Pat Benatar. Lite FM?
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?