Edge 102 ~ CFNY

Cart Before The Horse

edgefestIn an effort to be fair and balanced I'd like to point out that CFNY Edge 102 is actively promoting July's Edgefest as Edgefest 2. You may recall I went off about the Edgefest line up the other day, releasing a yawn that was heard around the world.

There have been Edgefest 2s in the past, but they've always been announced some time after Edgefest 1. My incredible deductive logic tells me that there cannot be an Edgefest 2 without there also being an Edgefest 1. The announcement of another Edgefest is imminent.

Who wants to bet Billy Talent headlines again?

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Another Edgefest, Another Yawn From The Crowd

EdgefestDo you remember when Edgefest was a darn good rock n' roll show? CFNY Edge 102 used to put some serious effort into this show, hiring solid closers like Radiohead, Green Day, The Tragically Hip and more. Lately, it's been more of a joke.

The last Edgefest I attended was back in 2003 when Sloan, Our Lady Peace and The Hip played the last 'Fest at Molson Park. The 2004 line-up really upset me, and prompted quite the exchange between Alan Cross and myself. Last year's line-up was a little better, leaning on the power of local heroes Billy Talent, but it was still the weakest collection of bands since the late 80s.

This year’s main stage will play host to Yellowcard, the All-American Rejects, Hawthorne Heights, Story of the Year, and Matchbook Romance. I'm sure there's a 14 year old kid in Scarberia cheering right now, but the majority of us ol' faithful CFNY guys are yawning and moving on. We're aware of their unexplainable obsession with the Rejects, one of the bands I hate and a main attraction of this year's show.

Tix are on sale May 5th. I'm sure plenty of ducats will be available in July, so there's no rush kiddies. Take your sweet ass time.

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CFNY's Dirty Little Secret

RadioI thought my campaign to weed out safe pop-rock completely void of any soul or integrity was going well, until I heard All-American Rejects' "Dirty Little Secret" on CFNY Edge 102 the other day.

Way back in August of 2003, I called for a complete ban of sound-alike, wanna-be-punk, nauseatingly mediocre bands that were starting to secure way too much valuable radio air time, forcing me to dive for the next station preset all too frequently. Leading my hate list were Good Charlotte, Simple Plan, Not By Choice and All-American Rejects. In the ensuing three years I was pleased to hear less and less of this slop, but "Dirty Little Secret" is precisely the kind of song I can't stand. It's W.E.A.K.

As shown in the recent Toronto radio ratings, Edge 102's bread and butter are males aged 18-34. Nobody in that demo likes "Dirty Little Secret". Trust me.

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Toronto S1 2006 Radio Ratings

RadioBBM Canada has released its Top-Line Radio Statistics for January 9 - March 5, 2006. Here's the order of finish for Toronto stations, also known as the 5199ers.

  1. 98.1 CHFI-FM
  2. 104.5 CHUM-FM
  3. News Talk 1010 CFRB
  4. CBC Radio One
  5. 97.3 EZ Rock
  6. Q107
  7. 680 News
  8. Classical 96.3 FM
  9. Z103.5
  10. 102.1 The Edge
  11. AM740/Prime Radio
  12. Mix 99.9
  13. Flow 93.5
  14. CBC Radio Two
  15. 92.5 Jack-FM
  16. The FAN590
  17. Jazz FM 91
  18. AM 640 Toronto
  19. Country 95.3
  20. Foxy 88.5
  21. 1050 CHUM

Fellow fans of CFNY Edge102 shouldn't fret. They remained number one with dudes aged 18-34.

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Edge 102's Top 102 of 2005

RadioOn New Year's Eve 2005, CFNY Edge 102 counted down their top 102 songs of the year. I would have posted their list earlier in the year, but I couldn't find it on their site. I finally wrote Alan Cross about it and he got me in touch with the guy at Corus who maintains the site who sent me here.

Instead of just listing the 102 songs, I'm gonna throw my two cents in the mix. What the hell, it's my site.

