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Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Mon Apr 23, 2012 9:22 am

I remember the surprise of hearing Spiritualized's 'If I Were With Her Now' in a Toffee Crisp advert many years ago. I also recall Luna's 'California (All The Way)' used to advertise American Express a while back. An inspired use of the closing section of The Black Crowes ' Descending' against a dusk scene of kangaroos milling about on a wildlife programme was effective. Clinic had 'The Second Line' in a Levi's ad too.

Last night I heard, to my amazement, Clinic's fantastic Velvets-orientated 'D.P.' in a Weetabix advert. Blimey - Clinic again? What gives?

I'm sure there are plenty of other strange appearances for beloved tunes on telly. Anyone?
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Laz69 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 10:27 am

Heard Mazzy Star being used recently advertising some new TV show and frequently hear Mogwai in one shap or form too.

I think this is something The Heads should try to exploit :lol:
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby sunray » Mon Apr 23, 2012 12:49 pm

Clinic's "IPC Sub-editors Dictate Our Youth" is used on an ad for Coors Light here in Ireland.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Mon Apr 23, 2012 1:12 pm

What is it with Clinic? A band you can't even look up the lyrics for, yet they are advert muzak junkies!

I've heard Spiritualized elsewhere - a wildlife doc I think - but I can't quite remember where.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby redcloud » Mon Apr 23, 2012 2:14 pm

In a different thread I've already mentioned Brian Jonestown Massacre's 'Got My Eye On You' showing up on a Target commercial and The Black Angels 'Young Men Dead' the background for the Washington state lottery.

But, there is currently a Chrysler ad, which I am almost 100% certain is using The Pretty Things tune 'Street Girl'. Every time it comes on I strain my ear (the voiceover is loud) and the more I hear it the more I am convinced it is it, or at the very least, it's the same riff. This is very odd not just because it is a random, obscure choice of song for a major corporation (it's from their rare 'Electric Banana' releases) but it's also a song about a prostitute. :?
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby niamhm » Mon Apr 23, 2012 4:46 pm

Death In Vegas-Your Acid ,My Loft ,noticed it being used on an advert for ladies hair dye products a couple of times this past week or so,
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby jadams501 » Mon Apr 23, 2012 6:42 pm

I used to work for a commercial radio station that often played some pretty bad music, but most of us employees had far more refined tastes than the Nickelback and Fall Out Boy we had to play on air. We jumped at any chance we had to play or utilize the stuff we actually liked. Sometimes that meant sneaking in unauthorized "deep cuts" at night, and more often we would use obscure gems as the background in commercials or PSAs. Spiritualized and Radiohead b-sides got a lot of play, as well as some classic library music from the 60s.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby nickh » Thu Apr 26, 2012 11:02 am

The Seed’s Can’t Seem to Make You Mine was used in an for Lynx (deodorant/shower gel/shaving foam) :D
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Dreamweapon » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:26 pm

Spotted this today - made me smile

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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Dreamweapon » Sat Sep 01, 2012 4:28 pm

Can't find it yet but there was another Cadbury's advert for Chocolate Digestives with Edwin Hawkins Singers doing Oh Happy Day!!
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Wed Nov 07, 2012 11:40 pm

Just saw the new Bond movie this evening. Great fun and well thought out I must - highly recommended if you like that sort of thing.

Anyway, there was a Ford ad at the beginning accompanied by, to my amazement, Hawkwind's 'Master of the Universe' - the original version. It worked rather well and the ad was quite good. I guess Mr. Brock needs a few extra pennies now that he's... fuck, he's 71! Topping up his pension? My God rock 'n' roll is 'an old man's game'...

(Lemmy is a mere 66 by comparison - bit of a pipsqueak)
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Laz69 » Thu Nov 08, 2012 12:12 am

Same ad is showing on tv too Runci... i also stopped mis sentence when i heard the start of it! Instantly recognisable!
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby angelsighs » Thu Nov 08, 2012 10:51 am

went to the cinema last night- trailer for the new Tom Cruise film was soundtracked by none other than the Black Angels 'Young Men Dead'
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Fri Nov 09, 2012 7:30 pm

angelsighs wrote:went to the cinema last night- trailer for the new Tom Cruise film was soundtracked by none other than the Black Angels 'Young Men Dead'

Is that 'Jack Reacher'? I am a huge fan of Lee Child's books but, like many, regard this as the most inept and ridiculous piece of miscasting in cinema history. Plus Cruise can't act to save his life.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby mojo filters » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:13 am

runcible wrote:Plus Cruise can't act to save his life.


I'm in no way a Tom Cruise fan, and was further alienated by his relationship with the delightful Katie Holmes, who's noteworthy portrayal of Joey Potter in 'Dawson's Creek' kept alive my teenage sensibilities after I was far too old to be the target audience for that show.

