Thursday, August 13, 2009

Death, Taxes, Muzak

This poem was published in the Spring 2009 issue of Main Street Rag. I've been waiting for MSR to fix the link to the table of contents for this issue, but it's been several months and it's still not fixed. You'll just have to trust me. The poem is in there.


Death, Taxes, Muzak

It’s been a long time since rock ‘n’ roll
scared middle-agers in Cadillacs,
since sarcasm was understood
by Mercedes drivers and execs,
since punk anarchists in leather jackets
snarled at corporate greed.
Now stooges have a lust for cruises
and baby got backpack at Tarzhay.


I remember the first time I saw a rock (or punk or rap) song used on a TV commercial. A commercial that was not aimed at MTV viewers. A rock song that was noise to the over-30 crowd at the time it was recorded.

Led Zeppelin selling Cadillacs?!! My grandparents would have been the target audience for Cadillacs back in the early 1970s when that song was recorded. One way to guarantee they would not buy a Cadillac would have been to have it come with Led Zeppelin on the 8-track tape player. Now that's the soundtrack to commercials aimed at people in their 40s and 50s.

This poem includes references to specific songs used in TV commercials, even directly quoting a phrase from the lyrics of some of them. I was thinking of five specific songs/commercials. Four of those should be clear. The fifth reference might be a bit vague. See whether you can identify them. I'll post the references in the comments later.

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1 comment:

Elrond Hubbard said...

Excellent poem, but I don't know all the references of course.