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Sorry, Bee Gees rocked

Don Rogers

What makes classic rock? Well, three chords, played over and over, with lyrics repeated. Actual singing ability optional. Loud guitar that dominates everything but the drums, unless a synthesizer has been employed.

Gotta be old, ’70s-’80s stuff, ideally. That’s the “classic” part. Catchy is good. Oh, and it doesn’t have to be the best music, at least not at most “classic” stations, including ol’ KTUN. Are they still playing stuff by Billy Joel, Elton John, Duran Duran, Styx, Peter Frampton, Fleetwod Mac? Been awhile since we’ve dropped in on that station. CDs seem the way to go, actually. The Bee Gees don’t really sound any worse than some of those acts.

Oh, and aren’t the Bee Gees in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame? Not the Disco Hall of Fame, truly an oxymoron if there ever was one. But the Rock “n’ Roll Hall of Fame. Rock ‘n’ Roll. Rock.

You getting any of this, Safety Steve?

Why yes, there they are, inducted in 1997. The hall’s Web site says “the Bee Gees are among the most successful vocal groups in rock ‘n’ roll history.” Steve, they said “rock ‘n’ roll,” and who would know better? You? Don’t think so.

Only five acts have bettered their 64 million albums sold in the history of, um, rock ‘n’ roll. Sure, they did play an influential role in disco, thankfully as big a failure as communism.

Nonetheless, blame them for this regrettable chapter in their career, but understand that their credentials in rock landed them in the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame.

Anyway, great gag going on the air to suspend DJ Dennis Mac for playing four Bee Gees tunes in honor of a founding member’s untimely death. If it wasn’t a joke, well, the wrong guy got suspended.

But no matter, the buzz carried all the way to Denver, where a TV station picked up on the story. Certainly stirred up a bit more than a faint breeze.

You have to wonder what it is about these kinds of stories that inspire such interest. This one, the firefighter starring in possibly the dumbest reality show yet, and even the ol’ boy county commissioners coming across like middle schoolers this past week.

It’s probably that in a gray world, all balled up in nuance and shades of truth, these incidences are straight line simple. You don’t have to think long and hard to get the drift.

That’s probably at least partly why folks will have more to say about these teacup tempests and televised star power than more complicated matters such as the prospects for war in Iraq, economic packages in Washington, D.C., water legislation in Denver, or the ins and outs of summer airline flights into Eagle County.

All that stuff is important sure, but can you believe the gall of that station manager?

Bee Gees aren’t classic, indeed.


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