I’ve often mentioned my college radio station WABR in previous posts, and I have often griped about our Program Director and his darned ink stamp. Well, this record brings to my mind my favorite and longest story I have about DJ’ing at the station (well, except for the night that Selena came to visit me at the station but, I probably shouldn’t go into detail about that here on the blog). There was a staff of students that DJ’d and kept the station on air each day from morning to midnight. Each DJ got a 3 hour slot once a week, so you do the math. Now, let me set the scene… This was a rural agricultural college in the deep southwest part of the state of Georgia. It was in a small town called Tifton, in an area mostly synonymous with country & western music and southern rock. This was fall of 1983 to spring of 1984. Alternative radio was pretty new and alternative/new wave acts were just gaining momentum in the area. Being a college radio station, as with almost all other college stations, the goal was to be alternative, not to compete with Top 40 stations playing the hits all the time. There were a couple of students acting as student “station directors” and they more or less drove the “content” of the music played at the station. Myself, and a couple other DJs, that played dance/R&B oriented slots sometimes brushed up against the Top 40. Face it, popular dance songs are most likely also going to be popular, Top 40 type songs at some point, too. We had free reign to play pretty much anything we wanted but, once a song entered the Top 40 it was forbidden. We were all called into a meeting one week to be reminded of this “policy” and threatened with removal from our time slots if we didn’t strictly follow the rules.
Of course, I, being an 18 year old male, had a rebellious streak and I wanted to see what I could get away with. It was my contention that 12″ remixes and extended versions were not what was being played on Top 40 radio and were versions the general public did not hear much, if at all. The following week, at the peak of “Owner Of A Lonely Heart’s” singles chart success, I played the “Red and Blue Remix” during my shift. Now, a lot of you know, the alternatives and the punks purely despised groups like Yes. Yes was the epitome of the arena, corporate rock scene that alts were certain would be the ruin of music for the entire world. So, the next day I was called in to the station for a special meeting with our Student Advisor and the student “Directors”. They had complained to the advisor that I was breaking the Top 40 rule by playing this song and that I should be suspended from the station. It became apparent that I was the primary target of the Top 40 complaints by the these two little snots because, our Advisor proceeded to inform all of us that he had listened to my shift the night before to see if I was breaking the rules and he had heard the remix I played. In his opinion, the remix I played was so completely different from the version on Top 40 radio, that it did not break any station rules and that as long as I stuck to structurally different versions of Top 40 songs, such as this one, there shouldn’t be any further complaints about my show and I should be left alone. Win! The student directors got so pissed about it, they both resigned from the station and, I guess, went away to whine, bitch, piss and moan to each other about how unfair everything was and how right they were and how wrong everyone else was, blah blah blah unfairness is so unfair so… shut up they explained. Anyway, it was a good riddance to them and I soon found out that most all of the other DJs were ecstatic to be rid of those two clowns. I seem to recall one other DJ quitting in support of them but, everyone else stayed on and the camaraderie at the station improved greatly. So, in the small, tiny, infinitesimal scheme of the universe, that is the story of how Yes’ “Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Red and Blue Remix)” brought about the exodus of WABR’s student directors… nothing beats a great remix!
The A Side:
Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Special “Red & Blue” Remix Dance Version) 7:50
The B Side:
Owner Of A Lonely Heart (Edit Version) 3:50
Our Song (LP Version) 4:16
|Chart||Debuted||Debut Pos.||Peak Pos.||Wks on Chart|
|Billboard Hot 100||11/5/83||62||1/2wks||23|
|Cash Box Top 100||11/5/83||66||1/2wks||26|
|Hot Black Singles||2/4/84||69||5|
|Billboard Hot Dance/Disco||12/10/83||3||14|
|Billboard Top Rock/Album Rock Tracks||11/12/83||1/4wks||20|
Label: ATCO Records
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