the Not-So-Big 80s

Discussion in 'Decades, Pop, Rock' started by Bandit 5160, Jan 1, 2009.

  1. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    I just saw on XM fan where someone said that the 80s on 8 playlist has been cut by more than half recently, from about 1,000 songs at the time of the merger to around 400now. Any idea why they are doing this? As a passionate fan of 80s music, the smaller selection of songs now is truly a disappointment. In a way, I feel teased. We had the biggr playlist, and then it was taken away again! Are some of you actually in favor of this more shallow playlist? Who makes these decisions? I want to send a constructive e-mail that trimming playlists is not what most subscribers likely want. It isn't Rick Stacey- even though he's the PD of the 80s on 8, I've heard that he has nothing to do with the playlists and song selections.
  2. Aaron

    Aaron Moderator

    I enjoyed the bigger playlist those first couple weeks after the channel merger. Sad to see the stale Big 80's playlist return, if that is in fact what has happened?
    My gut feeling is that the playlist is smaller than in the first weeks post channel merger, but still playing stuff not played on The Big 80's.
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2009
  3. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    Just a thought, though it really doesn't make much sense...does trimming playlists somehow save money- I just don't see the connection there, but maybe their is one.
  4. Bigrock

    Bigrock Member

    What the hell, I gave a good listen and it does sound like the terrible Sirius Big 80's. why go back to crap?

    KTMCDO Member

    i am not surprised about this
    since Jon Zellner and the FM
    thinking is the overriding winner
  6. prymel

    prymel New Member

    Adding something they don't have would incur extra cost, but I can't see how cutting existing songs saves money. Even adding songs couldn't possibly increase costs that much. There are, what, 2,500 or so songs that hit the Top 40 in the 80's, so filling out any holes in their library would be an immaterial expense.
  7. crazeecarroll

    crazeecarroll Member

    Just remember Sirius/XM uses a shared server so most of the 80's songs that are played are also spread out on other channels to fit their respective formats so it is not like they have songs for one station... If they wanted to widen the playlist back to the way it was shortly after the merger all it takes is a simple keystroke and boom they can pretty much add what songs they would want... My thinking is this... When the merger first took place a lot of the other songs ie from The Strobe and a few from Backspin popped up on the 80's on 8, but now that The Strobe and Backspin will both be returning those songs that really made the playlist much deeper will now be back on their own channel thus the shrinking of the 80's on 8 playlist... Believe me I am for a bigger playlist, but atleast for me Sirius/XM is still light years ahead of radio here in Rockford IL... On that note with The Strobe returning and for the most part Soultown seemingly heading more towards what they were also doing before the merger it will be interesting to see if 70's on 7 starts to tighten up as well... CC1
  8. TacoKid

    TacoKid Member

    That's an interesting theory but really, it was superb right after the merge but now it seems worse than the original Big 80's.
  9. TSSJimmyCoN

    TSSJimmyCoN Member

    Cutting existing songs to my knowledge would definitely decrease spending, not for the station though! Radio does not get paid or does not pay based on what songs they spin and how many times a day they do. Artists however do through certain royalty companies based on publishing I.E Ascap,BMI,Harry Fox....HOWEVER since the concept of Payola (DJs being paid to spin songs) is an illegal action now, I'm not sure why sirius isn't playing a little of everything
  10. VinnyM27

    VinnyM27 Active Member

    That doesn't make sense to me. After all, there are a TON of crossover tracks on the 80s channel and the Classic Rewind. They are almost becoming the same channel!
  11. Argji

    Argji Member

    This is becoming such as disappointment. I liked how 80s on 8 sounded just right after the channgel merger. I heard tunes that I hadn't heard from well - the 1980's.

    I agree, from a monday morning quarterback perspective there seems so much crossover between not only 80s on 8 (and Big 80's before that) and Classic Rewind, but also 1st Wave (which is my fave). On 80's on 8 they just played INXS - The One Thing as a "lost hit" or something. They've played that on both Rewind and 1st Wave within the last couple of days according to Dogstar. I know it was a hit for INXS and all three channels are covering the same era, but still.
  12. Jleimer

    Jleimer Active Member

    I agree and the channel was playing alot of good stuff , but now 80's on 8 is just playing alot of duplicates that are heard on other channels plus the fact they are not focusing on the later portion of the 80's . At this rate Slacker's channel is so much better then this crap.
  13. VinnyM27

    VinnyM27 Active Member

    My favorite thing the Big 80s did for a while was pick one very obscure one hit wonder titled "Living In A Box" (band the same name, apparently) and they would add it into heavy rotation demonstrates a deep doesn't! It's an OK song, but hardly well known even by one hit wonder standards! How about a million better known tracks from the 80s instead that were hits but are rarely played!

    Glad I'm not the only one that noticed the major jones the programmer seems to have for INXS. It's crazy!
  14. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    Slacker 80s kicks the living shit out of the Sirius XM 80s right now! As a matter of fact, I am enjoying the Slacker's 80s channel right now, and so far have heard many songs the so-called Big 80s would NEVER play because after all, they HAVE to play Ratt's Round and Round and that Mickey song every day. It's making me want to buy a Slacker radio so I can listen in the car!

    So far the playlist on Slacker has been:

    Just Like Heaven- The Cure
    Heart Attack- Olivia Newton-John
    Don't You (Forget About Me)- Simple Minds
    Hangin' Tough- New Kids On The Block
    Give It To Me Baby- Rick James
    La Bamba- Los Lobos
    The Way It Is- Bruce Hornsby & The Range
    Who's Holding Donna Now- DeBarge
    Strut- Sheena Easton
    Be Good Johnny- Men At Work
    Endless Summer Nights- Richard Marx
    Conga- Miami Sound Machine
    Poison- Alice Cooper
    Islands In The Stream- Kenny Rogers & Dolly Parton
    How 'Bout Us- Champaign
    Two Occasions- The Deele

    I swear I've never heard over half of these on Sirius-Xm's 80s on 8!

    Up Next- Wham! (and there's an actual chance it won't be Careless Whispers or Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go- I'm actually looking forward to hearing what's next)!
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  15. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    The Edge of Heaven- I know you were on the edge of your seat.:)
  16. TacoKid

    TacoKid Member

    I'm not gonna lie, that play list makes me want to paint my toenails.
  17. Bandit 5160

    Bandit 5160 Member

    What do you mean? Is that a good thing or a bad thing? I sense you mean you find those songs boring.
    Last edited: Jan 6, 2009
  18. Boges

    Boges New Member

    I think it just proves how many "rock" stations Sirius has. There are so many stations that overlap that they could reduce them by 20% and expand the playlists for the remaining stations. The extra bandwidth could then be used to create new stations.
  19. VinnyM27

    VinnyM27 Active Member

    I would say to email them more, but the fact that they won't even update the Sirius 80s webpage shows how low priority that channel has become!
  20. DAB

    DAB Mod Emeritus

    That is what I am screaming... The decades channels on Slacker are very well done and the good thing is that you can tweak them. Want more classic, hits or some where inbetween you decide. :bluemusic:

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