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Woebot
01-12-2004, 05:30 PM
Today I have listened to against my own volition:

• America (at last heard "A Horse with No Name" or whatever it's called.)
• Lemon Jelly repeatedly.
• Dusty Springfield.
• Frank Sinatra.

Now blasting myself with Palais Schaumberg in a desperate attempt to regain composure.

rewch
01-12-2004, 05:34 PM
ha...at least you haven't been exposed to inxs & all the other dogshit on virgin/radio 1/whatever passes for standard radio entertainment...call me elitist, call me anything you like, but i loathe going home with the latest u2 drivel going around & around & around in my head until i can get home & displace it with something acceptable...i usually find that land speed record clears out all the cobwebs...but can lead to psychosis...small rant...sorry

be.jazz
01-12-2004, 05:55 PM
Today, the new U2 album for the first time. I'm not a hater (watched and enjoyed the "Rattle & Hum" film just a few days ago), but this seemed pretty bland.

nomos
01-12-2004, 06:54 PM
When I worked at HMV a few years ago we were allowed to play our own CDs over the store system. It was nice. But then Xmastime came and they had us play a 20 minute looped video of releases they were hyping that season. "Hit me baby one more time," Rammstein, Marilyn Manson ran like clockwork. There was an R&B tune as well. I could never understand the lyrics but I would have sworn the chorus said "can I get a rim job baby?" Good for a childish giggle at least.

Far far far worse, however, was my stint at a small town bowling alley in the early 90s. Has anyone ever seen that Simpsons episode in which Homer gets a job as a "pin monkey"? Well that was me. And every Saturday morning I minded the pin setting machines for 400 hundred junior league bowlers and birthday party kids who played a constant stream of "Smells Like Teen Spirit," "Achey Breaky Heart" and Randy Travis' (?) "Friends in low place." I think Pearl Jam's "Jeremy" was a hit too. Sheer terror. Not to mention the odours.

Diaz
01-12-2004, 09:58 PM
i became intimately familiar with the rotating top 20 norteno hits working at a pizza place in my neighborhood in los angeles a few years ago. while it was laughable at first, eventually i broke through my prejudices, realized that the accordion is actually a wonderfully romantic instrument, and got into some of it. some of the songs were a lot better than the stuff i chose to listen to during my sonic growing pains. for about 2 weeks at my current place of employment i had the pleasure of enduring singalongs of raffi's 'bananaphone' about every half-hour.

ping pong ping pong ping pong pananaphooooone

i don't work with children but it's not a far stretch.

and i believe friends in low places is actually by garth brooks.

grimly fiendish
01-12-2004, 10:42 PM
for a brief while as a student, i worked in poundstretcher on south bridge in edinburgh. oh, the poundstretcher C90. it chills my very soul to think of it. one tape, on constant repeat. the high point - and i'm not joking - was "when the sun goes down" by level 42. the lowest moment was "summer (the first time)" by bobby goldsboro ... although "la isla bonita" had begun to run it close by the time i quit.

of course, these days the music i'm exposed to all the time is other people's sodding ringtones. i'll find myself humming something particularly piss-poor and being unable to explain why ... until a colleague's phone goes again.

redcrescent
01-12-2004, 10:59 PM
@ Diaz
Norteρo is great, especially to work to! I really grew to love Los Cadetes de Linares doing my painting in Mexico, much better than pop radio. Banda is what I really love, though: near-cacophonous massed brass, woodwind and percussion marching band music, in 2/4 or 3/4 time but deliciously off the beat in just the right way. Great stuff.

dubplatestyle
01-12-2004, 11:39 PM
this is every day for me at work, obviously. do you know how many fucking times i've had to hear jamie cullum and the new duran duran in the last month?

hexenductor
01-12-2004, 11:50 PM
My officemate listens to commercial country, but it's really not bad if you pretend you're Chuck Eddy. A good friend of mine has very regrettable taste in music so driving around with him features a soundtrack of Native American chants set to c-grade ambient, the Last Samurai score and occasionally Korn.

originaldrum
02-12-2004, 01:23 AM
try working for an alternative radio station and having to bear listening to every relative/friend/friend of a friend/man and his dog/random "heard they might get airplay's" latest demo - your heart will grow cold

machine hugger
02-12-2004, 03:59 AM
if Charlotte Martin makes her way over the big pond then into the UK....BEWARE.

this isn't street level spam. It is a warning.

Backjob
02-12-2004, 10:25 AM
Anybody else get the whole "none of us want to listen to your weird music again, lets just put coldplay on" thing from colleagues? They have Coldplay, Chill Out compilations and Dido on constant rotation. My triumph of the year was when we had a client in specifically to talk about music and I put my foot down and said we'd lose all credibility if Robbie Williams was playing when they came in. They agreed to let me make a cd comp for the occasion and all sat there sour-faced as a selection of grime instrumentals, dancehall and atonal techno played. They finally broke when "Lords of the null lines" came on...

