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Happy Music Monday! Today Scott's focusing on a subject near and dear to his heart: the radio. Old readers will know that the radio wasn't always fifty-somethings talking about porn stars. Radio DJs used to be where you'd go to learn about music, like an imaginary friend with good taste! What music blogs are, radio once was, and there are plenty of songs to prove it. Like, say, this one:

David Bowie - Starman

This story of a voice from outer space begins with the teenage dream: a radio station that only the cool people can understand. Anyone and everyone knows what it's like to fall in love with a sound the last generation hates. It might as well be from outer space, but it speaks to YOU and those just like you. Something bigger's out thereā€¦ and you just became a part of it. Pretty freakin' cool.

Be you a K or be you a W, we've got more radio love inside. Set your dial to "after the jump" and keep it locked in!

Remember our Spotify playlist will be featuring a great selection from our previous Music Monday comments. The theme of the mix this time is September Songs and it balances between somber and delightful. Just save your listening for later, because you've gotta check out our current Music Monday first. Don't question it! Just do as we say!

LL Cool J - Can't Live Without My Radio

Hip hop fans, listen to your ancestor. It's all here, the bravado, the posturing, the in-your-face masculinity and the never-ending flow. LL might have matured since he started, but you can hear the energy that would later turn into a culture of pure music. Today it's downloadable mix tapes and Facebook hits, but back then, it was just about the radio.

Dar Williams - Are You Out There?

Radio's not a gender-specific medium, and in fact a great many young women fall in love with it as well. Dar Williams captures the teenage experience really well with the roll of her guitar and the lyrics that grab those teenage moments ("I'm driving home on empty streets/I think I put my shirt on backwards") and gently toss them back to the DJs who might not have known how much they mattered. And let me just say, I linked a very good live performance above, but I prefer the original. I think it's the electric growl in the background.

The Selecter - On My Radio

Can you listen to this without wanting to dance? If so, there might be something wrong with you. This ode to party radio is designed to make you want to move, and it's beyond radio friendly. Even sad emo types might guiltily bob their long and sullen bangs when this comes over a speaker.

The Ramones - Rock And Roll Radio

Simple. Direct. Easy to chant with. Sounds fantastic on a cheap speaker. This ode to the fading past isn't particularly retro in style, but it's a clear love letter to the teenage innocence that The Ramones were pretty much done with. That's the hard part about being a rock star. Eventually, you also grow up, and rebellion generally belongs to the young. Does any sixteen year old today even know Allen Freed or Murray The K?

"Radio Ga Ga" might have a whole different meaning today, but that doesn't mean you won't get a QP for posting the original. Hit our forums with your song about the radio, then enjoy the next best thing in our Turntable.fm room, with the regular Music Monday crowd.

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quality posts: 25 Private Messages cjhughes

You Turn Me On, I'm a Radio, Joni Mitchell
Radio Song, R.E.M.
John Hartford, Turn Your Radio On
Video Killed the Radio Star, The Buggles

Every time I see an adult on a bicycle,
I no longer despair for the future of the human race. H.G. Wells
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quality posts: 79 Private Messages mossygreen

So, no Donna Summer's On the Radio? No Elvis Costello's anti-radio Radio Radio?

Or The Shagg's My Companion (it's not about a demon or a stalker, just keep on listening if you can stand it)?


quality posts: 7 Private Messages WendellWit

Did you intentionally omit some of the most obvious examples? Rush's "Spirit of Radio" ("The sound of salesmen" - great dig), Wall of Voodoo's "Mexican Radio", REM's "Radio Song" (also maybe "Radio Free Europe", but I've never deciphered all the lyrics) and the saccharine-sweet "Pilot of the Airwaves" by Charlie Dore (an obvious fave of DJs because it was so nice to them).


quality posts: 41 Private Messages chicken0102

How about Everclear's "AM Radio"?


quality posts: 716 Private Messages CowboyDann

Tom Petty | Heartbreakers
The Last DJ

Song about local radio personality that KLOS recently got rid of (with out even giving him a farewell show! talk about homework!) Anyways, Jim ladd was great because he would never play mainstream hits. He'd always challenge you to dig deeper, was tired with radio playing the same 100 songs a day, that's why i loved him. Truly a great radio personality, this song is about him


quality posts: 13 Private Messages dell2342

Howz about


quality posts: 79 Private Messages mossygreen
dell2342 wrote:Howz about

Ooh, that's a good one.


quality posts: 79 Private Messages mossygreen

There was a radical communist dance band named Consolidated who had a song called "College Radio" which I thought was funny when I heard it about 20 years ago, but I can't find it on youtube. Annoying.


quality posts: 69 Private Messages CatCK

How is THIS not listed yet? From one of the best live sets ever recorded.

Queen's Radio GaGa from Live Aid.

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quality posts: 31 Private Messages tedzilla99

What's that? Another reason to post an Over the Rhine song? Thank you!

Like A Radio

Jason Toon

quality posts: 19 Private Messages Jason Toon

Screeching Weasel - Radio Blast

The Clash - Capitol Radio

Boss Martians - I Am Your Radio

The Eat - Communist Radio

Rancid - Radio

Joe Jackson - On Your Radio

Stiff Little Fingers - You Can't Say Crap On The Radio

Boris Grebenshikov - Radio Silence

Futureheads - Radio Heart

Desperate Bicycles - Blasting Radio


quality posts: 67 Private Messages LarryLars

"Radio Waves" by Roger Waters.

For fun, count how many times you hear the words 'radio waves' in the song.

Have you checked your Private Messages lately?


quality posts: 1 Private Messages mtarget

Chambers Brothers - Time

Iron Butterfly - In A Gadda Da Vita

Youngbloods - Darkness Darkness

Scott McKenzie - If Your Going to San Francisco

My golden days go back to underground FM radio in the 60's.


quality posts: 67 Private Messages LarryLars
mossygreen wrote:There was a radical communist dance band named Consolidated who had a song called "College Radio" which I thought was funny when I heard it about 20 years ago, but I can't find it on youtube. Annoying.

I found this on Amazon:

Have you checked your Private Messages lately?


quality posts: 4 Private Messages cordydan

Fishbone: "Modern Industry."
It's like Elvis Costello's "Radio Rado" for the next generation. I was thrilled to hear my favorite station yelled out as part of the song until I realized they weren't saying nice things about the radio stations.
Then it wasn't my favorite station anymore.


quality posts: 3 Private Messages jdinnis

I can't believe I am so late to post and my fav's still aren't listed.

Dire Straights knew exactly what the radio meant to me. The Radio took us away to a different world.


And Meatloaf knew that it was the music that kept us going when nothing else was going our way.



quality posts: 60 Private Messages strawhousepig

Guess I'm persona non grata, but what the heck.

Neither of these is safe for work.

Please Play This Song On The Radio - NoFX [NSFW]

Don't Play This Song On The Radio - Warlock Pinchers [NSFW]


quality posts: 1 Private Messages dadofsammy

The Iguanas do a beautiful song called 9 Volt Heart...all about the radio as a constant in your life. If only.



quality posts: 4 Private Messages Dex15

I'm a week late, but what about Autograph's "Turn Up the Radio"?