Why do radio stations never play what you want them to? The once-mighty Radio 1 has declined into an awful mix of chart-friendly R’n’B and self-obsessed DJs, XFM seems palatable until you realise how repetitive their playlists are (coming up: Black Kids followed by The Last Shadow Puppets followed by Black Kids), while Clyde 1 are responsible for giving airtime to the kind of soppy dirge made by Scouting For Girls and Athlete.
So what would you make of a station that played in the space of an hour: The Shins, Regina Spektor, Modest Mouse, Maximo Park, The Dykeenies, James, Feist, Jimmy Eat World, Damien Rice, Guillemots, Ghosts, Kate Nash, Pink, Mumm-Ra and Jamie T mixed with older classics by Sam Cooke, Otis Redding, Al Green and Chris Montez?
What’s more, you can enjoy these songs while getting your hands on some juicy melons and taking your clothes off for George. Yes, we really are talking about ASDA FM, the in-store supermarket station which puts every other commercial alternative to shame and makes our beer dashes to the Robroyston branch all the more enjoyable.
Indeed, when you consider that it is reported to be the most listened to station in the UK (although not necessarily by choice), this might explain why an ASDA FM-friendly band like THE PIGEON DETECTIVES can easily sell 5,000 tickets for two nights in Glasgow. That’s what you call cashback.
4 The Pigeon Detectives – Romantic Type
b May 16, Carling Academy, Glasgow (sold out)
b May 17, Carling Academy, Glasgow (sold out)
b July 12, T in the Park, Balado (sold out)