Monday, March 27, 2006

Senile Delinquents

CD in Play: The Police, Zenyatta Mondatta

Allergies aren't the only signs of aging - musical taste and experience would seem to be an indicator. I work graveyards at a mall that pipes in music 24/7 to keep kids from loitering. Muzak? No, nothing that horrible. No the music they picked is categorised as "oldies". Some of it is, lots of doo-wop - The Penguins, Frankie Lymon, Gene Chandler, Marcels. I have also heard Link Wray ("Rumble"), Dick Dale ("Pipeline" and "Miserlou"), Donovan ("Atlantis", "Hurdy-Gurdy Man"), The Hollies ("Bus Stop"), The Zombies ("Time of the Season"), The Beatles ("Nowhere Man") and many many others whose music I have heard since I was a kid and still like to this day.
Of course, many of my friends like, or at least can handle listening to this kind of music. I have visions of large groups of 30 somethings gathered and loittering under the speakers enjoying music that they really might not choose to buy, but would like to hear again. Music I enjoy being used to scare off kids, now that is the real sign of aging.


Blogger Geosomin said...

I know what you mean. The new thing out here is to play classical music near the bus malls and downtown areas...and I find that I like it. When I have to wait for a bus downtown I'm happy to sit and listen to the music, altho from the comments I hear I definitely am the minority.
Does the music help keep you awake? I find it lulls me into naptime. Maybe if they played more Beatles I'd be mellow but alert...

28 March, 2006 07:21  
Anonymous el me (err,,, Magnus) said...

Depends, I heard the cheesier end of the loop this shift. Lots of crooners and early 60's teen idol crap. But Otis Redding, Sam and Dave, Sly and the Family Stone keep me hopping. Also heard Johnny Cash.

28 March, 2006 09:41  
Blogger Geosomin said...

I just remembered an odd memory to do with soundtrack music in malls and restaurants. Not even remotely Johnny Cash.
My first job in University was a fry cook at a classy truck stop called Buddy's Steak Ranch. The main office had 2 hour looped tapes of music that played all day...our boss had bought 7, one for every day of the week. One country, one "80's hits" and so get the idea. The BEST one tho, which he took out of rotation but we'd slip back in occasionally for a laugh was a 2 hour loop of someone riding a horseback through the countryside, occasionally whistling, herding a cow or too, playing a harmonica and near the end being involved in a galloping chase with a band of indians riding and hollering after him. Not PC at all but pretty darn amusing on a slow night in a cheesy country style truck stop. I don't think anyone but us staff even noticed it, as we never had any customers comment on it...I can hear snippits of it in my head even now. Wierd stuff.

29 March, 2006 07:57  
Anonymous magnus said...

As long as it isn't too loud, most people don't really care. I used to use Metallica to drive customers out of the 7-11 I worked at right out of high school. Most were coming from Country Bars or Suburban bars that were stuck on bands like Loverboy and The Headpins.

29 March, 2006 10:18  

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