History Main / RadioFriendliness

3rd Mar '15 2:06:39 PM LongLiveHumour
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12th Dec '14 2:24:39 AM Patachou
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* Music/DavidBowie suffered the same fate in the U.S. after he moved on from the pop-rock stylings of ''Let's Dance'' and its two successor albums at the end of TheEighties. He moved on to [[Main/NewSoundAlbum usually harder sounds]], and combined with his lyrical tendency towards dark and/or difficult subject matter rather than SillyLoveSongs, he's not welcome in the adult contemporary radio format that usually adopts older rockers and their new material (Sting, Elton John, The Eagles, etc.). Yet he's not embraced by modern rock radio either, possibly due to his age. In TheNewTens, classic rock radio largely neglects his work because so little of it "rocks" in the conventional sense; it's telling that the song of his that gets the most play is his collaboration with {{Queen}}, "Under Pressure". (Stations that do "flashback" weekends featuring blocks of 1970s/80s tunes might throw in "Changes", "Young Americans", "Modern Love", and a few other numbers that charted when new.)

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* Music/DavidBowie suffered the same fate in the U.S. after he moved on from the pop-rock stylings of ''Let's Dance'' ''Music/LetsDance'' and its two successor albums at the end of TheEighties. He moved on to [[Main/NewSoundAlbum usually harder sounds]], and combined with his lyrical tendency towards dark and/or difficult subject matter rather than SillyLoveSongs, he's not welcome in the adult contemporary radio format that usually adopts older rockers and their new material (Sting, Elton John, The Eagles, etc.). Yet he's not embraced by modern rock radio either, possibly due to his age. In TheNewTens, classic rock radio largely neglects his work because so little of it "rocks" in the conventional sense; it's telling that the song of his that gets the most play is his collaboration with {{Queen}}, Music/{{Queen}}, "Under Pressure". (Stations that do "flashback" weekends featuring blocks of 1970s/80s tunes might throw in "Changes", "Young Americans", "Modern Love", and a few other numbers that charted when new.)



* Save for [[BlackSheepHit "Touch of Grey"]], don't expect to hear a lot of TheGratefulDead on classic rock radio.
* {{Lampshaded}} by Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter". Ironically it was neither Radio Friendly nor a Unit Shifter[[note]]Unit Shifter is a music industry term for a song that sells albums[[/note]]. The song was originally titled "Four Month Media Blackout" to mockingly reflect the amount of time "Smells Like Teen Spirit" would play on the radio and MTV. When "Teen Spirit" lingered on for longer, the song was retitled "Nine Month Media Blackout." When it became clear the song would become a permanent fixture, the newer song would be retitled "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter."

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* Save for [[BlackSheepHit "Touch of Grey"]], don't expect to hear a lot of TheGratefulDead Music/TheGratefulDead on classic rock radio.
* {{Lampshaded}} by Music/{{Nirvana}}'s "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter".Shifter" from ''Music/InUtero''. Ironically it was neither Radio Friendly nor a Unit Shifter[[note]]Unit Shifter is a music industry term for a song that sells albums[[/note]]. The song was originally titled "Four Month Media Blackout" to mockingly reflect the amount of time "Smells Like Teen Spirit" would play on the radio and MTV. When "Teen Spirit" lingered on for longer, the song was retitled "Nine Month Media Blackout." When it became clear the song would become a permanent fixture, the newer song would be retitled "Radio Friendly Unit Shifter."



* Despite being quite popular and having a massive cult fanbase, you will never hear Music/{{Radiohead}} on the radio (except "Creep" and maybe "Fake Plastic Trees", "Karma Police", or "Paranoid Android" if the six-minutes-and-change running time doesn't put it out of the running).

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* Despite being quite popular and having a massive cult fanbase, you will never hear Music/{{Radiohead}} on the radio (except "Creep" from ''Music/PabloHoney'' and maybe "Fake Plastic Trees", Trees" from ''Music/TheBends'', "Karma Police", or "Paranoid Android" from ''Music/OKComputer'' if the six-minutes-and-change running time doesn't put it out of the running).



* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the case of {{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody", a mini-RockOpera released as a single uncut at 5:55, which the band knew would be a hard sell. It became a hit when Freddie Mercury ''begged'' his friend, DJ KennyEverett not to play it, [[TemptingFate knowing full well Kenny (who loved the song) would do so anyway]]. Kenny would always "excuse" his plays of the song by muttering, "[[BlatantLies Oops, hand slipped]]!" and the like.

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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the case of {{Queen}}'s Music/{{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody", Rhapsody" from ''Music/ANightAtTheOpera'', a mini-RockOpera released as a single uncut at 5:55, which the band knew would be a hard sell. It became a hit when Freddie Mercury ''begged'' his friend, DJ KennyEverett not to play it, [[TemptingFate knowing full well Kenny (who loved the song) would do so anyway]]. Kenny would always "excuse" his plays of the song by muttering, "[[BlatantLies Oops, hand slipped]]!" and the like.
10th Nov '14 1:58:48 PM Sapphirea2
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* Music/DavidBowie suffered the same fate in the U.S. after he moved on from the pop-rock stylings of ''Let's Dance'' and its two successor albums at the end of TheEighties. He moved on to [[Main/NewSoundAlbum usually harder sounds]], and combined with his lyrical tendency towards dark and/or difficult subject matter rather than SillyLoveSongs, he's not welcome in the adult contemporary radio format that usually adopts older rockers and their new material (Sting, Elton John, The Eagles, etc.). Yet he's not embraced by modern rock radio either, possibly due to his age. In TheNewTens, classic rock radio neglects most of his work; the song of his that gets the most play is his collaboration with {{Queen}}, "Under Pressure".

