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‘I Get Around’ by The Beach Boys and Other Songs That Make Me Nauseous

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Okay, before you jump all over me for being “un-American,” let me say I LOVE The Beach Boys.  I LOVE to see them perform on television or in concert.  But if I hear ‘Fun, Fun, Fun,’ ‘I Get Around’ or ‘Good Vibrations’ on my radio again, I think I’ll puke where I’m sitting!

It’s not just the Beach Boys either.  The “Fab Four,” as I heard a disc jockey recently refer to The Beatles, are old and tired as well.  Not the album cuts but the ones that keep coming back like ‘I Want To Hold Your Hand,’ ‘Hello Goodbye,’ ‘All You Need Is Love’…you get the picture.  I’m starting to get dry heaves just thinking about them on my radio.

There are potentially two problems here and one of them is definitely mine.  That is, I’ve been in radio for, errrrrrrrr, a few years and a bunch of them was playing oldies like the aforementioned.  That was some 25 years ago and THEY WERE OLDIES THEN!  So now, we’ve been listening to the same songs for some 40 or 50 years without a break.  No wonder depression among older people is out of control.

The other problem is ‘oldies’ radio formats don’t evolve or evolve very slowly so you’re literally listening to the same thing every single day, every single month, every single year. I’ve been in the biz long enough to know this is true.  And as I pointed out before, I’m a bit jaded because I had to play this stuff for a living.

Bottom line is, I could go the rest of my life without hearing Bob Seger’s ‘Old Time Rock And Roll’ again and wouldn’t feel I’ve missed anything.  I like where I am now.  New songs all the time.  Do I like them all?  Absolutely not…but I know they’ll be played less and less as time goes on.  With oldies, not so much.

Check out this quality video.  I love this thing.  I’m trying to imagine it with half naked gyrating women (in black and white, of course.)

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