saw "Juno" (or at least part of it) for the first time and they talked about the Carpenters and played part of the "If I were a Carpenter" CD. cool
At work, (I work at a Pizza Hut currently), they play a handful of Carpenters music during the day for this month especially. What rotates normally is "Sleigh Ride", "Merry Christmas, Darling", and either "Have Yourself..." or "I'll Be Home..." (forget which one). And during the regular season it's "We've Only Just Begun". So each time one of these plays I start singing along and I have a happy 3 or so minutes of peace. They also play Olivia (another of my favorites!) and the tunes they play are "Magic" and "Mellow".
Yeah, that's one of the wonderful things about this time of year. At any other time of the year, I never - ever - hear Carpenters on any of the FM stations in our area. It's literally been years since I heard any of their non-holiday songs on any of the local stations. But around the holidays, when a lot of the more adult-contemporary-oriented stations switch over to all-holiday music, they play Richard and Karen at least once an hour, it seems like. It's always extremely refreshing.
What's even more surprising - since you just brought up Olivia - is that I never even hear Olivia on any of the FM stations around here anymore, unless it's to play something from Grease, like "You're the One That I Want" or "Summer Nights." That's it. Anything else in her catalog, they avoid like the plague. Go figure. I was listening to one of her compilations in my car stereo not too long ago, and when "Magic" came on, it took me aback at first 'cause it had been so long since I last heard that song anywhere. A shame, too, 'cause that is one seriously first-rate single.
Many, many years ago, I hosted a radio show - on college-radio, though it was also picked up for broadcast on Internet and shortwave radio by Radio Six, which reminds me, does Tony Currie ever still drop by this board? I miss him! - that was devoted to playing any Top 40 hits from the '70s through the '90s that you seldom hear - or never hear - on mainstream/FM radio anymore, from huge number one hits by big-name artists that have just inexplicably vanished from the airwaves (think something like "Say Say Say" - enormously massive hit, by two massively big names, and yet when was the last time you can remember hearing that on the radio?) to songs from blink-and-you-missed-'em one-hit-wonders. I mention this just 'cause I can't remember ever turning down a request for a particular record unless it was something that clearly doesn't fall into the category of songs you never hear on the radio anymore (something like, say, Simple Minds' "Don't You Forget About Me" couldn't really qualify for my playlist, though any of their other four Top 40 hits were fair game), and because artists like Carpenters and Olivia are by and large pretty much MIA from most FM radio stations these days, pretty much just about anything of theirs was fair game for my show, even songs that cracked the Top Five, like "Only Yesterday," or even went Number One, like "Top of the World" or "Physical." It's kinda sad to think that there are artists with enormously long runs of chart hits whose entire catalogs have been all but jettisoned from radio playlists, even on oldies stations, but, hey, if nothing else, it gave me more material for my show.
I can imagine some teenagers at the time of the release of Rainy Days and Mondays maybe not wanting to associate with Carpenters music - perhaps not wanting to be seen as uncool in relation to their peers. It's also a reflection that for some people at that stage of their life, they simply lacked the musical maturity to appreciate the song.You will...either NEVER hear Carpenters or, when you do, they will be regulated to the segment "Jukebox from Hell" or "Jukebox of Dynomite;" both meant as derisions of the song or act. They once put Rainy Days and Mondays in this segment...c'mom, really?
I can imagine some teenagers at the time of the release of Rainy Days and Mondays maybe not wanting to associate with Carpenters music - perhaps not wanting to be seen as uncool in relation to their peers. It's also a reflection that for some people at that stage of their life, they simply lacked the musical maturity to appreciate the song.
But we're now into the second decade of the new millenium. One would have thought that over time those teenagers - now grown up and working in radio broadcast - would have developed some emotional maturity. We are not talking about a lightweight Carpenters track which could have deserved some element of cringe. On the contrary, RD&M as we all know is one of the finest examples ever of successful collaboration between any writer, lyricist, arranger and singer.
Those station programmers can therefore only be described as Philistines, or as having harbored a deep-seated resentment of the Carpenters' fully deserved success.
OK, now Christmas music is playing at my store, so I heard "I'll Be Home For Christmas", by The Carpenters, at least twice, I think!
Hmmmmmmm...our Christmas music now seems to be playing TWO Carpenters Xmas songs: "Christmas Time Is Here", although pretty much a rarity, has also been heard, by me, played at my store as well!
Sounds like what I get to listen to at work. And of course, as I said, I sing along to haha.Here's an odd one. We stopped into the local Publix supermarket to pick up a few things. While waiting at the deli, the music system was playing Olivia Newton-John singing "Magic". I enjoyed hearing it, but thought it just a bit odd, given how music services and radio stations are ignoring older music.
Then the kicker was that after another unidentified song, I heard another familiar voice - Karen Carpenter doing "We've Only Just Begun." Quite a treat as we picked up our carton of local orange juice...