Billy Corgan Sings Some AC/DC on the Street

Okay. So in Smashing Pumpkins’ early days, I really liked them. After awhile, they took a slightly different direction that I didn’t really find all that interesting and I stopped paying attention. However, even with all Billy Corgan’s faults, I still have to respect the dude and his own artistic endeavors – no matter if I find them appealing or not.

The cool thing about this is you can tell Corgan just improved this on the streets of Italy by chance. While one could never recreate the awesomeness of AC/DC singing their own songs, you have to give the guy props for doing it on a whim. I’m willing to bet he is a subscriber to XM Radio as they currently have a promotional all AC/DC station. Sirius might have as well, but I can’t confirm that at this time.

XM Radio’s Promotional Channels

Recently I posted about how I had just came across a nice little channel on XM Radio – channel 51. Soon after I had started checking that channel, they changed it to “30 Days of Coldplay” and I almost puked. I waited out the 30 days and sure enough they changed it.

Now it’s “Mandatory Metallica” which I can stand a whole hell of a lot more than Coldplay. The plus side of things is that you get to hear some of Metallica’s old / good stuff (1983 to 1988) – the stuff that rocked and is worth a shit. The rest of the crap (1991 – 2008) is just that, crap. I haven’t liked Metallica since their album “…And Justice for All” and from what I can tell, never will again. They sold out big time. There’s a fucking love ballad on their new album for shit-sakes. Their new stuff is so predictable, so cliche, and so untalented that you just can’t help but to cringe.

Anyways, the point is that I just found another new channel that didn’t used to be dedicated to any one band in particular. Now on channel 53 they have “AC/DC Radio” which as you can guess plays nothing but AC/DC. I’m sure this will change at some point, but the cool thing is that you can now listen to shitloads of AC/DC, good or bad.

Since XM Radio seems to dedicate channels to help promote some bands’ upcoming new releases, it has me wondering what in the blue fuck AC/DC could be coming out with besides a compilation album? So I decided to do a quick search and sure enough, AC/DC is releasing an album in this year 2008 called “Black Ice” due in mid October.

Son of a bitch. While I seem to be liking the dedication on certain channels to a band, I dislike that it’s for such a long period of time – which only means you get hear the songs everyone hates just that much more. I also don’t like that XM Radio so far only seems to do this for big bands with upcoming releases – which is basically just a marketing gimmick to help promote the bands’ new album.

At any rate, there it is. A channel dedicated to something new that you might sometimes enjoy and might not otherwise have known about.