TO THE 2022 BEE-OTCH OF THE YEAR!
OK, I have a confession to make.
This has been a long, tough year for me, and a
lot of you out there. I've worked 50+ hours a
week most of this year and haven't had a lot
of time to write BOTD.
As a result, we only had six nominees this
At least I had some good, juicy ones and some
of you agreed. So, here's the top three
nominees for Bee-otch of the Year:
THE TWO PARTY SYSTEM
With the recent Supreme Court decision that
overturned Roe V. Wade, I asked how we got
there in the first place. The Republicans
suck, but guess what? The Democrats have
gotten us there with centralists who have
rightist ideals. Simply put, this country
needs good, progressive leadership that puts
the middle class first instead of kissing the
ultra-wealthy's ass. Since publishing this
BOTD in October, President Biden shot himself
in the foot when he signed the resolution to
prevent a rail strike. It doesn't help that
one of the owners of America's railway system
is Warren Buffett, a Democrat worth over $100
(Our apologies to the BBC, 3/4 of the 1970s
dance troop Legs and Co. and the estate of
2) THE DETROIT LIONS
OK, so all the sudden, they've found some
much-needed mojo after years of embarrassment.
When I published their entry to BOTD-dom in
February, they had just lost quarterback Matt
Stafford to the Los Angeles Rams, who had just
won the Super Bowl. The Lions acquired that
team's old QB, Jared Goff and he had trouble
finding people to throw the ball to. In this
edition, I touched on the troubled history of
the Ford family, bad sports team owners and
the amount of racism from the front office.
Since writing the piece, the Lions have
dramatically improved to the point that they
might actually make the playoffs this year.
THE 2022 BEE-OTCH OF THE YEAR IS....
THOSE TRYING TO KILL ROCK
seems that every year, rock music is
turning into a shadow of its past in a
sense. True, there's mega rock festivals
that rake in lots of money and revenue,
but the stations that play it are turning
into a joke. In most radio markets now, if
you want to hear Ozzy, Disturbed, Ghost
and new, modern rock, you'll now have to
divulge 1970s butt rock, like on WGRD here
in Grand Rapids. In other radio markets,
you're lucky to hear new rock at all.
Recently in New York City, Alt 92-3 was
blown up in favor of a simulcast of 1010
WINS. Then again, Alt 92-3 had mediocre
ratings and played way too much wuss music
to generate good ratings. In Los Angeles,
Heritage alt-rocker KROQ did rebound in
the ratings because they added more
90s/00s music. However, Alt 98-7 is still
the top new rocker there while the
geriatric KLOS is #1 in rock. Another rock
giant, Dallas' 97.1 The Eagle flew its
last flight when it flipped to man talk
earlier this year while paltry-rated WNNX
Rock 100.5 Atlanta flipped to heritage
Now, the biggest market with an active
rocker is ninth-ranked Philadelphia, whose
WMMR 93.3 plays a great deal of new rock,
although like GRD, they play too much
geezer rock for my liking.
I know, must of us who are tech-savvy now
have the internet and cell phones and apps
like Pandora and Spotify that devoid
themselves of lame radio edits and for a
fee, commercials. It's too bad that thanks
to the FCC, corporate radio is now denying
many from having a kick-ass rock station
in their hometown. And sadly, we have
douchebags like Adam Levine from Maroon 5
who cry that "chicks don't listen to rock
anymore". BULL. SHIT.
Look, I went to both days of Upheaval this
year. And guess what? The girls there were
a lot nicer and friendlier than the ones
at the partially-rained-out Breakaway at
the same spot a month later. Granted, I
did not see one girl at Upheaval wear a
thong, but then again, there were a few
gals at Breakaway who shouldn't be wearing
What triggered me to write about this BOTD
was HBO's Music Box documentary
about Woodstock '99, they depicted the
concertgoers as angry white men who were
racist and homophobic. However, Netflix's
similar docuseries Trainwreck was
more-respectful, talking about how the
promoters were trying to cash in by simply
treating the young people at the time like
a pile of cash while their parents who
went to the original Woodstock in 1969 had
free food and more easy ground to walk on.
Like I said, I think all musical genres
have their issues - especially country -
and yet, there's country stations
everywhere in America while those who want
true active rock are fucked thanks to the
corporate cocksuckers who own those
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