Song: Last Kiss (1964)
Artist: J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers.
Album: Last Kiss
Of all the taboo "isms," the one I have the least amount of problems with is ageism. Now, this isn't some ringing endorsement to just start throwing old folks in the trash like they're Frank Reynolds; I'm a huge fan of my grandma. I'm just saying I can understand the reasoning behind it in principle. Sure, there are still plenty of sharp tacts out there, but let's not act like if you get on a plane and see that the pilot is in their mid-70s, you're going to feel safer.
Anyways, despite what I just said, I feel bad for J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. Their addition to the Clear Channel memo is a textbook case of ageism with a lil' dash of throwing salt in the wound. How is their 1964 "Last Kiss" cover on the list, but not the Pearl Jam version that was a little over two years old at the time of the attacks? I know classic rock stations existed, but Satellite radio was in its infancy at the time; was Clear Channel really that concerned that a then almost 40-year-old song that wasn't a staple of any radio format was going to all of a sudden get non-stop airplay? What I'm trying to say is that "Last Kiss" '64 would've gotten the same out of airplay regardless of the memo. It sounds like it was recorded in a phone booth. Now let's win some cash betting on the National Football League!
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