Repetitive Audio Glitch

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For overly-long repetition not caused by a malfunctioning machine, see Broken Record.


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    Adver-adver-adver-adver (BONK!) Advertising 
  • "It's new! It's Orbit!" "It's a great tasting, great tasting, great tasting..." (WHACK!) "Sugar-free bubble gum."

    Com-Com-Com-Com- (POW!) Comics 
  • This Garfield strip, which has ironically become an Overused Running Gag in the parody comic Square Root of Minus Garfield.
  • Played with in a The Wizard of Id comic featuring the Spook, the long-term resident of the palace dungeon. The sound of singing coming from his cell develops a repetitive audio glitch, and the guard rushes into find the cell empty except for a record player. It turns out that the Spook really was singing, audio glitch and all, and was hiding in the base of the record player with the intention of making his escape once the guard rushed off to report that he'd made an escape.

    Fi-Fi-Fi-Fi- (SMASH!) Film 
  • The Marx Brothers film Monkey Business: the boys all try to get in the country claiming to be Maurice Chevalier (he was on the ship and they stole his passport). To prove they're Chevalier they sing; Harpo's got a Maurice Chevalier record on a wind-up player strapped to his back, which eventually begins to wind down.
  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger is entertaining the bar patrons by performing to a record of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (the Looney Tunes theme). The record sticks just as Roger gets to the part where he smashes a plate over his head, so he smashes several until Eddie stops the record.
  • Played for laughs with the opening song in Hannah Montana The Movie where Hannah is shooting a music video and the song becomes stuck on 'Best of both... best of both....' until the sound engineer does Percussive Maintenance to get it going again (while the dancers also loop their moves). They finish the song, the director calls cut and says he'll Fix It in Post.
  • Singin' in the Rain: At the preview showing of The Dueling Cavalier, a mishap causes the film to lose sync with the soundtrack (early sound films had the soundtrack on a phonograph record; they switched to printing the track directly on the film to avoid this very thing), leading to a scene where the villain and the Distressed Damsel speak each other's lines. This becomes a plot point, as it leads to the idea of having Kathy dub over Lena's nails-on-a-chalkboard voice.
  • In The Great Mouse Detective, the heroes are strapped into a Death Trap driven by a record player. Fortunately, the record starts skipping, pausing the countdown for a few precious seconds. Unfortunately, Basil is too busy having a Heroic BSOD to take advantage of it.
  • In A Goofy Movie, Goofy and Max attend a malfunctioning animatronic show at Lester's Possum Park (Max reacts to the show by calling it pathetic). The song ends with the lyrics, "Here at Lester's Po— Po— Po— (BANG!) Possum Park!" (The version included in the official movie soundtrack features the skipping, but not the accompanying banging.)

    Liter-Liter-Liter-Liter (ZAP!) Literature 
  • The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul: Early in the novel, the reader is treated to a grisly sight, where a person's severed head is on atop a record on a turntable, with the turntable on. The person's head keeps nudging the record needle into the previous groove.
    "Don't pick it up, pick it up, pick itó Don't pick it up, pick it up, pick itó Don't pick it up, pick it up, pick itó"
  • In Thief of Time, the adept, when inventing the first Procastrinator, tests his invention by repeatedly skipping backwards in time in a conversation with his adept, so it sounds just like this.

