So cold it’s cool
Playing the songs that others have ignored promises to be a daggy affair
WITH nostalgia shows such as Hey Hey it’s Saturday reunions and 20 to 1 countdowns littering the small screen, it’s time for radio to get in on the flashback act.
Volunteer student station SYN FM 90.7 is holding its first Coldest 100 Countdown, mocking Triple J’s annual Hottest 100 that airs every Australia Day.
Instead of playing listeners’ favourite tracks of the past year, SYN FM wants votes for the forgotten songs rarely played on the airwaves.
The top tunes will be charted from 9am on Saturday, February 6.
As with many great ideas, the Coldest 100 was born at the pub.
‘‘They were playing some songs I hadn’t heard in a long time and that’s how we came up with the idea,’’ says Leon Sjogren, who’ll produce and host the countdown with friend and SYN colleague Jackie Doran.
‘‘We originally thought it would make a sketch, but a lot of people we spoke to said it would be great as a full countdown.
‘‘There will be a lot of daggy songs in there, but also awesome ones you don’t hear on the radio any more.’’
Early voting has unearthed gems such as OMC’s How Bizarre and former Beatle George Harrison’s 1988 version of Got My Mind Set on You.
The countdown will feature interviews with members of past and present Aussie bands such as Taxi Ride, Custard and Regurgitator as songs from those acts also notch votes.
Sjogren, 21, and Doran, 23, work at SYN and Channel 31and casually at Austereo, with the hope of landing full-time presenting or producing gigs on radio.
They say the Coldest 100 offers a day of music that hasn’t been force-fed to listeners all year.
‘‘Last year, Kings of Leon’s Sex on Fire topped Triple J’s countdown,’’ Doran says.
‘‘I hate that song. I heard it every 15 minutes. Last year’s Hottest 100 was very commercial. It was the most commercial one yet.’’
Sjogren says: ‘‘With everyone having iPods these days, people like to hear music they choose themselves and not what’s fed to them. I suppose this will be a way to remind people of songs they haven’t heard for a while.’’ The pair’s personal faves? Doran is hoping her namesake song, Jack, Jack, Jackie by Joanne finds a spot in the top 100. Sjogren’s pick is White Town’s 1997 one-hit wonder Your Woman.
Now hear this: Jackie Doran (left) and Leon Sjogren came up with the idea at the pub.