Monday, November 05, 2007

I'm Not Old; I'm Classic

Well it's finally happened. I remember being a teenager and wondering when, exactly, the day would come. Now it's official. They played R.E.M.'s "Orange Crush" on classic rock radio. I shouldn't be all that surprised, I suppose. The song is about 20 years old, having been released on Green in 1988. But still...

Fifteen years old and I'm driving around with my restricted driver's license issued by the state of Kansas, listening to 101 The Fox, being educated on the greatness of bands like The Who and The Stones and Zeppelin, and simultaneously questioning the "classic-ness" of Foreigner and Bad Company and (despite the home-state correlation) Kansas. And I distinctly recall wondering which bands on Alternative Rock 105.9 The Laser (pre-Clear Channel ownership) would one day be considered Classic Rock. It all has to shift at some point, right? I don't know what happens to The Oldies, but eventually The Who and The Stones and Zeppelin will be The Oldies, just as R.E.M. has become Classic.

So here you go, a little Classic Rock playlist for you for the coming years:



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