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For old-fashoned records, the loop was usually about 1.3 to 2 seconds (due to disks usually going 45 RPM or 33 RPM). It's much shorter on CDs (less than a third of a second) due to them going at 210 RPM at least.
For overly-long repetition not caused by a malfunctioning machine, see Broken Record. If this exposes a performer that's actually using a recording, this becomes That Syncing Feeling. This is one type of Electronic Speech Impediment.
- "It's new! It's Orbit!" "It's a great tasting, great tasting, great tasting..." (WHACK!) "Sugar-free bubble gum."
- An ad for Winston cigarettes, that ran during The Flintstones, featured Fred and Barney fixing up a record player and ends with a humorous spin on Winston's famous jingle.
Fred: And as I was saying, Winston tastes good...Record: Like a (skip-skip) cigarette should...Like a (skip-skip) cigarette should...Like a (skip-skip) cigarette should. Like a—(Barney gives the player a "pound-pound")Record: ...cigarette should.
- An NSPCC spot from the UK features a girl's talking doll telling about how the girl's mother comes into her room "And punches her!—And punches her!—And punches her!''
- This◊ Garfield strip, which has ironically become an Overused Running Gag in the parody comic Square Root of Minus Garfield.
- Played with in a The Wizard of Id comic featuring the Spook, the long-term resident of the palace dungeon. The sound of singing coming from his cell develops a repetitive audio glitch, and the guard rushes into find the cell empty except for a record player. It turns out that the Spook really was singing, audio glitch and all, and was hiding in the base of the record player with the intention of making his escape once the guard rushed off to report that he'd made an escape.
- A The Far Side strip has a guy tell his wife to hit their pet bird, it's stuck.
- There's a brief scene in Top 10: the Forty-Niners where Private Iron, a robot GI who can only say three or four different sentences, is interrogated at the station because he was somehow implicated in a burglary. A prejudiced cop starts smacking him around, which is explicitly compared to Percussive Maintenance; his audio starts skipping as the beating evidently continues off-panel.
Private Iron: Hi, friends. Hi, friends. Hi, Hi, Hi...
- The Marx Brothers film Monkey Business: the boys all try to get in the country claiming to be Maurice Chevalier (he was on the ship and they stole his passport). To prove they're Chevalier they sing; Harpo's got a Maurice Chevalier record on a wind-up player strapped to his back, which eventually begins to wind down.
- Who Framed Roger Rabbit: Roger is entertaining the bar patrons by performing to a record of "The Merry-Go-Round Broke Down" (the Looney Tunes theme). The record sticks just as Roger gets to the part where he smashes a plate over his head, so he smashes several until Eddie stops the record.
- Played for laughs with the opening song in Hannah Montana The Movie where Hannah is shooting a music video and the song becomes stuck on 'Best of both... best of both....' until the sound engineer does Percussive Maintenance to get it going again (while the dancers also loop their moves). They finish the song, the director calls cut and says he'll Fix It in Post.
- Singin' in the Rain: At the preview showing of The Dueling Cavalier, a mishap causes the film to lose sync with the soundtrack (early sound films had the soundtrack on a phonograph record; they switched to printing the track directly on the film to avoid this very thing), leading to a scene where the villain and the Distressed Damsel speak each other's lines. This becomes a plot point, as it leads to the idea of having Kathy dub over Lena's nails-on-a-chalkboard voice.
- In The Great Mouse Detective, the heroes are strapped into a Death Trap driven by a record player. Fortunately, the record starts skipping, pausing the countdown for a few precious seconds. Unfortunately, Basil is too busy having a Heroic BSoD to take advantage of it.
- In Total Recall (1990), the recording of Haauser gets stuck repeating the infamous words "Get your ass to Mars." after the laptop it's on gets shot during the brief second attack on Douglas Quaid.
- In A Goofy Movie, Goofy and Max attend a malfunctioning animatronic show at Lester's Possum Park (Max reacts to the show by calling it pathetic). The song ends with the lyrics, "Here at Lester's Po— Po— Po— (BANG!) Possum Park!" (The version included in the official movie soundtrack features the skipping, but not the accompanying banging.)
