My favorite part about going to the gym (ok, the only thing I enjoy at that the gym) is the opportunity to put my old school ipod (ipod(v.1)) on shuffle and hear songs I had no idea I might like from artists like…gulp… The Cranberries. Yes, much to my own chagrin, I think I might like The Cranberries. I realized this when I had pod(v.1) on shuffle when I was removing the popcorn ceiling from my house a couple of years ago. That project was disgusting (I may actually know what asbestos tastes like), and required me to stay stationary – thusly, unavailable to hit skip to the next song… Under this duress – I found out about my secret love for The Cranberries.
I have a passion for music and can generally remember the name of a band or song better than that of a good acquaintance. So when The Cranberries, “Zombie” came on I knew immediately what I was hearing. A neighbor used to listen to this incessantly when she would give me a ride to school my sophomore year of high school. I remember a disdain. However, maybe it was the circumstance, being completely engrossed in scrapping the asbestos-laden material off my ceiling, but suddenly and inexplicably, I was singing along. In typical ipod(v.1) fashion the next shuffled song was a Cranberries number, and I really enjoyed it. Now, if one of The Cranberries numbers off the Zombie album come up, I’m actually happy. In my opinion, this is the a function of situation dictating my appreciation for band.
Conversely, I’ve found that if a song has made it into a major advertising campaign or TV show, it is forever tainted. The Who are the most egregious example of a great band whose “selling out” to the likes of Buick/Propecia/TheHartford/CSI-MIAMI has made it virtually impossible for me to enjoy one of their songs. It’s not like Bob Seger’s, “Like a Rock,” was ever going to get my musical mojo going – that song has always been sucky… or has it? I’m pretty sure the only time I’ve heard, “L.a.R.” was while watching glorious full-size American Trucks plow through mountainous regions covered in mud and giant boulders. Either way, I’m confused about the whole point of using recognizable songs in commercials. Am I the only one who feels like once a song has been used in a Budweiser commercial it’s always going to thought of as a commercial song? I for one would like to pretend that I only like music that cannot be commercially successful. Harumph!