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The Elevator from Ipanema
: The soothing
played on an elevator.
Straight: Alice gets on an elevator, which is playing soothing Muzak.
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.
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
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.
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."
Exploited: The mall is hoping the Muzak will make people in the elevator want to buy more stuff.
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."
Tall and tan, and young and lovely, The Girl from Ipanema goes walking; and when she passes, each one she passes goes—