- Used in Mean Girls, when Gretchen accidentally kicks the CD boombox playing "Jingle Bell Rock", causing it to get stuck on "In the fro-fro-fro-fro-fro-fro...". Her attempt at rectifying the situation accidentally results in her boyfriend getting beaned by the boombox.
- Star of Midnight: Dal fools the killer into thinking singer Mary Smith is in the room by playing a record of her singing "Midnight". The ruse goes awry when the record starts to skip.
- Dynomutt starts glitch-repeating a word in SCOOB! while explaining the original Blue Falcon's retirement and replacement with his son Brian as the new Falcon. He pauses to reveal he's doing it intentionally for emphasis before anyone can apply the appropriate corrective action.
Dynomutt: We still miss him very...very...very...very...Brian: Oh, no. He's glitching.Dynomutt: ...very-No, I'm not. Let me finish. Very...very...very...much.
- The Long Dark Tea-Time of the Soul: Early in the novel, the reader is treated to a grisly sight, where a person's severed head is on atop a record on a turntable, with the turntable on. The person's head keeps nudging the record needle into the previous groove.
"Don't pick it up, pick it up, pick it Don't pick it up, pick it up, pick it Don't pick it up, pick it up, pick it"
- In Thief of Time, the adept, when inventing the first Procastrinator, tests his invention by repeatedly skipping backwards in time in a conversation with his adept, so it sounds just like this.
- In the final episode of Are You Being Served? Mr. Spooner goes on TV to become a pop idol, but he loses his voice mid-song so they play a reel-to-reel tape they recorded earlier. Problem is, the tape was recorded at half the speed it was played back at.
- Austin & Ally: In "Critics & Confidence", Austin does an Epic Avenger performance of "Better Than This" for a critic who dislikes him, but because of all the actions he does, he lip-syncs instead. Once the song gets to the line "Our bodies dance like the wind over and over again," the track suddenly malfunctions and repeats the "over and over again" part, which is appropriate for the error.
- Episode 24 of Monty Python's Flying Circus, just before and during the opening titles.
Third City Gent: Well I've been in the city since I was two and I certainly wouldn't say that I was stuck in a rut... stuck in a rut ... stuck in a rut... stuck in a rut...Woman: Oh dear, Mr Bulstrode's stuck again.(She runs over and gives him a shove.)Third City Gent: I certainly wouldn't say that I was stuck in a rut.
- Episode "How Not to bee Seen", during the Vox Pop, a Gent gets stuck...
- Used as an Oh, Crap! moment in the Doctor Who TV Movie. The song the Doctor's listening to skips on the word "time" just as the Master's remains escape from their can and sabotage the TARDIS console. It comes back at the end of the movie, and the Eighth Doctor says, "Oh, No... Not Again!."
- In an episode of Medium, Allison keeps hearing the same song, over and over, in her head. It eventually starts skipping erratically until she locates the mp3 player of a kidnapped girl.
- An episode of Lost opens with the song on the background skipping and revealing it was a record.
- Power Rangers:
- In Power Rangers Operation Overdrive, Mack's Robotic Reveal takes place when he malfunctions and starts repeating a single sentence over and over again.
- Subverted in Power Rangers RPM, when Dr. K is communicating via hologram and Colonel Mason storms out when the transmission starts glitching: "After what I've seen- After what I've seen- After what I've seen- Good, I thought he'd never leave!"
- An early Sesame Street character is Sam the Robot, who would proudly declare that "Machines are perfec-are perfec-are parfec-are perfec-" before getting some Percussive Maintenance.
- In the Shining Time Station episode, "Is Anybody There?", Schemer hosts a radio show from his arcade. He plays some music on his record player while answering a phone call from Mayor Flopdinger regarding his wife's birthday, but the record starts skipping. When Becky, Kara and Dan try to tell Schemer that his record is skipping, Schemer thinks that the name of the person having the birthday is "Skippy Record" and asks the kids what kind of name it is.
- During the later years of The Ed Sullivan Show, a Jim Henson sketch shows an early version of Cookie Monster chomping away at an analytical computer. Roughly halfway through, the machine's audio playback begins hiccuping.
"If, for any reason, this unit is tampered with, the 90-day warranty on the system is invalidated... system is invalidated... system is invalidated... system is invalidated... auxiliary co-ordinates.
- This is a regular occurrence on Tim & Eric Awesome Show, Great Job!, sometimes leading into a sudden musical remix of the last sentence.
- Max Headroom is an unstable AI TV host whose program tests the technical limitations of the '80s computer hardware hosting it. As such, he frequently stutters and glitch-repeats random parts of his performances. Sometimes on purpose as part of a bit.
- "Girl you know it's-- Girl you know it's-- Girl you know it's-- Girl you know it's--" This one happened live. Their career promptly blew up in their face, as people finally realized they were simply lip syncing everything.
- Blur's song Peach ends in a manner which is reminiscent of a skipping record.
- Played for laughs in Type O Negative's "Skip It", designed to sound like the CD is jumping.
- As is Lacuna Coil's "Aeon."
- In Eminem's track 'Under the Influence', guest rapper Bizarre's section includes the following:
My DJ's in a coma for letting the record ski-
letting the record ski-
letting the record ski-
[rewind sound effect]
- "Pearl Bomb" by Melvins starts with 30 seconds of a very short loop that sounds exactly like a skipping CD... Then a clearly non-skipping bass guitar starts playing in time with the loop. The loop continues throughout the rest of the song, and basically functions as percussion.
- "Coin-Operated Boy" by The Dresden Dolls has a section that's supposed to resemble one of these. The music video loops with the lyrics, but her expression changes gradually through the looping from one of contentment to one of disgust.
And I'll never let him goAnd I'll never be aloneAnd I'll never let him goAnd I'll never be alonego- And I'll never be alonego- And I'll never be alonego- And I'll never be aloneAnd I'll never be alone....Not with my coin operated boy
- John Reuben's "Move" features the following:
'Cause nowadays, music's too political
And maybe just a bit too predictable
The repetition <click>
Man, I'm just kidding, or am I?
- Orbital's second album opens with a vocal sample of Worf: "There is the theory of the Möbius... a twist in the fabric of space where time becomes looped." The words "time becomes looped" repeat. The left and right channels play at slightly different speeds, so the looped words fall out of synch then back into synch before the track ends. The entire thing was a joke aimed at the fans: Orbital's previous album had opened with the same vocal sample but without the looping; Orbital wanted fans listening to the second album to initially think they had actually bought a glitched copy of the first album.
- On the David Bowie album Diamond Dogs "The Chant of the Ever Circling Skeletal Family" ends with a mechanical voice shouting the first syllable of "brother" over and over.
- Invoked by some DJs in intentional versions of Broken Record (Fatboy Slim has great examples in both "The Rockafella Skank" and "Praise You").
- Madonna's song "Now I'm Following You (Part 2)" begins with the record skipping, presumably after Part 1 finishes playing if you're listening to the entire album I'm Breathless straight from the CD. Madonna says "Oh, dear" and fixes the record player so that it starts with the playing of Part 2's music.
- From "Ana Ng" by They Might Be Giants:
And it sticks like a broken record
Everything sticks like a broken record
Everything sticks until it goes away
- Rap group clipping. uses this to cap off the CD version of their song "Ends," off CLPPNG—the track itself ends with skipping as though the CD itself were scratched.
- "Stereo Hearts" by Gym Class Heroes uses* this.
Furthermore, I apologize for any skipping tracksIt's just the last girl who played me left a couple cracksI used to- used to- used to- used to-Now I'm over that
- The Nik Launay '79 mix version of M's "Pop Muzik" has the song get briefly stuck skipping on "clear" in "Loud and clear" several times near the end of the song.
- Oneohtrix Point Never's "I Bite Through It" is an entire song based on this trope.
- The central theme of John Hartford's "Don't Leave Your Records In The Sun". "They just won't play just won't play just won't play just won't play..."
- In Avicii's "Silhouettes" video, the surgeon's CD player playing the song skips, and he has to hit it a couple times and jiggle it around before it restarts.
- Protonic Storm deliberately invokes this at the end of "The Emergence".
- Tame Impala's "Let It Happen" has brief glitches built in, followed by a section that starts with several measures of a repetitive glitch; a new melody is then added on top of the glitch before the song reverts to its original beat.
