There’s a song by P!nk (I like to spell people’s names right) that says “count your blessings now”. Now, this song is outdated in the way that it hasn’t quite acquired the status of a classic jam, but it is also way too old to be called ‘new’. So exacty the kind of spong that they never play on the radio. You would think so. My friends, I have news for you: German radios defy all conventions. If they like a song, they just keep playing it, for years and years. Until now I have had an ambivalent opinion about it (after all they seemed to keep playing exactly the songs you did not want to remember from an era), but I think I am now ready to embrace it.
In the UK, I always found it hard to find a radio station that I could listen too for a longer period of time. Don’t get me wrong, there are some excellent stations there, but they just don’t have the qualities that my homemade playlists had: Variety, most of all. If I listened to BBC Radio 1, I was always exposed to super hip music, Radio 6 played extremely alternative and indie music 24/7. Now, I think even Australia’s Triple J, which I just adore, could be improved by a more diverse repertoire. I must admit, they are doing it pretty damn good already, with rap music (the good kind) alternating with pop tunes followed by alternative rock. But, you know, how about inserting some 80s tunes into the mix? Or the best of the last twenty years? Okay, I can’t help it, here is my list of the top 10 songs that I’d like to hear on Triple J, jumbled in between their usual mix:
- Toploader – Dancing In The Moonlight
- Nelly Furtado – Promiscuous
- Men At Work – Down Under
- 50 Cent – In Da Club
- Jlo – Jenny From The Block (or was it ‘Da Block’?)
- Foreigner – Cold As Ice
- Toto – Africa
- Anything by Blondie or the Bee Gees
- Anything by Britney, The Black Eyed Peas, Natasha Bedingfield, Shakira, Backstreet Boys or Sean Paul (remember that guy?!)
- Steve Miller Band – Abracadabra
So here I am, counting my blessings. One of them is definitely the defiant manner of German radios, playing all the gems (and everything else that couldn’t exactly be described as such).