10 Classic Rock Songs We All Need A Break From
by Jody Haskins for The Laguna Spectator
There are so many classic rock songs that we all used to love but now need about a five year break from hearing. Bob Seger’s “Night Moves” comes to mind immediately.
The narrow selection of classic rock songs that classic rock radio plays has gotten extremely stale.
We have all grown so weary of classic rock songs such as Stevie Nicks “Edge of Seventeen” and Aldo Nova’s “Fantasy”. There are so many great classic rock songs to choose from. There is no reason for classic rock radio to be so damn boring.
Here are 10 classic rock songs that I can take at least a five year break from:
- Stairway to Heaven – Led Zeppelin
- Won’t Get Fooled Again – The Who
- Money – Pink Floyd
- Edge of Seventeen – Stevie Nicks
- Night Moves – Bob Seger
- More Than a Feeling – Boston
- Blinded by the Light – Manfred Man’s Earth Band
- Layla – Derek and the Dominoes
- We Will Rock You – Queen
- Smoke on The Water – Deep Purple
Let me tell you a story that illustrates my frustration with the classic rock songs on so called classic rock radio. When you work for a corporation in America today in a “Right to Work” state like Alabama and many others, you can be fired at any time and for no cause. This happened to me in 2010. The baby boomer CEOs decided that they could replace decades of industry experience with a handful of wet behind the ears recent college graduates.
The greedy bastards love these kids because they come to them as desperate, young and inexperienced debt slaves that will do anything for any low salary. The kids don’t have a choice because they have to pay back the debt they accumulated just because they wanted to better themselves. I have seen the face of evil and it looks just like greed. Greed is one of the seven deadly sin for a reason and it had reared it’s ugly head at me and my livelihood.
At first I thought that I would get on board with the “Obama Recovery” I keep hearing about on the ABC Nightly News. Apparently I wasn’t Obama Recovery material as I was not allowed to participate in the “recovery”.
As a result I spent two years in the wilderness. Unable to even get an interview much less a full time job. I was forced to wait tables and be a bartender at age 46 and 47.
The only people getting screwed worse than white males over 45 are waiters and bartenders. Eventually I found a job paying almost half of what I was making in 2010. At least I could pay the basic bills and get benefits again.
Fast forward five years, one divorce, one bankruptcy, one narrowly dodged foreclosure and about 4 crappy part time jobs later and financially I have managed to crawl back to where I was in 2002.
I had to tell you that heartbreaking story so that you would understand why I am driving this 1998 Bill Clinton Era Luxury Automobile.
This will further your understanding when you see how I have been listening to my music the past five years. As I said, I love heavy metal music, classic rock music, glam rock, hair bands and just about anything else rock related that was released between 1968 and 1989. Since my Clinton era luxury sedan had no auxiliary outlet for my MP3 player, I had to rely on a auxiliary cord connected to a cassette tape adapter that I would feed into the car’s cassette deck. This would allow me to listen to endless hours of fantastic classic rock and heavy metal music with no commercial interruptions.
Recently something terrible happened and the cassette player keeps spitting out the MP3 adapter. I guess at 18 years old, it is no surprise, I probably just wore the damn thing out with too much heavy meal.
As a result of this tragedy, I have been forced to listen to two classic rock radio stations in Birmingham, AL. for the past few weeks. Usually Birmingham has one classic rock radio station. At this particular time there were two classic rock music radio stations to choose from. On the way home from my daily task as a wage slave the other day, one station was playing the classic rock song by the Rolling Stones “Sympathy For The Devil” and the other station was playing a more heavy metal selection with “Black Dog” by Led Zeppelin. I have always considered “Sympathy For The Devil” to be one of the greatest classic rock songs of all time. On the other hand, Black Dog is my least favorite song on Led Zeppelin IV. Anyone else agree about Black Dog?
I have a crazy idea for you Mr. Classic Rock Radio DJ….play the damn Keith Richard’s Song. I mean if you have the damn thing then play it. How hard is that? I just hate the way classic rock radio stations can’t stray from the focus group tested and corporate stockholder sanctioned playlist of the same 400 fucking classic rock songs over and over, year after year! Is the reason that the classic rock radio stations today tied to the fact that almost all the CEO’s, CFO’s and stockholders are baby boomers?
Check out this great video about the 10 reasons the Baby Boomers are the worst generation. You can add classic rock and heavy metal radio stations to the list at number 11.