iVoryTowerz Radio: The Unintentional History of AOR

First, let's get this straight: the underground podcast sounds nothing like Album Oriented Rock (AOR) radio. Or at least nothing like any AOR from this planet. For the uninitiated, this podcast takes its cues from the freeform and guerrilla radio movements of the 1960s. But what would happen if such a station actually played some AOR music? Stitched through this playlist you'll find more than 30 years of of songs that have popped up on AOR radio and through this program you can hear the evolution of that form. Although, let's face it, this is still freeform radio with all the touches: special programming opens, quirky programming features, hosts that respect the music but who don't try to be comedians nor do they sound like homogenized robots, and finally the patented eclectic music mix. Besides the AOR classics, you'll find everything from heavy metal to bluegrass. And in between we sprinkle in neo-soul, alternative rock, indie rock, and new wave. So sing to the hits, but also bounce to the rest. Please, enjoy responsibly.

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"Furr" by Blitzen Trapper
Cover Me: "Ticket to Ride" by The Billys
"Almost Cut My Hair" by Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young (CSNY)
“I am Not My Hair" by India.Airie
"Cut Your Hair" by Pavement
"Goodbye to You" by The Veronicas
"The Warrior" by Patty Smyth & Scandal
"Zero" by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs
“Last of the English Roses” by Pete Doherty
“Last of the Small Town Playboys” by Dirty Pretty Things
“Last of the Famous International Playboys” by Morrissey
Jeff’s New Wave: “Crocodiles” by Echo & the Bunnymen
"Shine" by Collective Soul
"Whores" by Jane's Addiction
"Spellbound" by Lacuna Coil
Rick's Metal Shoppe: “9” by Mercyful Fate

(Mp3 Runs - 1:17:24; 71 MB.)

(Photo by haydnseek of Boston, MA via Flickr, using a Creative Commons license.)

DISCLAIMER: The iVoryTowerz podcast is a non-commercial, non-profit program designed and used for educational purposes. Some of the material contained in this podcast is previously copyrighted but used with permission. Other copyrighted material is reused following fair use guidelines. Any copyright holders who do not wish to have their material used should contact the programmers directly at ivorytowerzradio@att.net and it will be removed. The programmers do not support filesharing and encourage listeners to buy music from the artists featured in this podcast.

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