# Artist Song My 2 Cents
102 Linkin Park/Jay-Z Numb/Encore 5/10 - Not a bad combo, just underwhelming.
101 Projet Orange Tell All Your Friends 5/10 - This was an okay tune, it just failed to resonate.
100 The All American Rejects Dirty Little Secret 2/10 - I had little interest in this one.
99 LCD Soundsystem Daft Punk Playing At My House 7/10 - I thought this was pretty cool.
98 Arcade Fire Wake Up 10/10 - #98?!?? Was it punished for hitting the charts too late in the year? It was my favourite track of the year. Appeared on SLS14.
97 Slipknot Duality 7/10 - I was a big fan of this single from Slipknot. I still shout out the refrain when I hear it. It appeared on SLS13.
96 Disturbed Stricken 6/10 - Not bad but not great. This was the final tune selected for SLS14.
95 The Music Breakin' 5/10 - The Music sound bored me. I just couldn't get into it.
94 Bloc Party Banquet 8/10 - I'm sorry I didn't throw this one on SLS14. It will likely appear on SLS15. I love it.
93 Depeche Mode Precious 3/10 - Wake me when it's over. Zzzzzz.
92 The Chemical Brothers Galvanize 1/10 - I'm giving this one a low score simply because I don't remember it at all.
91 Audioslave Your Time Has Come 7/10 - I thought this was a fantastic album and I put this tune on SLS13.
90 Mobile Montreal Calling 6/10 - A friend of mine urged me to put this single on SLS14. It didn't make the cut, but it's not a horrible tune. It's sort of catchy, I suppose.
89 Alexisonfire Accidents 2/10 - Shouldn't I like Alexisonfire? It's CanCon, yet I don't dig it. Accidents happen...
88 The Waking Eyes On A Train 3/10 - This was rather forgettable.
87 Goldfinger Wasted 4/10 - I used to like Goldfinger. Now their releases seem boring.
86 Thornley Beautiful 4/10 - If Thornley was American, we would never have heard this song on the radio.
85 Fall Out Boy Sugar, We're Goin' Down 5/10 - Not bad... At times, I enjoyed this one but it got tired pretty damn quick.
84 K-Os W/ Sam Roberts Dirty Water 6/10 - I don't consider this one of the stronger cuts on this fantastic K-Os release. Having said that, it's still pretty good. The album is fantastic.
83 Hedley Villain 2/10 - Mr. Canadian Idol pales in comparison to that cover of Levon the albino guy did in season one.
82 Death Cab For Cutie Soul Meets Body 8/10 - This song deserved a much higher ranking. It's pure sweetness and it appeared on SLS14.
81 The Used All That I've Got 5/10 - I can take it or leave it.
80 Metric Monster Hospital 7/10 - Another catchy number from Metric. It made SLS14.
79 Matthew Good Oh Be Joyful 8/10 - I really liked this song that appeared on the recent Matt Good greatest hits album. It easily made SLS14 because the ears want what the ears want.
78 The Bravery An Honest Mistake 4/10 - I tried and tried to dig it, but I guess it's not my scene.
77 Rise Against Swing Life Away 3/10 - Rise Against didn't get a rise out of me.
76 Alter Bridge Find The Real 4/10 - Post-Stapp Creed isn't terrible, but is completely unnecessary.
75 Switchfoot Stars 4/10 - I'm not going to trash Stars, I'm just going to pass Stars.
74 The Waking Eyes Beginning 4/10 - Another forgettable tune from 2005.
73 Unwritten Law Save Me 5/10 - Save me.
72 White Stripes My Doorbell 9/10 - So catchy it should be illegal. Once you start singing it, you can't stop. Consider yourselves warned.
71 Foo Fighters D.O.A. 7/10 - I supposed I'm biased but I liked this tune. It appeared on SLS14.
70 Theory Of A Deadman Santa Monica 4/10 - They still play this almost every morning. I'm just tired of it. It wasn't that strong to begin with.
69 Louis XIV Finding Out True Love Is Blind 8/10 - I had a lot of fun with this single and put it on my top ten of the year. It appeared on SLS13.
68 My Chemical Romance I'm Not O.K. 3/10 - I don't get the whole My Chemical Romance thing. I don't think I'm missing anything.
67 Coldplay Fix You 6/10 - Nice tune and all, but you're better off just spinning "Don't Panic" on a continuous loop.
