When I bought the HHR it came with 3 free months of XM radio. I decided to keep it for a year to see how I like and I honestly haven’t decided yet whether or not to keep it yet…I go back and forth. Mostly it will depend on the merger with Sirius and whether or not I will get to add Sirius 128 to my XM package.
However- one thing that I am TOTALLY digging on XM right now is station xm51: Mandatory Metallica. Yep you guessed…all Metallica all the time. They have been playing all kinds of Metallica, old stuff, new stuff (off the NEW album), live stuff, outtakes, interviews with the band and interviews with other bands on the influence of Metallica on their music. I can say this about it: I am normally a station hopper and hop between 3-5 stations ranging from country to 80′s pop to punk to sports radio (Dialed In with Claire B) and everything inbetween (I know I am an odd bird musically). Since turning on Mandatory Metallica (They go through bands…awhile back it was Led Zep) I have yet to change the station.
As I have mentioned here and there on this blog I am a big music lover. I listen to nearly anything (still haven’t gotten into jazz or blues too much yet). When I was young I was exposed to mostly country- with some rock influences. By mid to late grammar school I took to 80′s pop with a special infinity to “new wave.” That lasted through grammar school and in junior high I discovered rock…glam metal to be exact. I was mostly more about the more “bubblegum” rock…big hair…lotsa makeup- you know what I am talking about. My favorite bands at the time were Poison, Cinderella, and Guns N Roses.
Then one day the son of a friend of my dad’s came over to borrow some tool. I remember this like it was yesterday. He was borrowing something from my dad to work on his car (he had a beige Eagle Wagon). I had had a crush on him…boy did I. He was three years older than me and didn’t even know I was alive. I sat outside on the brick planter while my dad helped him load the tool or tools into his car they were talking and he was telling my dad about a great concert he went to …a band called Metallica. He wore a whilte “And Justice For ALL…” tour shirt. The next time I was at the mall I bought that album because I wanted him to know I liked Metallica too…so yeah I probably picked up my Metallica on false pretenses- but I found that I immediately identified with the band and ended up picking up their other albums. I found their music comforting during a time in my life where I was going through a strange period – I was rebellious, hormonal, and I dunno – my mom says every girl goes through a “stage” at this age…but I went from loving school to hating school (I was bullied a bit too so that didn’t help matters). Then the school I went to saw that I was testing in the 98th and 99th percentile on standardized tests for my grade level and decided to change me over to the Gifted program midstream and it upset my routine (what you need to know is that all the kids in the gifted program already knew each other from grammar school because the gifted kids in grammar school had big get together and stuff-. and…well lets just say I got sent to the school psychologist (and that ended up pissing me off even more). Anyway I found Metallica to be a comfort at a time when I didn’t really have one.
When I wasn’t much older- I wrote down a list of bands I wanted to see live before I die. There were lots of bands…mostly rock ones: Poison, Cinderella, Ozzy, Kiss, Aerosmith, Bon Jovi, Tim McGraw, and several others got crossed off. There are only two left on that list. Metallica is one of them. I don’t know if I will ever get to see them. They don’t tour as hard as they once did (and who can blame them- they have families now) and I don’t really have anyone to go with- especially not that my brother is a father himself…and BFM drew the line in the sand at Metallica…and I can’t blame her- they aren’t everyone’s cup of tea.