Quotes: Soundtrack Dissonance

"[insert unpleasant scene here] WHILE HIDEAKI ANNO PLAYS UNFITTING MUSIC"

Live-action TV

Hey, wait a minute, you can't use 'Amazing Grace' in a Devil movie.

"I just want to point out that we had 9/11 fucking on a bed. I'm not even sure what that means, but boy, you can put porn music to ANYTHING."


Officer Lockstock: Like I said, Little Sally. This isn't a happy musical.
Little Sally: But the music's so happy!
Officer Lockstock: Yes, Little Sally. Yes it is.
Urinetown, "I See A River"

Video Games

This next test is very dangerous. To help you remain tranquil in the face of almost certain death, smooth jazz will be deployed in three. Two. One. *smooth jazz*
The Announcer, Portal 2

Web Original

[N]othing says exploration and adventure like elevator rock. Later when they realized everyone hated it, they tried to fix it by speeding up the tempo. Like setting a Michael Bolton song to a Bossanova beat cranked out of a Casio, this made something bad even worse.

Chris: “Nails, get the riot guns from the guards! Bill, you flip over the mattresses and barricade the doors! Hammer, you find us a CD player so we can rock out to this week’s hottest Warner Bros. Records recording artists!”
David: I’m pretty sure I would have committed suicide ten years ago if I had to have my life scored by whoever chooses the songs for Smallville.
—Chris Sims and David Uzumeri, on Smallville ("Transference")

Basically the score sounds like an eighties disco, throughout which we are watching kids being hunted, old women going mad with carving knives, men being possessed — It's extremely disconcerting (and not in a good way) to watch potentially horrific acts underscored by an eighties disco beat. What’s worse, the more you listen to it, it becomes eminently hummable.

Web Video

When I think "Tough-as-nails cop driving home after he just murdered somebody", I'm not thinking Gloria Stefan and the Miami Sound Machine.
Good Bad Flicks on Cobra

A capella gospel with scenes of violence! It's brilliant!

I suppose if Tarantino did it, people would laud the ironic juxtaposition, but this is Coleman Francis. Anything that appears to be a glimmer of brilliance is always pure happenstance.

Don't expect to hear the familiar dark, mischievous Danny Elfman theme, no. In the tradition of all LJN games, they give you something original.

(jaunty theme tune plays)

...What kinda horseshit is this.

"I've never seen a song so poorly matched up. You got monsters with weapons for hands, a young woman fleeing with fear, chasing into a creepy forest and a chicken who's a fucking AX! Are those really the images that come to your mind when you hear this song? If so, then you're fucked!"

Asuka: Shinji, you suck.
Shinji: Yeah? Well, let's see how you feel after I strangle you. Cue the light, happy jazz-pop!
Toastyfrog's End of Evangelion: Thumbnail Theatre

"This is so romantic. Love to take my girlfriend on a gondola ride to this."
YouTube comment, on a video for Nile - Cast Down The Heretic

Try to avoid the landmines on the way back to the main trope as "Yakety Sax" plays in the background.