As for Tom Cruise himself, he played a key character in Aaron Sorkin's brilliant film adaptation of 'A Few Good Men', and played it well. In addition he made a seminal appearance in Paul Thomas Anderson's 'Magnolia' where he may have played more true to type, but nevertheless was an integral part of the ensemble cast that contributed to that film's cinematographic magnificence.

While he may embody the essence of Hollywood-Scientology type arseholes, I do not agree with the blanket statement that he can't act.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Sat Nov 10, 2012 12:30 am

mojo filters wrote:While he may embody the essence of Hollywood-Scientology type arseholes, I do not agree with the blanket statement that he can't act.

Sorry - he was vaguely acceptable in Risky Business actually so I take it back.

In everything else I've seen him in he's been absolutely shocking to the point of embarrassment. I didn't even mention his personality - which is a far bigger subject than his lack of acting ability - so I think I've done rather well in my detailed critique of his career.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby mojo filters » Sat Nov 10, 2012 2:12 am

runcible wrote:
mojo filters wrote:While he may embody the essence of Hollywood-Scientology type arseholes, I do not agree with the blanket statement that he can't act.

Sorry - he was vaguely acceptable in Risky Business actually so I take it back.

In everything else I've seen him in he's been absolutely shocking to the point of embarrassment. I didn't even mention his personality - which is a far bigger subject than his lack of acting ability - so I think I've done rather well in my detailed critique of his career.


I concede I've not seen him in many films - I'm not really a fan of 'blockbusters' or mainstream Hollywood in general. Off the top of my head I can only recall seeing him in 'Top Gun' and the 'Mission Impossible' series (apart from the aforementioned). Films where I did not per se find him objectionable, so much as I disliked the movies themselves.

However he is an actor by profession, and I feel obtuse blanket statements such as that which you made, do not accurately reflect my experience of some of Tom Cruise's big screen performances (as outlined above).

Unlike, for example, Ronald Reagan, he has not run for public office, nor put himself forward as a representative of any cause or organisation, Scientology excepted (a 'faith' embraced by many Hollywood names from Kirstie Alley to John Travolta). Thus he has not presented himself as answerable for anything other than his performances as an actor.

Whatever shit he gets up to in his spare time, surely it is secondary to his primary role (and that which made him famous), and thus is by nature of secondary importance. Furthermore it is not strictly relevant to your supposed 'critique'.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Sat Nov 10, 2012 7:27 pm

You are of course entitled to your opinion, as am I, but I thought Top Gun was not only rubbish but he was hilariously camp in it to the point where I started to feel the film was actually a comedy.

Take the film where everyone said he'd arrived as a mature actor and delivered an amazing performance - Born On The Fourth Of July. I thought he was hopeless in that. The scenes with him punching the air from his wheel chair in protest were cringeworthy for the wooden performance by the guy.

But you know what? I saw Risky Business in the cinema when it came out (yup - I am that old) and thought it very enjoyable. Probably wouldn't now but I did then. My partner at the time wanted to see Top Gun on release and so I went along thinking I would enjoy it, but I sat there in amazement at how bad it was. Easily one of the poorest films I have ever seen, made poorer by TC's angst-ridden expressions and attempts at masculinity.

What TC 'gets up to in his spare time' has no influence on my opinion of his acting - I haven't even referred to it.

Blanket statements are easy to make if you particularly find something or someone rubbish. Ask me about Primal Scream or the Manic Street Preachers. But ask others about bands I like - Green Pajamas took a pasting from some here, Bardo Pond got absolutely slated a few years ago... Does it bother me? No. Opinions opinions...
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby burningwheel » Sun Nov 11, 2012 5:48 pm

top gun is a good cheesy watch
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby walking_civil_war » Sat Dec 08, 2012 2:29 pm

I was at a cinema last week and the trailer for Life of Pi came on, the start of which is backed by Sæglópur my favourite Sigur Rós track. It was a pleasant surprise, which was more than I can say for the track played during the second half of the trailer; the ubiquitous Coldplay song, "Paradise". Oh well, you win some, you lose some.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Danny Rabbit » Mon Dec 10, 2012 11:48 am

We get some very stereotypically weird stuff on TV here in Japan, there's an advert for an energy drink that uses the Great Escape theme tune, another advert for what I think is an insurance company uses Derek and the Domino's Layla(piano exit) the same music that was famously used on the end of Goodfellas.
Right now every shopping arcade is playing various strange versions of the usual Christmas classics. For some reason today my local arcade was also playing a rather jaunty version of The Red Flag, I got a little bit homesick for the Tooting Popular Front! :D
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby mojo filters » Sat Dec 15, 2012 12:42 am

Danny Rabbit wrote:<snip>
an insurance company uses Derek and the Domino's Layla(piano exit) the same music that was famously used on the end of Goodfellas.
<snip>


Good call! Even before Scorsese used it to brilliant effect in the scene where the wig bloke and wife are shown dead in the car, it was my favourite part of that song ... the well known guitar-driven first part having become so overly-familiar to the point of being a hackneyed musical reference point :roll:
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Laz69 » Wed Feb 13, 2013 11:18 am

Heard Tame Impala's "Elephant" playing last night on, i think, a Blackberry advert...

