Created By: HiddenFacedMatt on June 1, 2013 Last Edited By: HiddenFacedMatt on June 6, 2013

BGM From The Wrong Era

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Sometimes a scene set in a given time period will have music in the style of that time period as BGM. This isn't about those cases. This is for when, whether out of misunderstanding of what a time period's music style was, or deliberately, (for whatever reason) the scene is set to a style of music from a different era than the scene is set in.

Examples:

  • The 2013 CBC movie Jack, about Canadian politician Jack Layton, starts out with a scene of Jack Layton in his old age joggigng down a Toronto street with the 80s Parachute Club song "Rise Up" playing in the background... but immediately afterwards it's implied to be from within months of the 2011 election.
  • All of Baz Lurhmann's movies use music from the wrong era.
  • A Knight's Tale took place in medieval times yet the crowd did the stomp stomp clap riff from Queen's "We Will Rock You".
  • Averted in Iron Man 3; it started with "Blue (Da ba Dee)" from 1999, but that's because it turned out to be a flashback a few seconds later.
  • Played deliberately in Bioshock Infinite which mixes period hymns and other pieces with anachronistic tunes such as Tears for Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World and CCR's Fortunate Son in the game's 1912 setting. justified by people exploiting Elizabeth's powers to tear into alternate dimensions and covering the songs in the styles of their time period.
  • Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette purposely uses 1980s music in a story about the 1700s.
  • The film Moulin Rouge! uses contemporary music from the 1950s onwards to tell a tale set in 1899.
Community Feedback Replies: 12
  • June 1, 2013
    herbides
    What is BGM?
  • June 1, 2013
    Koveras
    "Background Music".
  • June 1, 2013
    Skylite
    • all of Baz Lurhmann's movies use music from the wrong era.
    • A Knight's Tale took place in medieval times yet the crowd did the stomp stomp clap riff from Queen's "We Will Rock You".
    • Iron Man 3 started with "Blue (Da ba Dee)" from 1999, but that's because it turned out to be a flashback a few seconds later.
  • June 1, 2013
    NESBoy
    In the case of Iron Man 3, that would be an aversion.
  • June 1, 2013
    arbiter099
    So, Anachronistic Soundtrack?

    Played deliberately in Bioshock Infinite which mixes period hymns and other pieces with anachronistic tunes such as Tears For Fears' Everybody Wants to Rule the World and CCR's Fortunate Son in the game's 1912 setting. justified by people exploiting Elizabeth's powers to tear into alternate dimensions and covering the songs in the styles of their time period.
  • June 1, 2013
    Duncan
    Sofia Coppola's Marie Antoinette purposely uses 1980s music in a story about the 1700s.
  • June 1, 2013
    randomsurfer
    The film Moulin Rouge uses contemporary music from the 1950s onwards to tell a tale set in 1899.
  • June 3, 2013
    HiddenFacedMatt
    It's not the entire soundtrack that's anachronistic @ arbiter099
  • June 5, 2013
    batgirl1
    Not sure about the difference between BGM and soundtrack (don't hit me!), but either way, you've just got to use the word Anachronism in the title, some how. It's one word that does the job of four.
  • June 5, 2013
    maxwellsilver
    Not so sure about abbreviating the title. It doesn't immeditately explain to the reader what it's about.
  • June 6, 2013
    lexicon
    'What is BGM?' was my question too. Someone should really put what that means in the description or or title.
  • June 6, 2013
    undefined
    Examples need proper structuring, and several spelling errors need to be fixed.

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