How to Understand "Labels"

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Uh-oh. Heading back home for the holidays?

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterJon

If adult contemporary is the music of beige (which, of course it is), what is Prog Rock?

Note from Scott: Awesome!

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMikey

My sister, who is 30, and I were listening to the radio a couple of months ago when an '80s song came on that she liked. She got really sad when I informed her we were listening to the oldies station...

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

Wow. Scott's commentary was brilliant.

But his brother is funnier.

November 24, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterColor Me Cheese

Huh. The oldies stations around here mostly play the devil's music, so I would guess the person in the chair might prefer stations that play religious or classical.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAnne

There's a Department of Ecology?

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentersomeone over there

Ahaha... The music of beige. I quite agree. And yet, I still listen to Lifehouse.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterCuthalion

Prog rock? Why, it's Crimson of course ;)

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterPatrick

It is rather weird to hear 1980s Billy Joel, Aerosmith, Bob Jovi, et al. on the "oldies" station, when growing up it was all 60s and 50s and the occasional early 70s song. As Bowling for Soup sang, "When did Motley Crue become classic rock?"

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteve

And synthpop is... ? (ok, in my mind it's FTW, but I'm interested in figuring out how it fits in this Linnean system.)

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterscgvlmike

LOL! The "oldies station" here in NYC played all the stuff from when my parents were kids while I was a kid, so that is what I HAD to listen to in the car when I was a kid. Recently I was driving and found music from the 80's on and saw that I had stumbled across the same "oldies station". I wanted to cry.....

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commentermohrorless

"what is Prog Rock?"


November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterWow

Remember, the music *I* grew up with is awesome, and what music *should* sound like. The music from earlier than that is oldies, dadrock, junk, or muzak. The music from after that is just noise.
Thus endeth the lesson.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterkhereva

"If adult contemporary is the music of beige (which, of course it is), what is Prog Rock?"

I think Pink Floyd answered that on Dark Side of the Moon

Any colour you like"

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterAndrew

That is the greatest explanation of pop music I have ever heard and will use that in the future.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBlitz

I listen to a station called "Shuffle All." It's got Anita O'Day, Rush, Gordon Lightfoot, and Tom T. Hall. You've probably never heard of it.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob

I've noticed that stations which were hip and progressive when I was 'young', then became classic and are now oldies stations, all while playing the same music. Stations that were oldies when I was young, went to talk radio and then re-emerged as hip and edgy with new management and new material. Some sort of 'circle of life' thing going on there.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterEvelyn

Win by Scott's Mom.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterbigjimsmith

The genre of "classic rock" was created so people who graduated in the late 70s/early 80s could pretend they weren't listening to an oldies station.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRedshift

I'm a volunteer DJ at a local non-profit radio station, and to the best of my ability, I play the exact opposite of the classic rock, adult contemporary and "modern country" that saturates our market.

I get some VERY interesting phone calls, mostly from drunks who have stumbled across us and are offended that we aren't playing what they want to hear. Mostly they will demand "sum kuntree myew-sik" or "moar BEEDULS !", and I kept two songs on file for them, just in case they kept listening: the Rolling Stones' "Far Away Eyes" and a file that, unfortunately, was lost when our download file went belly up - A Dutch DJ's mash-up of all 226 Beatles songs played at once, called "All Together Now", which has since disappeared from the web.....

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnagg

The music I grew up with was all laughter and lust and magic.
Today's music is all hate and hurt and harm.
I'm not saying I don't like ANY of it (Shinedown, Avenged Sevenfold, Offspring) but I do get depressed at the trend.
(Pop was always insipid, and hasn't changed)

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDee

"What is Prog Rock?"

Why, it's Any Colour You Like!

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterDescriptor

I think the trick is to not think of it as "your" music - It's music that somebody else made, you just happened to be around when somebody else directed it to you, and your job is to pass it along and hope that as many people get to hear it as possible, short of shoving it down their throats. It's ALL "our" music.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnagg

Huh, I woulda thought that muzac (elevator music) is "the music of beige".

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBob

I generally really hate it when people play grammar police with web comic creators, so I apoligize profusely for this in advance... but I can't reconcile "The music of beige" in my head. I keep wanting it to say "the beige of music."

That said, this comic hits the nail on head. I would also put modern country in the beige of music category.

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBuck Flicks

First panel Scott:

"You see what I have to deal with here, people?"

Also, there's NOTHING as sad as hearing anything from Metallica's 1991 self-titled album, commonly referred to as "The Black Album," on a classic-rock channel. Thank God for SiriusXM's Channel 60!

November 25, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterFourth Wall Stare

How old or Bible Belty is someone who still refers to "rock and roll", especially in the context of Devil Music? To my generation, "rock" is our parents' music, and "rock and roll" is just something people say in old movies and self-referential songs from the eighties. :P

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterLythande

Well, now I'm just curious as to what they think dubstep is. (A genre which, at my age, I have no business loving as much as I do....)

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMatt Nelson

Great comic, Mr. Meyer. Really making me feel old now... Quiet you kids, I'm trying to listen to Twisted Sister!!! *shakes cane at them*

<I>There's a Department of Ecology?</I>

There's an ecology?</A>

Mark: dubstep is like a test pattern for your subs...

November 26, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterChuck

I think of true 'oldies' music as being stuff like the Righteous Brothers, all that era.
I grew up in the 80's/90's, and while that music is now technically old, I just think of it as 'era' music. I have never heard anyone call Bon Jovi oldies, or Fleetwood Mac, just 70's, 80's - by the decade. I don't even consider Beach Boys oldies, and they were well before my time.

December 18, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterNefrai

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