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Surprised , thought Radio Ga Ga would have been a runaway winner.....it gets my vote !

Gold -Queen/Radio Ga Ga
Silver-Buggles/Video Killed The Radio Star.
Bronze-BB's/Surfin'

Tin-Steely Dan/FM

Perhaps won't mean much to non UK contributors but it's a bit of radio history . Every UK teenager in the 60s listened to the pirate stations broadcasting pop music from ships in the Channel and North Sea . disc jockeys included Paul Kaye , Kenny Everett and Dave Cash .
The "proper" land based BBC national radio stations just weren't playing the right stuff .....well probably once a week when the top twenty tunes were played .

This was my own recording of most of the final 20 mins of the pirate station Radio London closing down in 1967 ( which conveniently commences with the Beach Boys playing Heroes and Villains , then into an advert for cigs !). 
The UK government forced the closure .

The quality isn't great as I lived 300 miles from the transmitter , it was recorded from a transistor via microphone onto an old Fidelity reel to reel tape recorder , then onto a cassette tape and then digitised .






Actually a better quality recording than mine is here and 32 minutes in includes the switch over to Radio CAROLINE , the one surviving pirate . 

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G Queen
S Buggles - probably heard it too much
B BBs
T Steely Dan  I don't think that describes me.  

some ex-local guys were in this band - some Brian inspiration on this album




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David and D.A.N. - your votes are added in the ballot box.

While I'm on here, I'll go ahead and cast my votes.

Gold:  Steely Dan for FM.  When I was in high school, Steely Dan was very popular.  But, when Aja came out in 1978, I fell in love with their music and have been a fan ever since.

Silver:  Queen for Radio Ga Ga.  Queen is a band that I really never liked or disliked years ago, but is one of those bands that I have come to like more and more.  This is one of my favorite songs by them.

Bronze:  Beach Boys for Surfin'.  I kind of agree with Audree with what she said about it being "a dumb song.  Kind of cute though".  Though it isn't near the quality of the rest of their catalog of songs, it's what made their mark as recording artists.  The rest were better and better as time went on.

Tin/Pewter:  Buggles for Video Killed the Radio Star.  It's what I would call trendy, but entertaining.  



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To all the Americans ... have a very happy, relaxing Labor Day Weekend - the last of the summer season.  Back to school on Tuesday in most places.  I just found out that in Maryland (my home state) they have finally gone back 'old school' and are sending their kids back to school on the Tuesday after Labor Day from now on.  That's the way it was when I was in school and it changed to the last week in August shortly after I graduated.  So, that's one of my wishes that got answered!
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The Dan not getting enough love, so some FM LIVE:

Paul A had Van the Man earlier in the week, but that line in Brown Eyed Girl still says it:

The top Radio Hits this week begins with Maroon - 5

https://www.billboard.com/charts/radio-songs

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On the way home, the car radio delivered these hot tracks from the Fool's Paradise show on mighty, listener-sponsored WFMU (that's 91.1 in the tri-state area and also at http://www.wfmu.org).

The Trashmen -- "Bad News"
youtube.com/watch?v=zcPQz9qsWeQ

Jay Randall & the Down Beats -- "I've Had It"
youtube.com/watch?v=HAC5LEAcBtk

The Terrifics -- "Loco"
youtube.com/watch?v=f0Cg2SjIffg


PS: can anyone explain why those pirate stations couldn't broadcast legally? Did Britain not allow private radio stations? Were broadcast licenses too expensive?

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paul g adsett

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al - as van was singing that last night
(on excellent form, he was,
a crowdpleasing set of hits),
i thought, bugger, should've included 'brown eyed girl'
alongside my pick.
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Originally Posted by Larry Franz




PS: can anyone explain why those pirate stations couldn't broadcast legally? Did Britain not allow private radio stations? Were broadcast licenses too expensive?



Larry up until the pirate radio ships started broadcasting in the UK , the only radio stations were controlled by the BBC , there were no private stations and we just had never heard advertising on radio* .

