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The Boneyard

Posted on Monday, February 25, 2008 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments12 Comments
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I now know the wonders of satellite radio. My goodness, I love XM! The Boneyard is just about the best radio channel for Glam fans.

My husband bought - and installed - my the satellite radio out of guilt. Now, I have hundreds of channels at my fingertips.

I can't believe I waited this long to join the satellite radio revolution. I always thought the service too expensive - not true! The unit was dirt cheap and the monthly rate is very reasonable. It is definitely worth it for someone like me who lives and dies by music.

I listened to The Boneyard for the first time yesterday afternoon. The very first song I heard - period - on my new unit was "Looks That Kill." Coincidence? I think not.

Catch the Fever - otherwise known as the Rocklahoma organizers - are very wisely using The Boneyard to stream their line-up announcement press conference on March 4. Yes, I'll be listening. You see, that press conference was the entire catalyst for my satellite radio. I was invited to attend the press conference at the Whisky A Go-Go in Los Angeles. Sadly, there was no way I could fly to L.A. in the morning, attend the press conference, blog the event, then fly home that same night. Those sorts of extravagances are not in this working-class girl's budget. I won't lie: I was devastated. You have to be invited to that press event. I felt sort-of special.

So, thanks to the guilt, I have satellite radio and I can listen to the line-up announcement just as it happens. As soon as I hear the bands selected to play Rocklahoma 2008, I'll post them here in (almost) real time!

Back to the Boneyard. My Glam goodness, I would like to work for that station. Too bad I've already worked in radio and I know everything is automation and low pay. Still, I think it would be great fun to be a program director of an all Glam radio station. How hard could it be? You just roll out of bed, program your Audio Vault to play Motley Crue, Steelheart and Poison and you're good to go. What a life.

Eddie Trunk has a radio show on The Boneyard every Monday night. I might tune in and give it a chance. 

Turns out, The Boneyard sometimes has musical acts perform live on the air! Here's Kix playing "Blow My Fuse."


 

So, do you have XM or Sirius satellite radio? The big question: do you think such channels are helping to Bring Back Glam? 

Reader Comments (12)

There is an "arena rock" channel on Insight's cable package. No videos, just audio, but sometimes I'll turn that on if I want someone else pick my music. Generally I listen to my CDs and MP3s. In the car, I listen to talk radio a lot. I'm just not interested in getting something that costs a monthly rate, no matter how low it may be, for something that I can do on my own for the most part.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJT
I rented a car with XM on one US trip. The only song they played on the boneyard that was not in my collection, I went and bought right away :-)
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChristian Graus
Allyson I LOVE THE BONEYARD!!!..on AOL..they have The Boneyard, hair metal, power ballads, power metal, metal mosh pit, they even have black and death metal for the fans of heavier stuff..It is awesome!..Yeah I love Eddie Trunk..Thanks for the great article and talk to you soon =)
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
I have Sirius, and love it. Hair Nation is my favourite channel.

Wow, it's already almost March. Crazy. I remember when it was early January and it seemed like AGES until the Rocklahoma lineup would be announced. I'm still keeping my fingers crossed that Def Leppard will be there.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterBonnie
Nope, don't have either. I barely have enough time to listen to the CDs I need to review. Now to your question about if XM or Sirius are helping glam to make a comeback. Well, it's providing an avenue that wasn't there before, but the thing is who is listening to it. Largely it's probably fans that were already into the stuff although you may get a few newbies here and there that stumble on it. Glam has come back into favor somewhat over the last almost nine years. However I think for it to take the next step that it's going to take a couple of young bands to break through with a wider audience. The new albums from Dokken or Whitesnake just are not going to help the scene to grow by leaps and bounds.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterMetal Mark
The Boneyard was a frequent listen when we had DirecTV. Now we have Verizon FiOS and I haven't had a chance yet to check out their music selections. I originally got it when last year Winger was a featured guest--those guys should not give up their day jobs and I don't think Hairball John has any worries... ;) But I loved it! If my morning commute wasn't less than 10 minutes and I didn't have a POS car, I'd get it!

>^..^<
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterChessie
I see many younger people rocking out at 80s concerts..Poison, Ratt and Vains Of Jenna ahd alot of younger people there going wild for the bands and also Def Leppard last time I saw them had many younger people. The teen at the department store I go to listens to only 80s bands..I LOVE IT!! haha!!..He's only 18 =)
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterJoe
In addition to the NFL Sunday Ticket, Getting XM's "The Boneyard" is the best thing about having DicecTV in the house. I listen exclusively to "The Boneyard" while on the treadmill in my basement. But as far as Eddie Trunk goes, I really can't take him. I kinda get sick of all of his stories about the bands and artists he knows. He's just way too full of himself. He comes on at 6pm ET and I always make sure I'm off the treadmill before then.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterEddieLongHair
Allyson,
I've been toying with the whole Sattelite, XM(b/c of Boneyard) vs. Sirius (b/c of Hair Nation) for a few years now myself. I just can't make up my mind which is the better station. I also wanted to wait and see what was going to come of the Merge as well. I had to laugh at your Program Director comments b/c I've thought the same thing for years, how difficult can it be to pick songs for the station? The PD position along with radio in general certainly has changed drastically in the last 15 years that's for certain, and not for the better. Radio has become quite lazy and there certainly isn't much "programming" in radio these days. OK, that's my rant. Sorry you won't be able to attend the ROK press conference next week.
Back on the XM note, DEFINATELY check out Eddie Trunk's XM monday night radio show. Eddie is a true radio gem.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered Commenterkari
I listen to the Boneyard on my computer every day at work. It's awesome.
February 25, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterVicky
I have been an avid XM Radio Boneyard listener for 2 years now. The station has had its ups and downs. The playlist can sometimes be repetitive, but they do play a lot of new stuff.

The Eddie Trunk show on Monday night, is very good. He has on a lot of top name stars (Joe Perry, and the guys from Seven Witches last night).

There are a ton of other channels, but I have so much to listen to, I rarely move it past XM41.
I WAS AT THIS SHOW! My house is just a few miles away in DC. After listening to them for almost a quarter century, it was the first time I had ever seen them live. It was awesome.
March 12, 2008 | Unregistered CommenterKangal

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