actually. one other point of interest (at least to me):
a surprising amount of the music that was overplayed or absolutely terrible pop or even semi-good pop but still played all the time that i heard everywhere i went in europe....no one seems to have heard of here. well, "no one" being siblings and a few friends, but they'd have heard it on the radio even if it weren't by choice.
it's not so much that there's popular music in europe that's not popular here, it's which songs weren't also big here that's the strange bit.
which means i'm loading up daniel's computer with crappy european pop to share my misery.