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11th Jun '18 2:58:44 AM Q4
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* The song "Shiny Happy People" by R.E.M is apparently a reference to a piece of Chinese propaganda that called the massacre in Tiananmen Square "shiny happy people holding hands". [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YbGSDkvh8B0 It's understandable why 90210 didn't know it was a protest song,]] but the band seemed perfectly ''happy'' to [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zkHM8xG6i8o rework it]] when they appeared on ''Series/SesameStreet''...
10th Jun '18 7:00:24 PM mightymewtron
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* Songs from ''Theatre/DearEvanHansen'' are often used in an inspirational or heartwarming context, especially "You Will Be Found" and "For Forever." The finale that reprises both of these songs was used for the "In Memoriam" segment of the 72nd Tony Awards, for example. The problem is, many of the songs Evan sings, while they do carry genuine emotions, are used to lie to the classmates and family of a suicide victim for Evan's own emotional gain.
8th Jun '18 5:03:13 AM Q4
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* Creator/{{The BBC}}'s family game show ''Series/TheGenerationGame'' used Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer's ''Karn Evil 9'' (specifically, "First Impression Part Two") for the title music and music stings. One wonders if the Beeb knew about the car-bomb lyrics or the "seven virgins and a mule" bit.

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* Creator/{{The BBC}}'s family game show ''Series/TheGenerationGame'' used Music/EmersonLakeAndPalmer's ''Karn Evil 9'' (specifically, "First Impression Part Two") for the title music and music stings. One wonders if the Beeb knew about the car-bomb lyrics or the "seven virgins and a mule" bit. (The song was apparently chosen by host Jim Davidson, a big prog rock fan, which suggests he was GettingCrapPastTheRadar.)
6th Jun '18 7:12:41 AM jormis29
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* A commercial for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch version of ''VideoGame/JustDance 2018'' has a woman dancing to "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi ft. Daddy Yankee (one of the many songs included in the game's tracklist) with her friends, parents, and apparently her grandparents. The problem is, though many non-Spanish speakers don't realize this, the song isn't [[IntercourseWithYou the type of song you'd probably want to dance to with your mom]].

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* A commercial for the UsefulNotes/NintendoSwitch version of ''VideoGame/JustDance 2018'' has a woman dancing to "Despacito" by Luis Fonsi Music/LuisFonsi ft. Daddy Yankee Music/DaddyYankee (one of the many songs included in the game's tracklist) with her friends, parents, and apparently her grandparents. The problem is, though many non-Spanish speakers don't realize this, the song isn't [[IntercourseWithYou the type of song you'd probably want to dance to with your mom]].
25th May '18 5:32:51 PM twilicorn
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* Parodied in ''Website/TheOnion'': "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/song-about-heroin-used-to-advertise-bank,1489/ Song About Heroin Used To Advertise Bank]]".

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* Parodied in ''Website/TheOnion'': "[[http://www.theonion.com/articles/song-about-heroin-used-to-advertise-bank,1489/ Song About Heroin Used To Advertise Bank]]".Bank]]" specifically mocks Music/IggyPop's "Music/LustForLife" being used ironically.
25th May '18 5:24:07 PM twilicorn
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* In the trailer for their Witch Mountain remake, Disney used the guitar solo from Music/TheOffspring's "Stuff Is Messed Up", which has some seriously kid-unfriendly lyrics.

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* In the trailer for their Witch Mountain remake, ''Film/RaceToWitchMountain'', Disney used the guitar solo from Music/TheOffspring's "Stuff Is Messed Up", which has some seriously kid-unfriendly lyrics.



* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' ran adverts featuring Music/TheRollingStones' "Gimme Shelter" from ''Music/BeggarsBanquet''. Apparently a song depicting the horrors of war, which will eventually end all life on the planet, is supposed to encourage people to play as Black Op soldiers.
** Though, ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' has had a history of being [[WarIsHell anti-war]], yet [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing simultaneously being pro-war, due to being a fun video game about the subject.]] So, while still contradictory, the advertisers were probably well aware of the song' meaning
** The game is also set during TheSixties and UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar particularly -- many of the soldiers fighting the war didn't particularly want to be there and would often play contemporary anti-war rock music being well aware of the irony; indeed, the first level of the game actually set in Vietnam starts with "Fortunate Son" playing over the radio. The producers probably knew exactly what they were doing.

