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16th Aug '17 12:21:15 PM DarcyFoster
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* A staple of British Halloween compilation albums is the Specials' ''Ghost Town''. They evidentally don't look past the title of the song and look at the lyrics - it's about urban decay, deindustrialisation, unemployment and violence in inner cities.
16th Aug '17 12:03:53 PM DarcyFoster
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* British pharmacy chain store Boots' [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O8Ylkpi8k8Y Christmas advert in 2013]] featured a boy buying presents for the special people in his life, one of which is for a girl he presumably has a crush on (calling her "the fittest girl in Year 10"[[labelnote:notes for non-British readers]]"Fit" in this sense equates to physical attractiveness; Year 10 is the one you take when you're 14/15[[/labelnote]]). The music used? Bronski Beats' ''Smalltown Boy'' - a song about a man being rejected by his family for being homosexual.
13th Aug '17 5:44:34 AM SeptimusHeap
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* WebOriginal/{{Endzone}} ([[http://endling.deviantart.com/journal/13251694/#journal see here]]) and WebOriginal/LawOfTalos ([[http://sins-of-angels.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=law+of+talos#/d3wkfua see here]]) feature a character known as the Chimbley Sweep, a young Victorian chimney sweep who was inspired by Music/TheDecemberists' song "The Chimbley Sweep". Which is mostly perfectly okay, but one can't help but wonder if the creator fully listened to [[{{Shotacon}} the worrying implications in the last verse]] ("O lonely urchin," the widow cried/"I've not [[UnusualEuphemism been swept]] since the day my husband died ...") ...

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* WebOriginal/{{Endzone}} ([[http://endling.deviantart.com/journal/13251694/#journal see here]]) and WebOriginal/LawOfTalos ([[http://sins-of-angels.deviantart.com/gallery/?q=law+of+talos#/d3wkfua see here]]) feature a character known as the Chimbley Sweep, a young Victorian chimney sweep who was inspired by Music/TheDecemberists' song "The Chimbley Sweep". Which is mostly perfectly okay, but one can't help but wonder if the creator fully listened to [[{{Shotacon}} [[NoYay the worrying implications in the last verse]] ("O lonely urchin," the widow cried/"I've not [[UnusualEuphemism been swept]] since the day my husband died ...") ...
12th Aug '17 11:07:26 PM Bearsca
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* Some might ring in the New Year with [[Music/{{ABBA}} ABBA]]'s "Happy New Year". While the song has an Auid Lang Syne feel, the song is actually about things that are wrong in the world and how at the end of the celebration, nothing will have changed.

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* Some might ring in the New Year with [[Music/{{ABBA}} ABBA]]'s "Happy New Year". While the song has an Auid Auld Lang Syne feel, the song is actually about things that are wrong in the world and how at the end of the celebration, nothing will have changed.
27th Jul '17 3:16:25 AM Kadorhal
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** How about the same band's "Tonight Tonight Tonight", a song about a paranoid junkie making a drug deal late at night, being used for a famous Michelob beer commercial?! (Did Michelob sponsor their ''Invisible Touch'' tour?!)

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** How about the same band's "Tonight Tonight Tonight", a song about a paranoid junkie making a drug deal late at night, being used for a famous Michelob beer commercial?! (Did Michelob sponsor their ''Invisible Touch'' tour?!)commercial?



* British furniture retailer DFS have just started a new TV ad campaign using {{Nickelback}}'s ''Rockstar''. On the surface it seems to be an IWantSong, but the lyrics are about the shallowness of materialism and instant gratification. The ads offer interest free credit.

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* British furniture retailer DFS have just started a new TV ad campaign using {{Nickelback}}'s ''Rockstar''. On the surface it seems to be an IWantSong, but the lyrics are about the shallowness of materialism and instant gratification. The ads offer interest free interest-free credit.



* The Whitlams' "You Gotta Love This City" for a Sydney Olympics-related tourism campaign.
** If you don't get that, understand that "Love This City" is about a man who commits suicide ''expressly because Sydney has won the bid to host the Olympic Games''. The full title lyric, not given until halfway through the song, runs: "You gotta love this city / For its body and not its brain..."

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* The Whitlams' "You Gotta Love This City" for a Sydney Olympics-related tourism campaign.
** If you don't get that, understand that "Love This City" is
campaign. It's about a man who commits suicide ''expressly because Sydney has won the bid to host the Olympic Games''. The full title lyric, not given until halfway through the song, runs: "You gotta love this city / For its body and not its brain..."



** The line starting with "I can't compete..." also seemed appropriate when Microsoft got accused of monopolization.



** The line "I can't compete..." also seemed appropriate when Microsoft got accused of monopolization.



* Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3SzI92FDFo this song.]] It's called "Diamonds and Guns," by Transplants. If you'll listen to the intro, you'll know it's used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ0kZYz9ntw Garnier Fructis Shampoo]] commercials. If you listen to the rest of it, you'll know why the guys who make those commercials ''haven't yet''.

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* Here's [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=i3SzI92FDFo this song.]] It's called "Diamonds and Guns," by Transplants. If you'll listen to the intro, you'll know it's used in [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kQ0kZYz9ntw Garnier Fructis Shampoo]] commercials. If you listen to the rest of it, you'll know why the guys who make those commercials ''haven't yet''.''haven't''.



-->Hell's vengeance is boiling in my heart,
-->Death and despair are aflame all around me!
-->If you fail to cause Sarastro's pangs of death
-->You will no longer be my daughter!