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* Music/DavidBowie suffered the same fate in the U.S. after he moved on from the pop-rock stylings of ''Let's Dance'' and its two successor albums at the end of TheEighties. He moved on to [[Main/NewSoundAlbum usually harder sounds]], and combined with his lyrical tendency towards dark and/or difficult subject matter rather than SillyLoveSongs, he's not welcome in the adult contemporary radio format that usually adopts older rockers and their new material (Sting, Elton John, The Eagles, etc.). Yet he's not embraced by modern rock radio either, possibly due to his age. In TheNewTens, classic rock radio largely neglects most of his work; work because so little of it "rocks" in the conventional sense; it's telling that the song of his that gets the most play is his collaboration with {{Queen}}, "Under Pressure".Pressure". (Stations that do "flashback" weekends featuring blocks of 1970s/80s tunes might throw in "Changes", "Young Americans", "Modern Love", and a few other numbers that charted when new.)
15th Oct '14 9:00:28 AM Schroeder
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* [[SubvertedTrope Subverted]] in the case of {{Queen}}'s "Bohemian Rhapsody", a mini-RockOpera released as a single uncut at 5:55, which the band knew would be a hard sell. It became a hit when Freddie Mercury ''begged'' his friend, DJ KennyEverett not to play it, [[TemptingFate knowing full well Kenny (who loved the song) would do so anyway]]. Kenny would always "excuse" his plays of the song by muttering, "[[BlatantLies Oops, hand slipped]]!" and the like.
30th Jun '14 6:04:05 AM Xplayer1
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** You might also hear the seven-plus-minute version of "[[Music/TheBeatles Hey Jude]]" from time to time, or the similarly-lengthy "Macarthur Park".

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** You might also hear the seven-plus-minute version of "[[Music/TheBeatles Hey Jude]]" from time to time, or the similarly-lengthy "Macarthur Park".'
** The longest song to hit #1 in the US is ''American Pie'' by Creator/DonMcLean which ran a whopping 8:33
23rd Jun '14 11:51:06 AM AgProv
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* BBC Radio 2 DJ Richard Allinson had a regular feature on his show called ''Oh no, not ALL of it!", where he would play a listener-requested long track in its entirety - the longer the better. Things like The MoodyBlues' ''Legend of a Mind'', at 8:45, were considered too ''short'' to qualify.

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* BBC Radio 2 DJ Richard Allinson had a regular feature on his show called ''Oh no, not ALL of it!", it!'' where he would play a listener-requested long track in its entirety - the longer the better. Things like The MoodyBlues' Music/TheMoodyBlues' ''Legend of a Mind'', at 8:45, were considered too ''short'' '''short''' to qualify.
23rd Jun '14 11:50:20 AM AgProv
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* BBC Radio 2 DJ Richard Allinson had a regular feature on his show called ''Oh no, not ALL of it!", where he would play a listener-requested long track in its entirety - the longer the better. Things like The MoodyBlues' ''Legend of a Mind'', at 8:45, were considered too ''short'' to qualify.
* However, the first incarnation of music retrospective show ''Sounds of the Seventies'' foundered in that it was only given half an hour's airtime. Then-presenter Steve Harley demonstrated that one long prog-rock track could quite easily occupy the entire show. [[note]]It is thought this was his way of pressuring for more time; the current incarnation of the show, presented by Johnny Walker, is allocated two hours.[[/note]]
18th Jan '14 7:44:12 PM tonagamu
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* Toad The Wet Sprocket's "Walk On The Ocean" suffered from this due to formatting - it lacked the usual instrumental "intro" and "outro" with the singing starting ''immediately'' at the start of the track, and the track ending ''immediately'' when the lyrics stopped meaning the DJ would have to time the transitions carefully to avoid either talking/playing another song over the lyrics, or DeadAir.

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* Toad The Wet Sprocket's Muisc/ToadTheWetSprocket "Walk On The Ocean" suffered from this due to formatting - it lacked the usual instrumental "intro" and "outro" with the singing starting ''immediately'' at the start of the track, and the track ending ''immediately'' when the lyrics stopped meaning the DJ would have to time the transitions carefully to avoid either talking/playing another song over the lyrics, or DeadAir.
18th Dec '13 8:46:37 AM MartyD82
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** Averted with "Reckoner," which gets played on the radio quite often.
9th Oct '13 6:48:56 PM nlpnt
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* Toad The Wet Sprocket's "Walk On The Ocean" suffered from this due to formatting - it lacked the usual instrumental "intro" and "outro" with the singing starting ''immediately'' at the start of the track, and the track ending ''immediately'' when the lyrics stopped meaning the DJ would have to time the transitions carefully to avoid either talking/playing another song over the lyrics, or DeadAir.
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