As part of a pitch during WLUW's pledge drive today, the DJ pointed out that they played a deep cut from Gang of Four's Entertainment, not just "Damaged Goods" or "I Found That Essence Rare," as if to imply that the commercial radio stations are all over those "hits." It also made me realize the extent to which I discovered the punk and post-punk of the '70s and early '80s mostly after the fact and almost exclusively from great radio stations, mostly of the non-commercial variety. So while the Drive brags about their Deep Tracks from Beatles albums, I'd settle for a commercial station that regularly features even shallow tracks from Entertainment, Pink Flag or All Mod Cons.
And while I heartily endorse the 'LUW pledge drive, that doesn't mean I
actually want to listen to it, so I've been catching up on my CDs. As
much as I'm enjoying Franz Ferdinand and the Futureheads, I don't know
if I can claim to be listening to new music when it sounds like much
like Gang of Four, the Jam and early XTC. These are well-chosen
influences, but I'm not sure if it helps my hipster cred to be
listening to such young bands or if I'm just a stick-in-the-mud because
I'm not venturing into new sounds. I think the distant time frame wins
out on cred points. The Mighty Lemon Drops were clearly riding the
coattails of Echo & the Bunnymen, the former emerging during the
latter's peak in popularity. But Franz Ferdinand and the Futureheads
are reviving an aesthetic from 25 years ago, which I think therefore
makes at least one of them the new Stray Cats.