For the last 5 years, rock bands across South Africa have been keeping their dreams of fame & fortune alive by holding onto the hope that one day 5fm would playlist their music again. After the announcement yesterday that SABC stations would increase the local quota from 35% to 90%, rockers felt a collective glimmer of hope and rock band submissions flooded into 5fm, causing their email server to crash.
“I had to rush to Incredible Connection to get a backup drive to free up some space on our email server” explains chief playlister Sot Moldovanos, “but when I got back it was too late – the sheer amount of crappy rock submissions crashed our entire server. Now we’ll definitely never play rock again.”
“When I heard that stations were choosing to play back to back runs of Mandoza’s entire discography to fill up the quota instead of one of my rock songs, I knew it was time to quit” explains a disgruntled Ard Matthews from Just Jinjer. “It almost feels as if the SABC has a personal vendetta against rock music ever since I botched the national anthem on live television. But to be fair, I don’t blame them if they do.”
Just yesterday, a hip hop beat reportedly recorded on a dude’s iPhone got playlisted nationwide and is already #15 on the charts, crushing any hope that Just Jinjer had of being relevant again. On the plus side, The Parlotones have announced that they’re now going to be a Mandoza cover band. Kahn you dig it?