- Lifecycle's Luxury Condominium album intentionally invokes this during the segue from "Icebreaker" to "Acid Reflux".
- Much of The Caretaker's catalogue invokes this trope to illustrate a long-gone past full of forgotten memories.
- The vinyl edition of Heaven 17's Penthouse and Pavement has this intentionally on its last track, "We're Going To Live For a Very Long Time", which ends on a locked groove, repeating the Title Drop indefinitely until the turntable needle is lifted.
- The Pick-Up Song round on I'm Sorry I Haven't a Clue involves the panellists singing along to a well-known song which is faded out, then faded back in to see how well they've stuck to it. On more than one occasion, the volume has been turned back up to reveal that the record has got stuck, such as the time Graeme sung a fair chunk of "Nellie the Elephant" (and was seemingly doing a pretty good job) before the volume came back up to "... was never seen again ... was never seen again ... was never seen again ..."
- Most fans of Metroid Prime would tell you that the boss, Flaahgra's, theme music sucked. However, this is actually due to a glitch in the American release where only the first thirty or so seconds of the song is repeated over and over again. This was corrected in the PAL and Trilogy versions of the game. Whether or not the theme sucks now is completely due to personal taste.
- When Adrian Shephard hops on one of Black Mesa's trams in Half-Life: Opposing Force, it starts moving and plays its automated announcements, except now they're suffering glitches and repetitions due to the Resonance Cascade that happened not far away from where that tram was.
- A meta example: the Team Fortress 2 announcer repeating "OVERTIME!" over and over in King of the Hill mode was due to a coding error. The error has since been fixed, but the old glitchy behavior can be brought back via a console command.
- Malakai in Dark Fall; Lights Out does this in a similar way to SHODAN whenever he speaks to Benjamin Parker.
- Lyril suffers from this in Sierra's Lighthouse: The Dark Being. She's been bound to a life support system in a chair since the age of 4, and by the time the player meets her, Lyril speaks this way nearly 90% of the time. It's implied that this comes from her life support malfunctioning. A holographic recording proves this, as she used to speak more clearly when it was made.
- While only part electronic, a mechanimal named Diode in The Day The World Broke suffers this while talking, usually getting stuck on part of a word for a few seconds. He admits that it's due to overexposure to magnetism, which is suspicious considering none of the other mechanimals have this affliction.
- A rather infamous real-life example from the LEGO Alpha Team PC game. When ran on Windows XP, all dialogue and music would loop over and over again after only a few seconds. What's worse is that this is potentially a Game-Breaking Bug: unless you turn off dialogue in the setting menu, the game will freeze after the "Trouble Train Depot" level because Tee Vee's speech will keep looping and the game will not progress.note
- Similarly, LEGO Island features an infamous glitch with the Infomaniac repeating certain lines of his "Do you really want to exit?" speech. The most well-known one is "Green—red brick, you stay." Others include "Are you ready to le—", "If you select the green bri—nd?" and "If you se—leave LEGO Island?"
- In the PC port of Silent Hill 2, the ambient soundtrack suffers from these annoyingly often. Ironically, some of the music tracks are intentionally recorded to sound this way, such as this one in the otherworld hospital.
- Near the beginning of Rochard, the lift control computer experiences one in the form of "Failfailfailfail" before lapsing into Gratuitous German.
- In Far Cry 1, especially the Classic remake, killing an enemy while they're in the middle of shooting will sometimes cause the gunshot sound to endlessly loop.
- One of the stock jokes in YouTube Poop.
- Caddicarus has fun with this when reviewing a video game adaptation of Chicken Run and the game skips:
Caddy: Ah yes, haven't seen this problem in a while. Yeah, these kind of things tend to happen when your PS1 disc has a scratchscratchscratchscratchscratchscratchscratch
(dots appear in the middle of the screen as if the video is buffering)
Caddy: I got you, didn't I?
- And again during a retrospective of the PlayStation Magazine UK Demo Discs, this time with a piece of music in one of the games skipping. It then cuts to a similarly looping image of Caddy spreading out his arms with a smile.
