- Audio CD (August 26, 1997)
- Number of Discs: 1
- Label: Scamp
- ASIN: B000000IAW
- Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #79,243 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)
Music for TV Dinners
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Though not designed as firmly for the background as true Muzak [tm], there is still an unnerving contextual shift in compiling these tracks for foreground listening. Though originally used in more subliminal contexts, these tunes have been drawn on in recent years as a simple way to evoke nostalgic moods, with or without irony in mind. In addition to appearances on boomer throwbacks like Nick at Night and Ren & Stimpy, these titles also appear in films like "The Hudsucker Proxy" and "Natural Born Killers." The most recognizable tune (at least, for 1960's television viewers) will be Wilfred Burns' "Stop Gap," which served as the theme to "Truth or Consequences." You can't help but feel that Bob Barker will step out in front of the curtain at any moment.
As calculated as this music may be, its composition, arrangement and performance hold tremendous charms. This is more mood music than easy listening, in that its purpose is to attract your attention and shape your experience, rather than provide any sort of sedation. Many of the musical cues will haunt you with inscrutably faint memories of products like Vaseline Intensive Care Lotion and Midol. This is an excellent volume for listening or for adding unique musical cues to your home video.
If you are a fan of this musical genre click over to Amazon UK and look out for the `Test Card Music' series on Apollo Records (or checkout their website) they are up to volume eight so far. Each CD has sixty minutes plus and this brings me to why I only gave `Music for TV Dinners' four stars, I would have expected a lot more than the thirty-four minutes it contains, after all there is plenty of production music available. The second volume (almost thirty-five minutes) would easily have fitted on this disc making it real value for money.
This CD is a wonderful listen, although it is a bit short clocking in at just under 35 minutes.
This is an excellent album, and I would hope that we'll see more of these releases from Scamp records in the future. They've already released a "TV Dinners" album from the 60s and it was o-kay, but let's hope they crank it back a decade to give us another album of this caliber.
Gotta have it!
You wouldn't expect a Ninth Symphony from this genre, at least by its definition, but this compilation of "TV Dinners" is fabulous! Every number is perfectly, splendidly evocative of memories that may not even be our own. If you buy the notion that we have a collective unconscious, this is what our collective unconscious whistles when it's the late night show.
Come to think of it, although the title says "TV Dinners", I use it as background music for studying, sleeping, doing laundry...it is a bit more psychedelic and thus interesting than jazz for instance, which is just another musical doctrine.
Open your mind, and give it a try. Especially if you like lounge music in general (K&D, Thievery, etc.)
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This was recommended when I did a search for this type of music and it was exactly what I was looking for.Published on January 2, 2013 by Al Rives
This is a remarkable collection of music that fits just about no category in today's music. The nearest I can come up with would be
British Light Music but it's mostly... Read more
This CD is simply too much fun not to have in your music collection. Worth every penny.
For, ahem, more mature listeners such as myself, the tunes will absolutely remind... Read more
Bought this for the "Sleepy Shores" cut, but the rest of the CD was a bonus. Reminiscent of the 60's tv music and jingles; fun to listen to with your TV dinner!Published on December 24, 2008 by rosiegirl061313
I have been looking for this music collected since about 1969 when I started first grade. I loved the music of the school educational movies, and I never knew there would be some... Read morePublished on April 1, 2008 by Suzn
Music for TV Dinners is a compilation of music composed by artists working for KPM, a British firm that developed a niche for providing music scores for commercial and industrial... Read morePublished on March 10, 2007 by G. N. Smith
I LOVE this CD. It's charming, bubbly, campy and just giddyly nostalgic.
I want more, much more of this. Read more
This item is great, I dunno why I find the 50's era so facinating. Is it the cars....? Nope. Is it the stylish appliances? Nope. I know....its gotta be the music. Read morePublished on March 11, 2006 by James Burke
You gotta love an album where every song sounds like "Ren & Stimpy" music. One word comes to mind when listening to this music - industry. Read morePublished on October 16, 2005 by TimothyFarrell22