Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Music Killers

Have I not been screaming that women need 10 times more toilets then men for years??? It's ridiculous that there has to be legislation instead of the architect (that I will assume are all male, because how could a female not make tons more stalls for women?) doing it on his own. Sex equality in bathrooms = good on paper, but sucks when you add together the sum of a movie + 50 oz. of Dr. Pepper + 2 hours.

OMG! Howie Day is coming to the Cain's on July 11th! It's only $17.50. If someone doesn't volunteer to go with me, I'm going to probably just DIE of having never been to a concert. And do you really want that on your conscience? I can't bring myself to count the N.K.O.T.B. concert when I was in 3rd grade. Speaking of music...

I have a love-hate relatationship with drug companies. Yes, if it weren't for them I would have probably died two, three times. But generally they're greedy bastards. Mainly because of the advertising factor. Becasue of them, I can no longer listen to There She Goes by Sixpence None the Richer without thinking of birth control. I also can't listen to Beautiful Morning by The Rascals without thinking of this stuff. I know that this is their intended effect, but they've ear raped parts of my music experience. Here's why:

Like smells, I associate music quite heavily with certain events. Like the first time I hear a song, if something crappy was happening, or something truly wonderful was happening, I can tell you exactly either what song was playing or what song was playing in my head. Then they're forever linked. Until the Senokot commercial aired, I associated Beautiful Morning with my daddy coming in to wake me up in the mornings. This wasn't the song he usually sang to me, but still. I'd much rather associate it with those pleasant memories of childhood rather than the old people in the commercial that drive around in a drop top and look happy only because they've had their morning crap. Ewww!

And if they ever ruin Mona Lisas and Mad Hatters by Elton John for me, I'll cry. Even though the song isn't really great, I have some very nice memories with that one.

5 comments:

LT said...

This is true. I have particular songs and particular associations with them. Bob Seger's "Turn the Page" is one and I'm happy they used "Like a Rock" for those stupid Chevy commercials rather than the former.

Of course, it works the other way. Sometimes I'll find myself whistling the theme to those Enzyte commercials. Not for any particular reason. . .

ET said...

I have no idea what the Elton John song is to which you are referring, and that "Beautiful Morning" can go take a leap, but I know exactly what you mean.

Lucky for me I come from an era where no one really wants to use our music for commercials. I saw the video for "Like a Rock" the other night and kept looking for the Chevy bowtie. Scary!

The key is to not watch any local television and thus avoid a lot of truck commercials. The "Here's Bob...Bob has a big wang now" commercials seem to pervade ALL channels, as does that stupid weight loss and get rich quick crap. Please.

ET said...

I spoke too soon...I just saw a commercial on TBS for the "Gilligan's Island" reality show that used Def Leppard's "Pour Some Sugar on Me." But it was during a coconut cream pie fight between Ginger and Maryann, and the subsequent shower, so that's okay.

Rachel said...

Cream pie fights always win and probably "one-ups" whatever memory you had with Pour Some Sugar on Me. My memory associated with that song? ATM attempting to sing it in his car. Bleh. Bring on the cream pie!

ET said...

No one should sing that song. Not ATM or even Def Leppard. I was a DL fan, but that song always seemed dumb to me. And I think it was used in a car commercial about a year ago wherein the guy is driving and the girl is arguing with him about the lyrics and she calls someone or some such and she wins the argument. So no significant loss (but I guess they DO use some songs from my era, if only in obscure ways...see also "Mr. Roboto"). The cream pie commercial is great...I recommend it.