66 The Mars Volta The Widow 8/10 - This was one of my ten favourite tracks of the year and it appeared on SLS13.
65 Collective Soul Counting The Days 3/10 - Are these guys still around?
64 Matt Mays & El Torpedo Cocaine Cowgirl 5/10 - Depending on my mood I either thought this was a pretty cool tune or a waste of time. It's the epitome of 5/10.
63 Simple Plan Me Against The World 1/10 - Will Simple Plan please go away.
62 Jakalope Feel It 4/10 - I left this tune off of SLS13 because it's simply unworthy. It's okay, but okay isn't good enough.
61 311 Don't Tread On Me 4/10 - This is a truly mediocre single by 311. There's enough mediocrity in this world.
60 Bif Naked Let Down 3/10 - I used to really like Bif Naked but now she's a wannabe pop princess. #60 is awfully flattering for this song.
59 Nine Inch Nails Only 6/10 - It's been a while since I really liked a NIN song, but I really liked this one. It appeared on SLS14.
58 U2 City Of Blinding Lights 3/10 - I've been done with U2 for a while now. This is another fine, nice song from my Irish brothers. Whoopie.
57 Franz Ferdinand Do You Want To? 6/10 - It's catchy and good enough for SLS14.
56 Staind Right Here 4/10 - These guys disappoint me. They show so much more promise than they deliver. They could be great.
55 Kaiser Chiefs I Predict A Riot 7/10 - This was a cool track I was happy to put on SLS13. I think it's better than #55.
54 Kasabian Club Foot 6/10 - I almost put this track on SLS13 but it got cut at the last second. It's not bad.
53 Garbage Why Do You Love Me 4/10 - This is another band I used to really like but no longer admire. They're stale now, offering less than stellar material.
52 Franz Ferdinand This Fire 9/10 - When this song was fresh, it was fantastic. It's still good, even two thousand spins later.
51 Keane Somewhere Only We Know 6/10 - If you want a mellow track, you can't do much better. It's sweetness.
50 Arcade Fire Rebellion (Lies) 9/10 - This is perhaps my second favourite song on my favourite album of 2005. It's spectacular.
49 Weezer We're All On Drugs 5/10 - This song bored me.
48 The Trews So She's Leaving 5/10 - I don't think I particularly enjoyed this song, but whenever it came on I found myself singing along.
47 Marilyn Manson Personal Jesus 6/10 - Was this 2005? We slapped this remake on SLS12. It was a weak period - it's not a great song.
46 Sum 41 Some Say 2/10 - Some say Sum 41 are good. I'm not one of them.
45 Sloan All Used Up 7/10 - This was a surprise hit from Sloan and I was happy to hear it. Fun power pop.
44 Nickelback Photograph 2/10 - Sappy, weak song with cheesy lyrics. Pure crap.
43 Jimmy Eat World Work 4/10 - I have Futures, and it's a disappointing disc. This might be the best song, but that's not saying a whole lot.
42 The Offspring Can't Repeat 4/10 - I miss the boys from Smash. Have you seen them?
41 U2 Vertigo 3/10 - If you scroll up, you'll read my U2 thoughts. Lets move on.
40 System Of A Down B.Y.O.B. 9/10 - One of my ten favourite songs of the year. SLS13 was lucky to have it. Bring it on.
39 Lenny Kravitz Lady 4/10 - That's nice.
38 Jack Johnson Sitting, Waiting, Wishing 5/10 - That's also nice. I'm tired of nice.
37 Oasis Lyla 7/10 - I thought this Oasis track was as good as the Oasis I remember. It was truly solid.
36 Stars Ageless Beauty 9/10 - One of my ten favourite songs of the year. It appeared on SLS14.
35 Death From Above 1979 Romantic Rights 10/10 - Does it get much better than this? A heavy favourite of mine and a high finisher in my top ten of 2005. SLS14 was anchored by this gem.
34 Social Code Beautiful 5/10 - A lot of songs get the title "Beautiful", have you noticed that?
33 Modest Mouse Float On 9/10 - How did this make the 2005 list? It appeared on SLS11 which was released in June of 2004. This sucker had legs.
32 Boy Up In This Town 4/10 - I barely remember Boy.
