Sort me out: AOR/MOR/adult contemporary

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MOR = Middle Of the Road

AOR (as I've understood it) = Album-Oriented Rock

Is AOR an acronym for some form of "adult contemporary" as well or are people just getting this confused with MOR?

Not being snarky here, even though the Lex's post on the Tori thread ("I fear that from here on in it may be a long slow slide into contentment-inspired AOR") triggered this question. I'm not really up to date with all the current mainstream radio formats and I'm curious if anything's changed.

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 18:54 (sixteen years ago) link

Teeny to thread?

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 18:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Does AAA (Adult Album Alternative) exist as a radio format still? This was vaguely popular in the mid-90s, but for all I know Clearchannel clubbed it.

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 18:59 (sixteen years ago) link

Yeah, I remember that... Lucinda Williams and her ilk. The stuff they play on WFUV (the Fordham University station) in New York.

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 19:00 (sixteen years ago) link

Wasn't there an "Americana" format too -- like "insurgent country" but not as "insurgent"?

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 19:03 (sixteen years ago) link

Wasn't there an "Americana" format too -- like "insurgent country" but not as "insurgent"?">

Apparently it's still there. Appears to be the old country format (with a couple of adopted AAA people) before the Shania's moved in.

People who bought O Brother Where Art Thou soundtrack to radio format!

Elvis Telecom (Chris Barrus), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 19:56 (sixteen years ago) link

I always took AOR to mean Adult-Oriented Rock, you know with lots of fellatin' and lite jazz.

Leee Iacocca (Leee), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:35 (sixteen years ago) link

But does that format actually exist? That's what I'm trying to find out.

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:36 (sixteen years ago) link

i met the dude who invented the AOR format!

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Cuz I've always understood "AOR" to be classic rock and suchlike (in the '80s an AOR station would have played Zeppelin alongside solo Robert Plant).

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:38 (sixteen years ago) link

i don't remember his name offhand, but i have his business card somewhere. he invented the smooth jazz format too, if i recall.

geeta (geeta), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:38 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha

bad jode (Jody Beth Rosen), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:39 (sixteen years ago) link

Quiet Storm!

Sean (Sean), Wednesday, 10 December 2003 21:40 (sixteen years ago) link

fifteen years pass...

I just remembered that the satellite station at my work back in 2000 used to regularly cycle through tracks from the Bounce original soundtrack. And then I skipped through that soundtrack before typing this. Man, if ever there was a single compilation optimized for slipping into your favorite cardigan on a fall morning and picking through organic pears at the farmer's market before the dinner party you're throwing for your friends from college which, after too much wine, devolves into binging the second season of Dawson's Creek and a whole lot of crying, this is the one. This is it.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MTWHNyhikcI
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eHOADwyydXE&list=PLkLimRXN6NKz6GkG-9Jdz0wYkYpKozXWF

McGrief the Crying Dog (Old Lunch), Friday, 30 August 2019 19:27 (six months ago) link

Always found it weird that Bounce had a double-disc DVD edition. I see now that there was an alternate cut, but that couldn't have been why?

a bevy of supermodels, musicians and Lena Dunham (C. Grisso/McCain), Friday, 30 August 2019 21:55 (six months ago) link

five months pass...

A new project: ranking A/C number-ones. Let's begin with 1970, the year of Nixon at the Lincoln Memorial, the Carpenters, Perry Como, and B.J. Thomas.

TikTok to the (Alfred, Lord Sotosyn), Friday, 14 February 2020 01:42 (two weeks ago) link

Sorry to derail the thread to respond to a post from 15 years ago, but to my shame, I have actually watched the Bounce deleted scenes and found them oddly fascinating. If I'm remembering right, test audiences found Ben Affleck's character unlikable, so they fixed this by cutting out all the scenes in which he showed self-awareness - the assumption being that if he didn't know he was an asshole, neither would we. It was an interesting window into how movies become more terrible than they need to be.

Lily Dale, Friday, 14 February 2020 01:56 (two weeks ago) link

Wait, no, just five months ago.

Lily Dale, Friday, 14 February 2020 01:58 (two weeks ago) link

You’ve Only Just Begun

breastcrawl, Friday, 14 February 2020 10:45 (two weeks ago) link

I googled the list of billboard adult contemporary #1 songs and listened to the 2018 and 2019 lists. 😣🤮😯🤮🤮🤮

The modern style of music is the new normal. Music evolved to this and I'm afraid we've reached its final form - carefully calculated to appeal to the masses. 💩💩💩

brain dead operatus (FlopsyDuck), Friday, 14 February 2020 13:59 (two weeks ago) link

This is a very good and worthy survey, Alfred.

Also lol @ Lily Dale's post. Yes, it's often difficult to determine whether a post is fifteen years old or if I've just randomly evoked a topic no one but me has had an interest in discussing within the past fifteen years.

Sammo Hazuki's Tago Mago Cantina (Old Lunch), Friday, 14 February 2020 14:13 (two weeks ago) link

i support this project

dyl, Saturday, 15 February 2020 04:08 (two weeks ago) link


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