Can we get Sirius for minute? It's time to give these six artists their own channel already!

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Monica Fuentes

Craig Hlavaty

I've had satellite radio in my life since Christmas. Nothing is better than falling asleep on the couch on a Saturday afternoon after a big fat lunch with Willie's Roadhouse playing, waking up every few hours to piss during a Ray Price cut and then falling back to sleep. What I love the most -- besides the Howard Stern stations, since I am eternally fourteen -- are the stations that Sirius/XM devotes to one single artist. It probably helps that I love these artists in the first place.

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Way back when I had Sirius on Dish Network at home in the late '00s, they still had stations devoted to the Who and the Rolling Stones. I credit the Stones channel with warping me for good, although it was light on live shows. The Who channel was mostly extended bass and drum solos, not bad for doing college homework.

I'm curious as to why Bob Dylan, David Bowie and Led Zeppelin haven't had their own stations as of yet. I guess someone will need to die for that to happen. "Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour" must have sufficed for Bob.

Today, Sirius/XM has stations for the Grateful Dead, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen, Frank Sinatra and Jimmy Buffett. Willie's Roadhouse plays country music programmed partially by Willie Nelson himself, supposedly.

If you don't have Sirius/XM Online, you are missing out on Neil Diamond and Simon & Garfunkel-devoted stations. Oh, the humanity. There is a Pink Floyd one that is also only available online. Sadly, some of us want our Floyd on the road and not just on a computer.

The current channels break down like this:

E Street Radio: Lots of "Bruuuuuuuuce" and Springsteen asking us if we are alive (we are) and me realizing that one of my beloved artists says "mister" a lot.

Elvis Radio: Tons of live shows, rarities and old people talking about how he changed their lives. Most of it comes from a tiny station at Graceland in Memphis, which is cool. Around Christmas, I didn't change the channel much from Elvis Radio quite honestly.

Pearl Jam Radio: Man, that Mike McCready sure does like to jam, and damn, did Pearl Jam only play shows in the Northwest and Italy for the past two decades?

Radio Margaritaville: I get really thirsty for rum after about two minutes.

The Grateful Dead Channel: Hey, man, look... hold on... oh man, that version of "Ripple"... I have never heard that one yet.

Thing is, I love all these stations, but I could do without the PJ and Dead stations to be honest. After an hour of a Pearl Jam show, everything sounds the same, and "Even Flow" doesn't need to be twenty minutes long. Not to sound corny, but you need to be in the right mood and chemical influence to enjoy the Dead channel 24 hours a day. Maybe split time between them and Phish, twelve hours for each.

Even Bruce's outpost is a little boring at times, with the sound quality of the live boots varying from crystal-clear to piss-poor. Stop killing time playing songs off Working On A Dream that I don't like, either. "Queen Of The Supermarket" doesn't rate next to "Cadillac Ranch".

I can't understand why they won't devote an hour every Saturday night to every song he wrote about Saturday night in one block. I guess the programmers are not getting my emails. But I do like knowing that on a long trip I can find a live Bruce show from 1975 to spend the drive with.

All that being said, here are some more artist-exclusive stations I would like to see. I think we can do without some of the extra rock stations. What is the difference between Classic Rewind, Classic Vinyl, Deep Tracks, and The Spectrum?

I dunno.

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The GD channel is a model of how a single artist program should be. Lots of us listen to it non-stop without chemicals - but no doubt it does improve with help!

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