Clear Channel, the corporate radio hogs who insure that as little interesting music as possible gets on the radio, have issued a ban on on all songs off of Bruce Springsteen’s new album, Magic. CC has shown a political bias in the past, banning artists that have been critical of the Bush administration. However, I can’t help but wonder if this decision was made simply because they believe that Bruce, at 58, is too old to catch on with kids nowadays (the 500,000+ copies of Magic that have already sold notwithstanding). “Y’know, cause, he has like grey hair and wrinkles and stuff…and some of his band members are like, totally bald.”
I have only heard one song off of the album, “Radio Nowhere,” but I have to say that it rocks hard and that Bruce and the E Street Band sound better than they have in years. Maybe CC finds these lyrics from “Radio Nowhere” unsuitable for mass consumption:
I was tryin’ to find my way home
But all I heard was a drone
Bouncing off a satellite
Crushin’ the last lone American night
This is radio nowhere, is there anybody alive out there?
A subtle jab at Clear Channel? One can’t help but wonder. I saw Bruce and the boys at the Capital Centre in 1988, and they blew the roof off of the place. Bruce gives 110% in his shows, and his band has the type of sound that you only hear from people who have played together for years. Many people have compared his concerts to a religious revival, and I don’t think that comparison is off-base at all.
Let’s face it, no matter what your taste, free radio nowadays sucks. While CC and it’s affiliates clog the airwaves with the under-dressed tart or pretty-boy of the month, people who are trying to produce music with a longer shelf-life than one week are getting squeezed off of the air. Thank heaven for the Internet…otherwise, none of us would ever hear anything new and interesting.
Mark Elrod has an interesting take on this at the Lame-O-Weblog. Check it out.