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* ''VideoGame/CallOfDutyBlackOps'' ran adverts featuring Music/TheRollingStones' "Gimme Shelter" from ''Music/BeggarsBanquet''. Apparently a song depicting the horrors of war, which will eventually end all life on the planet, is supposed to encourage people to play as Black Op soldiers.
** Though,
soldiers. And yet, the ''VideoGame/CallOfDuty'' franchise itself has had a history of being [[WarIsHell anti-war]], yet [[DoNotDoThisCoolThing simultaneously being pro-war, due to being a fun video game about the subject.]] So, while still contradictory, the advertisers were probably well aware of the song' meaning
** The game
meaning. ''Black Ops'' is also set during TheSixties and UsefulNotes/TheVietnamWar particularly -- many of the soldiers fighting the war didn't particularly want to be there and would often play contemporary anti-war rock music being well aware of the irony; indeed, the first level of the game actually set in Vietnam starts with "Fortunate Son" playing over the radio. The producers probably knew exactly what they were doing.



* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suE_WJWUEVs This ad]] for the SPCA uses Music/RobertaFlack's love song "[[IntercourseWithYou The First Time That Ever I Saw Your Face]]" to promote the rescue of abused animals. While the SPCA does want the viewers [[FriendToAllLivingThings to love their rescued animals]], they probably do not want them [[BestialityIsDepraved to love the animals in that other way.]]

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* [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=suE_WJWUEVs This ad]] for the SPCA uses Music/RobertaFlack's touching yet slightly [[IntercourseWithYou intercoursey]] love song "[[IntercourseWithYou The "The First Time That Ever I Saw Your Face]]" Face" to promote the rescue of abused animals. While the SPCA does want the viewers [[FriendToAllLivingThings to love their rescued animals]], they probably do not want them [[BestialityIsDepraved to love the animals in that other way.]]



* To celebrate the then-upcoming release of [[MilestoneCelebration the 50th film]] (''Disney/{{Tangled}}'') in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, Creator/{{Disney}} released a video which featured a countdown of all 50 films using Brandi Carlile's song "Dreams". While dreams (of the [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} "a wish your heart makes"]] variety) are featured heavily as a {{Motif}} in ''Tangled'', the song, according to WordOfGod, refers to... let's just say [[EroticDream a very different kind of dream.]]

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* To celebrate the then-upcoming release of [[MilestoneCelebration the 50th film]] (''Disney/{{Tangled}}'') in the Franchise/DisneyAnimatedCanon, Creator/{{Disney}} released a video which featured a countdown of all 50 films using Brandi Carlile's song "Dreams". While dreams (of the [[Disney/{{Cinderella}} "a wish your heart makes"]] variety) are featured heavily as a {{Motif}} in ''Tangled'', the canon, the song, according to WordOfGod, refers to... let's just say [[EroticDream a very different kind of dream.]]
7th May '18 1:50:19 AM RedScharlach
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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Jenna and her mom use a karoake performance of "Do That To Me One More Time" to celebrate their reconciliation.

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* ''Series/ThirtyRock'': Jenna and her mom use a karoake karaoke performance of "Do That To Me One More Time" to celebrate their reconciliation.



* In 2012, Chevrolet Argentina (a GM brand) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFi_T0q5eGk put up a commercial]] for their new S10 pick-up truck, picturing it in different country-fair expositions (coal-mining fairs, yerba mate fairs, etc; common events in Argentina's country), showing it being used in tough-as-nails jobs, with a voice-over narrating fragments of a poem describing how strong and powerful the truck was ("You are a superb and proud specimen of your kind/And whether taming horses /or killing tigers /You are an Alexander /Nebuchadnezzar"). The poem? "A Roosevelt", by Rubén Darío. The thing being described? The USA under UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt. And what is it about? It's an anti-imperialist poem about how Latin America isn't going to fall to Roosevelt's USA without a fight. It is one of the most famous anti-American-imperialism pieces in Latin American left-wing literature. Considering that GM is an American brand, and even more, considering that it is now partially own by the US goverment, one wonders if the marketing people were being ironic or just didn't read the whole thing through.

