Last FM mystery
Tuesday, 23 December 2008
Last night I listened to several seventies soul stations on Last FM. I do that every now and then, and as I have written somewhen in this blog, I used to be enthusiast over the way this music computer was programmed. But last night I discovered that something has been changed. Very sneaky!
First of all they have changed the overall programming: I heard all kind of songs that had nothing to do with the station/style that I asked for. Of course, I cannot prove that this used to be different until up half a year ago, but I am pretty sure that they have been re-writing the programs. I have memories of listening to a certain station for more than two hours and never hearing one single song that didn’t fit the description. But last night, after every two or three songs, they played a song that was totally out of place. It felt as if they wanted to force certain music upon me. First I thought that I was a bit paranoia, but when I listened with extra attention I noticed something else too, that made me pretty sure that there has been some serious messing going on here. In stead of the original versions, they played a lot of re-makes of songs. I am sure that I have heard the original versions in the past on the same stations! But now I heard imitations, by the same artists, but recorded later. Sometimes I took me a while to be sure, because it are well done imitations, but you cannot easily fool ears. I think that as much as two out of five songs were not the original versions.
Of course, it might be all coincidence. I will try to find out if that is the case. But I have a gut feeling that this is no coincidence at all. The question is: why? Why would they want to play re-makes/imitations in stead of original versions of seventies hits? Do they get paid to do that? I find this hard to believe.
If anyone knows more about this, please let me know.
Here is an original soul 45 from my shelves. This is what I want to hear. In case you don’t know the song and think it is a bit lame in the beginning, wait till the end of part one and the whole of part two.