Rock and Roll Nomenclature

Today at approximately 11:40am, Edmonton radio station CIRK played "Until It Sleeps", Metallica's megahit from their 1996 album "Load". The single was released May 23rd 1996.

Later, at approximately 12:10pm, Edmonton radio station CHDI played "I Wanna Be Sedated", the infamous Ramones song from their 1978 album "Road to Ruin". The song was released in roughly September of 1978.

Why should anybody care? Edmontonians will likely recognize CIRK by its common name: Classic Rock 97.3 K-Rock. CHDI is also perhaps better known as: 102.9 Sonic, where they advertise that they play Modern Rock.

Okay, now listen carefully. A song from 1996 is classic rock. A song from 1978 is modern rock. That's 18 years apart...with the "modern" song being the older of the two.

Here's where it really gets odd. K-Rock doesn't play "I Wanna Be Sedated" by The Ramones. Sonic doesn't play "Until It Sleeps" by Metallica.