Although I know it is wrong to complain about a feature of summer, just as fall is gearing up to chill us out and darken our days, but…

Is there some crack research team that told ice cream truck companies only the most annoying, cloying, creepy songs will attract prospective buyers? I bet this is just some bunk idea that now has so many subscribers it appears as conventional wisdom.

I kid you not–those little jingles always make me think, “child molester”, not, “yummy ice cream.”



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6 responses to “Question

  1. No doubt, me too. To make things worse, they’re often played a little too slowly, like a 45 being played at 39 or some such. Just creepy.

  2. Jenn Lena

    The one today has some kind of psychotic child’s giggle in the breaks between verses.

  3. Here in New York, the mayor used the noise code to stop the Mister Softee trucks from playing that jingle. So now, they just park at a corner with the gasoline-powered generator spewing out noxious fumes for hours. No jingle though.

  4. John

    That association is a byproduct of the perversion that goes into making Hollywood horror movies in this sick society we live in, wherein the film composer has acquired the idea that juxtaposing the innocence of a child’s song or music box with horrific images and scenes of terrifying violence and depravity is more effective as a means of creating an atmosphere of horror than writing some dark Stravinsky or Schoenberg style score (when it is so only because that deliberate juxtaposition proves the realization that the stark difference between the goodness of the childlike innocence and the evil of the terror creates an effect that offends our moral sensibility in the greatest possible way–an understanding that makes the perpetrators, the filmmakers, indeed guilty, yes, of child molestation, and the viewers as well, vicariously).

    Therefore the child molester of whom you are being reminded in this case is/are the multi-million dollar production casts, crews and composers that make such evil and obscene films for indeed filthy lucre, and, more importantly, the stupid, thoughtless, mindless person who paid the whore’s fare to watch/devour and fund them.

    That perversion, I say, and therefore your own–for having been stupid enough–idiot lunatic foolish enough–to have allowed those Hollywood gargoyle-human hybrids to fill your mind and memory with such depraved and horrible imagery is what created that perverted association in your mind.

    Sweet dreams.

  5. Jenn Lena

    So that’s the first time I’ve been called stupid on my own blog. Thanks for reading, John!

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