“There’s more evil in the charts than an Al-Qaeda suggestion box”
— Bill Bailey, ‘Part Troll’
I can confirm that this is, in fact, completely true.
I’ve just listened through Now 70, and the second half of the second CD was actually painful for me to listen to. It’s just so vapid, so devoid of anything original or even any particular message, it’s like having your soul sucked out by a … soul sucking machine (it also sucks our your decent metaphors).
It was so bad I had to listen to ‘Blackbird’ by the Beatles just to clear my head. Now I’m listening to ‘Stairway to Heaven’. Oh yeah. Absolute Radio have got this slogan – “Discover real music”. I didn’t realise how bad the alternative was :-/
Still, on the plus side there are a few good songs on there – I like (well, that’s perhaps too strong a word, but ‘find quite tolerable’ perhaps is better) a lot of the rocky stuff they have (The Hoosiers, The Kooks, The Feeling) and they also have some songs which I have in my collection (Coldplay – Violet Hill and, bizarrely enough, Pendulum – Propane Nightmares). So the album wasn’t all bad news at least!
And the reason I’m listening to this? Well, I will explain that in a subsequent blog posting! 🙂