At midnight on 14 August 1967, the Marine, etc., Broadcasting (Offences) Act came into effect in the United Kingdom. It created a criminal offence of supplying music, commentary, advertising, fuel, food, water or other assistance except for life-saving, to any ship, offshore structure such as a former WWII fort, or flying platform such as an aircraft used for broadcasting without a licence from the regulatory authority in the UK. Despite initial plans to the contrary Radio London decided not to defy the law and closed before the Act came into effect.

More here , specifically on Radio London . The other main station was RADIO CAROLINE

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wonderful_Radio_London

*EDIT: Oooops forgot all about Radio Luxemburg , that transmitted from.......errmmm Luxemburg !
As far as I remember , the reception was pretty bad and because of atmospherics ? could only get it after dark or is my memory deceiving me ?
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Not sure why I liked this, but it was maybe because I was 8.


I'm startting to think every song has the phrase "listen to the radio" in it...

On a personal note, it's great to be involved in a radio program reading the local newspapers for the vision impaired communnity (I don't do the reading but have to press the buttons etc making sure it goes to air on my day).
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Still traveling. Briefly:

Gold - “FM”, Steely Dan. Hands down winner among this week’s competition. One of my all-time favorite groups.

Silver - “Video Killed the Radio Star”, Buggles. Fitting song for what the MTV era did to popular radio.

Bronze — “Radio Ga Ga”, Queen. Freddie and company in decline from their best days.

Tin — “ Surfin’”, Beach Boys. Derivative doo-wop surf-themed song. The Boys quickly became so much better and musically advanced after this sophomoric debut single.

Thank you, Cindy!
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"The other night, they were playing our song.  Hadn't heard it oh so long."


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as i thought, most everypeople (incl. me) added 'radio' named songs,
not their first recollections or other 1st time on the airwaves examples.
only to be expected...

a difficult one to place in an order,
very different examples of different styles of rendition,
different production values
quite apart from quality of songwriting
etc.
but i'll try.

gold: 'video killed the radio star',
- does it deserve it?
yes, in terms of pop impact,
production, earworm insistence and,
yes, in its sheer effrontery.
it was cheekily prescient in its ability to hit the right button
by presenting itself as the future in your face.
cynically calculating with an over-friendly face.
and, of course, videos were becoming the huuuge marketing ploy,
such that people spent more time talking about the visuals of blockbuster hits
than the actual song and delivery thereof.
the beginning of the end for the monster machine
that was bleeding its talent.
we had the joy of seeing trevor horn play a gig last year, charting his career,
with a band including 10cc's  lol creme and comprised of a wealth of musicians,
some of whom'd played on the hits he'd produced.
and, what a phenomenal, varied career he's had,
many, many of which adorn my record shelves
from abc  to ztt,
from frankie goes to hollywood to yes,
art of noise to tina turner,
dollar to malcolm mclaren,
godley and creme to lisa stansfield 
propaganda
 to terry reid,
simple minds to grace jones,
charlotte church to seal, 
marc almond
to cher,
paul mccartney to belle and sebastian...

 silver: 'surfin''
- for its energy.
not for its consummate songwriting.
not for its pristine production values.
but, it's a precursor of such a wealth of stuff to come.
within it, you can hear its provenance and the future.
and you can hear a bunch of boys making joyous music together.
plus, i love the 'bom bom bom dit di dit's...

bronze: 'fm'
- production wise, immaculate
but, much as i adore most of what steely dan have released,
it's cynicism leads it to emulate the very stuff that i hated about fm stations.

tin: 'radio ga ga'
- and this is what i hate about fm radio!
overblown pomp with little circumstance.

cheers


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Quick votes:
Gold - Buggles - Video Killed The Radio Star
Silver - The BBs - Surfin'
Bronze - Steely Dan - FM
Tin - Queen - Radio Ga Ga
Great video of Audree, Cindy!


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LOVE how Mr. Adsett explains his votes.  He's right, but so are all of us on our takes.  The fun of the votes here, really.
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