From its origins as the entertainment source for the whole family to its idle background noise for driving, radio has changed significantly over the years it has been active. However, some aspects of it really haven’t altered in all its time, in the past 30 years the commercial side of the music industry has made standard daytime radio a constant loop of the same top paid musicians over and over again. Playing the same tracks, you hear in commercials and over the airwaves in shopping centers, the collection of pop hits grows very slowly with little variation. Today many people opt for a different solution to being music-less, and with these new forms comes those missing pieces you would never get on a standard radio channel. Here are the things listeners of conventional radio are missing out on
Real metal is fast and intense, and thus has always been a thorn in the side of the older generation. To save the ears of those not privy to frantic drums and distorted guitar, the biggest broadest stations will rarely play any metal, shunning an entire movement with one swipe. Maybe if they played it more often more people would enjoy the sounds of blistering bends and chugging bass.
Metal isn’t the only genre that regular radio shies away from. Anything that doesn’t fit the neat and tidy framework of their current pop format won’t make the bill. This means that audiences are missing out on, well a great of other music styles. From house to jazz, orchestral to vaporwave, new and innovative sounds won’t rush out to new ears here, so they have to find other means. If you want to hear groundbreaking styles or underground artists for that matter, your daytime radio isn’t where you ought to be looking.
The Real Lyrics
You may have seen the words radio edit in brackets on top rated songs from time to time. This is because radios have a no swearing policy that just cant be upturned. This is one of their few rules that sort of makes sense if kids are in earshot, however this does mean that people don’t get to hear the actual songs that artists create. You may know the ‘casual’ version of the hook or the ‘safe’ version of the verse, but the real story is cut out and you may be singing along to something you don’t agree with or possibly a narrative you only know half of.
Pop songs typically have catchy melodic hooks in the form of vocals, so much so that artists who don’t sing hire those who do to fill in the gaps so that their tracks will be radio friendly. Instrumentals are apparently things that should only be in the back of films and only listened to by closeted weirdos as far as radio is concerned. This is troubling mainly because the musicianship in an instrumental track is by design more focused than a backing track to someone singing, while it is also likely that radio eliminates these because of societies dwindling attention span.