A Long Time Radio Show Returns

Hi folks. I just wanted to write a quick entry about a radio show which has come back from a 3 year hiatus. It is called The Ongoing History Of New Music and it is hosted by Alan Cross. He has done this show for 18 years, before the show was ended and he was let go from the company he worked for at the time. He has hosted another equally good show The Secret History Of Rock and I like it too. It was a 2 hour long show, compared to Ongoing History being 1 hour long.

The main things I liked about The Secret History are the spotlight on a year and the segment with stuff that you can’t possibly fit into a topic for a segment or segments of the show.

As far as the Ongoing history Of New Music is concerned, it tought me a lot about how the business works and what to listen for in certain genres of alternative music. For example: when New Metal was just beginning to slide he did a couple of episodes on it and I had never really thought about all the ingredients that went into it such as: wrapping, hip-hop influences and the don-tuned guitars and the 7 stringed guitars. They had always been there and I had thought about them but I hadn’t really considered how they all came together, along with some aspects of Grunge and Thrash Metal in bands like: Korn and Slipknot.

He also educated me on such bands as: The Smashing Pumpkins, Nine Inch Nails, Tool, Rage Against The Machine, The Ramones, U2, Limp Bizkit, Sound Garden, Marilyn Manson, The Sex Pistols and many others. He also unraveled some of the misteries of some of the hiden tracks and unlisted tracks at the end or in the middle of some compact disks. For example: at the end of Nirvana’s Never Mind CD, there is a hiden track at the end of track 12 and I thought it was really cool that he spotlighted it on that particular episode and revealed the title as Namless: Endless. Of course, these days you can go on Wikipedia to find out all of this and on iTunes it is probably listed as either an untitled track or under the title above.

There is a lot more to the show that I haven’t mentioned here and you can go on the internet and find it all there, especially on Wikipedia. I am so happy that it is back and I emailed Alan a few days ago telling him this. He did reply and he has always replied to my emails, whether they are about the show or not.

If you can hear the show in your area on regular radio I suggest that you take a listen and you will probably learn something you didn’t know before, even from Wikipedia. If you are only able to hear it on the internet I’m sure you can google it and there will be a page where you can hear it, possibly on demand or something.

Check out Alan Crosses website at http://alancross.ca and he also has a blog called A Journal Of Musical Things. You can find him on Twitter and Facebook. As for Twitter, he is almost always tweeting and I can vouch for that because I follow him on Twitter.

Well, that’s it for today. Hope you get a chance to hear The Ongoing History Of New Music some time, if not tonight.


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