I think, however, there comes a point when you've been exposed to something enough times you do start to like it despite yourself. I worked as a kitchen porter in the summer of '97, and that bloody awful "get up get up get up get ooOOOooooOOOooout" song by Cast would play about once an hour for my entire shift. It was sheer hell for the first week, but after that I had a sneaking fondness for it. Actually was so driven to boredom in that job that I counted the number of times he says "get up" so that I could estimate how many times I'd heard him say those two words that summer - it was several thousand times....

rewch
02-12-2004, 10:46 AM
I think, however, there comes a point when you've been exposed to something enough times you do start to like it despite yourself

see Sonic Weaponry thread (http://www.dissensus.com/showthread.php?t=204)...

Barney anyone...? Matchbox Twnety!?1

Rambler
02-12-2004, 11:13 AM
I worked as a kitchen porter in the summer of '97, and that bloody awful "get up get up get up get ooOOOooooOOOooout" song by Cast would play about once an hour for my entire shift. It was sheer hell for the first week, but after that I had a sneaking fondness for it. Actually was so driven to boredom in that job that I counted the number of times he says "get up" so that I could estimate how many times I'd heard him say those two words that summer - it was several thousand times....

I have exactly the same story, just substitute Dodgy for Cast.

Yesterday I was involuntarily exposed to a group of (sober!) Marks and Spencers sales reps singing Take That on the train. 'Never Forget' - I hope I do, soon.

Chef Napalm
02-12-2004, 01:06 PM
Holiday music is the stuff that really kills me. It's only just December and I've already hit my "I'll Be Home For Christmas" saturation point.

Having said that, I was in a trendy clothing shop last week trying to do some pre-madness Christmas shopping and was greeted with what can only be described as a breakbeat track whose main percussive element was sleighbells! Squelchy 303 bassline, old skool break, and sleighbells!

Of course, I immediately ask the girl at the counter what was playing before the 'Nsync version of "Have Yourself a Merry Little Christmas" or similar monstrosity came on. She gave me one of those teenage signals of disgust that's halfway between a sigh and a sneeze and said, "I know, doesn't it, like, so suck?"

"No," I said sheepishly, "I love it. What is it?"

Again, that derisive wheeze followed by, "They pipe it in. I have, like, no idea."

Curses! Foiled again!

I've been enamoured with the idea ever since; Christmas in London: Breakbeats and Sleighbells. Anybody any clue as to what it was?

martin
02-12-2004, 04:29 PM
I once worked in Woolworths for two weeks in 1996, and they played nothing besides Bryan Adams and Gina G. Oh, and Mike and the fucking Mechanics. I subsequently know all the words to Adams' "18 Til I Die". The supervisor was an utter cock called Steve and he used to actually whistle along to Gina G's "Ooh Aah Just a Little Bit" every time it came on. Hence I quit (plus they suspected me of fiddling the Pick N Mix balance)

owen
02-12-2004, 04:54 PM
don't get me started on having to listen to either a) deep house or b) country rock when I was in bloody MVE.....

sufi
02-12-2004, 05:35 PM
-my walk to & from work passes thru brixton market,
in about 100 yards of atlantic rd there are usually at least 5 sound systems,

1st (on my right on the way to work, opposite the black cultural archive) is the Xtian evangelist soundsystem selling cds - i used to know i nice lady who worked there we swapped a few cds...
specialities: a lot of xtian versions of the latest reggae, r&b riddims, lots of modern gospelish & stuff - occasionally totally off the wall random selection e.g brenda fassie

next up (across the road, never quite sure which system is which) a couple of halal butchers, often playing r&b or soulful pop - e.g eamon, is it dido, nex to a ragga sytem - now all the lads who work in tehse shops are kurds and algerian but they have good taste!

still on the right hand side is Kashmir Yam Boys (on the corner of Electric Avenue - yup!) fruit stall run by afghani guys, they are always playing arabic or hindi music

turn right, under the bridge towards work and ther was a nice latin american sound coming from the carneceria which i heard for the first time this morning - mebbie mercedes sosa, very pleasant anyway... they sell those roasted sugared nuts so it smells good too!

all these sounds merge into one another, along with the odd mobile bass bin rumbling along the road, it's a fantastic daily sonic smorgasbord.................. :D

baboon2004
02-12-2004, 05:49 PM
Must check out Brixton market after that description. It lifted my soul after the crushing realisation that by the end of this weekend I will already be set to go postal if I ever fucking hear fucking Slade ever fucking again in my motherfucking life.

