Jan. 25th, 2008

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Jan. 25th, 2008 08:31 am
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I may never get used to the sheer eccentricity of the musical choices made by Japanese news programs. I'm not always sure they understand the lyrics, but even just choosing on sound, what prompts some of these picks?

This morning I saw a discussion of international immigration policy set to "We Built This City On Rock And Roll". There is in fact a strong favoring of 80's rock anthems by the Japanese news, as well as big blockbuster movie themes; I have watched a traffic jam report blaring the Star Wars theme, and seen hapless Japanese city boys learning to catch fish with their hands at summer camp to the inspirational fanfare of good old Indy Jones. And I don't even know how often I've switched on the news and heard the strains of Klaus Badelt's PotC soundtrack.

Anime and video game music makes the cut, too. I once saw a special about the mothering habits of marsupials that chose for its BGM that tender little Elric Family leitmotif from Fullmetal Alchemist. Last week I was watching a report on elephants at the zoo that used several assorted clips from Shadow of the Colossus. I especially liked the juxtaposition of the reverent temple music and a shot of a baby elephant wandering towards the camera.

The fact that a thread of bizarre logic runs through all these choices just makes them better. I'd love to know where they get their royalty rights, but I'd equally love to be on whatever board or team makes these matches...

Actually, here's a lark: if you comment, gimme three songs you'd pick for news clips if you had the seemingly unlimited song rights of the Japanese news. Say, for a human-interest special about a single mother in a wheelchair and her daughter...a short spotlight on students prepping for their entrance exams...and coverage of a nonfatal but spectacular traffic accident. :D

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