Is The Car Fixed?
That’s a good question. It’s running. It has a new battery and ball joint, but they couldn’t get the check engine light to come on again, so they couldn’t get it hooked up to the computer to find out what’s wrong.
So far, the check engine light has remained off. Is it fixed?
I talked at length about the idea of selling out in pop and rock music. There was a time when, as Pete Townshend remarked in the late ’60s, the attitude of pop and rock musicians was that music was art and it was “crucial that it should remain art”. They were against pitching products. (Well, The Who were amenable to selling ad time on their third album The Who Sell Out. It’s complicated.)
As the ’60s and ’70s artists aged and gave way to later generations, the idea of selling out became less of a thing. Sure, those older artists, such as Neil Young, still took a dim view of artists allowing themselves and their music to sell for the “man”.
But, Black Flag’s former front man Henry Rollins disagrees. Selling out, according to the hardcore punker/spoken word artist/actor, is making the record you are told to make, not the record you want to make. If an artist gets a song in a commercial and earns some money from it, so what?
A Dimland Radio Pedantic Moment: Mixed Messages?
The sell out topic led me to talking about how some songs used in advertising don’t seem to fit if you pay attention to the lyrics.
Eric Carmen’s All By Myself was rerecorded by Rashida Jones (possibly), who also appears in the ad, with the lyrics adjusted a bit to advertise Expedia, an online travel agency of sorts. It works with the lyrics change to mean people don’t have to feel alone when booking a vacation. But, I keep thinking of the original lyrics: “All by myself, don’t want to be, all by myself…”
Then there are some cool, alternative tunes that have made it into TV or internet commercials. Indie music. The kind I like.
I’m not sure the lyrics of the songs really fit with the ads.
The Ramones got a song in a Bud Light ad. Lyrically it still works.
But Buzzcocks’ What Do I Get? to sell cars or McDonalds? Gang of Four’s Natural’s Not In It to sell XBox and their song Damaged Goods to sell Tiffany’s jewelry?
The squares may not know the lyrics, but I do.
Covid Is Still A Thing, Y’all
News out of Florida tells of a local government IT department was hit by Covid recently. Everyone in the department got infected. Except for the one IT member who was actually vaccinated. None of the others were.
Hmmmm. Interesting how that happened, eh?
Comic Books And Original Comic Art Are So Hot Right Now
Forbes is reporting on how comic books and original art from comics are extremely collectible now. Their values are soaring. I have a comic book collection that I am not quite willing to part with, but I do own one page of original art. I paid $12 for it in the late ’80s. I am looking into seeing what it might be worth.
If the price is right, sell! Sell! SELL!
Be patient. Wash your hands. Wear a mask where required. AND GET VACCINATED!
Dimland Radio opening theme song: Ram by The Yoleus
First ad break bumpers: We Got The Beat by The Go-Go’s and Spinning Round by Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
Second ad break bumpers: The Disappointed by XTC and Smalltown Boy by Bronski Beat
Closing song: Angler’s Treble Hook by $5 Fiddle
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