Radio KUBE = Crack
posted by July 12 at 10:45 AMon
I don’t drive much, but when I do, I listen to the radio, and lately my station of choice has been KUBE 93, “Seattle’s #1 Hit Music Station.”
For those who don’t know, KUBE plays the same dozen songs over and over and over and over and over, and much of my tuning in has been motivated by curiousity: If I turn on KUBE, will I really hear “Party Like a Rockstar” within five minutes? Yes!
Unfortunately, “Party Like a Rockstar” is one of the KUBE standards that I hate, but there are plenty more I’ve learned to love, or at least tolerate. That spicy Ciara song about how sometimes she wishes she didn’t like a boy, or gave head like a boy, or something? Love it! (Especially the sizzurpy male underscore vocal.) Sean Kingston’s “Beautiful Girls” (ably dissected by Michaelangelo Matos here)? Love it! That mercilessly repeated T-Pain song with “I got money in the BANK!” whined R&B-style? It’s okay, mostly because its hook reminds me of a far superior Prince song (“Incense & Candles”) that I can sing over the T-Pain track.
The brazen repetitiveness is kind of soothing, and it’s nice to know that so many other citizens are being stalked by the same songs I am. Still, some KUBE mysteries remain: Why are they still playing “California Love” and “Ridin’ Dirty” so frequently? How long does any one track stay in the merciless-repeat cycle? And what they hell is Ciara talking about???
Thank you for your help and commiseration.