Carlton Draught's Big Ad. It's a big ad. Very big ad. This ad better sell some bloody beer.
There's a new Anti-Drug ad by the Partnership for Drug Free America that depicts an argument between a mother and daughter that is entirely made of this trope.
During the Dr Pepper 10 commercial: "CATCH PHRASE!"
About three pages of Paul Cornell/D'Israeli's XTNCT.
Title of Comic from Milk! Issue 16.
Steven Soderbergh's Schizopolis contains a scene with a conversation between husband and wife that consists solely of this. "Generic greeting!"
The movie plays with language a lot, including a character that speaks entirely in seemingly random phrases (like "nose army"). The conversation in genericspeak is repeated later from the woman's point of view, where the man's dialogue is dubbed in Japanese, which contrasts with her lover's dialogue, which is in Italian.
Not strictly self-referential, but Naked Pictures of Famous People by Jon Stewart contains a "recipe" for an entertainment awards show, with lines like "Expression of gratitude to Supreme Being and to members of honoree's blood lineage".
This is the theme to Garry's Show The opening theme to Garry's show Garry called me up and asked if I would write his theme song I'm almost halfway finished How do you like it so far? How do you like the theme to Garry's Show?
This is the theme to Garry's Show The opening theme to Garry's show This is the music that you hear as you watch the credits We're almost to the part Of where I start to whistle Then we'll watch "It's Garry Shandling's Show" (whistles) This was the theme to Garry Shandling's show!
This is the verse that sets up the premise Of why you have written a song. Say what you want, it's your song after all, But do try not to make each individual lyric line too long. Because it might not scan. Properly.
And this is the chorus, This is the chorus. It goes around and around and gets into your brain. This is the chorus, Our fabulous chorus, And thirty seconds from now you're going to hear it again.
From an unidentified folk singer overheard on the radio:
This is the chorus. It's the title of this song. This is the chorus. And it won't go on too long. It's sometimes called the refrain And it will come back again. This is the chorus. It's the title of this song.
Hook by Blues Traveler is a song about generic songs. Read just the first verse:
It doesn't matter what I say So long as I sing with inflection That makes you feel that I'll convey Some inner truth of vast reflection But I've said nothing so far And I can keep it up for as long as it takes And it don't matter who you are If I'm doing my job then its your resolve that breaks
Couldn't think of any lyrics No, I never wrote the lyrics So I'll just sing any old lyrics That come to mind, child
And similarly, King Crimson's "Happy With What You Have To Be Happy With".
Then I'm gonna have to write a chorus We're gonna need to have a chorus And this seems to be just as good as any other place to sing it 'til I'm blue in the face
"Coin Operated Boy" by The Dresden Dolls
"This bridge was written To make you feel smitten-er With my sad picture Of girl getting bitterer"
"The Grunge Song" by Radio Free Vestibule (NOTWeezer)
"This is the part of the song that's really quiet we play very soft, it sounds like a ballad AND THIS IS PART WHERE WE PLAY REAL HARD IT'S MUCH LOUDER THAN AT THE BEGINNING and we go back to the quiet part. Again."
"Punk Rock 101" by Bowling for Soup
"Don't forget the delay...lay...lay On the very last word...word...word..."
But helps to get a small percentage of the urban music market"
Orange Goblin's Tosh Lines:
This is the first line of my song Second line didn't take me all that long Third line and I'm about to lose control Fourth line is a lesson in rock and roll Fifth line is very much like the third Line six is the best you've ever heard Seventh line and we're getting near the end Eight line and that's your lot, my friend
This is an album by The Black Keys. The name of this album is Brothers.
deadmau5' albums Random Album Title, and possibly invoked with For Lack of a Better Name (the first album released after Random Album Title) and its title track, "Lack of a Better Name". From "This is the Hook":
Phrase about my car, rhyme about my crew (Volvo!) Rap about how much more crunk I am than you Rhyme about my rims, rhyme about my bling Chorus where I scream cause I don't know how to sing!
Von Dooley's Shitty Pop Song:
And now the next verse, you might think it's shit so I'll throw in a harmony to change it up a bit. This took me an hour and a half to make and honestly that's even pushing it a bit (pointless whisper)