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Overplayed Songs No Longer Overplayed How Things Change!

 
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 6:18 pm    Post subject: Overplayed Songs No Longer Overplayed How Things Change! Reply with quote

I was listening to 'American Pie' on Drivetime's Tuesday Tunes long songs tonight when a thought struck me, and not for the first time in recent weeks, so thought I'd mention it.

Until recently I would refer to 'American Pie' as one of those overplayed songs that always seem to crop up on 'so called' request and other shows on Radio 2. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Dancing Queen' are a couple of others that spring to mind, I'm sure you get my drift.

But, and here's the point, as I listened I thought I really can't remember when I last heard it and it got me thinking. Is time passing so quickly that these and others like them are no longer the overplayed ones and giving way to the much newer stuff that Radio 2 is now playing?

Maybe I'm just getting old........... Wink

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 7:12 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Apparently Helen the human brain is quite similar to most modern computers so as we get older our brains delete certain information in order that we can remember more important things as the brain has a huge but nevertheless limited capacity

That might go some way to explaining why we have the feeling that a certain track is played too often but in actual fact our brains don't retain the evidence to support this impression

Just a theory - I could be completely wide of the mark
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Helen May



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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 8:35 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You may be right Ruddles but I was thinking more that the 'new' overplayed songs belong to a different (more recent perhaps?) decade so 'our' overplayed songs are sidelined in their favour. In a similar way that you don't hear Sinatra or Matt Monro on many daytime shows these days.

Just a thought!

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PostPosted: Tue May 03, 2016 9:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think you're probably right. About 10 years ago they'd play Brown-Eyed Girl and Year of the Cat pretty much every day, but no longer (thankfully).

Still many of the same old artists though - the Top 10 most-played acts on the station include Rod Stewart, Elton John, Santana, and ELO.
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PostPosted: Wed May 04, 2016 10:03 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I think we often assume that certain songs are played all the time when in fact they are not. I don't think I've heard Bohemian Rhapsody or A Whiter Shade Of Pale on Radio 2 for a long time.

However, on the rare occasions that I hear local radio, there does seem to be a surfeit of the usual predictable rubbish: Baker Street, Dancing Queen and Come Up And See Me.
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PostPosted: Fri May 06, 2016 10:34 am    Post subject: Re: Overplayed Songs No Longer Overplayed How Things Change! Reply with quote

Helen May wrote:
I was listening to 'American Pie' on Drivetime's Tuesday Tunes long songs tonight when a thought struck me, and not for the first time in recent weeks, so thought I'd mention it.

Until recently I would refer to 'American Pie' as one of those overplayed songs that always seem to crop up on 'so called' request and other shows on Radio 2. 'Bridge Over Troubled Water' and 'Dancing Queen' are a couple of others that spring to mind, I'm sure you get my drift.

But, and here's the point, as I listened I thought I really can't remember when I last heard it and it got me thinking. Is time passing so quickly that these and others like them are no longer the overplayed ones and giving way to the much newer stuff that Radio 2 is now playing?

Maybe I'm just getting old........... Wink

H


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