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How Many Times: Warrant Edition

I was in the car with Eric yesterday and he popped on Hair Nation. The songs went something like this: Britny Fox, "Girl School," Motley Crue "Don't Go Away Mad (Just Go Away)" and then Warrant with "Down Boys."

Notwithstanding anything, I've heard all those songs an approximate combined total of 985,633 times. For whatever reason, I settled on Warrant and said out loud "How many times have we heard 'Down Boys'?" to which Eric just snickered. I do wonder how many times I've heard that particular song. It's weird. I bet I've listened to Def Leppard's entire Hysteria album more than any other record over the course of my life. It never really feels old to me. But man, "Down Boys" seemed old yesterday and it just grated on me. Must be burn out?

Reader Comments (10)

Hair Nation should play a lot more deep cuts. I hear White Lion-Radar Love every time I get time the truck!!!
March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterAlowicious
I love Hair Nation, but I can't disagree. For me, it's like the Scorpions radio network. I swear they're on the payroll! It's making me hate that band.

For what it's worth, I asked them to play some Saraya about eight years ago. "Love has Taken it's Toll" is still in rotation! As much as I appreciate it and love the song, I just can't believe they won't play another cut from the band.

Great observation, Allyson!
March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterSteve
i tired of “down boys” when it was still in rotation on mtv. when i see them live, every other year, i use that time to check my email on my phone.
March 12, 2018 | Unregistered Commenterstu
Most of Sirius' stations are geared toward the casual fan, which means tons of repetition, and almost no taking chances. That's not warrant's fault. "down Boys" contains one of the greatest lyrics of all time, "You've got a lot of nerve to call me cheap, even though it's true."
March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBob
@Steve. LOVE THAT SONG!!! Sandy Saraya had a set of pipes on her. Great band too. Shame they never broke bigger because they were definitely worthy of it. 👍 As for the Hair Nation playlists, they're beyond predictable. I've been "rocked by a hurricane" more times than the entire Untied States east coast has throughout history...
March 12, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterGary
I haven't listened to sirius in quite a while and classic rock radio almost never plays Warrant so Down Boys hasn't gotten old for me yet.
I agree Bob "You've got a lot of nerve to call me cheap, even though it's true" is one of the greatest lyrics ever.
March 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterDj
I still haven’t tired if Down Boys.....or Big Talk for that matter!!!

Now Jackyl........every time they come on, I can’t tune out fast enough.
March 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterBrian C.
Agree with Brian C. (There you are, lad!) ...

Personally. I honestly NEVER get tired of “Down Boys” (or “Big Talk”) and it sounds no more dated than Def Leppard or any of the other crap I listen to.

If anything, “Down Boys” sounds fresher than almost anything from our favorite bands, save for their few and far between truly great and original sounding tunes, i.e. Gn’R’s “Sweet Child O’ Mine”, “New Thing” by Enuff Z’ Nuff, “Livewire” by Motlëy Crüe, “Round and Round” by RATT, “Turbo Lover” by Priest, “Lick It Up” by KISS and a few others that still sound groundbreaking to me to this day.

p.s. Please remind me of any I may have forgotten!
March 13, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!
Hair nation has ruined the little love I had for the scorpions. I now cannot stand them.
I never get tired of the original warrant. I was driving to Colorado shortly after reading this and down boys came on, so I cranked it a bit louder.
March 18, 2018 | Unregistered Commenteroper8n
Lest we forget, Hair Nation does play other Scorpions songs. Case in point: "I'm Leave You." Which is, in my opinion, a far better song than "Rock You . . ."

But I get the point everyone is making. Pandora isn't much better, though you can down-vote songs you don't like to get a better set of options. And, thing is, Pandora is free.

Sirius/XM is a "greatest hits for those that really only know the greatest hits" sorta' option. And it costs you to get that pleasure. Which is fine for short drives (with zero interference from trees, mountains, clouds, and any other sort of thing). Or it is a great way to spend a few hours while working at home if it is part of your DISH subscription.

I guess I love the fact that there are options out there for listening to the music we love, since the terrestrial stations could give a duck about it (quack, quack). But we, like every other segment, have to take the good with the bad with the repeated. In that sense, stations like Hair Nation (or even the Pandora) are a repeat of what we always experienced: listen to it long enough and the songs start to repeat. Anyone who has worked in customer service knows this lesson well, esp. if the corp. rule is that one station is the only station.

My approach: when the songs start to repeat, I switch to my mp3 player and let my own poor choices take over!
March 18, 2018 | Unregistered CommenterHim

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