Pat Benatar. Lite FM?

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Pat Benatar. Lite FM?

Practice Since when is Pat Benatar's Hit Me With Your Best Shot played on Lite FM? Subquestion: What makes light FM music "light?" Is Blondie light? Is Billy Idol's White Wedding light? I was surfing FM stations the other day and stumbled upon Hit Me With Your Best Shot mid-song. Like any child of the 80s, I turned it up and sang along (half ironically, half earnestly). As the song faded to an end, the station ID indicated I was listening to 106.7, Lite FM. Light? Pat? When did that happen? I had questions: Was it light because it was old? Was I the only person who viewed Pat's music as rock? Were all the other 80s songs we thought were kinda badass now background music in the produce aisle? In the rear view mirror, early 80s music with its hyper produced sheen goes down as easily as a chick drink. But at the time, I don't think Pat Benatar intended her music to be embraced by the elevator crowd. Air Supply? Yes. REO Speedwagon? Yes. Van Halen? Not so much. Exhibit A: Hot for Teacher. So do they mean old FM? Is one generation's rock another generation's neutered office music? Does music inherently lose it's punch simply because it's relegated to quiet public consumption? How does music intended to shake us up devolve into something meant to calm us down?

17 comments

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Margarita

It seems like anything over 15 years old has the probability of being on a lite station or adults contemporary station. Strange isn't it?

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Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Michelle Elisabeth

I think it relates to the nostalgia factor. They say lite, but I see each "lite" station as representive of an era of music, maybe throwing in a few current tunes that fit the specs. Or maybe this is just because I often love lite stations, but certainly don't want to see myself as that vanilla :)

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Kristy

Pat Benatar is most certainly NOT Lite FM material. When I hear Lite FM, I think Kenny G or Yanni or some of Elton John's ballads; NOT Pat Benatar.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by frenchlogic

In my humble opinion '80's rock is so timeless that it can cover many genres. Pat does have some lighter fare, but on the whole she is a total rocker chick! I think it depends in the 'lite-ness' of the station. Also, I love 'Hot for Teacher' video and all.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Mlle Paradis

These are all questions well worth asking!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by charliebobjo

Ooh Pat Benatar…I am seeing her and REO Speedwagon in concert this July, can't wait!!! I had all her albums in the 80's…loved her!! Pat Benatar lite, no way!!!

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Jackie

I wondered this same thing when I was working at a desk job and could only listen to Lite FM. My conclusion is that Lite FM is mostly about the mix of songs. You may hear a song you love here and there, but mixed along with Barry Manilow, Matchbox 20 and Chigago, it becomes decidedly lite. The blend as a whole is "Lite" not necessarily the songs themselves??

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Misha

I myself am a child of the 90's and am constantly hearing Smashing Pumpkins and Stone Temple Pilots on the classic rock station. While I'm sure these bands shouldn't qualify as "classic" (at least not yet) I've come to find it quite comforting that somewhere someone thinks they are, as if it validates my whole existence.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Teresa

Oh. The other day I heard Pearl Jam's "Elderly Woman Behind the Counter in a Small Town" on an easy listening station. Terribly disappointing.

Jul 19, 2014 • Posted by Nicole

I have similar questions regarding some of my favorite 80s songs. While I'm not a Lite FM listener, I do have an "oldies" station saved and when station surfing I hit it to see what they happen to be playing. Their definition of oldies and mine are different. While they do play "Mamas and Papas" and "The Beatles", they also play John Mellencamp, Pat Benetar and Billy Joel. When did their 80s songs become oldies? I'm too young for those songs to be "oldies".

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