Rave's Top Five Current Airplay Faves
No Doubt ("Bathwater"), Moby - featuring Gwen, Orgy, Offspring, Everclear ("AM Radio"), Coldplay, Fatboy Slim - featuring Jim Morrison ("Bird"), Radiohead ("Idioteque"), Dandy Warhols ("Bohemian")
Rave's Top Five Airplay Faves of 2000
1- My Chalupa No, not really :-) SUPERGRASS--PUMPIN' ON YOUR STEREO
2- Dandy Warhols--Bohemian Like You
3- Apollo 440--Stop The Rock
4- No Doubt--Bathwater
5- Muse--Muscle Museum
I've been talking about the Dandys for awhile, and the song is now Top 10 in the AAA format. Billboard Magazine writes that only four female vocals debuted onto their alternative radio Top 40 list this year, and only one made it to the top ten. Three of the four were from Gwen Stefani, including her current "fave" with Moby. In '95, 34 female songs debuted! Speaking of the mid-90's, bands such as No Doubt, Green Day, and Offspring are seeing disappointing sales despite strong CD's with heavy airplay. Did you catch the Rolling Stone/MTV Top 100 pop songs of all time? The obvious omissions are to too many to mention, and they put "Ironic" by Alanis Morisette in the top 40. Also, some of the information regarding the recording of the songs is completely wrong. Figures, doesn't it?
My top single source for new music continues to be The Chris Carter Mess. He's on www.worldclassrock.com Sundays from 6-10 p.m. Pacific Time. Chris was the bass player in Dramarama. He's quite the musicologist, and he plays a fine mix of new and old. Among his current favorites are the Dandy Warhols and Gentle Waves.
According to the LA Times, BMG came within a hair of buying Napster back in October. That would have been interesting, and it still could happen. Meanwhile, a federal ruling states that streaming radio stations must pay performers and labels for broadcast rights in addition to the payments to writers and publishers that are also paid, based on regular broadcast airplay. Some of you recording artists may disagree with me on this, but I disagree with the ruling for two reasons: 1) Streaming is mostly an unprofitable, fledgling concept that exposes otherwise unheard music. 2) Labels and artists should simply appreciate this exposure. At this point, I'd like to see the streaming concept continue to grow, and we don't need limitations on it. If you are an electronica fan, check out Jason Bently at www.kcrw.org. His show is on from 7:30-10:00 Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays.
Ken Scott (Missing Persons, Beatles, Supertramp, Bowie, etc) has been working with George Harrison on his reissue CD, due in February. They are also working on new material, so there's a good chance of new music being released down the road.
Some of you have asked why I bother with these Raves. Others suggest that I take this concept to a national level. I appreciate that compliment, but I feel this would be less fun if I have to deal with editors and deadlines. As I've always said, this is stuff I'd be saying to you individually as well, and I enjoy the feedback I get from many of you (so keep it coming). Meanwhile, see you in 2001...