Monday, 18 April 2011
My Very Last Nerve
I saw an on TV advert yesterday for a new DOUBLE (!) CD from granny's fave, James Last. Despite an obvious trick of laying the new tracks over brief clips of concerts probably held a few years ago, that in itself is no big problem...Last has his audience, presumably the elderly, slightly retarted and purveyors of telephone hold music, but an audience nonetheless. No, what got me was the last two tracks: first, a brief medley of "old favourites"(i.e. stuff the average person has never heard of) and new "hits" such as "I Got A Feeling" by the Black Eyed Peas and "Bad Romance" by Lady Gaga. Really?? How the hell does that work? The BEP and Lady Gaga aren't the most extreeeeme!!! of artists, but they do possess some level of vitality. I can't believe anybody who ever heard either song went "Y'know, I really liked that track but y'know what would make it better? If you sucked all the energy out of it and reduced it to a nice chinwigging song instead of a stomping dancefloor hit". Do you think a Lady Gaga fan, no matter how rabid, will pick this up? Do you think any 80 year old duffer sat festering in a nursing home has any idea who the BEP are? Is anybody, no matter how neurotic, really desperate for a tuned out song just in case it incites a panic attack from them? Can anybody explain the above choices without stifling a snigger? Or is this really the start of Yourent's muzak hell?