Nice little earner i'd imagine...
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby nickh » Wed Feb 13, 2013 2:04 pm

I heard Hey Jane in the background of the Queen Vic on Eastenders last week :lol:
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Dreamweapon » Fri Feb 22, 2013 9:06 pm

Foals - Inhaler was playing in The Woolpack on Emmerdale last night!
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Sat Feb 23, 2013 1:56 pm

I'm sure I heard The Aliens 'Bobby's Song' in the background of a link on BBC1 today.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby jack white » Sat Feb 23, 2013 3:12 pm

Cat Powers Cherokee was on that BBC show Waterloo Road during the week past.


(ftr i want it noted i don't watch waterloo road. shamefully my parents do & was round there house the other night & heard it. really. honestly.)
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Dreamweapon » Thu Mar 14, 2013 9:19 pm

Finally got around to watching the Top Gear Africa Special - nice snippet of My Bloody Valentine - Soon in it!
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Fri Mar 15, 2013 9:58 am

New Order's 'Dreams Never End' appeared in the background of The One Show the other night. Quite an odd choice although one of my favourite NO songs.
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Postby Shinesalight » Fri Mar 15, 2013 10:46 am

runcible wrote:New Order's 'Dreams Never End' appeared in the background of The One Show the other night. Quite an odd choice although one of my favourite NO songs.


Love that song and its always surprised me that Hooky didn't take vocal duties on more of their stuff. Still, he's fuelling his lead man fantasies with his new project now I guess.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby nickh » Sat Mar 16, 2013 11:13 am

That horrible Soon remix was on Top Gear last week.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby PopeJez » Sun Mar 17, 2013 7:39 am

Lord Let It Rain was used by the BBC for the start of its (rain delayed) Formula 1 qualifying coverage this morning...
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby clewsr » Wed Jan 22, 2014 3:11 pm

Just heard You know its True on a trailer on radio 4. For a comedy program about boredom with Tim Key, so it had lots of yawns in the background.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby Dreamweapon » Wed Apr 02, 2014 9:28 pm

runcible wrote:I also recall Luna's 'California (All The Way)' used to advertise American Express a while back.


Found this on youtube this evening!
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby James T » Thu Apr 03, 2014 5:12 pm

Seems Luna did another AMEX ad too - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQltp3AbhgI
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Postby sunray » Sat Feb 14, 2015 5:38 pm

Klaus Johann Grobe on Football Focus today.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby semisynthetic » Wed Feb 18, 2015 4:42 am

Lou Reed's "Perfect Day" on the Weather Channel while we freeze over (most) of North America.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Wed Feb 25, 2015 11:39 pm

Blimey...

Hookworms Radio Tokyo appearing as the lead intro music on Hollyoaks tonight. Even Mrs. Runcible spotted it.

Very unexpected!
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Postby BzaInSpace » Thu Feb 26, 2015 12:58 am

Runcible!

I dunno what's worse, Hookworms selling their souls to Hollyoaks - or you admitting on a public forum you watch that sheer awfulness...
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Postby runcible » Thu Feb 26, 2015 10:14 am

Ha ha! Hollyoaks is deranged! Never ceases to amaze me the story lines they stick in - hilarious!
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Postby mojo filters » Thu Feb 26, 2015 2:20 pm

runcible wrote:Blimey...

Hookworms Radio Tokyo appearing as the lead intro music on Hollyoaks tonight. Even Mrs. Runcible spotted it.

Very unexpected!


I've heard odd bits of Hookworms on TV a few times since the new album was announced. I expect they're quite pleased as sync rights can be very lucrative. In an age where record sales alone rarely provide a reasonable income for artists, I don't think it's fair or justified to characterize licensing music to commercial interests where there is otherwise no artistic synergy as selling out - even something as awful as Hollyoaks!
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Postby BzaInSpace » Thu Feb 26, 2015 4:54 pm

Yeah yeah yeah....

There are other ways to earn a living through musical enterprise than whoring yourself out to fucking Hollyoaks though.

That kind of "synergy" is all messed up: or rather metaphysically fallacious through an absence of principled righteousness...

