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"[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 wanna see the movie this composer thought he was scoring.

"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."

Buck Rogers: I put the jukebox on random, because that's how life is!


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.

In the morning we have a physical fitness and truck driving montage to Kenny Loggins’ repugnant hit “Meet Me Halfway.” This song was obviously commissioned specifically for the film, as a repeated life lesson here is “Life doesn’t meet anyone halfway.” [We are meant not to reflect on the mixed message that life DOESN’T meet anyone halfway, whereas in the song you SHOULD meet Kenny Loggins halfway].

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.

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!

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

"[Z]e accompaniment tonight has been chosen by popular survey... und I hope you're as excited as I am! Ze song tonight is most appropriate for... ironic reasons. Ze best reasons. But first, a toast... to the answer of an age-old question." *glass falls to ground and shatters, and the carnage begins*
The Major, Hellsing Ultimate Abridged, having chosen Edwin Starr's "War" to play while Millennium annihilates London

Now before we look at any Madacy stuff, sans commentary, I absolutely have to note their 1993 opening logo. Never in my life have I ever seen such a schizophrenic logo. They just can't seem to figure out if they wanna present themselves as serious and stately or if they're trying to amp you up for a hair metal concert.

"Judging by the music of this theme song, it seems this show's a slice of life schoolgirl romance. And according to the animation, that's the furthest thing from it."
The Mysterious Mr. Enter on the "Freckles" theme, Top 20 Worst Cartoon Themes

Something that's just registered in my mind - the entirely inappropriate music. Right, I'm not gonna play this properly; I'm just gonna have a go at the music, I think. Let's have a... is this what I think it is? [sings (incorrect) lyrics to "Can't Take My Eyes Off You"] It is! Wh-why is that featuring in the background for an action game? What's it got to do with Counter-Strike? You can put any music you want in, lads. You don't worry about things like licensing, do ya?

Nothing says "genocide" like a funky R&B riff.
Diva on The Ten Commandments: The Musical, Musical Hell

This is probably what Claude Debussy was thinking while writing Clair de Lune.

Ooh, easy listening. That's the kind of music you hear when having 'Nam flashbacks!
Bobsheaux on the opening of Miracle in Toyland

Western Animation

Opera music makes violence classy.
Peter Griffin, Family Guy

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

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