good idea BUT no commercial potential. unfortunately.
that's the beauty of it- XM's music channels are commercial free. believe me, there are music channels there whose formats make you wonder who listens to that kind of stuff. i have to believe there are enough Zappa fans who would listen, especially if the host was somebody who knew about Zappa and added factoids and commentary along with the music.
so you wouldn't listen to or have any interest in such a station and wouldn't contribute an email to ask for one?
that is what i'm asking, not if it's commercially viable, if XM is better or worse than Sirius, or anything else. I had planned to email XM management and suggest it and then ask for support from the Zappa community thru this forum to back up my contention that people would listen.
so far all i hear is i'm wasting my time and there are all the "safe" reasons to not get involved and put down the idea. is this another case of Zappa fans acting like Seattle/Athens music fans when they loved wallowing in the obscurity and lack of any wider airplay of the bands they followed? it seems that people keep finding their way to this forum so the fan base continues to grow. why does nobody believe or seem to care it would grow bigger and wider if there was a place to hear Zappa where ever you went? why would providing a place to hear uncensored, complete, non commercial potential music by one of our favorite artists be something to naysay? if there was a noticable increase in Zappa music sales maybe ZFT would release more stuff from the vault because their income would go up. Dweezil would have a place to put his work out there for the public. if XM was willing to take the chance i see NO downside to it. i really don't get this negativity.
i don't mean no potentional for commercials. I have XM. I mean few people will listen to it. The fact is, of my friend group I am the only Zappa freak. My friends have all heard prime zappa by proxy and just don't really care for him. Zappa will never be Zeppelin because he requires too much of his listeners and covers so many genres that he is more easily dismised through narrow minded approaches. XM operates at their maximum bandwith, in fact over the holidays many stations disappeared because they had to make room for the seasonal channels. They can't just add stations they have to sacrifice another one and the truth is they probably can't justify it for such a small audience.
Personally I think they should get rid of that Zeppelin station and instead have that station play one and only one GENERALLY ACCEPTED AS CLASSIC band a month. (ie beatle,s rolling stones, zappa, who, dead, etc etc etc) a zappa month is far more feasible. Personally that Zeppelin station has made it so I never want to hear another one of their songs again.
I agree with you on some points. Like you, I'm the only other Zappa fan I personally know. But it does seem that we come out of the woodwork whenever he toured and it seems ZPZ is meeting with success. There is obviously enough demand for his music still that his whole catalog is available, boots and original recordings still fetch premium prices on eBay and record conventions. New stuff is still released although not fast enough for me.
I agree full on with the Zeppelin station comments you made. I have not listened to it as the commercials for it are getting older than something in heavy rotation on an old top 40 station.
It still hasn't dampend my enthusiasm for the idea of a station. In fact if you add to the initial mix of Frank and his kids, commentary, cover bands, and then add to that solo works by various band alumni and I think you have an entertaining, diverse, and far reaching mix of music. There could be a show that played his more accessible music for new of first time listeners. There could be classical segments for those who liked that sort of music to hear the Master. I swear I believe the potential is there!
If XM would try it and it failed, so what? It isn't like the gubbmint goons are going to take all our Zappa recordings away. We won't get sued or lose our jobs. Before the plug gets pulled we get Zappa and Zappa and friends of Zappa and lots and lots of good music. Maybe we get new fans, continue the legacy as it were. As fans we all know that there's more to the music than dirty lyrics and comedy rock. Most of us have at least made one convert over the course of being fans of his music. If XM would do it I would listen. I would ask others to listen. We can't know it will fail and it doesn't matter ultimately if it does. It's still worth a try.