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XM Radio channel 21: Seriously, who's running this show?

Not only does XM Radio have a penchant for playing angry gangsta rap on channel 21 (“KISS 21: Fresh hits of pop, rhythm and rock”), today I found another oddity. Around noon – apparently, they’re trying to rattle me at lunchtime and cause a 30-car pileup – I heard “White Lines” by Grandmaster Flash on Channel 21. Yep… a groundbreaking, 24-year-old rap song…. is a “fresh hit” of “pop, rhythm and rock.”

OK, a quick trip to Wikipedia gives you a good overview of the song:

White Lines (Don’t Don’t Do It)” is a song by Melle Mel and Grandmaster Flash, released as a 12″ in 1983 on Sugar Hill Records. The song, which warns against the dangers of cocaine, addiction, and drug smuggling, is one of Melle Mel’s signature tracks.

So, a song about drug use over two decades old fits the programming ideals of this station? That seems a little odd. And what follows it up? “Home” by Daughtry. Let’s see what Wikipedia has to say about that…

The song was written by Chris Daughtry himself. In the song Daughtry sings about being grateful for what he has, but feeling homesick from how the music industry keeps him away from home and his family. He states during the chorus “these faces and these places are getting old, so I’m going home.” However, he wrote the song on the couch the day before he left for American Idol, possibly showing that he was imagining what it would be like to be a successful artist, and the consequences of it.

If Daughtry had written the song after doing blow with David Crosby, I’d be fine with it. Without that tie-in, it’s ridiculous. As I’ve said before, I have no problem with diversity on the radio. But at this point, I think XM should rebrand channel 21. Call it “The Kitchen Sink” and run with it.

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