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BassClef

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It is beyond me why "Guess you had to be there" is not being played on pop radio.
It has all the makings of true hit record.

Don't get me wrong, I love Brian's music, in all its shapes and melodies.  The introspective ones really move me.  The fun ones are just that, fun... On The Island, I'm Feeling Sad.

Why isn't "Guess you had to be there" a massive hit.?

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Rick Bartlett

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i'll second that!  it's one of my favourite tunes on the whole album.  I think Brian did great
with Kacey's vocals.  I have a couple of her albums, but her double/triple tracked vocals really
sound lush.  I reckon it should have been a single too.  wasted opportunity. [frown]
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It should be but it doesn't fit any kind of genre'. Everything is so clearly defined these days . Cruddy pop is producer driven and Kacey is country and this song isn't country. I was kind of surprised last year that the guest vocalists didn't drop in for some guest performances here or there.

I liked Saturday Night equally to Guess You Had to Be There.


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Here's a couple reasons:

1. Contemporary radio doesn't play music by classic artists.

2. Classic rock stations don't play new music by classic artists.

3. Guess you had to hear it....

Was GYHTBT, or any track from NPP actually released as a single?



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You said it BassClef, 
                              I totally agree. In fact I am sure it has an audience. 
                            I Guess ... when(insert Director's Name) makes a decent (insert Genre)film Starring (insert Actors here). Perhaps they might even call it `Guess You Had To Be There`Β«...  or not.  
         At various stages during the film you would hear it; Especially at a climatic pivotal time  and then of course at the end.Those lyrics really paint a vivid emotional struggle. 
Yeah right Format Radio. who knows? "On the right soundtrack with the right remix there's no chart you can't climb see? That's how you Reformat Radio.  

         I wonder if a remix might be in order? A chance to release something new on the flipside maybe.
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Wikipedia states "Right Time" was 'released' as a digital-only single in Feb 2015, followed by "Runaway Dancer" and "On the Island" in March - yet no reference is provided.......so who knows.  And released to who/where?

Perhaps when singles were singles.....and DJs were DJs
..........and music was music.

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I do...I play classic artists every day.  And I'm talking their NEW releases.  I call it 'The Old Codger's Double Shot'.  I play a classic song by said artist and then follow it up with a song they've released recently.  The only criteria?  They have to have been around since the 80s MINIMUM.  70s and 60s artists are more likely to get played.  They also have to be releasing new material [this century] and/or still touring.

7 days a week...it rolls after the news at noon.  Songs from No Pier Pressure got a real workout last spring/summer as Brian was playing across the 'river' in Detroit in July and Mike's 'band' was playing 25 minutes away just south of us in August.  Hence the Beach Boys got huge exposure.  Now it happens occasionally as part of a wide mix of artists who are still gettin' 'er done.

This happens on a top 30 station [plus some gold tunes mixed in for comfort zone splashes of necessity] because it isn't a corporation station.  It's actually owned by REAL radio people who care about the audience and not shareholders.  Ain't that UNIQUE in 2016?
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thorgil

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Congrats, Lee, and thanks for carrying the torch! [smile]
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surfergurl

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Lee, that is so refreshing -- keep on rockin! (Care to share the station#?)

I love GYHTBT, and so many other songs on NPP, wish they'd get played on the radio. Music is a huge business and my only explanation is that's what's become more important, marketing etc instead of the actual music. How many times have I turned on top 40 to hear song after song that sounds exactly the same... so. boring. zzzzzZZZZZZZZZZZ. I am SO grateful that Brian continues with fresh music and hope that more radio folks will be enlightened like Lee and give it the airplay it deserves.
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Lee Marshall

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If you don't mind I  think that I would rather not use Brian's web site to promo me.   
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t bedford

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Frank Zappa said (like, 25 years ago) that it was better when old codgers who basically didn't have a clue about rock'n'roll, would just put out music that they enjoyed, and if it hit, great. But then the record companies began to hire younger executives, who, unfortunately, already thought they knew what was "hip"....before they ever heard any new product.

And Lee, good job!!

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So glad you're doing that, Lee.  I'm thinking we can all google well enough to find your station and your show, since you don't want to promo yourself here.
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Wow - So DJs still are DJs!  Well, at least one DJ is.  Good work, Lee.  But, you're in a whole other country! [wink]   Aren't radio waves stopped at the border for security reasons now?! 

Seriously - very glad to hear this.  Now I hope to hear this, soon.  And way to keep drivin' on that high road.

Cheers!

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surfergurl

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No problem Lee, I can certainly respect that. I'm glad you're out there. (And 'The Old Codgers Double Shot' is a great name!)
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Jeremy L

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   While I do like "The Right Time" I personally felt it wasn't a great choice as the single for NPP.  "Guess You Had To Be There" or even "Saturday Night" seemed like the logical ones.   And I don't even consider them the best songs on the album but they would be the most radio friendly in my opinion.  And I thought maybe Brian would've had a shot at one more hit being teamed up with a younger artist.  
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