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Michelle
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posted 17 June 2006 05:09 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
So, my son and I were driving in my stepmother's car from Picton to Belleville to go see a movie last weekend. (We saw "Cars" and it was surprisingly good! But that's not the point of the story at all.)

On the way in the car, I put on a local station that plays what I'm now sorry to say are probably "oldies" - stuff I listened to in high school. I can't be that old yet, but apparently I am.

So, a song comes on and I start singing along with it, and my son says, "Oh, I like that song! It's from Shrek 2!"

I sighed. Then another song came on, and I was singing along with that one, and my son said, "Hey, that's the Swiffer song!" (I forget which one it was.) [Edited to say - oh yeah, it's Blondie's "One Way Or The Other"!)

I had to laugh. But still, now I know how my parents must have felt when I associated popular songs from their youth with products that used them as jingles. However, in many cases, I knew the originals before the jingles, because my parents had tons of old music that I used to listen to a lot. For instance, there was no Beatles song that I knew as a jingle before the real thing.

[ 17 June 2006: Message edited by: Michelle ]


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Ken Burch
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posted 17 June 2006 01:40 PM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Interesting that you mention the "Shrek" movies in this context, because the original "Shrek" is the only place where children today are ever likely to have heard "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (the Tim Buckley version)which was used on the soundtrack.
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posted 17 June 2006 01:58 PM      Profile for unionist     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
quote:
Originally posted by Ken Burch:
Interesting that you mention the "Shrek" movies in this context, because the original "Shrek" is the only place where children today are ever likely to have heard "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen (the Tim Buckley version)which was used on the soundtrack.

And what about "I'm a Believer" by The Monkees?


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Michelle
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posted 17 June 2006 03:01 PM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Funny you should mention that, Ken. A couple of months ago I was playing and singing "Hallelujah" on the guitar, and my son, who was in bed but could hear me from the living room, sounded a bit unhappy. So I went in after a sniffle or two, and asked him what was wrong. He said that the song makes him sad because it's in Shrek 2 (which I didn't know), and it reminded him of a sad part of the movie where Shrek and his wife weren't getting along.
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Ken Burch
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posted 18 June 2006 12:58 AM      Profile for Ken Burch     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Actually, that scene sort of choked me up to, I'm slightly embarassed to admit. But then, I sort of identified with Shrek as a character anyway(the social isolation, not quite so much the physical characteristics.)
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Left Turn
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posted 18 June 2006 03:15 AM      Profile for Left Turn     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Michelle wrote:
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I sighed. Then another song came on, and I was singing along with that one, and my son said, "Hey, that's the Swiffer song!" (I forget which one it was.) [Edited to say - oh yeah, it's Blondie's "One Way Or The Other"!)

Doesn't the swifter song use the tune from "Whip It" by Devo?


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Michelle
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posted 18 June 2006 03:48 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I think they use both, in different commercials. I've seen "whip it" too. I'm pretty sure the Blondie song was the one that was playing (because I was tickling him on the "gitcha gitcha gitcha gitcha" part). Unless that was the one that was in Shrek 2. I don't watch enough television to be positive, nor do I remember Shrek 2 very well.
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