Radio Feedback: Switchfoot Hear Their Music Through the Static in Their ’68 VW Bug

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(Courtesy Lowercase People Records)

(Courtesy Lowercase People Records)

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By Annie Reuter

Welcome to Radio Feedback, Radio.com’s weekly feature where we ask artists to wax nostalgic on the first time they heard themselves on the radio.

Switchfoot‘s Jon Foreman, like many artists before him, heard his song on the radio for the first time as an in-studio guest. But while the story doesn’t seem that exciting, the actual moment was the springboard to Foreman’s decision to drop out of college and dedicate his time to the band full time.

“It was very surreal, but we were also in the booth with him, so it was like, ‘Did that really happen?'” Jon Foreman recalled of hearing his band’s song “Chem 6A,” off their 1997’s debut Legend of Chin.

Related: Interview: Switchfoot Talks Film, Surfing, Philosophy & ‘Fading West’

His bandmate (and brother) Tim Foreman, on the other hand, had a very different experience hearing the track.

Long before his ’68 VW bug had a tape or CD player, the only way to listen to music was from the very staticy car radio, where he happened to hear his music for the very first time.

“The only way you could listen to music was you had a radio and it came in sometimes,” he explained. “It happened to come in right when our song was on. I freaked out.”

He continued, “You don’t know what to do. If you’re at a stop light and your windows are down and your song comes on, do you change the channel or roll up the window? I think I called my mom.”

Switchfoot are currently on tour promoting their latest release, Fading West.

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