    Live-Live-Live-Live (BAM!) Live Action TV 

    Mus-Mus-Mus-Mus (WHUMP!) Music 
  • "Girl you know it's-- Girl you know it's-- Girl you know it's-- Girl you know it's--" This one happened live. Their career promptly blew up in their face, as people finally realized they were simply lip syncing everything.
  • Not quite the same as this, but Ashlee Simpson's singing career went down in flames after she went on Saturday Night Live to promote her new song and started lipsyncing to the wrong song...
  • blur's song Peach ends in a manner which is reminiscent of a skipping record.
  • Played for laughs in Type O Negative's Skip It, designed to sound like the CD is jumping.
  • In Eminem's track 'Under the Influence', guest rapper Bizarre's section includes the following:
    My DJ's in a coma for letting the record ski-
    letting the record ski-
    letting the record ski-
    [rewind sound effect]
  • "Pearl Bomb" by Melvins starts with 30 seconds of a very short loop that sounds exactly like a skipping CD... Then a clearly non-skipping bass guitar starts playing in time with the loop. The loop continues throughout the rest of the song, and basically functions as percussion.
  • "Coin-Operated Boy" by The Dresden Dolls has a section that's supposed to resemble one of these:
    And I'll never let him go
    And I'll never be alone
    And I'll never let him go
    And I'll never be alone
    go- And I'll never be alone
    go- And I'll never be alone
    go- And I'll never be alone
    And I'll never be alone....
    Not with my coin operated boy
  • John Reuben's "Move" features the following:
    'Cause nowadays, music's too political
    And maybe just a bit too predictable
    The repetition <click>
    repetition <click>
    repetition <click>
    Man, I'm just kidding, or am I?
  • Orbital's second album opens with a vocal sample of Worf: "There is the theory of the MŲbius... a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes looped." The words "time becomes looped" repeat. The left and right channels play at slightly different speeds, so the looped words fall out of synch then back into synch before the track ends. The entire thing was a joke aimed at the fans: Orbital's previous album had opened with the same vocal sample but without the looping; Orbital wanted fans listening to the second album to initially think they had actually bought a glitched copy of the first album.
  • On the David Bowie album Diamond Dogs "The Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family" ends with a mechanical voice shouting the first syllable of "brother" over and over.
  • Invoked by some DJs in intentional versions of Broken Record (Fatboy Slim has great examples in both "The Rockafella Skank" and "Praise You").
  • Madonna's song "Now I'm Following You (Part 2)" begins with the record skipping, presumably after Part 1 finishes playing if you're listening to the entire album I'm Breathless straight from the CD. Madonna says "Oh, dear" and fixes the record player so that it starts with the playing of Part 2's music.
  • From "Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants:
    And it sticks like a broken record
    Everything sticks like a broken record
    Everything sticks until it goes away

    Stand-Stand-Stand-Stand- (WHAP!) Stand-Up Comedy 
  • The Cheech And Chong sketch "Strawberry Revival Festival" from Los Cochinos has a record player that's constantly skipping in the background.

    Thea-Thea-Thea-Thea- (BONK!) Theater 
  • Not quite the same thing, but in The Musical The Drowsy Chaperone, the Man in Chair is listening to an actual record of a 1920's show, which occasionally skips. Since the show is "appearing" in his living room, the characters have to keep repeating their actions until the record moves on.

    Video-Video-Video-Video (WHACK!) Video Games 
  • BioShock 2's Fontaine Futuristics announcer is a textbook example of this trope.
  • Portal has GLaDOS doing this on multiple occasions.
  • SHODAN in System Shock does this nearly all the time.
  • A meta example: the Team Fortress 2 announcer repeating "OVERTIME!" over and over in King of the Hill mode was due to a coding error. The error has since been fixed, but the old glitchy behavior can be brought back via a console command.
  • Malakai in Dark Fall; Lights Out does this in a similar way to SHODAN whenever he speaks to Benjamin Parker.
  • Lyril suffers from this in Sierra's Lighthouse: The Dark Being. She's bound to a life support system in a chair since the age of 4, and by the time the player meets her, Lyril speaks this way almost all the time, not helped by the occasional mechanical sound effects from her machine. Because of this, Lyril's become somewhat of a Scrappy among fans.

