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Title: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 11:50:02 AM
So my torturethon this year is to listen to WWQQ 101.3 for six hours, starting in 10 short minutes.  I'll be listening until 6 pm tonight- 7 if things are interesting.

This is what I'll be listening to! (http://www.wwqq101.com/default.asp)
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 12:02:07 PM
Alright, 12 noon, and appropriately the first song is very twangy, and the lyrics are "nothing on but the radio". I, however, am fully clothed, and also have on the lights and the washing machine. 

I'm hoping for lots of good/bad/attack campaign commercials, too.  Heard several McCain ones on the way to and from the polling station.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 12:11:55 PM
Just had some George Strait, who I kinda like for some reason.  Montgomery Gentry (http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/montgomery_gentry/artist.jhtml) is/are (it's a duo, not sure on the verb tense) are singin' about luv, and bein' the man they want to be.

Interestingly, or not, Gentry has some kickin' red boots that are awesome (appear in various videos) and got into some interesting legal trouble a couple of years ago:

(from wikipedia)"On November 27, 2006, Gentry pleaded guilty to a charge of falsely tagging a bear as if it had been killed in the wild.  It had actually been killed on a private game reserve. Under the plea agreement, he agreed to pay a $15,000 fine, give up hunting, fishing and trapping in Minnesota for 5 years, and forfeit both the bear hide and the bow used to shoot the animal in 2004.

A statement has been put up on the official Montgomery Gentry website. Troy Gentry quotes, I did participate in improperly tagging the animal I shot, without realizing the seriousness of what I was doing. For that, I am truly sorry. I relied on the experts around me for guidance, and I regret that today. Not so much because I was fined and punished, but because it appears that I dont have respect for the law. This has been a humbling experience for me, and one which I deeply regret."

Fun stuff, yes?

Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 12:27:26 PM
24 more minutes in, and my first political ad: Elizabeth Dole, promising that as a "real North Carolinian" she represents us.  Um, the woman spent 13 days here last year.

And that was the only ad in that break.  Followed up with Aaron Tippin and the "Where the Stars and Stripes and the Eagles Fly". A song written post Sept 11. I think I'm going to hear LOTS of patriotic stuff today.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 01:02:23 PM
One hour in, five to go,  The cats seem to like country music, strangely enough.

in comparison to Ella's experience, there has been one ad break, and the dj hasn't even come on the air once.

It's twangy, but not terrible.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 01:03:36 PM
Ooh! The first repeat: another George Strait!
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: Bronzetree on November 04, 2008, 01:11:40 PM
This will most likely shock most of you, and it's something I hadn't planned on even mentioning until we were much further along, but I'm in a band again with my best friend and former Pebbles Overflow guitarist Jeff. The type of music we're writing? Country. The newer, rockier variety ala Montgomery Gentry, Keith Urban, Big & Rich, and Lady Antebellum. I'm still not a huge country fan, though I do like some of it. My reasons for wanting to do this are to make country music I can actually dig.

So, yeah, go VA! If this old school metalhead can MAKE country music, you can handle listening to it for a few hours.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 01:19:29 PM
I figured the worst part would be the dj, to tell the truth (though I've never heard her, so I have nothing to base it on). So far, it's not terrible- it's nice having variety, even though most of the songs do seem to be about very small-town living.  No Big and Rich, Keith Urban, or Rascal Flatts yet. I do like some country, but extended periods tend to get to me.

Carrie Underwood was a couple of songs ago, about an all-American girl.  A bit annoying, but she's got a good voice, so I didn't listen to the words.  Much easier!

They just played Alison Krauss, "When you Say Nothing at All", a song I really enjoy, and was surprised to hear, given the age of it. 

Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 04, 2008, 01:32:09 PM
They just played Alison Krauss, "When you Say Nothing at All", a song I really enjoy, and was surprised to hear, given the age of it. 

That's awesome, I love Alison Krauss.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 01:46:16 PM
Alison is awesome.  Toby Keith (http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/keith_toby/artist.jhtml) on the other hand is so far down my list of people I like, he's not even there.
"She Never Cried for Me" really bites- so whiny!
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: Kwyjibo on November 04, 2008, 01:49:44 PM
Alison is awesome.  Toby Keith (http://www.cmt.com/artists/az/keith_toby/artist.jhtml) on the other hand is so far down my list of people I like, he's not even there.
Actually outside of his music he's a pretty cool guy.  He's not nearly Mr. Rightwing like you'd think he is.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 02:02:03 PM
The second Faith Hill song of the day is up now, the first was a duet with Tim McGraw.  And now for some Brad Paisley, who I consider to be country-lite, even though he is massively popular, and toured and recorded with some big names, but so many of his songs are cutesy- lots of puns and pop culture.  Meh.