31 Beck Girl 8/10 - This was a great Beck single and worthy of SLS14.
30 Papa Roach Getting Away With Murder 6/10 - This is another tune that seems more 2004 to me than 2005. It appeared on SLS12 which tells you I thought it was pretty good.
29 Hot Hot Heat Middle Of Nowhere 7/10 - Another solid single from Hot Hot Heat scored them an appearance on SLS14.
28 Seether Remedy 6/10 - I've said it before and I'll say it again. This song was written and performed to sound like Nirvana. The Kurt in his delivery is eery but it just makes you miss the real deal.
27 U2 Sometimes You Can't Make It On Your Own 2/10 - Another U2 song? Argh.
26 K-os Crucial 7/10 - This was a great album.
25 The Marble Index Not So Bright 6/10 - For the longest time I thought this song would appear on SLS13. It didn't, but it was very close.
24 Green Day Wake Me When September Ends 8/10 - Great album and great song.
23 Audioslave Doesn't Remind Me 9/10 - This was one of my favourite songs of the year. It's an instant classic and it appeared on SLS14.
22 Bedouin Soundclash When The Night Feels My Song 3/10 - I know people loved this song, but I hated it. I just thought it was weak. I heard it 100 mornings in a row and it put me in a sour mood every time.
21 Social Distortion Reach For The Sky 5/10 - I'm surprised to find this song so highly ranked.
20 Hot Hot Heat Goodnight Goodnight 8/10 - James and I both loved this song. It appeared on SLS13.
19 Our Lady Peace Where Are You 6/10 - At first I didn't like this song, then it grew on me and I started to like it, then I got sick of it. The new OLP album was rather disappointing.
18 Arcade Fire Neighbourhood # 3 (Power Out) 9/10 - Dammit, every song on this album is mind blowing. This tune appeared on SLS13.
17 Theory Of A Deadman No Surprise 6/10 - I like the fact this song got soccer moms to say "that bitch is killing me".
16 White Stripes Blue Orchid 9/10 - Awesomeness - crunchy style! It appeared on SLS13.
15 Thornley Come Again 6/10 - Not bad at all... It almost made SLS13 too.
14 Audioslave Be Yourself 8/10 - I like Audioslave, can you tell?
13 Beck E Pro 8/10 - A return to form for my pal Beck. It appeared on SLS13
12 Nine Inch Nails The Hand That Feeds 5/10 - I fought against this song's inclusion on SLS13 because I didn't feel it was SLS-worthy. I eventually gave in, but I'm now exacting my revenge by humiliating Trent with a pathetic score of five.
11 U2 All Because Of You 2/10 - U2 again?!?!?! Never has mediocrity been so celebrated!
10 Gorillaz Feel Good Inc. 8/10 - I regret this song never appeared on an edition of SLS. It grew on me late in the game and I opted for "Dare" on SLS14.
9 Coldplay Speed Of Sound 6/10 - This is nice and all, but it didn't rock my world. Try that "Don't Panic" thing I suggested above.
8 The Killers All These Things That I've Done 7/10 - That "I've got soul but I'm not a soldier" part is gold. This song appeared on SLS13.
7 Green Day Holiday 6/10 - I never really loved this song from American Idiot. There were many better.
6 Weezer Beverly Hills 6/10 - Catchy enough to appear on SLS13, I got pretty tired of it fairly quickly.
5 Queens Of The Stone Age Little Sister 8/10 - Solid, straight up rock. It appeared on SLS13.
4 Foo Fighters Best Of You 8/10 - A solid first single from this double album from the Foo. It appeared on SLS13.
3 Green Day Boulevard Of Broken Dreams 8/10 - I preferred this slower single to the high powered opening single "American Idiot". It appeared on SLS12.
2 The Killers Mr. Brightside 8/10 - I'm pretty sure this song peaked in 2004, but I suppose it was strong enough to linger well into 2005. All in all it's a rather contagious single that was suburb when it was fresh. It appeared on SLS12.
1 Sum 41 Pieces 3/10 - Are you kidding me? Is this some kind of joke? What a pathetic choice for #1. I suspect the members of Ajax' Sum 41 have pictures of Alan Cross in compromising positions.

