That Old Stuff Is Great

I love hearing new music. It’s one the best things about being a radio host and producer. And there’s so much new stuff coming out each day that it’s hard to keep up with. I’m presenting some really sweet new stuff on the next episode of the show. Music from these cool kids like Paperdoll, Rachael Yamagata, Kate Miller-Heidke, my friend Lindsay Katt and a whole lot more.

But……

That old stuff is still really great. I was talking to a friend last week and he was sharing with me all these bands he listens to and telling me about all the shows he travels to. He’s a bit older than I am so his favorite styles are music from the 60s and 70s, and his knowledge and expertise on the “classic” rock groups is way beyond my own. I put classic in quotes because the Classic Rock stations are playing alternative rock from the 90s and it just doesn’t seem right to me. So the true classic stuff is more along the lines (in my interpretation) of Zeppelin, Skynrd, The Doobie Bros, Hendrix and the like. There’s a whole lot of music from that era that is coming out more and more, mostly because those guys are still touring and playing. You know me, I don’t go much for the hit tracks. So I’m going to be spending some time in the next few weeks diving into some of these classic guys’ songbooks and pulling out some gems to present that will be an enjoyable feast for all.

What I wanted to mention real briefly is the old stuff from bands that are either internationally known now. An act that fits into that category is Green Day (now world-renowned). Either way, for me their older stuff trumps the stuff that most people recognize. If you love Green Day and are mostly only familiar with their American Idiot material, YOU HAVE MISSED A LOT!!! I hate writing in caps, but seriously I can’t get that point across louder in text form. Go back to Dookie and jam out to the entire album, even the stuff that was huge back then like Welcome To Paradise and When I Come Around. Their Insomniac album as well as Nimrod all have great stuff beginning to end. Go back even further to the early days of 1039 Smoothed Out Happy Hours and Kerplunk.
Listen to the whole album of both here->

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DGrantSmith

Host of the syndicated radio program The Appetizer heard on public radio across Texas and online from our Listen Now link; enjoys conversations, music, food, art, storytelling, and people. Connect with me. Would love to hear from you.

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