OK, I'll give that Toby Keith isn't so bad, but his persona puts that across. :)

And now for the second Kenny Chesney of torturethon. Who can be just as cheesy as Brad Paisley, but annoys me slightly less.

Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 02:41:44 PM
The third George Strait song of the day "Troubadour"

And a DJ (http://www.wwqq101.com/default.asp?pid=8156#), at last!  He's ok- encouraging people to go vote, so no complaints here.  There don't seem to be very long lines here, so no excuses!

ooh- Martina McBride and "Independence Day" (http://www.cmt.com/videos/martina-mcbride/55392/independence-day.jhtml).  When this song came out in '94 I was amazed by it.  Not exactly the flag-waving piece you'd expect.  really moved country women from cryin' and waitin' to much more complicated places.  Plus, she's a great singer.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 03:14:32 PM
It's just past 3, and I am half way through this endeavor. 

I think I'll need therapy after this.  No, the music isn't so terrible, but it's all cryin', lovin', and leavin', with the occasional car/truck song thrown in.  I'm depressed!!!  It's emo in disguise!  Take out the steel guitar and add in synthesizer, and there you are!

Oh, finally heard a Taylor Swift song. You can tell she's only 18- her voice is ok, but lacks the depth of Reba, Martina, or even Faith Hill.  Reba is on now- first time in three hours. And Swift's song?  Is Disney country. I think I'd rather listen to the Jonas brothers.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 03:32:54 PM
Now, on Double Q: DARIUS RUCKER!!!  That's right, Hootie has made the switch to country.  If the violins were taken out, it would sound alot like early '90s pop (a la the Blowfish) 

Hey, did y'all know it's election day?  And it's not intimidating to vote? 
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 04:06:22 PM
The first repeat song of the day: Kenny Chesney and the Wailers: "Everybody Wants to Go to Heaven".

And if I'm lucky, I can win a four day trip to Vegas and the world rodeo championship something-or-another.  Qualifying at 4:20, when they play Elvis's "Viva Las Vegas".
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 04:35:06 PM
They did not actually play Elvis, which would have been awesome, but played Shania instead.

And after 4 hours, I'm wishing for a song with some different instrumentation. A different chord structure, or backing instruments, something!  They all sound the same. I'm not hearing anything different between Alan Jackson, Travis Tritt, or some other guy I've now forgotten. 
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 05:05:51 PM
... and at 5pm we have the first Garth Brooks sighting!  I can't believe I've heard more Taylor Swift than Garth Brooks today.
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 05:40:27 PM
DOwn to the last 30 minutes of this.  It hasn't been so bad. I don't usually listen to long stretches of radio, and when I do it's woxy, so I'm used to an extensive playlist.

The only repeats of specific songs have been Kenny Chesney and Josh Turner, and each of those were played twice.  There wasn't a whole lot of super-new stuff, except Taylor Swift.  None of the "Muzik Mafia" were played.  I thought I'd get "Redneck Woman" or some Big and Rich fer sure! The Alison Krauss was a nice treat.

Oh- no Brooks and Dunn or Hank Jr., either!

As far as radio goes, not bad- very few commercials! A few for station sponsored activities, some political ads (6 McCain vs. 1 Obama, lots of Elizabeth Dole) and the DJ's didn't chat alot.  It would have been nice to have some more about the songs, but I didn't have to listen to alot of blah blah blah about stuff.

ooh- Hank Jr. is talking about liberals like Obama talking against good folks who love their guns, guns that have been passed down for generations. (???- I don't get that either)  Don't be bitter!  Vote for McCain!
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: va-vacious on November 04, 2008, 06:03:44 PM
It's 6:00, and I'm turning off the radio, and the tv on to watch election returns. 

I am finishing with one more George Strait (I think that makes 6 different songs for the day), and Gretchen Wilson is next, but I'll not be listening to the Redneck Woman.

Not too bad of an experience, but then again, anything would be easier than listening to 8 hours of soulja boy!

Have a great evening y'all!
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: whigsgeek on November 04, 2008, 09:01:35 PM
Great job, Va-V! Wish I hadn't been traveling all day so I could have offered more support. Congrats!
Title: Re: Double Q: double the trouble!
Post by: Ella Minnow Pea on November 04, 2008, 11:16:50 PM
Great job! I was in a meeting all day. Sounds like country isn't as bad as pop.