Re: Album Oriented Rock (AOR)--A dying radio format.
Regarding "Strange Way", I couldn't agree with you more. IMO, it sounds as good today as when it was released (1978). I cannot say the same thing about the their two "signature" tracks, which sound dated, but I must admit that I've reached the point where I can actually tolerate "Just Remember I Love You".
You also brought up an excellent point about the "power" of songs -- that it has nothing to do with how guitar-driven a song is; it is/was considered Rock from the AOR standpoint. "Strange Way" -- which still gets the shaft from Classic Rock radio today (The "oldies" radio format isn't the same as "Classic Rock"; not even close) -- and "Headed For A Fall" are about as powerful as they come.
Even so, Firefall, from a Rock Radio standpoint, would most likely be relegated to AAA (Adult Album Alternative) today, along with Jude Cole and Lifehouse. All of which points to my chief tenet regarding this thread: Today's Rock music is actually as diverse now as it was during the AOR format's heyday, but today, one has to listen to at least four radio stations for the same content as a one could hear from one Rock station years ago. Simply put, today's sub-genered Commercial Rock Stations don't reflect Rock's diversity well at all.
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Last edited by Revering4Blue; 10-17-2013 at 07:44 PM.