Friday, January 11, 2008

muzak-free Friday random ten

I was driving in to work, stopped at a traffic light, and I got the strangest feeling. A sense that I was becoming kind of foggy-headed, almost sleepy, even though it was 8:00 in the morning. Then I looked to my right and saw the source of my growing torpor--it was the muzak van.

Resigned to my fate, I took a picture with my cellphone so that whoever found my body would know what had happened.

Then, lucky for me, the light changed and the guy behind me honked his horn. I snapped out of it and started moving, relieved to see that the driver of the muzak van wasn't wearing clown makeup, and I continued in to work. I enjoyed a muzak-free day from that point on, blissful in the total absence of what the muzak folks call "audio architecture".


Here's the random ten:

Welcome to the Working Week—Elvis Costello

Bizarre Love Triangle—New Order

Foggy Notion—The Velvet Underground

You Know What You Are—Nine Inch Nails

Heroes—David Bowie

Whistle Bait—The Collins Kids

Country Darkness—Elvis Costello & The Imposters


God In An Alcove—Bauhaus

Dope Hat—Marilyn Manson


I saw a cool little meme over at I, Splotchy. I've since seen more cool entries by Samurai Frog, Hot Lemon, Dr. Zaius and everyone's favorite mountaineering hockey ho, GKL, who scored a meme-killing hat trick.

Here's how it works, courtesy of Splotchy:

The first article title on the page is the name of your band.

The last four words of the very last quote is the title of your album.

The third picture, no matter what it is, will be your album cover.

You then take the pic and add your band name and the album title to it, then post your pic.

So here's the hot little pop combo I'm promoting; they've got kind of an upbeat, Afro-pop vaudeville death-metal thing going:


Chaylene said...

What a surreal Friday you've had. And that album cover is disturbingly wonderful.

Barbara Bruederlin said...

You narrowly escaped a life of torpor. Who knew the evil muzak was now mobile?

You should go celebrate your escape with your kickass band.

Johnny Yen said...

Oh man-- I almost put the vid for Heroes on my post for Bowie's birthday!

I remember the frist time I listened closely to the lyrics to "Welcome to the Working Week." "Now that your picture's in the paper being rhythmically admired..." I just about bust a gut laughing!

Lots of Bauhaus and Peter Murphy lately.

lauralu said...

The name of my band is JANET. Album title is "fact, they do so" and the pic is two old black guys in front of what looks like a multi colored painted NOLA building. How cool.

My music today - playing my tele along with the Stones.


Dale said...

Audio architecture? Really? Dull torpor is more like it. I might not buy your album but I'd probably download it.

Splotchy said...

Zoiks! I love the album cover, even while being scared by it.

I think I spied that Muzak van before. A chill in the air follows it around.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Wow. That's some album cover you've got there.

Anonymous said...

Whoo boy, that's the best one of these things I've seen so far.

Bubs said...

A happy coincidence, really. The first flickr image I got was a shot of a lonely pier in the fog, but I wasn't able to right click/save the image for some reason. This was the next one that came up.

SkylersDad said...

You're meme photo is the greatest!

Grant Miller said...

Elmhurst, Illinois, is or was the former headquarters for both Muzak and Grant Miller Media. I doubt it's a coinidence.

And there's an urban legend I never checked that claims the guys from Soundgarden all worked for Muzak at some point.

Anonymous said...

Wow. I got woozy reading this. At first I thought it was the album cover art, then I realized that it was a Muzak version of Ball and Chain being piped through interwebs coincidences.

No wonder.

GETkristiLOVE said...

Oooooh, love it!

Bella Rossa said...

Wow, that's awesome! My boyfriend and I did this, too, except we took it two steps farther by making a song and a video, too.