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My Toronto Morning Radio History

RadioListening to the second last live broadcast of Howard Stern's radio show on WBUF this morning I started thinking about my Toronto morning radio history. I've been with Howard for about eight years but before that I spent time with several other morning shows in Toronto. Here's a brief recount of where I've been.

Tom Rivers on 680 CFTR - As a young kid going to primary school my clock radio was set for 680 CFTR which played top 40 music. Tom Rivers was the morning man and for years he entertained me before I headed off to St. Pius X.

Jesse and Gene on Q107 - As I got a little older and became a pre-teen, my tastes changed from top 40 to a harder rock sound. Jesse and Gene hosted the Q Morning Zoo and I listened to their program for a while until they left Q107 for AM radio.

Brother Jake Edwards on Q107 - When Jesse and Gene left Q107 I stayed put for their new morning guy Brother Jake Edwards. Brother Jake was great and introduced me to a character that would entertain me for many mornings, The Champ. I wrote about The Champ here.

Humble and Fred on CFNY Edge 102 - In the early 90s, my tastes in music changed again and I left Q107 for CFNY. Humble and Fred would be my morning show of choice for many years afterwards, always entertaining with their banter and always playing the best music on Toronto radio. I wrote about Humble and Fred here and here.

Howard Stern on Q107 and WBUF - Tomorrow ends the Howard Stern era for me. It's been a sweet ride. I've written about Howard here, here, here, here, here, and here.

???? - What's the next chapter of my Toronto morning radio history going to look like? There's always the tunes on CFNY Edge 102, but the hosts gab way too much and are as annoying as hell. Do we really need to have another useless unfunny conversation with Eduardo? There's Metro Morning on CBC, but that can be dry if it's not a topic I'm into. I can spend ten minutes or so at the Fan590 for a sports update and discussion with a hockey insider, but that's not a permanent solution to my problem.

I'll probably replace Howard with my iRiver H10.

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My Personal Coming-Of-Age Film

MusicThe meme is out there, but Accordion Guy put a spin on it I dig so much I'm going to follow suit.

The challenge is to find the Top 100 songs from the year you graduated from high school, list 'em on your site, highlight the ones you like and cross out the ones you hate. You ignore the ones to which you're kind of indifferent. Accordion Guy did it with the CFNY year end chart from the year he graduated high school, and that's exactly what I'm going to do. It makes sense since that was my station in 1993 and there's a handy archive of old charts at The Spirit of Radio.

Using the Top 102 Albums of 1993 according to CFNY, here is the soundtrack from my personal coming-of-age film.