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-->Hell's vengeance is boiling in my heart,
-->Death
heart,\\
Death
and despair are aflame all around me!
-->If
me!\\
If
you fail to cause Sarastro's pangs of death
-->You
death\\
You
will no longer be my daughter!
27th Jul '17 2:50:31 AM Kadorhal
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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in "Unknown Subject", in which the [=UnSub=] likes to play songs from TheEighties when raping his victims. When one of his victims tells him she has recognized that the song he played at the bar was the same he played when he was raping her, he explains that he played it because he was the music that he chose when he asked for his wife's hand. The victim doesn't buy it... because the song was "Total Eclipse of the Heart".

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* ''Series/CriminalMinds'' {{lampshade|Hanging}}d this in "Unknown Subject", in which the [=UnSub=] likes to play songs from TheEighties when raping his victims. When one of his victims tells him she has recognized that the song he played at the bar was the same one he played when he was raping her, he explains that he played it because he it was the music that he chose when he asked for his wife's hand. The victim doesn't buy it... because the song was "Total Eclipse of the Heart".
24th Jul '17 6:55:56 AM FreeKing
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** In the same vein, "Losing My Religion" is often misinterpreted or taken literally, even though Stipe has gone on record saying it's supposed to be about unrequited love.



* [[Music/{{REM}} R.E.Ms]] "The One I Love" is often thought of as a SillyLoveSong, even though it's rather aggressive tune and decidedly ''un''romantic lyrics (a simple prop to occupy my time) would say otherwise.
** In the same vein, "Losing My Religion" is often misinterpreted or taken literally, even though Stipe has gone on record saying it's supposed to be about unrequited love.
21st Jul '17 12:31:13 PM twilicorn
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** The same song was used in trailers for the 1987 TV movie/miniseries "Billionaire Boys Club." Considering how the Boys' venture ends, it is safe to say that the song retains its original meaning.

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** The same song was used in trailers for the 1987 TV movie/miniseries "Billionaire ''Billionaire Boys Club." Club''. Considering how the Boys' venture ends, it is safe to say that the song retains its original meaning.



* The BBC used a reworking of Lou Reed's ''Perfect Day'' from ''Music/{{Transformer}}'' as an advert to demonstrate its commitment to bringing pleasure through music, each line of the song voiced by performers as diverse as rap singers and opera divas, in order to demonstrate the diversity of the Beeb's commitent to supporting and promoting musical talent. The subtext was that the BBC is a jolly nice organisation and you too can have a wholesome and indeed a perfect day with clean-living BBC radio and television. Yet wasn't Lou Reed's original a deceptively stealth little number, only superficially about two lovers enjoying a perfect day together - but deeper down it's about his destructive relationship with the love of his life - heroin - and what it can do to screw you up long-term?
** What makes this even stranger is that the reason the song had re-entered public consciousness at that time was its use in the film ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', where its druggy connotations were made very obvious indeed.

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* The BBC used a reworking of Lou Reed's ''Perfect Day'' from ''Music/{{Transformer}}'' as an advert to demonstrate its commitment to bringing pleasure through music, each line of the song voiced by performers as diverse as rap singers and opera divas, in order to demonstrate the diversity of the Beeb's commitent commitment to supporting and promoting musical talent. The subtext was that the BBC is a jolly nice organisation and you too can have a wholesome and indeed a perfect day with clean-living BBC radio and television. Yet wasn't Lou Reed's original a deceptively stealth little number, only superficially about two lovers enjoying a perfect day together - together... but deeper down it's about his destructive relationship with the love of his life - heroin - and what it can do to screw you up long-term?
** What makes this even stranger is that the reason the song had re-entered public consciousness at that time was its use in the film ''Film/{{Trainspotting}}'', where its druggy connotations were made very obvious indeed.



* DanFogelberg's 1978 single ''The Power of Gold'' was broadcast by ABC as part of its pre-Olympics show for the 1980 Lake Placid Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. The actual lyrics of the song are a cautionary tale about making one's life about material gain; thus, gold having the alluring ''power'' to destroy one's life.

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* DanFogelberg's Music/DanFogelberg's 1978 single ''The Power of Gold'' was broadcast by ABC as part of its pre-Olympics show for the 1980 Lake Placid Winter UsefulNotes/OlympicGames. The actual lyrics of the song are a cautionary tale about making one's life about material gain; thus, gold having the alluring ''power'' to destroy one's life.



* [[Music/KingCrimson Greg]] [[Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer Lake]]'s "I Believe In Father Christmas" is faithfully trotted out by radio stations each December for their "all-Christmas-music" programming, despite the fact that the song [[AntiChristmasSong mocks the holiday rather bitterly]].

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* [[Music/KingCrimson Greg]] [[Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer Lake]]'s "I Believe In Father Christmas" is faithfully trotted out by radio stations each December for their "all-Christmas-music" programming, despite the fact that the song [[AntiChristmasSong mocks the holiday rather bitterly]].bitterly]], and is outright stated by WordOfGod to be about growing out of the childhood illusion of Christmas.
16th Jul '17 7:16:09 AM twilicorn
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** Interestingly, a tale from [[WordOfGod Safka herself]] gives a slightly different interpretation of the lyrics. She was on this vegan diet that mainly involved distilled water, until an "inner voice" told her to eat at UsefulNotes/McDonalds. She started writing the song on the way home from there.
7th Jul '17 4:56:02 PM Premonition45
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** During the 2016 Republican National Convention, Music/GeorgeHarrison's estate was upset when "Here Comes The Sun" was played, writing [[DeadpanSnarker “If it had been Beware of Darkness, then we MAY have approved it!"]]. Music/{{Queen}} band members Music/BrianMay and Roger Taylor were peeved when "We Will Rock You" was played there, too.
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