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Play What We Want

Playing what they want is what JACK-FM does.  It's the other reason the station amuses me.  In fact, it's the main reason I haven't touched the other preset buttons on my car radio since my previous morning show went off-air in January.

Belying the station's classic rock roots, they have been known to play Fleetwood Mac, the Beatles, the Stones, Steppenwolf, Pink Floyd, Deep Purple, Lynryd Skynyrd, Elton John, Billy Joel, David Bowie, AC/DC and even The Knack.  I've heard some Santana, some Boston and some Free for good measure.  Clapton has made a few appearances, along with Don MacLean, Tom Petty and the Steve Miller Band.  Hey, they've even played ZZ Top and Aerosmith (in the last hour).

I have also heard them play Van Halen, Violent Femmes, 'The' Bangles, Police, Cure, Clash, Eurythmics, Doors, Wallflowers, Eagles and Fixx.  They've spun U2, Blondie, Cyndi Lauper, Rod Stewart, Human League, Baltimora, Duran Duran, Falco, Dead or Alive, Depeche Mode, Talking Heads, Bruce Springsteen, Metallica, Soft Cell and Peter Schilling.  There's been some Scorpions, some Tone Loc, a few Goo Goo Dolls, Pearl Jam, Billy Idol, Billy Squier, Rush, Sir Mix-A-Lot, No Doubt, Nirvana, Kim Wilde, Queen, Skid Row, Concrete Blonde, Guns N' Roses, INXS, Foreigner, Def Leppard, Frankie Goes to Hollywood, Motley Crue, Journey and Queensryche.

Before you think they only go through the early 90's, let me point out they've also slung some Gnarls Barkley, John Mayer, Gorillaz and Coldplay.  There's not much in the way of gaps, as they play Dave Mathews, Live, Evanescence, Smash Mouth, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Bon Jovi, Collective Soul, Lemonheads, J. Geils Band, Matchbox Twenty, 3 Doors Down, Lenny Kravitz, Everlast and Sugar Ray.  Plus, once again showing devotion to classic rock, they've thrown out some Beastie Boys now and again.

Some of these I mention just to see if you're paying attention, much the same as I suspect they play them.  I've listed 88 bands, and they've played 88 Lines About 44 Women, by The Nails, which wasn't one of them.  These guys can put the 'ech' in eclectic.  They can also put a spring in your step and a wiggle in your hip, if you'll just give 'em a chance.

I'll give you another example:  How many stations would segue from Dire Straits to Peter Frampton?  Could be a bunch, I'm sure.  How many of them would use Primitive Radio Gods as the segue?  JACK-FM.  Don't believe me?  Look up 6.21.2007 10:20 AM on their Previously Played list.


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