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: Running with the Devil

Base: Music Discussion
Keywords: muzak, music, hooks
Date: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 20:42:06 GMT
From: @thubert.smx.csc.com (Tony Hubert)
HTTP/1.1 200 OK Date: Thu, 04 Nov 1999 02:13:49 GMT Server: Apache/1.3.9 (Unix) PHP/3.0.12 Last-Modified: Wed, 13 Dec 1995 20:41:50 GMT ETag: "2b138-3d1-30cf3a8e" Accept-Ranges: bytes Content-Length: 977 Connection: close Content-Type: text/html X-Pad: avoid browser bug Since popular music relies on "hooks" to ensnare a person's attention and get them humming the tune, it is a form of muzak, kind of in a "raw" form. Most pop music serves to make one "feel good" about oneself, even some of the "grungiest" alt.angst rock. Music which has any degree of dissonance or alternative time signature is rarely given airplay, because it doesn't *sound* pretty. And while I don't particularly want to hear, say, Penderecki or Stockhausen while in an airport, I'd like to hear a greater freedom of thematic expression in popular music...On the muzak thing, I've always had a desire to orchestrate Van Halen's *Running with the Devil* with that Mantovani sound, 101 strings and a "Christy Minstrel" type choir singing Dave Lee Roth's lyrics. Who knows? I wouldn't be surprised to be loitering in Kmart and hear the Sex Pistols with strings. Last note: I once knew a drug addict (who is now dead) who called muzak, quote, "Shoplifting music."

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