April 11th, 2009


It's A Classic Rock Block Party Weekend!

I was driving down from Seattle tonight when I started flipping around on the radio stations. Sports radio was all national, which means it was all about the Yankees and Red Sox. So, the FM dial was mandatory. The End was up first, but they tried to sneak those Vampire Weekend assclowns past me. Next was KISW, but they've kind of abandoned all the good bands like Guns N' Roses and Metallica in favor of that hyper-aggro suburban white boy garbage you'd find on Ozzfest or some such shit. Which led me to KZOK, the classic rock station in Seattle.

Pretty much, you can't go wrong with classic rock stations; you always know what you're going to get. A heavy dose of Led Zeppelin, Pink Floyd, The Stones, and shitty 70s bands like Boston/Fog Hat/Eagles/Grand Funk Railroad. They're not REALLY shitty, but then again you never really find yourself jonesing to listen to them when you're NOT tuned into your local classic rock station.

Anyway, one major truth to any classic rock station is The Rock Block. See, these stations aren't like any other, they rarely get any fresh blood. And when they do introduce a new band, it's still from 20 years ago. I remember a time when you'd never be caught dead hearing an AC/DC song on 102.5; now they're a regular staple, it takes time. To make up for the fact that their playlists rarely change, they have to shake it up by playing multiple songs in a row of the same band. Three is the magic number.

And so tonight, when I flipped it over to KZOK for the first time, I was treated to The Who's classic rock block. First song: "My Generation". Second song: "We're Not Gonna Take It". That got me to thinking: this could be THE definitive Who rock block. My Generation introduced the world to The Who's greatness; We're Not Gonna Take It is the 7 minute finale of their most popular album "Tommy"; the third song, to make the block complete, would have to come from their most single-laden album "Who's Next". My guess was "Won't Get Fooled Again" and I was VERY close. Third song: "Baba O'Riley". I have no problem with that.

Anyway, I figured I'd take time out of my boring, lonely post-hangover Saturday night, to decide once and for all what the Ultimate Classic Rock Blocks would be for some of my favorite bands. The only rule: they either have to be in the Rock N' Roll Hall Of Fame, worthy of the Rock Hall, or potential future inductees of the Rock Hall (i.e. a band not yet eligible only because of years in existence).

And for good measure, I'm going to throw in a rock block of songs from the same bands that don't necessarily get their due respect. Ultimate Rock Blocks in BOLD

The Who
My Generation
We're Not Gonna Take It
Won't Get Fooled Again

The Kids Are Alright
I Can See For Miles
Love, Reign O'er Me

Jimi Hendrix
Purple Haze
All Along The Watchtower
Voodoo Child (Slight Return)

Are You Experienced?
Bold As Love
Manic Depression

Led Zeppelin
Stairway To Heaven
Over The Hills And Far Away

No Quarter
Babe I'm Gonna Leave You
Gallows Pole

Dream On
Walk This Way
Janie's Got A Gun
(because I absolutely refuse to put "I Don't Want To Miss A Thing" on there)

Lick And A Promise
Uncle Salty
St. John

Alice Cooper
I'm Eighteen
School's Out
Welcome To My Nightmare

Muscle Of Love

Black Sabbath
Iron Man
War Pigs

Black Sabbath
Children Of The Grave
Am I Going Insane (Radio)

Creedence Clearwater Revival
Proud Mary
Fortunate Son
Lookin' Out My Back Door

Tombstone Shadow
Ramble Tamble
The Midnight Special

Pink Floyd
Have A Cigar
Another Brick In The Wall (Part 2)

Interstellar Overdrive
One Of These Days
Pigs (Three Different Ones)

Smells Like Teen Spirit
About A Girl
Come As You Are

Frances Farmer Will Have Her Revenge On Seattle

Pearl Jam
Better Man

Brain Of J
Present Tense

Smashing Pumpkins
Bullet With Butterfly Wings

The Aeroplane Flies High

Enter Sandman
Master Of Puppets
Seek & Destroy

And Justice For All
Ride The Lightning
The House Jack Built

Highway To Hell
You Shook Me All Night Long
Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

Rock And Roll Ain't Noise Pollution
Let There Be Rock
Ride On

Guns N' Roses
Welcome To The Jungle
November Rain
Sweet Child O' Mine

The Garden
It's So Easy

Rolling Stones
(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
Paint It Black
You Can't Always Get What You Want

Moonlight Mile
Monkey Man

OK, I'm getting bored with this. Yeah.