6B - The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazine - Thursday, October 17, 2002
JEFF PHILLIPS- I WROG
The Michigan Daily - Weekend Magazile
PROJECTING THE CLASSIC ROCK
PLAYLIST OF 2020
While scanning the radio sta-
tions this past weekend,
about 10 seconds of Creed's
"With Arims Wide Open" fell on my
ears, and I thought to myself, "Is this
the kind of music I will have to put up
with when I listen to classic rock sta-
tions 20 years from now?"
To me, this is musical equivalent
of, "20 years from now will an aster-
oid collide with the Earth and change
life as we know it?" The thought of
Creed mixed in with the likes of Led
Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones
makes my stomach turn.
Right now you are probably asking
yourself, "Well, if Creed doesn't
deserve to represent classic rock from
the 1990s and 2000s, then what pos-
sibly could?" Luckily, I have a theory
to present that will shed some light
on the confusion.
The rock music of the 1990s and
2000s will be played on the radio in
2020 in one of two ways. Either the
classic rock stations of today will add
to its current playlists, causing D.J.s
to trim the excess, or a new genre of
radio stations will emerge, called
something like Pre-Millennial rock in
order to appease Kid Rock, Staind
and Matchbox 20 fans.
But my guess is that this new sta-
tion will never see the light of day, if
for no other reason than because the
radio industry is wholly unoriginal.
The radio industry makes NBC's fall
lineup look revolutionary.
As soon as a radio station intro-
duces anything remotely inventive,
stations across the country immedi-
ately gobble it up. I didn't really real-
ize just how bad it was until I drove
across the country this summer.
A few examples: Every fourth sta-
tion is named "The Fox"; every oldies
station has a "Fab Four at Four" or
some equivalent; the $100 power
hour or get on the payroll promotion;
two for Tuesday; the honking horn to
indicate the rush hour traffic jam;
every Friday a radio station will play
a whistle blowing, then "Yabba-
Dabba-Do!" followed by Todd
Rundgren's "Bang on the Drum All
Day;" the witty banter from DJ-3000
and so on. For a new radio station to
surface and be successful would be
mind blowing - though not impossi-
ble - but nobody is going to put up
much of a fuss for Goo Goo Dolls
and the like.
This leaves only one viable option:
the assimilation of the 1990s rock
music with the songs that are current-
ly being played on classic rock sta-
tions. This type of action is already
being done as Oldies stations have
started to play late Beatles material as
well as some Rolling Stones and clas-
sic rock stations are playing early Van
The majority of the regular rotation
should continue to consist of songs
from the current nucleus, because as
Homer Simpson says, "Everyone
knows rock attained perfection in
1974 - it's a scientific fact." (A
quote that also gets plenty of airtime-
on any self-respecting classic rock
This means that the bulk of the
songs played will still be by Led
Zeppelin, Bob Dylan, Pink Floyd,
Rolling Stones, the Who, Grand Funk
Railroad and Eric Clapton. And since
he was ahead of his time, Jimi
In order to make room, D.J.'s will
need to trim the fat, so to speak. This
means that Elton John, Electric Light
Orchestra and Fleetwood Mac are all
cut. The rest can stay, except Styx (at
least before this year it made the best
album about robots with "Killroy
Was Here"), "Love Stinks" (Is there a
more overplayed and flat-out terrible
song?), Journey and, at long last,
Steve Miller Band - you're all cut.
The cuts leave room for the best
music of the 1990s and 2000s, name-
ly Nirvana, early-Pearl Jam,
Radiohead, Weezer, Beck, Red Hot
Chili Peppers and Guns N' Roses. Of
course, this only means the popular
songs will be played.
For example, "November Rain"
will get plenty of play, but
"Estranged" will not and "Karma
Police" will see the air, but unfortu-
nately, we will probably never hear
anything from "The Bends." There
will likely be a period when stations
will play Aerosmith and U2, but
nobody's perfect, and that's what trial
and error is for.
So there is my fearless prediction
(and dream) of what classic rock will
be like 2020. And if anyone is think-
ing of the children, our most precious
resource, then there will never be a
Creed revival in the future.
- Jeff Phillips would like to thank
David 1lorn and Dan Williams for
contributing to this column. Jeff can
be reached at email@example.com.
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One of the standout characteristics of
O'Neill's is its live music. On Sunday
evenings the bar holds its Traditional
Irish Session - a chance for local musi-
cians to bring along a fiddle or an accor-
dion and participate in an open and
informal acoustic Celtic jam. This is a
fun event for participants and spectators
alike, and happens every Sunday at
about 6 p.m. In addition to the weekly
jam session, Conor O'Neill's also fea-
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For sports fans who want to check out
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Bar patrons who bring an appetite to
O'Neill's are also welcome to take a look
at the menu, which is filled with tradi-
tional Irish selections from shepherd's pie
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Conor O'Neill's is a great place to get
together with friends for a carefree, good
time. While it features the atmosphere,
food and, of course, beer that is expected
from Irish pub, O'Neill's live music real-
ly sets it apart, and shouldn't be missed.
For a classy night out on the town,
there's no better place to be than Good-
nite Gracie. This contemporary martini
bar features live jazz all week long and
has a comfortable, sophisticated atmos-
phere. Located just below D'Amato's,
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friends or family.
The simple, clean decor of Goodnite
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look. The stage up front features jazz
acts nightly, and there is never a cover
charge. Manager Terry Martin said the
vision for Gracie was to create a relax-
ing place to enjoy a mix of Ann Arbor
and Detroit jazz.
"I insist that we provide a place where
people can check out some really cool
music without having to pay just to get
in," said Martin. "We keep a well-con-
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really listening to the music or just talk-
ing with friends."
While live jazz is one of Goodnite
Gracie's main entertainment draws, the
bar also features D.J. R. Elliot spinning
house on Tuesday nights, as well as
events like comedy nights. Since there is
no cover charge, there is really no draw-
back to stopping in and trying out some
For anybody who wants to feel like a
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romance or just mellow out.
One of the best places to go in Ann Arbor
to really get the royal treatment is The
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The Earle's cuisine is described on
their menu as "country cooking from the
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Goodnite Gracie offers a classy night out on the town.
are priced at about $20 each and are
worth every penny.
In addition to an excellent meal, The
Earle also provides a magnificent atmos-
phere. The walls of the restaurant are
lined with wine bottles and the lighting is
dark and intimate.
Contributing to the mood of the
restaurant is the live music which is fea-
tured nightly at The Earle. Solo pianists
or guitar players are featured Monday
through Wednesday and the Rick Burgess
Trio plays Friday and Saturday nights. The
soft jazz acts that play at The Earle serve
as a perfect backdrop for a delicious meal
or a night out at the bar, and there is no
cover charge to check it out.
The Earle is a wonderful place to go
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intimate setting with excellent food and
entertainment. While it is certainly not a
casual bar for just hanging out, The
Earle is an unbeatable place for special
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