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* In 2012, Chevrolet Argentina (a GM brand) [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eFi_T0q5eGk put up a commercial]] for their new S10 pick-up truck, picturing it in different country-fair expositions (coal-mining fairs, yerba mate fairs, etc; common events in Argentina's country), showing it being used in tough-as-nails jobs, with a voice-over narrating fragments of a poem describing how strong and powerful the truck was ("You are a superb and proud specimen of your kind/And whether taming horses /or killing tigers /You are an Alexander /Nebuchadnezzar"). The poem? "A Roosevelt", by Rubén Darío. The thing being described? The USA under UsefulNotes/TheodoreRoosevelt. And what is it about? It's an anti-imperialist poem about how Latin America isn't going to fall to Roosevelt's USA without a fight. It is one of the most famous anti-American-imperialism pieces in Latin American left-wing literature. Considering that GM is an American brand, and even more, considering that it is now partially own owned by the US goverment, government, one wonders if the marketing people were being ironic or just didn't read the whole thing through.



* iPhone commercials are usually notorious for misusing songs, but a particularly notorious example is the 2014 [[http://youtu.be/ODmfmUWqlSA "Powerful"]] advert, which features a bunch of teenage girls singing "[[Music/SurferRosa Gigantic]]" - a song that WordOfGod states is about interracial romance but is commonly interpreted to be about ''[[BiggusDickus a big black dick]]'' - by Music/ThePixies.

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* iPhone commercials are usually notorious for misusing songs, but a particularly notorious example is the 2014 [[http://youtu.be/ODmfmUWqlSA "Powerful"]] advert, which features a bunch of teenage girls singing "[[Music/SurferRosa Gigantic]]" - -- a song that WordOfGod states is about interracial romance but is commonly interpreted to be about ''[[BiggusDickus a big black dick]]'' - -- by Music/ThePixies.



* 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]]an attractive 14/15 year old[[/labelnote]]). The music used? Bronski Beat's ''Smalltown Boy'' - a song about a man being rejected by his family for being homosexual.

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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]]an attractive 14/15 year old[[/labelnote]]). 14/15-year-old[[/labelnote]]). The music used? Bronski Beat's ''Smalltown Boy'' - -- a song about a man being rejected by his family for being homosexual.



* 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 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... 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?

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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 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... 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?



* The same is true for "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Music/GreenDay, often being played at weddings and graduations, despite being a song about a bad break up. [[FailedASpotCheck The clue's in the name]], which, to be fair, [[NonAppearingTitle does not appear in the lyrics]] and is sometimes not used when it's played. While not a wedding song, its sort of appropriate for graduations at least.

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* The same is true for "Good Riddance (Time of Your Life)" by Music/GreenDay, often being played at weddings and graduations, despite being a song about a bad break up. [[FailedASpotCheck The clue's in the name]], which, to be fair, [[NonAppearingTitle does not appear in the lyrics]] and is sometimes not used when it's played. While not a wedding song, its it's sort of appropriate for graduations at least.



* The sheer number of people who think Music/NineInchNails' song "Closer" from ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' (aka the 'Fuck you like an animal song') is a great song to have sex to is astounding. Let's not beat the bush and just make one thing clear: if having sex because its the only thing that takes you away from the psychological hell you've found yourself trapped in is your thing, then go for it. If not, don't. Honestly, the line "Help me get away from myself" ought to have keyed you in.

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* The sheer number of people who think Music/NineInchNails' song "Closer" from ''Music/TheDownwardSpiral'' (aka the 'Fuck you like an animal song') is a great song to have sex to is astounding. Let's not beat the bush and just make one thing clear: if having sex because its it's the only thing that takes you away from the psychological hell you've found yourself trapped in is your thing, then go for it. If not, don't. Honestly, the line "Help me get away from myself" ought to have keyed you in.



* Music/{{Rihanna}}'s "Te Amo" is celebrated as a song of lesbian love ("Te amo, te amo [I love you], she says to me...") - except that in the song Rihanna rejects the other girl because she doesn't feel the same way (whether it's towards the other girl specifically or just women in general is not made clear).

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* Music/{{Rihanna}}'s "Te Amo" is celebrated as a song of lesbian love ("Te amo, te amo [I love you], she says to me...") - -- except that in the song Rihanna rejects the other girl because she doesn't feel the same way (whether it's towards the other girl specifically or just women in general is not made clear).



-->'''Song author Jim Steinman:''' I actually wrote that to be a vampire love song. It's original title was "Vampires In Love" because I was working on a musical of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', the other great vampire story. If anyone listens to the lyrics, they're really like vampire lines. It's all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love's place in the dark.

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-->'''Song author Jim Steinman:''' I actually wrote that to be a vampire love song. It's Its original title was "Vampires In Love" because I was working on a musical of ''Film/{{Nosferatu}}'', the other great vampire story. If anyone listens to the lyrics, they're really like vampire lines. It's all about the darkness, the power of darkness and love's place in the dark.



