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M. Spector
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posted 15 June 2006 02:26 PM      Profile for M. Spector   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Britain's Local Government Association has called on local councils to launch pilot projects aimed at discouraging young people from loitering in car parks and other public areas, by piping in "uncool" music.

The tactic has been dubbed the "Manilow method."

The LGA has provided the local councils with a list of suggested recordings. It includes:

Copacabana by Manilow
Mandy by Manilow
Release Me by Engelbert Humperdinck
Achy Breaky Heart by Billy Ray Cyrus
Happy Birthday Sweet Sixteen by Neil Sedaka
Bridge Over Troubled Water by Simon and Garfunkel
Close to You by The Carpenters
Uptown Girl by Billy Joel

Ok, babblers, give us your nominations!


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Michelle
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posted 17 June 2006 05:34 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
This kind of policy hits me wrong. It bothers me as much as Kennedy Station in Toronto bothers me by trying to make young people feel uncomfortable there by playing classical music. Although uncool music is slightly less offensive, I guess, than just assuming that kids (many of which at Kennedy station are kids of colour) couldn't appreciate classical music.

I guess my nominations would be pretty much any Yacht Rock music.

[ 17 June 2006: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Stargazer
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posted 17 June 2006 05:38 AM      Profile for Stargazer     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Barry Manilow will kill just about any body. Isn't this cruel and unusual punishment?

Michelle I had forgotten about Kennedy station and the classical music. Jeez, I remember when there was no Kennedy station.

I wonder if the geniuses behind this move also went a little further and actually planned to or did create a space where teens could just hang out. If they don't want kids loitering, provide an alternative.

Oh and thanks for that Yacht Rock link...I hadn't seen that before..


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Michelle
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posted 17 June 2006 05:47 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
It's freakin' hilarious, Stargazer. You should watch the episodes from the beginning. They're fantastic.
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oldgoat
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posted 17 June 2006 06:50 AM      Profile for oldgoat     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
There's an outdoor area at the Oshawa Centre where they play opera. Trouble is, I'm a classical music fan, and while I'm not particularly an opera buff, I can tell that it's really really bad opera. It sure as hell keeps me away.

Then they wonder why young people don't appear to treat the place with repect.


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Ken Burch
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posted 20 June 2006 12:37 AM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Thanks for reminding ME about Yacht Rock too.
I'd seen an article about somewhere before and always meant to check it out. The guy who plays John Oates is brilliant.

As to music and keeping teenagers away...I suggest hiring yodelers.
Yodelers teamed with mimes.

Come to think of it, that should keep everyone else away as well.

[ 20 June 2006: Message edited by: Ken Burch ]


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