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  • Happy Days: Most of the time, the series was true to its roots and played 1950s music in the background. Enter Suzi Quattro (Leather Tuscaredo), who – when she performed – always performed in her late 1970s style. This included her ballad "Find Strength in Your Friends," which she sang using a very 1978 music bed in the episode "Richie Almost Dies" (under which clips of Richie played), an episode that was set in 1959.
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  • P.D.Q. Bach ignores the fact that what we think of today as "classical" music actually happened over several centuries and is divided into distinct stylistic periods. Peter Schickele is quite aware of this, but ignores it in favor of parodying as many different things as possible, and lampshades the eclecticism of PDQ's style many times. Then there are the anachronisms which are more obvious to the layperson, such as "Iphigenia in Brooklyn" or the "Bluegrass Cantata" or "Classical Rap" (though Schickele claimed to have altered the original lyrics of that one).
  • The Brazilian song "Samba do Crioulo Doido", or "the crazy negro's samba", composed by Stanislaw Ponte Preta for a play's soundtrack. It is about a composer that had to learn Brazilian history because law dictated all carnival music had to be based on it (Truth in Television). When required to write one about current politics, he goes insane and writes a samba whose lyrics mix several historical figures from different periods in a completely nonsensical tale. The title of the song is still a slang for an absurd situation or a piece of fantastic, badly reasoned writing.
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  • The video for ''Glukoza's Schweine'' is all over the place. The Pig Army (clearly a Nazi parody) is armed with G43's, MP 40's, M G34s, Zeppelins, Triplanes, Sd.kfz 250's, and Renault FT's. Meanwhile the Rebel Army Leaders use a G36, a Kalashnikov, an RPG-7, 2 MPL's, a Vickers MG, giant War Elephants, and Pterodactyls. The Rebel Army itself is comprised mainly of Samurai with some Ninjas using swords and pistols respectively.
  • The Italian progressive rock group Jacula has one weird example - in the mid 1980's they re-released their debut album In Cauda Semper Stat Venenum, supposedly originally released in 1969. The audio production however is very consistent with that of mid 80's Doom metal, and the album also includes the use of samplers (which did exist in the 60's, but their use certainly was not widespread), most notoriously a loop of flowing water that was also used in former band member Doris Norton's 1984 album "Personal Computer".
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  • Not even Satan is immune to this trope. The Rolling Stones' Sympathy For The Devil from Beggars Banquet includes the Badass Boast "I laid traps for troubadoures/Who get killed before they reach Bombay" [presumably in a TARDIS].
  • The novelty song Grandad (a 1970/1 UK hit for Clive Dunn) has the titular grandad reminiscing about his memories of growing up in the old days. Judging by the mishmash of references, his childhood lasted from about the 1840s to the 1940s.
  • 'Hail Caesar'by AC/DC- The lyrics clearly refer to the assassination of Julius Caesar, but apparently the killing started in the Colosseum despite the fact that the Colosseum wasn't built until more than 100 years later.
  • The video for Stand And Deliver by Adam Ant mostly has a 17th or 18th century look, but with several unexplained modern elements.
  • In Paint's song, After Ever After, a heavy amount of Reality Ensues in the Disney films, which for the most part take place centuries before said reality ensued. Examples include Ariel's kingdom being affected by the BP Oil Spill, Elsa taking action over the global warming crisis, or even Aladdin got nabbed by the CIA during the War on Terror. The only cases where the anachronism is justified or averted is during Tiana's segment, where she suffers the consequences of Hurricane Katrina (The Princess and the Frog took place in the 1930's, so it wouldn't be any stretch of the imagination for Tiana to go through that in her old age) and Pocahontas, where the Fridge Horror of colonialism is fully realized.
  • David Byrne and Fatboy Slim's 2010 album Here Lies Love is a rock opera about Imelda Marcos, first lady of the Philippines. It ends, with her political career, in 1986. The song "American Troglodyte" describes the Americanization of the Philippines after it gained independence from the USA, but it has some blatant references to culture circa 2010: "Americans are surfing the internet. / Americans are listening to 50 Cent."
  • In Five Iron Frenzy's video for "Zen and the Art of Xenophobia", the band members stage a gleefully absurd play. It involves Abraham Lincoln (who has Wolverine's claws for some reason), the native Americans and first white colonizers of America, and modern-day Arabs all brushing shoulders. At the end, Jesus shows up and kills them all with a semi-auto rifle.
  • The novelty song "Walk the Dinosaur" by Was (Not Was), takes place "40 million years ago" (or 25 million years after the Cretaceous) and describes the singer not only interacting with dinosaurs, but meeting a cave-painting woman, watching Miami Vice, and something about Elvis landing in a rocket ship. Arguably, the lyrics cross the threshold from anachronistic to surreal.
  • Johann Sebastian Bach is portrayed in the presence of a Moog synthesizer on the album cover of Switched-On Bach by Wendy Carlos.
  • The dog in 16th century clothing on the cover of Frank Zappa's The Perfect Stranger and Francesco Zappa wears Cool Shades.
  • Falco combines 1980s fashion with 18th century style clothing in the music video of "Rock Me Amadeus".
  • A parody of The Beatles' "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" once hosted by AmIRight, a music fansite for mondegreens and original parodies, stated in the very first verse that the Game & Watch series of games from Nintendo was started after The Great Video Game Crash of 1983 and the release of the Macintosh took place. That's not the only thing it gets wrong, either—in the very same verse it's not just assumed that the Apple II and the Macintosh were one and the same (when in fact they were very different product lines offered by Apple), but also that Game & Watch itself was intended to compete with Apple's computers.
    It was 20 years ago today
    Gunpei Yokoi taught the world to play
    'Cause Atari and Mattel were through
    Only thing left was the Apple II
    But it cost a little too damn much
    So to compete with the Macintosh
    Nintendo released the Game & Watch


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