** The song is reassuring a partner that they don't ''have'' to change to keep the singer's interest - they have his interest just as they are now. In other words it's about NOT changing "just for your mate," but being yourself. It doesn't really mention natural changes over time at all, it's about ''artificial'' changes adopted out of fear (and why they're not necessary). The only ironic thing about using it in weddings is the implication that the relationship has been going on for some time, while weddings are "traditionally" a relationship's beginning... but these days, that's less of a problem.

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** The song is reassuring a partner that they don't ''have'' to change to keep the singer's interest - -- they have his interest just as they are now. In other words it's about NOT changing "just for your mate," but being yourself. It doesn't really mention natural changes over time at all, it's about ''artificial'' changes adopted out of fear (and why they're not necessary). The only ironic thing about using it in weddings is the implication that the relationship has been going on for some time, while weddings are "traditionally" a relationship's beginning... but these days, that's less of a problem.



* 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. (That being said, the reason it's stuck around in this usage for ''so long'' is because it is a ''very'' ghostly sounding song. As in, an instrumental version could be used as Haunted House music without any other changes.)

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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. (That being said, the reason it's stuck around in this usage for ''so long'' is because it is a ''very'' ghostly sounding song. As in, an instrumental version could be used as Haunted House music without any other changes.)



* Pretty much any film, documentary, TV programme, or anything else that uses ''Big in Japan'' by Alphaville to set the mood for a Japanese setting. That song is about a man wondering whether or not he should leave his empty life as a male prostitute in Japan, which is a rather easy one as hes [[BiggerIsBetterInBed big in Japan]].

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* Pretty much any film, documentary, TV programme, or anything else that uses ''Big in Japan'' by Alphaville to set the mood for a Japanese setting. That song is about a man wondering whether or not he should leave his empty life as a male prostitute in Japan, which is a rather easy one as hes he's [[BiggerIsBetterInBed big in Japan]].



* In Karen Kingsbury's novel ''Unlocked'', the mother of [[HollywoodAutism Hollywood Autistic teen]] Hayden frequently watches [[HappierHomeMovie old home videos of her son as a toddler before his autism became apparent]], scored with the Christopher Cross song "Never Be the Same". ("No I'll never be the same without you here/I'll live alone and hide myself behind my tears"). Beyond the ugly implication that an autistic person effectively "leaves" their family once they're diagnosed, the song's clearly about a ''romantic relationship'' that faded away when one listens to the verses as opposed to just the chorus...(and this is a novel aimed at conservative Christians!).

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* In Karen Kingsbury's novel ''Unlocked'', the mother of [[HollywoodAutism Hollywood Autistic teen]] Hayden frequently watches [[HappierHomeMovie old home videos of her son as a toddler before his autism became apparent]], scored with the Christopher Cross song "Never Be the Same". ("No ("No, I'll never be the same without you here/I'll live alone and hide myself behind my tears"). Beyond the ugly implication that an autistic person effectively "leaves" their family once they're diagnosed, the song's clearly about a ''romantic relationship'' that faded away when one listens to the verses as opposed to just the chorus...(and this is a novel aimed at conservative Christians!).
3rd May '18 8:06:21 AM Malady
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* There's also a video of a little girl singing "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" from SweeneyTodd. The song isn't that creepy, if quite sad, on its own, but when you consider that Johanna is singing about cages as a metaphor for being molested by an insane ephebophile...

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* There's also a video of a little girl singing "Green Finch and Linnet Bird" from SweeneyTodd.Theatre/SweeneyTodd. The song isn't that creepy, if quite sad, on its own, but when you consider that Johanna is singing about cages as a metaphor for being molested by an insane ephebophile...
25th Apr '18 3:55:42 AM ErikModi
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** Some commercials use the first part of the chorus, "You can run on for a long time/run on for a long time." Appropriate for a motor vehicle renowned for reliability. They don't use to last half, "Run on for a long time/Sooner or later God'll cut you down/Sooner or later God'll cut you down," which is not so appropriate.
21st Apr '18 7:43:45 AM TwilightLord
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* British outdoor clothing and supply store Go Outdoors uses "Let Me Go" by Music/GaryBarlow over clips of a family having fun outside and doing various activities. You know, the song Gary wrote about his ''stillborn daughter''.
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