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A little obscure and very British?
So I'm on my way to work this morning and I switched from the classical radio station over to the morning show on Z-104 ("brett haber in the morning" for those of you who care). Right. Anyway, this morning Haber had decided that he needed new cell phone ring tones, and he was listening to other people's rings on the radio, guessing what they were, and such. He guessed all the ones that were only vaguely reminiscent of popular music today (since that's the business he's in, I guess it makes sense).

So someone plays The Liberty Bell March and Haber is trying to figure out what it is. It sounds so familiar, he says. I know I've heard it, I just can't place it. She tells him "this one's a little bit older than some of the ones people have been playing." Finally, exasperated, he gives up and asks what it is. The chick says, "My mother says it's the theme to Monty Python..."

"OH YES!" says Haber. "That's the Flying Circus Theme! Very good! That's a little obscure and very British! Thanks for calling."

*AHEM*

No, it is NOT obscure. And no, it is NOT BRITISH.

Monty Python's The Flying Circus did, indeed, use the Liberty Bell March as its theme music. It was used, in part, because it was free from copyright fees. John Philip Sousa was an American composer wrote </i>The Liberty Bell March in 1893. Damn straight it's "A little bit older" than the "Friends" theme music. And not just 1969!

Of course, I had to call in. Much to my surprise, I didn't get a busy signal. I got an actual person immediately. No, they didn't put me on the radio. I'm not cool enough. But I did get to tell J.C. "The Monty Python Theme is neither obscure, nor British. It's a march by the American composer John Philip Sousa called 'The Liberty Bell'." J.C. seemed unimpressed, but I'm still proud of me.

Current Mood: amused amused

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cahwyguy From: cahwyguy Date: August 25th, 2004 08:21 am (UTC) (Link)
Good for you! In another group, I had to correct someone who thought Putting on the Ritz was written by Taco. The correct answer is Irving Berlin.

Sigh. Children these days. They don't even know what band Paul McCartney was in before Wings.
From: bodnej Date: August 25th, 2004 09:14 am (UTC) (Link)
I though "Putting on the Ritz" was by Peter Boyle and Gene Wilder...

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2004 09:48 am (UTC) (Link)
Tee hee. I almost said the same thing. Only I couldn't remember Peter Boyle's name, so I didn't.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 25th, 2004 08:48 am (UTC) (Link)
go you! i remember when z104 was REALLY ghetto...it's a frederick radio station i beleive....well...it's one of teh FEW that you can GET in frederick. the tower might be in dc...but i remember it was VERY hard to get non country in frederick. and z104 used to play the same 4 REALLY bad pop songs over and over and over all day. i was listening to them a few weeks ago and they were actually playing GOOD music...i was in shock
yermie From: yermie Date: August 25th, 2004 08:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Zen question

Confusious say, "Did the music change, or did the listener?"

estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2004 08:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Zen question

tee hee. That's a good point.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 25th, 2004 08:56 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Zen question

ah trust me, it's the music. they used to play like britany spears and nsync. the last time i turned on the radio they were playing HUMAN LEAGUE!!!!!!! talk about makign my day
yermie From: yermie Date: August 25th, 2004 11:14 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Zen question

But back in the mid 80s, weren't the Human League the Britney/ N'Sync of the time? (granted, THL had more talent...)

So the question remains...

From: gittygiggles Date: August 25th, 2004 12:01 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Zen question

ok so i'm an 80's pop music freak. i dislike "modern" pop music.

voila
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2004 08:55 am (UTC) (Link)
Z-104 is based in DC. Their offices are downtown. But yes, you can hear it in Frederick.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 25th, 2004 08:57 am (UTC) (Link)
then how come i couldn'te ver get dc 101 in frederick??? or ANY of the baltimore stations consistently? and i STILL cant really get z104 in baltimore.

makes no sense to moi
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2004 09:00 am (UTC) (Link)
it all depends on signal strenth and such.

I'll ask my husband to clarify the science of it, because frankly, it's above my head.
From: gittygiggles Date: August 25th, 2004 09:03 am (UTC) (Link)
dont worry about asking. i'm perfectly content with the explanation that is' just stupid. :)
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jeannegrrl From: jeannegrrl Date: August 25th, 2004 11:17 am (UTC) (Link)
Go YOU! Yet another reason why Karen rocks. :-)
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: August 25th, 2004 11:45 am (UTC) (Link)
thanks!
I was pretty proud of myself, even though I'm sure J.C. thought I was a total nerd.
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