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As Seen on TV: Songs from Commercials

As Seen On Tv ~ As Seen On Tv: Songs From Comme
This collection begs the question: Do the means justify the end? Even the title, As Seen on TV,

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As Seen On Tv ~ As Seen On Tv: Songs From Comme
This collection begs the question: Do the means justify the end? Even the title, As Seen on TV, is so crass one might expect a free set of Ginsu knives to be thrown in with the disc. But the trend set by those savvy TV advertising execs of pushing products from cars to clothes to cruises through hipster songs has resulted in an undeniably quality, albeit disparate, compilation. From the devastatingly simple “Pink Moon,” sullenly crooned by the late Nick Drake, to the new wave-punk classic Buzzcocks tune “What Do I Get” to Sarah Vaughan’s sassy “What Lola Wants,” the 20 tracks here capture a snapshot of 21st-century, post-adolescent life as it is portrayed–you guessed it–through TV. The resulting cultural implications are probably too disturbing to explore (that we are a society where our musical touchstones are fabricated by commercialism), but if you can ignore the source, this compilation has plenty that will speak to the soul and get the body grooving. –Beth Massa

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