This week on the Hot 106 Hit List "Who Are You" gets the business, CSI be damned. "Pete Townshend is at the height of his alcoholism, feeling increasingly irrelevant thanks to punk rockers who stole all his moves and were doing them better than him; Roger Daltrey sits high atop the rock frontman list, just wanting to keep things going like a good working class lad would; John Entwistle is being John Entwistle; and Keith Moon is, well, nearly dead."
This week it's "Don't Bring Me Down" in the crosshairs. "The snob in me half-way wants to replace 'Don't Bring Me Down' with something fabulous from The Move, but really my power play with The Move is replacing 'Bohemian Rhapsody' with 'Cherry Blossom Clinic Revisited'."
Gettin' whacked today in a Yacht Rock showdown: "China Grove" by The Doobie Brothers. "Nothing against 'China Grove', really, but if I had heard more of Doobie tunes like 'Clear As The Driven Snow' and less of the offerings given out on the radio, I would have been a fan sooner.
What better song to ban forever than "Margaritaville"? (We're relieved that spell checker still doesn't recognize "Margaritaville" as a word.) "One trip playing on the street corners of Key West later, and his second album had Raffi-for-functioning-alcoholics tunes like 'Why Don't We Get Drunk' and 'Peanut Butter Conspiracy'."
The granddaddy of all overplayed classic rock songs, "Hotel California", gets a lifetime ban this week. "First things first: Imma brush my shoulders off because I was hatin' on The Eagles before The Dude made it cool. I'm sure bands like The Eagles and Bread are great for some. If the most delicious sandwich in the world was eagle meat on bread, I probably wouldn't eat it out of principle, and I am a food addict."
"La Grange"... you're goin' down like a mid-summer possum. "Writing about the Hot 106 is an exercise in pithiness, so you're just gonna have to trust me when I say that I could write 10,000 words about why I picked 'I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide' over 'Blue Jean Blues' or 'Just Got Paid' to replace 'La Grange'."