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Playing With: The Elevator from Ipanema
Basic Trope: The soothing Muzak played on an elevator.
  • Straight: Alice gets on an elevator, which is playing soothing Muzak.
  • Exaggerated:
    • The song is a Muzak version of a well-known song, rather than just generic Muzak.
    • Everyone on the elevator begins a sing-along.
    • The Muzak can be heard everywhere in the building, not just on the elevators.
  • Downplayed: ???
  • Justified:
    • Technically, it's illegal to play copyrighted music without paying royalties to record companies, even if it is to keep people calm and entertained on an elevator or while holding on phone lines; Muzak is a less expensive alternative.
    • It also (if it doesn't feature any singer) prevents people from becoming upset by offensive lyrics, or the company looking "unprofessional" for playing such.
    • For a time, this was Truth in Television, although it's less common these days. (It's usually Played for Laughs.)
  • Inverted: Over the elevator's intercom, the radio is being played, nothing but well-known hits.
  • Subverted: The song is not electronic music
    • Alice doesn't hear Muzak on the elevator
  • Double Subverted:
    • But it's a cover of a popular song, in a completely different style or genre than the original
    • Or it's a song or artist few people have ever heard of.
    • But she does hear it when she calls customer service.
  • Parodied:
  • Zig Zagged: ???
  • Averted: The elevator plays no music of any kind over its intercom.
  • Enforced: There is an awkward tension between Alice and Bob and the music adds to the humor.
  • Lampshaded: "This elevator music is terrible."
  • Invoked: ???
  • Exploited: The mall is hoping the Muzak will make people in the elevator want to buy more stuff.
  • Defied:
    • The elevator music is classical rather than Muzak.
    • Operators decide not to play any music at all.
  • Discussed: "Bob, I know this song from somewhere." "Yeah, Girl from Ipanema. They play it all the time in elevators."
  • Conversed: ???

Tall and tan, and young and lovely, The Girl from Ipanema goes walking; and when she passes, each one she passes goes—ahhh.

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