Yes, I was an early adopter with the whole satellite radio thing – I think we put it in our Mini Cooper when we bought it in 2003. At first, I thought is was so awesome with hundreds of channels to choose from – all that music and stuff! But, I soon realized that it is just like cable TV – all those choices and nothing really on. (How did we watch TV with only 4 channels back in the day, anyway?)
So, after awhile I settle on one station and it becomes not only my favorite station, but pretty much the only one I listen to. Sirius Boombox – channel 39. Boombox was the brainchild of DJ Liquid Todd and had a three year run as the go-to station for “break beat and electro rock” Um, what is that? Well, here is the official definition according to that vast knowledge datatbase, Wikipedia:
Breakbeat (sometimes breakbeats or breaks) is a term used to describe a collection of sub-genres of electronic music, usually characterized by the use of a non-straightened 4/4 drum pattern (as opposed to the steady beat of house or trance). These rhythms may be characterised by their intensive use of syncopation and polyrhythms.
Okay, I didn’t know that either – but I do know that I like it. The stuff I heard on Boombox became my new favorite stuff I bought for my iPod. So, fast-forward to a few weeks ago, I get in the car and the satellite box does some sort of updating and – poof – my Boombox is no more. It turns out that because of the Sirus/XM merger they had to do a little editing and decided to trash my station! I got a cute note in my mailbox telling me that if I loved Boombox, I will love Alt-Rock or some lame-o pop station. WTF????
I understand with the merger that there would be some overlap and therefore some of the redundant stations would have to go… but WHY would you turn a station off that was a unique niche and has no replacement? Now I have nothing to listen to for my monthly fee.
I guess I’m not the only one who’s upset as there is plenty of chatter on the messageboards and blogs lamenting this stupid decision. I thought I would add my two cents and say BRING BACK BOOMBOX fuckers!