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Classis FM ugh!

Discussion in 'CycleChat Cafe' started by betty swollocks, 26 May 2008.

  1. betty swollocks

    betty swollocks large member

    That's it: I'm never going to listen again.
    I have it as my default station on my bedside digital radio: Classic FM in the vain hope that they wil, at some time, play something I don't know, instead of churning out all the usual classical dross over and over again. And then there's the adverts repeated time and time again......hernias, traffic jams, cashing in your endowment mortgage etc etc.
    Anyway, this morning I reached over and pressed the on switch and in that dream-filled half-awake time, strains of a tune I thought I knew trickled into my brain and the two tried to mesh. Eventually they did and I woke with a jolt, coming to the startling realisation that what I was listening to was a classical version of 'Bohemian Rhapsody' complete with treacly Mantovani-like strings and aahhhh-ing choir in the background.
    After too long it finished and the female announcer announced that it was played by the LSO and the London Voices - shame on them! She further revealed that when Freddie Mercury's mother heard this, she is purported to have cried.
    This does not surprise me: I nearly did too.
     
  2. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    Go back to Radio Three. There's plenty of Mongolian folk ballads and I especially like the "songs from the Yurt" thread. I even heard them broadcast a bit of Bartok the other week, but they apologised afterwards and said they thought it was by The Orb.
     
  3. Fab Foodie

    Fab Foodie hanging-on in quiet desperation ...

  4. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Since Freddie Mercury's mother lives in penury in Zanzibar and refuses to give interviews to the media (with a couple of notable exceptions), I find it hard to believe that she heard the thing, let alone commented on her reaction to it.

    Farouk left his family at a young age and never returned, and his overt homosexuality further distanced him from them, not least owing to the fact they live in a deeply conservative Islamic society.
     
  5. Mr Pig

    Mr Pig New Member

    Location:
    North Lanarkshire
    That is bad..
     
  6. Lardyboy

    Lardyboy New Member

    Any other "classic" radio station other than R3 should be classed as "classic lite" as the colonies would call it!
     
  7. rich p

    rich p ridiculous old lush

    Location:
    Brighton
    They don't even play the whole piece usually; just the well known bit. It's drivel. R3 for me even if some bits are hard to listen to.
     
  8. HelenD123

    HelenD123 Veteran

    Location:
    York
    I gave up on Classic FM years ago. It's not just the music, it's the syrupy voices of the presenters that makes my skin crawl as well.
     
  9. feckless

    feckless Über Member

    Location:
    Not all that close
    Life in Zanzibar must be pretty expensive these days, Freddie Mercury left his parents well over £1.5 million in 1991.

    Didn't stop them from giving him (and attending) a full Zoroastrian funeral though.

    Perhaps his mum doesn't share the local political disquiet over his sexuality.

    None of which alters the fact that Classic FM is complete botty-gravy (and the LSO cover of B Rhapsody merely appropriate output).

    f
     
  10. zimzum42

    zimzum42 Legendary Member

    Well, I don't know what conditions were placed on access to the cash, cos she's certainly not living it up out there.....
     
  11. yenrod

    yenrod Guest

    I've always wanted to hear something I DO know on ClassicFM!
     
  12. bigwheel

    bigwheel New Member

    Location:
    Gibraltar
    Wait for the adverts...works for me!
     
  13. girofan

    girofan New Member

    Ever since the Classic FM franchise dropped TheJazz from the ether one knew the intellectual pygmies were in control!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  14. Mort

    Mort Interstellar Overalls

    TheJazz is still there (well it is on satellite anyway). I'm listening to it right now.
     
  15. girofan

    girofan New Member


    I know that Uncle, thanks. The point I'm making is that instead of running a station for the listener market, they only look at what is profitable and produce a station accordingly. Even though Classic FM was easily able to subsidise a mass market jazz station!