    West-West-West-West- (BOP!) Western Animation 
  • Arthur used this as an exposť for their literal Fake Band Binky, where the title character accidentally thinks a key component of the band's hologram generator is a trash can and throws a banana peel in it. You can guess what happened next.
  • One later Looney Tunes short called "Daffy's Inn Trouble" features the trope. In one scene, Daffy (in drag) decides to mime to a song on a record to lure patrons into his new inn, only for the record to start skipping. Once he's caught, Daffy attempts to do a quick dance before the would-be customers began throwing produce at him.
  • Phineas and Ferb: Perry is undercover masquerading as scientist Dr. Lloyd Wexler at an evil science convention in Britain, but when Doofenshmirtz makes Perry read from his autobiography, he almost gets caught since platypi can't speak (well in anything but that growling noise Perry usually makes). Thankfully he just happened to have a CD player and an audiobook version of said autobiography to lip sync to, until it randomly started skipping.
    The malevolent part is one charm, without the cumbersome shackles of sentimental introspec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-(slam)
    Doofenshmirtz: Hmm, that's funny. I don't remember you saying "spec" so many times.
  • SpongeBob SquarePants: In "Gary Takes a Bath", Gary plants a record player with a shadow similar to himself on a tree with his meowing playing on it. When Spongebob pours water on it, it breaks and starts skipping.
    • Not to mention "Pressure", when Sandy and Spongebob were about to race to the Krusty Krab:
    Spongebob: Think you can a fair race in that clunky tin tube?
    Sandy: Why don't use ask my behind! That is, if you can catch it! (cut to a closeup of Sandy) What do you think of that, HydroPants?
    Spongebob: I'd say, I'm already halfway there!-halfway there!- (cut to a wider shot showing a record player in Spongebob's place) halfway there!-halfway there!
  • In another Looney Tunes short, "Pigs in a Polka", the Big Bad Wolf tries to fool the Three Little Pigs by disguising himself as a Gypsy woman playing the violin. One of the pigs discovers the record player hidden behind his back and switches the record over to an upbeat polka, causing the wolf to literally dance out of his costume.
  • Part of a gag in Animaniacs where the Warners are chasing down the Wally Llama to ask him something:
    WL: GO AWAY! I'm missing Baywatch.
    Wakko: But we have a very very very very very very very (Yakko thumps him) important question to ask you.
  • The 1938 Merrie Melodies cartoon "The Major Lied Til Dawn" had some African natives, stereotypically big-lipped, then the music starts skipping. A female native opens her mouth to show a record with the needle skipping on it. She replaces the needle, the music resumes normally, and she walks on.
  • An early 60s Paramount Modern Madcap dealt with a Russian marriage broker who gets a robot alien as a client. The robot is smitten with a jukebox playing a female singer with the tag line "I love you" (Robot: "She loves me!"). He later returns the jukebox because the record skips on "I love you" persistently, the robot saying she just won't shut up.
  • The Show Within a Show All my Circuits on Futurama had one of its robot actors break down in this way, opening up the door for Bender to audition on the show.
    • In a meta-example, the Hypnotoad sound effect was produced this way.
  • From Hanna-Barbera's The Tom And Jerry Show episode "Cosmic Cat And Meteor Mouse", Tom and Jerry both disguise themselves as the titular superheroes and visit the bulldog whose beauty sleep is being interrupted by their watching the titular show, with both characters lip-syncing to a record playing out the voices of the superheroes. The bulldog catches on that he's being duped when the record player hidden behind Tom's back skips on "Cosmic Zinger", and so he decides to fix them by having the record player speed up so that Tom and Jerry are lip-syncing faster and at a higher pitch.
  • In The Jetsons episode "Uniblab", the titular robot gets stuck repeating "Spacely's a stupe" (one of the things it recorded George Jetson saying) while Spacely was showing off the robot to a few businessmen.
  • The Tom Terrific story arc "The Everlasting Birthday Party" is all about this. Crabby Appleton has a specially created record that deliberately skips on the same groove so he'll be able to celebrate his birthday in perpetuity.

    Truth-Truth-Truth-Truth (CRACK!) Truth In Television 
  • This was an issue that radio stations had to watch for back in the days when everything was on phonograph records with systems that automatically changed turntables. There is a too-good-to-be-true story passed around in the radio industry about a DJ who set up several records to go off one-after-another live and went down to the cafeteria for lunch. The speakers in the cafeteria was playing the station and when he got there a commercial for an audio version of Moby-Dick was playing but the record was skipping going "dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick..". The DJ rushed up the stairs to the station and upon entering the studio slapped at the record player in a panic. The record player went "dick.. dick - *Record Needle Scratch* THAR SHE BLOWS!"
  • A more modern example is that most video games, when they crash, will get stuck playing the last half-secondnote  of audio again and again. This is due to the way "circular buffering" works; without any new data coming in, the audio hardware winds up reading the old data over and over and over again.
  • Audio on programs like iTunes will stutter on computers with low Random Access Memory.
  • Any toy or desk-sitter that plays a sound when you push a button or jostle it can do this when the batteries are low, the button or sensor is stuck, or the contacts are corroding- smacking it can in fact temporarily fix it the latter two cases.
  • Video Games Awesome! encounters a glitch like this while playing Ducktales Remastered.

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Alternative Title(s):

Like A Broken Record