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It’s Still 1981 in Houston

July 8, 2011

I just got back from a taking my kids and their Grandma to Galveston for a mini vacation, which was mostly fun, but particularly troubling in one very specific aspect.  Due to a variety of factors, the in-car listening options were limited to terrestrial radio.  It didn’t take long for me to find out that despite claiming they have two classic rock stations, it turns out Houston actually has two Billy Squier stations.

Now don’t get me wrong – I enjoyed Billy Squier back in the day…well, all the way up until he decided to commit career suicide by making a music video (for the song “Rock Me Tonight”) in which he spent five minutes in a pink teddy dry humping himself while writhing around on satin sheets.  BUT, before shotgunning the doorknob off the closet door, he had given us some rockin’ jams over the years.

Unfortunately, these two Houston stations chose to narrow the microscopic focus of their all-Squier playlist to his 1981 album Don’t Say No.  And while that is a great album – clearly his best – these stations didn’t even take advantage of his many hits on that one album.  Instead, they chose to play a two-song rotation of “Lonely is the Night” and “The Stroke” on endless loop.  No “My Kinda Lover.”   No “In the Dark.”  Just those two.

As if there aren’t already enough reasons to think Dallas is infinitely superior to Houston, this certainly adds to that seemingly never-ending list.

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