- Doggans in his video about The Wizarding World of Harry Potter:
Doggans: Isn't that right glitchy editing?glitchy editingglitchy editingglitchy editingglitchy edi-
- In the fourth Don't Hug Me I'm Scared video, the teacher (a 1990's style PC) teleports the three main characters to his digital world, which is very glitchy. Two parts stand out: when Red Guy exclaims "wow" while "admiring" the digital world, and when the computer tells the characters that there are over three things to do in his world. This also crosses into "Groundhog Day" Loop territory.
- Roahm Mythril encountered one of these in his LP of the original Silent Hill, thanks to his emulator.
Harry: Cheryl? Is that Cheryl-Cheryl-Cheryl-Cheryl-
Roahm: [laughs] Oh, bloody skipping.
- Technology Connections used this effect in the first minute of one of his videos on RCA's Capacitance Electronic Disc (CED) system, which was itself prone to this problem.
- This can happen in one form or another on any given Vinesauce corruption stream, in addition to all the other (sometimes far less pleasant ) audio errors the corruptions tend to produce.
- Due to a glitch in his systems, Robo-Frieza from Dragon Ball Z Abridged occasionally locks up when speaking, causing certain syllables to repeat for a moment until he terminates that process. He freezes up when he screams as Trunks slices him in half, and stays stuck like that as he is promptly diced and atomized.
- Mario Party DS Anti Piracy has the music stutter when the "Exception occurred" message appears.
- Arthur used this as an exposé for their literal Fake Band Binky, where the title character accidentally thinks a key component of the band's hologram generator is a trash can and throws a banana peel in it. You can guess what happened next.
- Looney Tunes:
- In one short, "Pigs in a Polka", the Big Bad Wolf tries to fool The Three Little Pigs by disguising himself as a Gypsy woman playing the violin. One of the pigs discovers the record player hidden behind his back and switches the record over to an upbeat polka, causing the wolf to literally dance out of his costume.
- One later Looney Tunes short called "Daffy's Inn Trouble" features the trope. In one scene, Daffy (in drag) decides to mime to a song on a record to lure patrons into his new inn, only for the record to start skipping. Once he's caught, Daffy attempts to do a quick dance before the would-be customers began throwing produce at him.
- Phineas and Ferb: Perry is undercover masquerading as scientist Dr. Lloyd Wexler at an evil science convention in Britain, but when Doofenshmirtz makes Perry read from his autobiography, he almost gets caught since platypi can't speak (in anything but that growling noise Perry usually makes). Thankfully he just happened to have a CD player and an audiobook version of said autobiography to lip sync to, until it randomly started skipping.
The malevolent path is one trod without the cumbersome shackles of sentimental introspec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-spec-(slam)
Doofenshmirtz: Hmm, that's funny. I don't remember you saying "spec" so many times.
- Spongebob Squarepants:
- In "Gary Takes a Bath", Gary plants a record player with a shadow similar to himself on a tree with his meowing playing on it. When Spongebob pours water on it, it breaks and starts skipping.
- "Pressure", when Sandy and Spongebob were about to race to the Krusty Krab:
Spongebob: Think you can a fair race in that clunky tin tube?Sandy: Why don't use ask my behind! That is, if you can catch it! (cut to a closeup of Sandy) What do you think of that, HydroPants?Spongebob: I'd say, I'm already halfway there!-halfway there!- (cut to a wider shot showing a record player in Spongebob's place) halfway there!-halfway there!
- Part of a gag in Animaniacs where the Warners are chasing down the Wally Llama to ask him something:
WL: GO AWAY! I'm missing Baywatch.
Wakko: But we have a very very very very very very very (Yakko thumps him) important question to ask you.
- The 1938 Looney Tunes / Merrie Melodies cartoon "The Major Lied Til Dawn" had some African natives, stereotypically big-lipped, then the music starts skipping. A female native opens her mouth to show a record with the needle skipping on it. She replaces the needle, the music resumes normally, and she walks on.
- An early 60s Paramount Modern Madcap dealt with a Russian marriage broker who gets a robot alien as a client. The robot is smitten with a jukebox playing a female singer with the tag line "I love you" (Robot: "She loves me!"). He later returns the jukebox because the record skips on "I love you" persistently, the robot saying she just won't shut up.
