Tuesday, 8 March 2005
|1642 - Who the heck is Jim Ladd?|
Last week, while I was driving back to my hotel from the Jimmy Kimmel Live green room, I had the car radio tuned to KLOS (95.5 FM), a classic rock station in LA. As the clock struck 10, I heard this long, obnoxious intro for some guy I'd never heard of and how his radio show was not focus-group approved, and similar statements.
Now, I'm a fan of the old-style album-oriented rock radio format, where they didn't just play the hits from the best-known artists, but also lesser-known stuff. Great, I thought, I'd found a kindred soul.
Maybe, maybe not. I heard plenty of stuff that I hadn't heard before, or in a long time. I also got an earful of leftist crap.
Ladd took the occasion of his upcoming star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame to rant about corporate ownership of radio and the FCC's obscenity crackdown, and how it was stifling all but the approved voices in radio. He went on to point out that he never uses obscenity or indecency, and felt that Howard Stern (who he did not mention by name) was hurting the cause.
As if that wasn't enough, he went on to rant about what he saw as the real obscenity: the war in Iraq.
Am I the only one here who finds someone ranting about the supposed suppression of voices on broadcast media on a radio show in one of the biggest markets in the country just a little hard to believe?
I take comfort in the knowledge that there are a lot of stars on Hollywood Boulevard with names nobody knows any more, and Ladd's will, instead of being the statement he claims it is, simply be one more star nobody pays attention to.
current mood: irritated
current music: Don Henley - Dirty Laundry
Jim Ladd is an old skool AOR DJ and is credited with being a heavy influance the fortmat.
There is something a little ironic about going on about all the "liberal crap" on the radio and then having as your current music one of many politically charged songs from a famed left-wing activist.
Have you listened to the lyrics? Henley wrote a documentary disguised as a song.
Every time I hear that song lately it makes me chuckle. Societal commentary, indeed.
Yes, he wrote a very politically poignant song... and the only reason you're not ripping him for daring to inject politics into your entertainment is that you happen to agree with him. If you didn't, you'd be all over him for his "leftist crap", which I'm surprised you don't find ways to bash him for like every other "leftist" out there.
Dirty Laundry is not political, unless you see politics in everything. Rather, it's commentary on the laughable state of "journalism" in TV news.
I don't know of anything he's done, either himself or as part of The Eagles, that I'd consider leftist crap. Indeed, another of my favorites is The Eagles' Get Over It, a cutting argument on those wh owould use our litigious society to get rich quick.
By his own words, "Dirty Laundry" was reference to the state of the news in the 1980s, which he felt was doing very little to cover "real" news like what the Reagan adminstration was doing to this country and the world. (Several of his songs of the time, including "The End of the Innocence", were apparently about Reagan in one way or another.) Currently, he dedicates the song to Rupert Murdoch and Fox News almost every time he plays it in concert, which I personally think is awesome.
You seem to not understand what the word "political" means. To you, it seems to mean "that which disagrees with the way I think the world is". As in, if you agree with it, somehow it's not political, it's just "the truth" or something... which is laughable.
Hell, I work for a defense contractor and I listen to Rage Against the Machine.