  1. *Smashing Pumpkins - Siamese Dream : An awesome, play-through, tour de force, even after the piss off.
  2. *Nirvana - In Utero : You mean, this wasn't CFNY's number one?!?! WTF, what an album. I remember heading straight from class to Sam's to pick it up on the first day of its release.
  3. Depeche Mode - Songs Of Faith And Devotion
  4. *Pearl Jam - Vs. : You mean, this wasn't CFNY's number one?!?! WTF, what an album. I remember heading straight from class to Sam's to pick it up on the first day of its release.
  5. New Order - Republic
  6. *Radiohead - Pablo Honey : The album that spawned "Creep", still one of my favourites of all time.
  7. Breeders - Last Splash
  8. Catherine Wheel - Chrome
  9. *U2 - Zooropa
  10. Porno For Pyros - Porno For Pyros
  11. James - Laid
  12. *Sarah McLachlan - Fumbling Towards Ecstacy : This is the album that made me fall in love with Sarah. Don't tell Taryn, but if Sarah decides she wants me, I'm there.
  13. Bjork - Debut
  14. Pet Shop Boys - Very
  15. *Rage Against The Machine - Rage Against The Machine : This album holds a very special place in my heart. It's definitely one of my ten favourite of all time and every time I hear it I get so excited it's embarrassing.
  16. Suede - Suede
  17. The The - Dusk
  18. Juliana Hatfield Three - Become What You Are
  19. The Cranberries - Everybody Else Is Doing It So Why Can't I?
  20. Lemonheads - Come On Feel The Lemonheads
  21. P.J. Harvey - Rid Of Me
  22. *Stone Temple Pilots - Core : And I feel it... Great album from a band that got an unfair rep for busting Ed's style. It's all good.
  23. Blur - Modern Life Is Rubbish
  24. Doughboys - Crush
  25. Adorable - Against Perfection
  26. Belly - Star
  27. Tea Party - Splendor Solis
  28. *Lenny Kravitz - Are You Gonna Go My Way?
  29. hHead - Fireman
  30. *Tool - Undertow
  31. Kate Bush - The Red Shoes
  32. *I Mother Earth - Dig : My brothers made fun of me for liking this band, but I had a "So Gently We Go" moment at a cottage that summer and a "Levitate" moment during a wall ball game. Two future blogs perhaps?
  33. Dinosaur Jr- Where You Been
  34. Jane Siberry - When I Was A Boy
  35. *Various - 1993 CFNY New Music Search : This was a very cool mix that introduced me to Hayden. I blab and rave about "Take" here.
  36. *Tragically Hip - Fully Completely : The best album from my favourite band. Nuff said.
  37. *Blind Lemon - Blind Lemon
  38. Verve - A Storm In Heaven
  39. Frank Black - Frank Black
  40. Trash Can Sinatras - I've Seen Everything
  41. Midnight Oil - Earth And Sun And Moon
  42. 13 Engines - Perpetual Motion Machine
  43. Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth
  44. Curve - Cuckoo
  45. Revolting Cocks - Linger Ficken' Good & Other...
  46. Swervedriver - Mescalhead
  47. Eric's Trip - Love Tara
  48. Wonder Stuff - Construction For The Modern Idiot
  49. Primus - Pork Soda
  50. *R.E.M - Automatic For The People : An album I dig for the haunting "Drive" and the introspective "Everybody Hurts".
  51. Concrete Blonde - Mexican Moon
  52. Front 242 - :06:21:03:11 Up Evil
  53. Matthew Sweet - Altered Beast
  54. Urge Overkill - Saturation
  55. Cocteau Twins - Four Calendar Cafe
  56. *Soul Asylum - Grave Dancer's Union : A play through that Taryn and I played all the time during our brief dating period.
  57. Spirit Of The West - Faithlift
  58. World Party - Bang!
  59. *Cracker - Kerosene Hat : Damn "Low" is a cool tune. This is another of my wall ball tunes.
  60. New Fast Automatic Daffodils - Body Exit Mind
  61. Odds - Bedbugs
  62. (missing)
  63. Jesus Jones - Perverse
  64. Beloved - Conscience
  65. Cranes - Jewel
  66. The Watchmen - McLaren Furnace Room
  67. The Fall - Infotainment Scan
  68. Shadowy Men On A Shadowy Planet - Sport Fishin'
  69. Ned's Atomic Dustbin - Are You Normal?
  70. Hothouse Flowers - Songs From The Rain
  71. Mystery Machine - Glazed
  72. INXS - Full Moon Dirty Heart
  73. Mighty Mighty Bosstones - Don't Know How To Party
  74. Hunters & Collectors - Cut
  75. House Of Love - Audience With The Mind
  76. Daniel Lanois - For The Love Of Wynona
  77. Tears For Fears - Elemental
  78. Acid Test - Drop
  79. Sting - Ten Summoner's Tales
  80. Paul Weller - Wildwood
  81. Stereo MCs - Connected
  82. Ocean Blue - Beneath The Rhythm And Sound
  83. Revolver - Cold Water Flat
  84. Rose Chronicles - Dead And Gone To Heaven
  85. Waterboys - Dream Harder
  86. Machines Of Loving Grace - Concentration
  87. Bad Religion - Recipe For Hate
  88. *Crash Test Dummies - God Shuffled His Feet
  89. Peter Gabriel - Us
  90. Cowboy Junkies - Pale Sun, Crescent Moon
  91. UB40 - Promises & Lies
  92. Crash Vegas - Stone
  93. Dada - Puzzle
  94. Teenage Fanclub - Thirteen
  95. Moxy Fruvous - Bargainville
  96. Mae Moore - Bohemia
  97. Various - Stone Free
  98. Buffalo Tom - Big Red Letter Day
  99. *Various - Sweet Relief : "Crazy Mary" is one of my l0 tracks. Throw in that cool Soul Asylum tune and I'm in!
  100. Rymes With Orange - Peel
  101. Redd Kross - Phaseshifter
  102. Pursuit Of Happiness - The Downward Road

