As of this post, Indie 103.1 is still running the looped announcement about its move to the internet, and for some sick reason I can't stop listening to it. The songs they chose (X's “New World,” Sid Vicious' “My Way” and Buzzcocks' “Harmony in My Head,” etc.) are good for one, though not as much of a fuck you as the single tune on repeat when MARS FM/Groove Radio went off the air here in LA back in '98: Spice Girls' “Wannabe.” Guess I'm not ready to say good-bye, and last night I discovered that I'm not the only one, especially when it comes to the station's remaining DJs.
At the World of Wonder gallery in Hollywood, I ran into none other than DJ Paul V, whose show Neon Noise ran every Sat., from Midnight to 3 a.m. And get this, Paul learned about the station's demise just like we all did, tuning in for Jonesy at noon and hearing the irritatingly robotic message about how they were gonna be forced to play “Puffy” and “Britney” (which by the way, is strange considering Sean Combs doesn't really have any new music out right now).
As of last night, the very bummed V still hadn't got a call or email from the station
reps asking him to move to the net with them, or saying thanks for the
memories, or even just farewell. Interesting, V (who used to manage
Porno of Pyros back in the day) revealed to me exclusively that he had
just met with Perry Farrell and his wife, and was confirmed to join the
couple for a new prime time show on Indie. Obviously that won't happen
now, and V said Farrell (as well Dark Matter's Dave Navarro who was
with his Jane's bandmate in the studio when V called) were shocked and sad about the station's demise, and heard about it just like the rest
of us as well.
Neon Noise fans can still get their electro-fix at Medusa Lounge, next Friday, Jan. 23, and hopefully every month. See www.myspace.com/neonnoize for more info. on the club and V's next move airwaves-wise.