camdwntownjohn wrote:It was unlistenable - I particularly hated Semisonic. It did get better, though never as great as it was originally.
Yep, exactly my recollection. It felt like the guts had been pulled out of the station - and, by association, of me, so attached had I become to Xfm. The new regime 'felt' like a regime - strict playlisting policy and DJs timidly back-announcing as though they had guns to their heads. Awful way to run a station.camdwntownjohn wrote:I joined a protest outside Capital HQ in Leicester Square, signing songs like “If you tolerate this, Robbie Williams will be next” and “XFM don’t work / they’ve just made it worse / and I want to hear Gervais again”.
However, looking at the playlist now, it doesn’t seem as bad as I remember - the Radio Authority did warn them about tracks that were outside their remit, (i.e The Beautiful South, Dave Matthews). Jamiroquai weren’t on the playlist, but somehow they decided it qualified as alternative for chart purposes (from sales). The number of current records played compares well to now; the playlist is now only 15 new records, most tracks played being old ones.
The biggest problem in 1998 was that the station no longer had any personality or spontaneity. it was like a juke box, and there were no random plays of unexpected new releases, of which there were plenty under the old regime. Also, some records now stayed on the playlist for six months or more. I actually felt bereaved, having lost a station I’d loved.
Agree. Actually, what a bloody awful chart that is as a whole. I'll bet The Fall (#40) received no airplay at all: actually, I'd be surprised if Ultrasound (#35), Wilco (#21) or Gene (#14) did, either.navi wrote:this is a joke28/03/1999
1 ( 21 ) MrOizo - Flatbeat
Did you go to the launch for Drawn to the Deep End at Virgin Megastore, Oxford Street, early in 1997? I was certainly at that. It was all about Olympian for me, however - they never bettered that debut. Many of the tracks were given significant airplay during the Xfm RLB in spring 1995.camdwntownjohn wrote:You're probably right about the other three, but according to my spreadsheets containing these charts, the Gene track wasn't released until 12/04/1999 and entered the sales chart at no. 36 in the week below. I was a fan of Gene and went to one of their album launches.