Wednesday, August 3, 2005

The Con in Can-Con

Now here is a good hour of radio. Can anyone tell me what is wrong with this set?

    8:00-8:30
    zenzile - modus vivendi - simple lesson
    13th floor elevators - splash 1
    bongwater - splash 1
    diversity workshop - london laughed at the proverbs
    dij & boyd rice - alarm agents - summer is gone
    semuin - cottage industries 4 - sasu spielt
    maps and diagrams - cottage industries 4 - twitchel

    8:30-9:00
    burnt friedman & jaki liebezeit - out in the stix
    bola - fyuti - Pae paoe
    david sylvian rmx sweet billy pilgrim - good son vs only daughter - the heart knows better
    alpha & omega - trample - wounded children
    y bhekhirst - hot in the airport - rain in summer
The problem with this set (apart from the weak Boyd Rice track) is that it doesn't have enough Canadian content. You see, in Canada, the Party imposes affirmative action for Canadian music. Through a front organization known on the streets as "The CRTC", the Party requires radio stations to play a high quota of music written, performed, arranged, and/or produced by Canadians. Keep in mind that this is music that the Party has often a hand in creating via various "arts grant agencies" such as the Arts Council.

So the Party selects artists whose work it will fund -- by the same token reducing the discretionary income that working people have available to spend to support homegrown music that is not to the taste of the executive producers for the Party. Then the radio stations are compelled to play a Party mix, under threat of the CRTC yanking their licenses. This is social engineering of a particularly philistine bent.

And people complain about payola.

I can hear our readers in other countries asking, "But doesn't all this just encourage Canadian music to suck?" You be the judge, keeping Quinn's First Law in mind, but it definitely makes radio programming a lot harder for no good reason and a lot of bad ones.

Back to the drawing board. There must be some more Canadian junk lying around here to slip in.

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