Gnarls Barkley

April 23, 2006 at 10:31 am 1 comment

The older I get the more I realize that I gew up in one of the worst peroids for music ever.

Not only did the eighties mark the effective end of anything interesting on the radio, but  I never even knew that in other countries the radio worked differently. The same alterna-wah has played on U.S. radios for like 10 years and in the meantime Danger Mouse and Ceelo’s new group Gnarls Barkleyhas set some type of record in England. Korean radio is full of german, american, korean, and other musics and well japan is like niche music heaven. My point being Ceelo has served his time and Danger Mouse has done some amazing things, and they might just make it in the U.S., but the environment for radio coming up now wether it’s the slow emo-i-zation of alterna-fm to winding path of indie hip-hop to mainstream is far more exciting and diverse than what was available in my teenage years in radio land (unless I tuned into the rice college station which usually was 2 guys sitting around talking about how no one was actually at the radio station etc.). Taking this a bit further, a lot of radio sucked because of Reagan’s removing of restrictions on media monopolies ( meaning clear channel could buy up a lot of stuff) while I’m off the opinion that much of Reagan’s economic reforms we’re fairly intelligent, it’s interesting how conglomerates really did manage to homogenize radio down to 50 song bands of stuff when the rules were all but taken away (although the FCC created a special license for small time broadcasters so they could continue to niche broadcast, but for the most part few people haven’t tried for these stations). So what does all of this have to do Ganrls Barkley? It’s rather good, unapologetically mainstream, and deserves to be a chart stomper, but will it get the chance? Has myspace really made it possible for a couple of slightly under the radar dudes to break free? The question is a little bit redudant, most of them already have.

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  • 1. dignifieddevil  |  May 22, 2006 at 6:23 pm

    saw this album is in the top 10 on itunes.
    ahh radio… who needs you?

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