Okay, so I was going to make another thread about something else but then I remembered that it'd require some time input on my part and I should probably be doing something else.
This is both a self-expression thread and a suggestion thread: what songs do you stick on while working? I have some drawing to do and need some tunes because I like listening to stuff while drawing, and I'm curious as to what you listen to. It can be any genre - some of my work stuff is metal, some is ska, etc. I tend to have some simple rock/metal on, Judas Priest, Extreme, The Darkness, that kind of thing, but I also quite like The Barenaked Ladies, The Flaming Lips, wordless electro songs (need more of them so you'll be my favourite person if you can suggest one), that kind of thing for passive listening. My actual suggestion would be Urusei Yatsura, who are... well, they're crap, there's no nice way to say it, but for some reason I really enjoy them and they're nice and easy to stick on in the background. Also Macy [censored]ing Gray.
That's two people in as many days who I now know like the Flobots. <3 I love 'em.
Not sure about game soundtracks, to be honest; they tend to not do much for me beyond the first couple of listens, with the exception of PPPPPP. I'll give 'em a shot though. besides my flatmates would never let me hear the end of it
Wikis are a great way to get background without having to entirely do something. They even help one cheat on writing papers - just seize the URLs and use those as sources and those "no wiki allowed" elitist teachers suddenly are a-okay with it.
As for radios in general:
They can be a good idea. For one, they keep you from succumbing to "music changing syndrome," where one changes the song every minute or two on one's personal music player. In that respect, a radio station can be a good thing to use.