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9 May 2004, Comments (0)

Misuses of music

Author: Helen

Crooning versus Hooning”: For those not fortunate/unfortunate enough to live in Melbourne, Chapel Street is the clubbing and fashionista centre of Melbourne, kind of a poor man’s Rodeo Drive I suppose. For the last few years, it has been the tradition for young smart young men from the outer suburbs to drive their hot Holden Commodores and Ford Falcons, all modified to the nines with spoilers and speccy paint and I don’t know what else, slo-o-owly down Chapel street with deafening doof-doof coming from the (tinted) windows.
The local council has responded by introducing loud piped music in the hoons’ favourite car park: Dean Martin, Henry Mancini, Vivaldi and Mozart. It’s claimed this sends Da Boyz running, though I can’t really understand how the piped Dean Martin can be heard over the Doof-Doof.

Now (as this article admits) this is not the first time this has been done. As a regular train commuter I can confirm that Footscray station has been playing Beethoven’s Pastorale, Vivaldi’s Four Seasons and other popular classics for several years now. I’m not sure how I feel about the Pastorale, one of my favourite pieces of music, now being indelibly associated in my mind with Footscray station. However, there does seem to be a complete absence of gangs of Gangsta Rappers, so I’d say it’s quite effective, much like that tiger repellent (Nup, no tigers round here!)

Looking further afield, the misuse of music segues from the merely amusing to the crass to the downright sinister.
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