Tuesday, July 08, 2014

Data Drives EVERYTHING...

... even the music you listen to*.  I found this article at FiveThirtyEight fascinating: "Why Classic Rock Isn't What It Used To Be."  Here are a couple of screen caps from said article:



Who knew there was such a large variation in regional choices?  Not me.  I'm not in step with the author of this study when it comes to Tampa, mainly coz I loves me my Stones, Eagles, and Fleetwood Mac (the EARLY Mac, NOT the Buckingham/Nicks abomination).  If I had to pick a city on the second list to stay the Hell out of it would be KC coz I make no truck with the likes of Boston, Rush, and Lynyrd Skynyrd.

The article also delves into how the streaming music services define "classic rock," which is pretty much the same way the broadcasters do.  Very interesting stuff, all the way around.

* This assumes you actually listen to Classic Rock on the radio or a streaming service.  As for me?  I don't.  Thank The Deity At Hand for XM, Pandora, and meTunes Radio; if I want Classic Rock I'll drag it out of my collection.

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    1. Is yer tongue in yer cheek, Jim?

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  2. FM used to be commercial free, because the stations made all their money on AM top 40. Then enough FM radios were in the hands of consumers and the top 40 format was moved to FM, and AM faded away.

    I've never much cared for Rock, I've listened to it, can't avoid it, but is all crap in my opinion. It's way too African for me. It's a fault of mine, because there was big money in anything called Rock (even if it was really Pop). For example people still get $80k checks every month for songs they wrote in the 60's, and then got a real job :-)

    When I turn on the radio, I am just floored by the mediocrity. I have the opinion now, that Americans are just sheep. Especially those between the ages of 16 and 21. Total losers when it comes to music appreciation. Feeding the engine is all they are doing. The engine being Kardashian and their Beiber's on tour :-)

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    1. You are all TOO correct in yer analysis, Baa. Except for the fact Millennials don't listen to Classic Rock; they all listen to hip-hop... which is WORSE, IM(NS)HO.

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  3. It's interesting that the SF Bay Area and LA didn't make the locations list.
    The closest to either are Sac and SDiego.
    Could it be their musical tastes are more eclectic?

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    1. I'd suggest that neither city has a classic rock station but I know that's not true, so I'll fall down with "eclectic."

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  4. My favorite example of a 'regionally appreciated' artist has got to be Bob Seger. He can pack stadiums in Michgan/Detroit, but attracts almost no interest elsewhere (tho I'm told he has a small-but-dedicated fan base in LA). . .

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    1. That's true about Seger. As for me? I've heard all the Seger I wanna hear after ten years in Dee-troit. Kid Rock, too.

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