Monday, November 14, 2011

Not Exactly Muzak

I was picking up milk, cereal and a few other things Friday in the Twin City supermarket when I heard some shocking lyrics come out of the sound system.

Well, I was shocked, though most people were not registering any reaction at all to the repeated phrase "what the f.***" as part of a club-style song that went on for quite a while.

A Google search quickly turned up the song and confirmed the lyrics. If you look up Sak Noel Loca People, you can check it for yourself.

Now, I know that "WTF" is a common acronym online. And a faux children's bedtime story shot to the top of the charts with the phrase, "Go the f*** to sleep." I have heard even young schoolchildren tossing F-bombs in their conversation when school lets out. We were also informed recently that somebody likes to assert power by declaring, "I am the f***ing mayor."

Still, it briefly struck me as the nadir of civilization to have this phrase turning the air blue while I was grocery shopping in a neighborhood market full of children and elders.

I don't know what music service the store uses, but maybe they should take that particular catchy tune out of the rotation.



  1. Most of the people in the store were either ignoring the music or didn't speak English, so it doesn't effect them. The store management needs to be made aware of this. I buy my milk there, it's too expensive to purchase much more, but I would be offended.

  2. A back of the envelope calculation reveals that I've used that word as a noun, verb, adjective, pronoun, and god knows what else a minimum of 500,000 times. The song in question is not mean-spirited but bouncy and sexy, in other words, fun. If someone wants to use that word in a fun context, I say, "Why not?"

  3. Wow, you can't make this stuff up...

  4. For the record, The music service could not have been Muzak. Although Muzak has over 2.5 million songs in its library, it has for 75 years remained true to its business objective which is to provide music solutions for business. One of its core capabilities is screening songs and lyrics for lyric content. No other music provider offers this. Although some people may not be affended by use of the F Bomb, some will. This is reflected in this short comment string. As a main street business owner, I am not willing to offend even one customer. At one time Muzak was considered expensive, but today they are less expensive that all the other providers. This business owner would be wise to consider Muzak.

  5. For the record, I did not say it was Muzak. Dan Damon used a misleading teaser, "Bernice startled by supermarket's Muzak," on his blog, CLIPS. By saying, "Not Exactly Muzak" in my blog post title, I was making a distinction between the well-known music service and what I was hearing. I'm sure Muzak would never permit such lyrics to be broadcast on its system. Please take up the issue with Dan for misstating what I wrote.

  6. I am a salesman for Muzak.
    We screen all content and this would never happen
    with our service.
    Email me and find out.