And shit.
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Postby runcible » Thu Feb 26, 2015 5:10 pm

Hollyoaks is one of the funniest programmes I have ever seen. We love it for the totally insane way they drastically change people's characters, memories, relationships. Call it a guilty pleasure.... We've all got 'em!
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Postby olan » Thu Feb 26, 2015 6:44 pm

runcible wrote:Hollyoaks is one of the funniest programmes I have ever seen. We love it for the totally insane way they drastically change people's characters, memories, relationships. Call it a guilty pleasure.... We've all got 'em!


So Hollyoaks is 2015's guilty pleasure :shock: after 2014's Cliff Richard gig experience..... :lol:
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby runcible » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:11 pm

olan wrote:So Hollyoaks is 2015's guilty pleasure :shock: after 2014's Cliff Richard gig experience..... :lol:


Oh, no. Hollyoaks dates back a lot longer than this year... :D
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Postby olan » Thu Feb 26, 2015 7:35 pm

runcible wrote:
olan wrote:So Hollyoaks is 2015's guilty pleasure :shock: after 2014's Cliff Richard gig experience..... :lol:


Oh, no. Hollyoaks dates back a lot longer than this year... :D


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Postby mojo filters » Fri Feb 27, 2015 4:42 am

Anyone else spot I'm a Cookoo on Charlie Brooker tonight?
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Postby Dreamweapon » Thu Mar 05, 2015 12:35 pm

Beck - Sexx Laws for the Reanault Twingo ad in the UK.

Reminded me of The Fall having Touch Sensitive to advertise Vauxhall.
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Postby semisynthetic » Fri Mar 13, 2015 6:00 am

The 1969 Comedy film "Don't Drink the Water" was playing on a movie Channel, and the voice singing the "title track" seemed so familiar; but so happy.....it turned out to be Jake Holmes! which was a real surprise; I am still trying to think of another genuinely happy Jake Holmes track.

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Postby mojo filters » Tue Apr 28, 2015 7:38 pm

Forget to post that a fairly sizable and loud portion of B&S's "The Party Line" was playing in the café in Eastenders either last week or the week before.

Have to admit I was really enjoying the album recording of that track when it popped up so prominently and unexpectedly - a lot more than I previously have when playing the new album!
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Postby runcible » Sun Jun 14, 2015 11:54 am

I was watching a documentary on the history of British wrestling - which I always remember hogging the TV on a Saturday afternoon in the 70s - when Fire's Father's Name Is Dad' appeared. Not what I was expecting although the soundtrack was actually pretty good for most of the programme. I love that song!
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Postby MODLAB » Tue Jan 19, 2016 12:46 pm

The closing scene and tittles of The Rack Pack on BBC. Spiritualized: Soul On Fire.


I found it quite suitable for someone that was once a great snooker player but had serious pain inside. So many looked up to The Hurricane.
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Postby clewsr » Wed Jun 15, 2016 9:27 am

I rarely watch any TV these days, so imagine my suprise when I flicked over to Newsnight on Monday. The presenter was visting somewhere in Scotland talking to people about Europe and ther music playing gently in the background was Spacemen's Three's Walking with Jesus!

Even more impressive was that if I'm not very much mistaken it might have been a version from Forged Prescriptions! Someone on their team has good taste.

From about twenty minutes in if you are keen -

http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b0 ... t-13062016
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Postby runcible » Thu Jun 16, 2016 9:09 am

WTF? Bizarre!
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The Last Days of Legal Highs: Spiritualized — Drive (Instrumental)
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby green-field » Mon Jul 18, 2016 8:03 pm

There was this local tv show once upon a time about making your home better. Nothing too serious like "Extreme Makeover", more of a small budget/good ideas/changing room design thing. Anyway, each time they would go shopping or showing the before/after differences, they would play this:



I also remember one episode (also shown only in my country, local thing), I think it was of a serious nature, telling stories about social problems and stuff like that and then this was played:



So, yeah, I was surprised both times, but that happens. Some good stuff is played. Rarely, but it sure does happen. Probably depends from people who are working there and suggesting music for background.
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby semisynthetic » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:14 pm

When a religion channels "old movies on late" went off air due to a satellite problem, Syd Barrett's "Word Song" must have kept the audience confused for the couple or three minutes it took to get the film back on.
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Postby semisynthetic » Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:26 pm

During some commercial where water and soap are flooding out of a washing machine, I was very pleased to hear at least a piece of Black Randy's "At the Laundrymat (That's Where it at - in Kingston)".
I didn't even see who was selling what!

Do you ever see commercials where you really are not sure just what they ARE trying to sell?
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Re: Unexpected music appearing on TV

Postby is » Tue Feb 06, 2018 6:14 pm

Constantly surprised to hear the Nick Drake favourite 'Some Tune or Other' being played in the background whenever there's a BBC show about the countryside.
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