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seymourwhitebits



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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 8:51 pm    Post subject: Remember the old charts? Reply with quote

Remember the good old days, when a single was released and THEN played on the radio, so as more and more people got to hear it and buy it, the single actually climbed up the charts Question

Would you like to see that system return Question Are you happy with the present system Question Or did you not care about a records position in the charts back then and still don't now Question
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 01, 2007 10:19 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I remember those days well. When a single earned it's chart placing a lot more than it seems to now, though it wasn't all honey & sunshine then either. I can remember getting sick of hearing certain tracks on R1 after they had been 'played to death' then, just as I do nowadays. And thinking why didn't that 'newspin' get played more than once, it deserved to chart. Those were the days when ILR offered a viable alternative to the BBC if you didn't like what Radio 1 had on offer.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:06 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think the practice in this country, and probably copied from the US, dates back slightly further, to the offshore pirate stations. In their eagerness to be hip, modern and ahead of the BBC, and obviously fed by the record companies' tacit support, they did play new releases at least one week before issue, so that they could appear in the station chart (Fab Forty etc) before the official, or anybody else's, one.

I used to listen to Radio London (Big L); each DJ (with the exception of John Peel) had his own Record Of The Week (even when they had their week off), and they all tended to get played in each three-hour show. In addition there was the station Power Play, which, if memory serves, got played every hour, after the News summary.

So, you see, not that much different to today's A-Playlist, except that the advance period has stretched somewhat - R2 have started to play the Kaiser Chiefs' next single The Angry Mob, which is not actually released until May 21st. And last Monday SK and TW contrived to play Stefy's "Chelsea" within half an hour of each other. Evil or Very Mad
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 11:25 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think I stopped listening to/taking notice of the charts about 1990 or so. Since then albums have been more important to me, although I 've never used the Album Chart as a yardstick re my purchases.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 12:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ron,
Both times I thought I was listening to the start of 'Sweet Dreams' by the Eurythmics
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 3:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I started following the charts back in the early 80s and used to listen in every week to hear the new countdown. But when JK & Joel took over they ruined the show with silly phone-in competitions and missing out tracks which didn't fit into the station's playlist policy. After a short while I didn't even bother looking at the charts on-line. But at the start of the year I tuned in to see how the new downloads rules would affect things and have to say I'm still listening. They still waste about 15/20 minutes at the start with that pointless retro competion (which rarely goes back more than about 8 years anyway) but they do seem to play more of the tracks. And the chart itself has improved with singles entering lower down and climbing as download sales pick up over the weeks.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The silver lining to this cloud I suppose is that it does save me money, because by the time a record* becomes available in the shops I'm sick of hearing it and end up not buying it. Most of my purchases tend to be vinyl replacement, deleted stuff or albums I didnt get round to buying first time round in my youth.

* showing my age badly there !! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:33 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The advent of punk saw my last serious look at the charts. Like others, now I replace the old prog rock stuff that I couldn't afford before and the (very) occasional new album.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Ah yes punk! The Sex Pistols getting to number one and being left off the chart sheets in the record shops. Great days!! Laughing
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When Frankie Goes To Hollywood's 'Relax' got to No1 in the charts after it was banned from being played by the BBC (which happened after they had already performed that track once on Top Of The Pops) You could really hear the frustration at not being able to play the then current No1, especially towards the end of it's 5 week run.
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PostPosted: Mon Apr 02, 2007 9:09 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Remember Smashie and Nicey sending that up?

Banning Macca's Frog Chorus cos it went "bum bum bum" Laughing Laughing

"it's just plain filth" Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seymourwhitebits wrote:
The silver lining to this cloud I suppose is that it does save me money, because by the time a record* becomes available in the shops I'm sick of hearing it and end up not buying it. Most of my purchases tend to be vinyl replacement, deleted stuff or albums I didnt get round to buying first time round in my youth.

* showing my age badly there !! Laughing


Remind us, oh wise and aged Seymour, of these things called "records"-

Some of us are waaayyyyy too young to remember back that far Very Happy

**PJ places tongue firmly in own cheek**
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Good Grief PJ, thats a hell of a long tongue Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Seymour 1 v 1 PJ

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:45 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seymourwhitebits wrote:
Good Grief PJ, thats a hell of a long tongue Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing

Seymour 1 v 1 PJ

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Seymour, I need a long tongue to fill up my big mouth Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:48 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wheres the Monty Python thread on here? Embarassed

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 6:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Was going to start one but all the Python fans will just shout "Help, help- I'm being repressed. See the violence inherent in the system!" Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:02 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Right stop that Exclamation Its getting silly Exclamation

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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:17 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seymourwhitebits wrote:
Right stop that Exclamation Its getting silly Exclamation

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Can never be too silly- "nudge, nudge, wink, wink, say no more" Smile
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:24 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yeah you're right

Still, wwooarrr eh? wwwooaaaarrrrrr Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:26 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Absolutely!

So, have you ever done it with a lady? Whats it like??? Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Knew it was a mistake to mention python Laughing

Better watch I don't mention Ringo!.................oh damnit Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You know it's a mistake but you still do it... you're a martyr to your sense of humour Laughing Laughing Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

its like a 9 volt battery

sooner or later i know im gonna put my bloody tongue on it Laughing
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

seymourwhitebits wrote:
its like a 9 volt battery

sooner or later i know im gonna put my bloody tongue on it Laughing


One of life's great "must-do-it-but know-it's-gonna-hurt" Laughing

Like stretching for that just out of reach item on the highest shelf.... You think you're gonna get away with it, until.....CRASH! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 03, 2007 8:29 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

or trying to convince myself that I'll have just the ONE custard cream Embarassed
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 04, 2007 8:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

my main weapon is fear and surprise.......

my two main weapons are fear and surprise and a ruthless efficiency.........

my THREE main weapons are fear and surprise a ruthless efficiency and an almost fanatical devotion to the pope............


Ill come in again Laughing Laughing Laughing Laughing
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