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Is this a Thing now?

If there's one thing that keeps the movie/tv industry going, it's imitation as the finest form of flattery. No summer is complete without a half-dozen blockbusters reprising, rebooting or outright ignoring previous blockbusters with the same characters.  There now seems to be an unwritten Code requiring at least one massive cop-car crash scene to homage the one in 1980s Blues Brothers; you almost expect a voiceover toward the middle of the carnage, announcing, "Use of unnecessary vehicle destruction in the minimal advancement of the plot....HAS been approved."

Along similar lines: dream sequences have been a Thing since at least Dallas; obscure and indecipherable arcs became fashionable with Twin Peaks, before totally jumping the shark with Lost; for that matter, how many shows and multiple-film franchises have followed the Fonz over that jump?; and, at least on the TV side of things, the Overanticipated, Publicised, Often Delayed, and Ultimately Unsatisfactory Series Finale shuts down the whole nation and Internet for a (usually) Sunday evening while Bad Breaks, Dexter Disappears, or Tony Turns Black for that final shared-moment moment.

These succeed or fail with me to varying degrees, but none of them (except, maybe, for the Journey song at the end of The Sopranos) put hideous earworms in my head.  These days, though? Week in and week out, directors and showrunners seem determined to do just that.

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Who doest worm me? Let me count the songs from my tweens and teens.

In two straight weeks of Orphan Black (not this past one- it had a visual wallop of its own to deliver free of such drek), we had our ears infected with "Sugar Sugar" by the Archies and ""Love is All Around Me" by the Troggs. Next, Nurse Jackie chimed in with a vampire-led a cappella version of "Candy Man" from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. Then, yesterday, the new X-Men film stopped three times- once literally- to infect my brain cells with 70s songs from Roberta Flack and Jim Croce; and the previews included one for Guardians of the Galaxy, which proves the invincible might of Marvel superheroes in that only they could make me smile at a soundtrack rendition of Blue Swede's ooga-chokka'd cover of "Hooked on a Feeling."

What's left? "Shaving Cream" by Benny Bell? Original soundtrack material from The Brady Bunch? The Antici-....





pation!

of similar tracks is enough to scare me half to death.

::cues theme from Six Feet Under::
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thanatos_kalos From: thanatos_kalos Date: June 10th, 2014 10:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
If you want, when it's done I can send you my diss chapter that deals with (amongst other things) the use of music in tv drama. It includes stuff on sonic branding and aural intertexts (also visual intertexts). :)
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