When I was in high school, rock radio was a huge part of my exposure to music. Despite CDs, despite the internet, radio was still where it was at for me (107.7 the end, specifically). I was a faithful radio listener – it was what I woke up with each morning and what I went to bed to each night.
When I left for college, I was worried — I’d have to worry about roommates who might not want me to listen to the radio in the morning, and even more worrysome, I’d be miles away from my favorite radio station. When I got to Long Island, I didn’t find much, and although I worked at the college radio station, I hardly listened to the radio anymore. I tried listening online, but the timing was off, and it just wasn’t the same.
This past weekend, I helped a friend move from Brooklyn to Vermont. On the way there, we discovered something fantastic – KROCK is back in NYC! Listening to it made me feel like I was back in High School, because I was enjoying listening to the radio again.
At some point, a familiar-sounding song came across the U-Haul speakers. It was one of those times where you feel like you know the song and the band, but you draw a complete blank. It irked me that I couldn’t remember, and I pledged to find out what the song was. I looked it up today — and OF COURSE it was familiar.
Blue Öyster Cult: “Burnin’ For You” (download)
Two summers ago, I went on a roadtrip from Seattle to San Francisco, listening to “(Don’t Fear) The Reaper” almost every hour. It was the song of that summer for me, and it looks like Blue Öyster Cult might provide me with another.