Wednesday, September 17, 2008

I Still Miss Melody FM



Magic FM (105.4) isn't Magic anymore. It's never been the same since rebranding as a rolling guest list of mediocre mish-mash and lightweight wishy-washies. Hopelessly devoted to dopes and as soft and soulless as a scatter cushion.

Whereas Melody, Melody, was a post pan pipe, pre chill out grab-bag of easy eared obscurities, soft rock oddities and one off wonders. Mellow melodies - but in minor key with a shadowy spooky mood and the ambiance of broadcasting from some deeply buried bunker. Like punk never happened, it would plod and waft stoically at all hours with a choice of tunes as soothing as a church bell - Midnight At The Oasis, Oh Lori, Delta Lady, Burt Bacharach, Strum Something Simple by Guitars Unlimited or somesuch. Now that's magic

6 comments:

Five-Centres said...

Yes, I loved those old three in a rows, when you'd Peter, Paul & Mary/Pete Shelley/Lobo all in the space of 10 minutes. It was like being at home.

Planet Mondo said...

I've got a home made compilation minidisc somewhere titled Melody and inspired by the station, I know for certain Moonlight Shadow, The Carpenters and Randi Crawford 'Tradewinds' are on there - I'll have to dig it out, and post the full track list.

Axe Victim said...

I used to tune the wireless into Melody and put it by my son's cot when he was a baby to help soothe him to sleep. It worked every time. I really miss it.

Cocktails said...

I never heard Melody FM, but I feel your pain. I used to like Jazz FM until it changed its name and abolished all jazz and real soul from the playlist. Now it sounds like Magic...

Planet Mondo said...

Wireless AV !!! Are you that wasn't the BBC Light Programme.

Cocktails Jazz FM was so good when it first started - and amazingly the best programme ever to appear on Jazz was Bill Oddie's show, every Sunday morning from 10 (I was always wiped with a hangover, so used to tape it)he played anything from Prince to Dixie Dregs, Weather Report or funky numbers and jazzy doodles - still got some tapes somewhere.

Axe Victim said...

Coctails - I still mourn the loss of Jazz FM, and indeed anywhere on the wireless where you could listen to jazz.