Radio Would Ignore Jimi Hendrix If He Came Out Today?

(Gibson) Chris Cornell, frontman for the reunited Soundgarden, spoke to Ultimate Classic Rock about the state of radio in 2011. And he's not too thrilled with what's on the airwaves.

"Think about Jimi Hendrix's Smash Hits. This is an album by Jimi Hendrix and it's even called Smash Hits," he said. "But if it came out today it wouldn't be played on the radio. That's weird to me. It's odd that an album that came out in 1967 would be too strange for radio play in 2011."

Elsewhere in the interview, he credited The Beatles for helping give him an independent musical spirit. "Even at age nine, they had a big impression on me, and later on my writing, without me realizing it," he said. "The Beatles did whatever they wanted. This is a band that did 'Helter Skelter,' 'Yesterday' and 'Penny Lane.' No one said, 'Hey, they can't do that!'" more on this story

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