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#1 of 10 OFFLINE   CalvinC

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Posted February 27 2006 - 07:26 AM

I know that I'm cheesy listening to 80's music but I do like the music. Now having XM through Directv I really must say that I have been disappointed with the 80's channel. The music selection is better than the local fm station. However I have tuned in on the channel several different evenings and all they play is the dance mix of the songs. I hate the dance mix. To me I want to hear the original version of the song the way the artist intended it. Plus they don't list the name of the song or artist, I just see something like 80's Soundtrack. Just the other night there was a song I hadn't heard in several years and couldn't remember the name. I also think they did this on the country station.

#2 of 10 OFFLINE   Brent T

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Posted February 27 2006 - 07:30 AM

Sirius plays plenty of Spandu Ballet if thats what you are looking for Posted Image

I love the 80s as well and between 80's and first wave I get my fill of it.

#3 of 10 OFFLINE   Joe McCabe

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Posted February 27 2006 - 07:31 AM

You're probably tuning in during "ToeJam", it's a specialty show. I haven't listened to 80's at night recently, but I remember back when I did, that show would come on.

#4 of 10 OFFLINE   TheLongshot

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Posted February 27 2006 - 04:27 PM

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You're probably tuning in during "ToeJam", it's a specialty show. I haven't listened to 80's at night recently, but I remember back when I did, that show would come on.


Yeah, that would be ToeJam. Back in the day, in the evenings, radio stations would do a series of dance mixes of the popular songs of the day. ToeJam just replicates that.

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#5 of 10 OFFLINE   Chris

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Posted February 27 2006 - 05:09 PM

Way back when we tried both, my wife, being a major 80s fan, really complained about the lack of 80s options on XM. First Wave (80s/late 70s alternative) as well as Big80s just seemed to have a rotation she liked.

The biggest negative we had was things like ToeJam - big "street mix" or "dance beats" which would go on and on and didn't really break up the eighties the way she remembered it.

To each their own, however.
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#6 of 10 OFFLINE   Ronald Epstein

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Posted February 27 2006 - 10:16 PM

All the above are correct.

I think you just tuned in at the wrong time.

I actually like the 80s mixes because I used to
be a DJ at the time and spun a lot of those 12"
singles. Brings back a lot of memories.

I am not certain how DirecTV displays the song
titles, but normally on my XM equipment, you do
get a listing of the SONG and ARTIST.

 

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#7 of 10 OFFLINE   Michael Young

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Posted March 07 2006 - 02:48 PM

I don't like the toejam much either. And unfortunately it seems to be on a lot. The worst part is that they don't show artist or song during the toejam.

The decades chanels have heavily improved on a whole. So if you haven't heard XM in at least 6 months, you might want to give it another try.

#8 of 10 OFFLINE   Random Hero

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Posted March 12 2006 - 02:01 PM

I'm not a ToeJam fan, either.

There's a lot of great tunes on the 80s channel, though. Posted Image

#9 of 10 OFFLINE   Devin U

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Posted April 13 2006 - 07:48 PM

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The decades chanels have heavily improved on a whole. So if you haven't heard XM in at least 6 months, you might want to give it another try.


Personally, I felt it has gone the other way. When Bruce Kelly left 80's on 8 a few months ago is really when I noticed it going downhill. Now it seems like everytime I turn it to 8, ToeJam is on. I didnt listen to the dance shows back then, and I wont listen to them now. Also, 90s on 9 has slid a bit as well, but not as much as the 80s. I really liked the 90s underground weekend they did over labor day, but I havent been too impressed with the channel since then.

#10 of 10 OFFLINE   Johnal

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Posted April 14 2006 - 06:23 AM

I like the music they play on ToeJam, I just can't stand that I can never see the name of the song or the artist. That bugs the $hit out of me.





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