bold = Mike digs it the most!
crossed out = Mike hates it!
* = In my collection

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Should They Play Photograph?

MusicFor a new rock station that claims to have edge, CFNY Edge 102 sometimes picks a song to spin that doesn't make any sense to me. Currently on high rotation when it has no business being on the station is Nickelback's "Photograph".

First, I should fully disclose my relationship with Nickelback. Following their release of "The State", I was a very big fan. "Breathe", "Old Enough" and "Worthy To Say" were top notch tunes and rocked. I was excited when I got a chance to see them on the small stage at Molson Park during an Edgefest and I returned the next year to see them close the show on the big stage.

"How You Remind Me" was the song that altered Nickelback's path. It was really, really poppy and sounded as much at home on CHUM-FM as it did on CFNY Edge 102. It ended 2002 as the most played song of the year on North American radio. Then, the following album contained a cover version of "How You Remind Me" called "Someday", and Nickelback consummated their marriage to pop-rock ballads that soccer moms dig. Their new "How You Remind Me Of Someday" is "Photograph", and it's not rock. It's not even a cool rock ballad like Green Day's "Boulevard of Broken Dreams" or Staind's "Outside". It's just a cheesy ballad produced for mass appeal and commercial objectives.

This is why I find it puzzling that CFNY Edge 102 has embraced it so. Is it because the band is Canadian? Is it because they played previous Nickelback songs? Is it because their audience really likes "Photograph"?

"Photograph" is the new "The Reason". Actually, it's not nearly that bad. Compared to "The Reason", "Photograph" is "Smells Like Teen Spirit". That's frightening.

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Humble Sans Fred

RadioI've written about Humble & Fred before. For over a decade the Humble and Fred Show, mornings on CFNY Edge 102, was the radio program to which I awoke. I stopped listening when they moved to the short-lived Mojo 640 and haven't heard a peep out of them since they moved to Mix 99.9 a couple of years ago.

Having said that, I was sad to learn today that Fred Patterson has been fired. Mediocre ratings led to this move and now the Humble Howard Morning Show is sans Fred.

It's been years since I've heard them, but I'll miss The Humble and Fred Show. Geeks that groove.

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New Orleans is Sinking and I Don't Want To Swim

The Tragically HipAsk one hundred random Canadian music fans to name their favourite song from The Tragically Hip and over 80 will tell you it's "New Orleans is Sinking". While we watch the flooding in New Orleans this week, many of us subconsciously hear this bluesy rocker from Up To Here in our heads. I know I do.

Ottawa's rock radio stations The Bear 106.9 and CHEZ 106.1 have both decided to pull The Tragically Hip classic from their playlists at least until Hurricane Katrina abates and the Louisiana city gets back on its feet. I wonder if local Hip-playing stations Q107, HTZ 97.7, CFNY Edge 102, Y108 and 94.9 The Rock have followed suit.

Why does the cynical bastard in me think they'll play it more while New Orleans is actually sinking?

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