Songs Savaged by Pop Culture

Commercials, YouTube and 'iconic' movie scenes make old faves unlistenable
By Lev Weinstein,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 7, 2008 12:29 PM CDT
The Cars' 'Just What I Needed' will never be the same thanks to Circuit City   (orrben)
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(Newser) – Some songs simply can't survive the ravages of pop culture. Scott Bennett on College Humor, runs down some tunes he can no longer listen to:

  • "O, Fortuna:" Jackass turned this "orchestral masterpiece" from Carl Orff into something that went from evoking "the struggle of mankind" to "Chris Pontius in a banana Hammock."
  • "Just What I Needed:" "Nothing will kill a song you love"—the Cars' classic, in this case—"faster than a repetitive beating in the form of awful commercials." Thanks, Circuit City.

  • "Dust in the Wind:" The Kansas tear-jerker is out thanks to Old School: "Even if you were at your mother's open casket, you'd start snickering imagining a fat, pasty and sweaty Will Ferrell wailing 'You're my boy, Blue!'"
  • "Anyway You Want It:" "Playing great songs in awful movies should be a crime viewed on the same level as pit bull fighting," Bennett writes of the Journey masterpiece put through the wringer of Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle.