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Saturday Sun on the radio at work...I have to say I was more than a little surprised (delightedly so, of course)! But a good sign, I think...it was on XM/Sirius satellite radio, on a channel called "The Loft." Basic description of the channel from the website:


Come up to The Loft where the rules, boundaries and limits to what we play are left up to our award-winning DJs. Nothing jarring, but always compelling. Hand-picked and comfortably eclectic tunes from Tom Waits, Ryan Adams, Van Morrison, Lucinda Williams and Warren Zevon. Plus weekly shows from Rock and Roll Hall of Fame artist Lou Reed, David Johansen and author Dave Marsh, as well as iconic radio hosts Mike Marrone, Vin Scelsa and Meg Griffin.

Artists You'll Hear
Bob Dylan
The Rolling Stones
Wilco
Tom Waits
Neil Young
Beatles
Warren Zevon
Norah Jones
Neko Case
Joni Mitchell

I like the channel a lot. From the sample artist list, looks like they're in good company. Smiler
Well, I kind of expected one of these songs might get a mention Wink but (may contain soccer spoilers)

Something so strong as it ends with a bang


FOR thousands of Socceroos fans making their way to the Mbombela Stadium for Wednesday night's must-win match against Serbia, the music blaring out from the local station Jacaranda Radio seemed horribly ominous: the Crowded House hit, You'd Better be Home Soon.

Surely, the jocks could have chosen something more encouraging? Say, Don't Stop Now. Or, Fall at Your Feet, for striker Tim Cahill. Or, best of all, ''Don't Dream It's Over. Sadly, the jocks got it right. Only just, though
Heard 'Saturday Sun' at our local Morrisons supermarket,the trolley was rocking.

Went out on my lunchbreak had a look around the record stores 'Intriguer' well to the fore at 'display points' back catalogue too.

Talked to the girl behind the counter she said the new album seemed to be doing ok on sales,said she hadn't heard it yet,but had heard 'Recurring Dream'.Managed to get her to play it in the store 'Saturday Sun's' Bass intro blasting out everywhere.

Passed the store a little later 'Even If' was playing.At least she gave the 'Intriguer' a fair go.
Not the best promotion of an album when you are relying on staff at Morrissons to give it a play!

It was a recommended album at Morrissons but if it drops out of the top 50 next week it will be off the shelves!

Surely the "new" company could have spent a bit more money on promotion?

Probably drop them if the album is considered a flop!
Well that would stink Eeker

I mean seriously, the record company does almost NOTHING as far as proper promotion goes what the heck do they expect? how is the regular/casual music buying public suppose to know. As I life long fan I had to hunt for the cd...in Australia!


Seriously I'm sorry but someone needs a good swift kick in the pants and get the whole thing together at that company
The problem we have in UK is that there are no independent record shops left,not in my area anyway.

In Plymouth and surrounding area(400,000 population) we have 2 record shops,both HMV,thats it! To be fair both shops had the cd on shelves but no promotional material.

After that you are relying on the supermarkets and the internet.

If you are not spending money on radio.tv,mags etc you have no chance of selling to non CH fans!

The music magazines and papers gave pretty good reviews the 3 I saw, 3/5, 3/5 & 4/5 but if you are not making contact with the general public via promotion the album will disappear without trace.
Yeah my mrs gave me a funny look when i told her i was doing some 'promoting' at HMV !

Like you say the record company should be pulling the stops out and getting behind the band 100% when they toured with 'Woodface' back in 92 the band were even doing in store signings of cd's etc (HMV again) don't know if that's something which could be done now,perhaps,perhaps not.
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Posted by Finngirl :

Seriously I'm sorry but someone needs a good swift kick in the pants and get the whole thing together at that company


Too right! reckon there have been more productive hours put in by members of this forum, whether it be contacting TV/radio stations, participating in online polls, simple word of mouth etc etc

It must be totally gutting to spend so long putting an album together to have virtually zero support from the record company.....especially when you have just signed to them!
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ike you say the record company should be pulling the stops out and getting behind the band 100% when they toured with 'Woodface' back in 92 the band were even doing in store signings of cd's etc (HMV again) don't know if that's something which could be done now,perhaps,perhaps not.


Still happens,I noticed recently that at some of the larger HMV'S bands were actually playing cutdown gigs!

Surely if you have just signed a new band to your label,you should be going flat out on promotion especially with a tour going on as well!

The fact that the majority of the gigs were virtually sold out shows the potential is there for CH to reconnect with old fans!
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Heard 'Saturday Sun' at our local Morrisons supermarket,the trolley was rocking.

Went out on my lunchbreak had a look around the record stores 'Intriguer' well to the fore at 'display points' back catalogue too.

Talked to the girl behind the counter she said the new album seemed to be doing ok on sales,said she hadn't heard it yet,but had heard 'Recurring Dream'.Managed to get her to play it in the store 'Saturday Sun's' Bass intro blasting out everywhere.

Passed the store a little later 'Even If' was playing.At least she gave the 'Intriguer' a fair go.


A rare hearing of the elusive SS - that is unexpected! was it attached to the rest of Intriguer in Morrison's or was it the even rarer single "made for radio" version that never got enough airplay Big Grin

Also, well done for your promotional activities in HMV Straw Daylight - I agree with all of the above - the fans have done more to promote Intriguer than anyone else - Universal have sucked so far - and if Intriguer bombs they won't look at themselves - they'll blame the band Frowner
Not necessarily unexpected, but I put my iPod on shuffle on my way home from running errands today, and out of about 30 GB of music, it chose to run 'Inside Out' and 'Into Temptation' back-to-back. A few songs before that it picked a live version of the Finn Brothers' 'Gentle Hum.'

My iPod has good taste.
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just checked whether there had been any recent Saturday Sun action on the Beeb and I am pleased to say it got an airing on Alex Lester's show....at approx. 3:30 this morning.

.....enough said!


Yes a very unexpected place to hear the elusive "radio single" SS - on R2! - are we sounding like a bunch of bird spotters yet? Big Grin.

However, you can be sure than if it does appear on the Radio it will be buried in the schedule at some ungodly hour - after all they wouldn't want it to get out to a mass audience would they? It might seriously compromise the chart chances of Rick Astley, Kylie or the Gaga creature Wink.
I've heard "Weather With You" at EZ'a restaurant here in San Antonio. I heard "Something So Strong" at Taco Cabana. I've also heard "Don't Dream It's Over" at a pizza place in town.

I also heard "I Got You" last week in Florida on vacation at the condo swimming pool. I know it's Split Enz, but Neil's singing...
At work (Kmart in Melbourne) our radio has a set list of songs it plays on certain days, and both this week and last week I've worked Thursdays and realized that at about 9:30pm you can expect 'it's only natural' to be played... Although you can't really rely on the Kmart radio to actually work at the moment... It cuts in and out on a regular basis.
Watching the All Blacks vs the Springboks (NZ vs South Africa playing rugby for the uninitiated) playing in Wellington NZ, and with 5 minutes to go and the AB's way in front the crowd could be heard singing "you better be home soon! Smiler
Now obviously they were singing to the Boks Big Grin so it made me think....if Neil changed the lyrics of the verses he would have the perfect song for the AB's for the Rugby World Cup that is in NZ next year and the crowd already know the melody!!! Smiler

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