Let’s face it. My entire career is based on finding obscure information. The more weird stuff I can find out about an artist, a band, a song, an album, a scene or a music-related technology–really anything to do with music–the better.
However, obscure information doesn’t always equal useful information. And yes, I will admit that some of the stuff I’ve learned over the years is pretty, well, useless.
But there’s also nothing wrong with useless information. This is the fun stuff, the bits of trivia that can give colour to a story, streams of data that can be mined for bar bets, one-upping your friends, and the sheer joy of being a music nerd.
It’s the kind of enlightenment that makes anyone go “WOW! That’s COOL! Yes, it means almost nothing to any practical aspect of my life. It’s not going to make me richer, thinner, healthier, happier or more attractive. But I’m glad to know about it because–well, because it’s just fun.”
With that in mind, I’ve gather together much of this material and presented it to you in one big glop of illumination. I call it “The Completely Useless Information Show.”
These are the songs included on the program.
Trash Can Sinatras, Obscurity Knocks
Coldplay, Clocks (Live)
Terje Insungset, The Other Side
Ramones, Teenage Lobotomy
Joy Division, Love Will Tear Us Apart (Live at the BBC)
Kurt Cobain, Divine and Bright
Radiohead, Everything in Its Right Place
White Stripes, Icky Thump
Eric Wilhite, our playlistist, has created this.
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