North Texas Radio should be easy to explain. The concept is not a complicated one – Play good music.
It’s a simple concept, yet through decades as a frustrated listener I’ve never run across a radio station that simply plays good music. Most stations typically conform to formats, schedules and/or have small playlists that repeat endlessly. These are marketing tools used to reel in a lazy audience. Good music, all kinds, made for and by intelligent, creative people just doesn’t correlate with the specifications of Clear Channel’s marketing team.
Forget their whole approach. With millions of people making music for thousands of years, non-repetitive, unsafe, non-categorized, top notch music should be the norm. Just to get an idea, here’s a partial list of the artists featured on North Texas Radio:
The Monks | The Minutemen | Daniel Johnston | Stiff Little Fingers | Eels | The Seeds | Björk | The Cramps | Animal Collective | Diamanda Galás | Butthole Surfers | Hole | The Archies | The Arcade Fire | Gang Of Four | Harry Partch | Sonic Youth | Doris Day | Silver Apples | Buddy Holly | The Mountain Goats | Angry Samoans | Joni Mitchell | Lee Hazelwood | Blurt | The Damned | T. Rex | Joe Meeks | Jimi Hendrix | The Residents | Can | Bad Religion | Kraftwerk | Peaches | Banco de Gaia | Wesley Willis | Traffic | Sons of the Pioneers | Adam Parfrey | Suicide | Curtis Mayfield | Roy Orbison | Public Image Ltd. | Frank Sinatra | The Fall | AC-DC | Johnny Cash | The Carter Family | Pere Ubu | Smokey Robinson | Nick Cave | Ennio Morricone | Bob Dylan | Peter Gabriel | Harry Nilsson | Pink Floyd | Flipper | Leonard Cohen | Lothar and the Hand People | Mott the Hoople | Joseph Spence | Chuck Berry | Donovan | Sammy Davis Jr. | The B-52’s | Hoagy Carmichael | Lucille Bogan | Eartha Kitt | Raymond Scott | The Beatles | The Wipers | CCR | Nina Hagen | David Bowie | Billy Bragg | Frank Zappa | The Velvet Underground | Revolting Cocks | Led Zeppelin | Half Japanese | Tom Lehrer | The Sonics | The Subsonics | Jandek | Moldy Peaches | The Who | Hank Williams | John Zorn | The Frogs | Jonathan Richman | Bauhaus | The Toys | Brian Eno | Jerry Lee Lewis | Burt Bacharach | Lee Perry | The Magnetic Fields | Fats Domino | Elton John | Andre Williams | The Last Poets | Fear | The Fugs | Aphex Twin | Bauhaus | The Supremes | Anton LaVey | The Space Negroes | The Ramones | The Beat Happening | Sisters of Mercy | Amon Düül | Black Uhuru | The Animals | The Au Pairs | The Yardbirds | X | Tom Petty | Johnny Thunders | Arthur Lyman | Nirvana | Elvis Presley | The Band | The Stooges | John Cale | Dick Dale | Soft Cell | Elvis Costello | Big Black | Neil Young | Lou Reed | Ween | Billy Childish | GG Allin | Bruce Haack | The Birthday Party | El Duce | Modest Mouse | King Crimson | Randy Newman | Dinah Washington | Negative Land | The Pogues | Bad Posture | The Sex Pistols | Tangela Tricoli | Tom Waits | Violent Femmes | The Carpenters | Jad Fair | Syd Barrett | Brian Wilson | Tracy Chapman | Lene Lovich | Joel Grey | The Doors | The Collins Kids | Flatt & Scruggs | Love | Scott Walker | Klaus Nomi | Death in June | Cabaret Voltaire | David Johansen | Carl Stalling | The Rolling Stones | N.W.A. | Patti Smith | Roky Erickson | Jacques Brel | Simon & Garfunkel | The Kids of Widney High | Dusty Springfield | Martin Denny | Link Wray | Sly and the Family Stone | Dion | The Swans | The Shaggs…