- The Show Within a Show All my Circuits on Futurama had one of its robot actors break down in this way, opening up the door for Bender to audition on the show.
- In a meta-example, the Hypnotoad sound effect was produced this way.
- From Hanna-Barbera's The Tom and Jerry Show episode "Cosmic Cat And Meteor Mouse", Tom and Jerry both disguise themselves as the titular superheroes and visit the bulldog whose beauty sleep is being interrupted by their watching the titular show, with both characters lip-syncing to a record playing out the voices of the superheroes. The bulldog catches on that he's being duped when the record player hidden behind Tom's back skips on "Cosmic Zinger", and so he decides to fix them by having the record player speed up so that Tom and Jerry are lip-syncing faster and at a higher pitch.
- In The Jetsons episode "Uniblab", the titular robot gets stuck repeating "Spacely's a stupe" (one of the things it recorded George Jetson saying) while Spacely was showing off the robot to a few businessmen.
- The Tom Terrific story arc "The Everlasting Birthday Party" is all about this. Crabby Appleton has a specially created record that deliberately skips on the same groove so he'll be able to celebrate his birthday in perpetuity.
- Soupe Opéra: This happened to the opera singer's voice one time.
- This was an issue that radio stations had to watch for back in the days when everything was on phonograph records with systems that automatically changed turntables. There is a too-good-to-be-true story passed around in the radio industry about a DJ who set up several records to go off one-after-another live and went down to the cafeteria for lunch. The speakers in the cafeteria was playing the station and when he got there a commercial for an audio version of Moby-Dick was playing but the record was skipping going "dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick.. dick..". The DJ rushed up the stairs to the station and upon entering the studio slapped at the record player in a panic. The record player went "dick.. dick - [Record Needle Scratch] THAR SHE BLOWS!"
- A story is told about a deejay for a Christian radio station who thought he could get away with an unauthorized break. The vinyl record he set up was a religious sermon that got stuck on exactly the most embarrassing point possible. His furious boss tracked him down and ordered him back to the studio. "Get back in there and listen to what's going on. When you get done fixing the problem, you're fired!" The deejay went back to the studio and found the recorded message, playing over the airwaves, stuck at "go to hell... go to hell... go to hell... go to hell...."
- A more modern example is that most video games, when they crash, will get stuck playing the last half-secondnote of audio again and again. This is due to the way "circular buffering" works; without any new data coming in, the audio hardware winds up reading the old data over and over and over again. In old cartridge-based consoles such as SEGA's Master System, the same would happen if you moved the cartridge or removed it while playing a game.
- If you're playing an online game and happen to get quite a big lag spike as a sound is playing, this may happen for a few seconds. This can be either amusing, or extremely annoying; an example of the former would be in Team Fortress 2, where you might be serenaded by an Overly Long Scream from one of the classes!
- The early days of FMV in CD-based games had similar problems - if you had a sufficiently low-speed CD-ROM drive (say a 2x), you might find data rendering faster than it could load, resulting in looping while it span up the next bit. "The Br-Br-Br-otherhood Of N-Nod", indeed...
- Also common on PC games in general (plus some mobile platforms), often due to a wide range of hardware specs and games' inability to manage background processes. Loading anything demanding on a blocking thread makes skips a common occurrence for PC gamers, while a resource eater in the background can cause routine gameplay freezes and accompanying audio skips.
- Audio on programs like iTunes will stutter on computers with low Random Access Memory.
- Any toy or desk-sitter that plays a sound when you push a button or jostle it can do this when the batteries are low, the button or sensor is stuck, or the contacts are corroding- smacking it can in fact temporarily fix it the latter two cases.
- Video Games Awesome! encounters a glitch like this while playing Ducktales Remastered, possibly caused by multiple sound buffers gone awry.
- RCA's Capacitance Electronic Disc system (abbreviated to CED) was and still is prone to this, also tending to repeat short segments of video, too.
- As noted in the page quote, the first hint that late 1980s R&B act Milli Vanilli were lip-syncers came when a computer glitch caused this to happen to them, during a 1989 concert.