September 13th, 2009


Of words and meanings

So, this morning the first thing on the news on the radio was that there'd been a big student party up in Dunedin and some of them had been arrested for... basically, being young and boisterous and having a bonfire in the middle of the street. So far, so normal.

But then one of the hire-a-quotes they had on the radio mentioned something about it being all a lot of "anti-social behaviour". Huh? Sounds more like a lot of social behaviour to me.

Music from 1981 in the weirdest of places

I think somebody of my generation is in charge of music at one of the TV advertising agencies out there. My reason for thinking that is that I saw the latest TV One promo tonight. Matched to various snippets of the shows they're showing, the background music is... "Atmosphere". By Joy Division. Sounds very much like the original recording, even.

This is probably the most incongruous use of music I've seen since... a couple of weeks ago, when I saw another ad on TV (I forget what it was for) where they used as the backing music a very sweet, nice, tinkly tune that I realised, a few bars in, was note for note the same tune as "Tally Ho". Yes, that "Tally Ho". All I can say is, a Scott and a brace of Kilgours had better be getting a nice royalties cheque for that use of their music...