"That Wacky Redhead", an Alternate Timeline
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May 22 2014, 11:22 PM
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Re: "That Wacky Redhead", an Alternate Timeline
I've been thinking today about something that hasn't been covered much in the TTL thus far - the effects on the Top 40. For one, I'm fairly certain that "Suicide Is Painless" (theme from M.A.S.H.) and a whole bunch of war protest and otherwise war-inspired songs wouldn't have charted - might not have even been written or recorded - which kicks off a whole butterfly effect from what it would have done for the artist who was at #41 when they kept them from getting played by Casey Kasem OTL, and also what the artists that were responsible for those songs did
. One hit wonders might never have found their limited OTL fame at all, and established artists that did those sorts of songs OTL might have had different hits - or a dry spell.
Elvis and Lennon probably managed to score some TTL hits that they didn't OTL - and those might have kept other artists from charting for the reverse of the reason described above for the M.A.S.H. theme. And speaking of Lennon, I wonder what effect his being around will have on the his son Julian Lennon's possibly upcoming-in-TTL 1984 album "Valotte" - in its reception or even possibly in its composition. And would Lennon have kept McCartney from selling the Beatles catalog to Michael Jackson? Would Tiffany have still been allowed to cover "I Saw Him Standing There"? Would ANY of the Beatles covers that we're familiar with from 1980 forward exist? Would the Beatles have gotten back together at some point?
And if CED technology beat our OTL CD tech from Sony to market, or in prominence IN the market, then, if the audio was limited to 30 minutes on a side, different cuts might have been necessary on MOST albums - possibly including using some songs that they didn't OTL and not using some that they did. And if they were able to use the "bandwidth" that wasn't used for video for additional audio, then there's a whole slew of additional room for songs that may have been cut from albums OTL - or it might have prompted a surround sound revolution earlier since the discs could include more than two channels. And none of that even gets into what Pink Floyd or KISS might have done with the ability to include video in their albums back then.
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