I recently traded in my car for another. In the old one I had (on SXM) First Wave- 80's New Wave and early Alternative. Smiths', Cure, New Order, Talking Heads... Ozzy's Bone Yard- "Classic Metal". Sabbath, Metallica, Megadeth, Deep Purple Hair Nation... uh, well, Hair Bands 70's on 7- anything from the 1970's 80's on 8- " " 1980's 90's on 9- " " 1990's Beatles Channel
Classic Rewind- "tape era Classic Rock". Tom Petty, Foreigner, Boston, (70's & 80's) Stones Classic Vinyl- Doors, Hendrix, Zepp, Moody Blues, (60's) Stones Lithium- 90's Alternative & Grunge. Nirvana, Janes, Soundgarden, Alice, Pumpkins. Prime Country- 80's & 90's Country (this is just to give a bit of variety away from "Rock". (I like the 90's part more than the 80's part, but...)
For the new car when I was loading (what was to be) the same stations, and order, I thought I needed something different. I do not like much new stuff. Certainly not a whole channel dedicated to it. Then I remembered "the Spectrum". It is basically a merger of Classic Rewind, Classic Vinyl, & Lithium but with sprinklings of new. So far so good. It's only been 2 days, but that is 4 trips up and down the 401 for an hour or more each way, so a good sample. They play as far back as Hendrix, but then do Mellencamp, RHCP's, and so far the "new" I've heard, a lot has been OK. I had heard of My Morning Jacket, but couldn't name a tune. The two or three I've heard I like. A new Foo's tune I had never heard, John Mayer, and the latest Leon Bridges. I love his first LP, but his 2nd left me flat. So far, his third seems OK-ish. Being in the car for as long as I am each week, I felt it gave me the OK to pay for radio... a concept I would have said was madness even a couple years ago, but I don't think I could go back. If I change jobs, and my commute drops to nothing, ya, but not 10hrs/week (minimum) in the car.
So which one got the boot?? Sorry Bruce, I like ya, but not enough for a dedicated channel it seems.
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