Sorry about that. Every year it gets worse.

xero
02-12-2004, 05:49 PM
I may be a lone voice here, but at the moment I'm not exposed to that much music involuntarily and I kind of wish I was somehow. I pretty much only hear what I choose to unless I'm out at a shop or something where there's music playing - I seem to have lost touch with what's in the mainstream (sub)conciousness - I haven't even heard the new band-aid - on second thoughts maybe I should just count my blessings...

luka
02-12-2004, 06:44 PM
the builder i worked for over here used to only listen to heart or magic, despite being in his late 20s. those stations have a lot of music to choose from, they give themselves a time frame of about 30 years to choose from and yet still play the same 5 songs on a loop. there are slight readjustments to the 5 songs every month or so. that was fairly harrowing. the djsare all failed childrens television presenters, fallen from fame, toby anstis, pat sharpe etc.

when i worked in pret a manger i used to have to listen to eurohouse remixes of boney m, there was a spanish boy who loved tracey chapman too. on the plus side the algerian mob used to play that rai stuff, thats alright as it goes.

now i impose my horrible music on my workmates (90.oo fm) all night long. revengi!

mms
02-12-2004, 06:49 PM
the builder i worked for over here used to only listen to heart or magic, despite being in his late 20s. those stations have a lot of music to choose from, they give themselves a time frame of about 30 years to choose from and yet still play the same 5 songs on a loop. there are slight readjustments to the 5 songs every month or so. that was fairly harrowing. the djsare all failed childrens television presenters, fallen from fame, toby anstis, pat sharpe etc.

when i worked in pret a manger i used to have to listen to eurohouse remixes of boney m, there was a spanish boy who loved tracey chapman too. on the plus side the algerian mob used to play that rai stuff, thats alright as it goes.

now i impose my horrible music on my workmates (90.oo fm) all night long. revengi!

my girlfriends mum always plays heart, i think pamela anderson has a prearranged show on it now or that might be virgin, they always play that freaky song "dance with my father" by luther vandross.

i worked in kfc for 3 years as a student, they have these weird demographic mood cds that rotate for 3 hours in special players , you buy them from catalogues where you can chose your required outlet, and specify your audience, they always glitch.

Kuma
02-12-2004, 07:49 PM
working professionally in radio means that for as much I'm able to toss in some faves here and there..there's also alot of shit I wouldn't be caught dead listening to otherwise..

Not a bad thing though, I will admit it has broadened my horizions..

MolexRoots
03-12-2004, 11:09 AM
She gave me one of those teenage signals of disgust that's halfway between a sigh and a sneeze

^ This kept me laughing for about 40 seconds straight, nicely.

I've yet to turn on the radio but I bet the moment I step into HMV, I'll be wanting to leave after bring pounded with loud Idon'tcare music. Does anyone actually buy pop?! >.>

LRJP!
04-12-2004, 05:58 PM
last time i was in HMV they were playing Bring The Noise...

Pearsall
06-12-2004, 06:15 AM
Reggaeton from Latin guys driving by playing it so loud it makes the couch shake (I live on the third floor).

gff
07-12-2004, 01:12 AM
semi-involuntary: i do most of my work in a coffeeshop in my old neighborhood in mpls near the art school. they have about 6 records and that's IT, it's like a timewarp into 1997: dj shadow, palace, blonde redhead, one of those johnny cash/rick rubin deals, etc. at this point i don't think i could be productive with anything else, there are no surprises and it's very calming.

nick.K
07-12-2004, 03:27 AM
I can't speak for anyone else but I'm mostly involuntarily exposed to music in my head. Once I get a song stuck, that's it, it's on the playlist with the sound of emails arriving, the boiler droning, the neighbours, Extractor Fans, car alarms, stolen scooters, the fridge, the hoodies playing basketball outside my window.

nomos
07-12-2004, 03:34 AM
I can't speak for anyone else but I'm mostly involuntarily exposed to music in my head.
Don't get me started. Do you get the one where you realise that you've had the same loop stuck in your head all day - possibly since before waking? And then you notice another one. And maybe snippets of conversation? Then you explain it to people they look at you like yr.., nevermind.

fldsfslmn
07-12-2004, 09:30 AM
Twice weekly I am the "music section guy" in a big-box book store (like a Barnes & Noble or a Borders). All the music played in the store is corporately playlisted by a deaf marmoset in Toronto, so I suffer the indignity of being the proxy/effigy for the ire of anyone with remotely decent taste who comes into the store. (The marmoset, it seems, has developed an ambiguous and open-ended friendship with Josh bloody Groban. How do marmosets express love, anyway?)

jenks
07-12-2004, 10:28 AM
courtesy of my kids - the tweenies christmas album. truly the devil's work

Woebot
14-01-2005, 10:02 AM
the fucking bees LP over and over and over and over and over and over again

egg
15-01-2005, 05:12 AM
fuggin kaiser chiefs. what's the point?