Monday, July 20, 2009

Another day in paradise.

A few of us are in a bit of a state at work.
We have discovered that our hold music is Phil Collins singing that questionable classic Another Day in Paradise. Nothing else, just Phil. There is no rotation system of questionable late 80's love songs, perhaps a Michael Bolton number or two thrown in for good measure. No. Only Phil Collins, banging away, call after call. Whether this has been the case since the song hit number one way back in 1989 is not known. If so then we are in serious trouble. We are an ad agency. We are supposed to be very "current" and "with it". We are all on Twitter, even though we don't know what it does really. We buy fashion magazines printed in Iceland for 180 bucks at Exclusive Books and then leave them showily around the office to prove our edginess
The fact that people: our clients, suppliers, prospective clients, journalists, model bookers, have been forced to sit through this, possibly for nearly 20 years now, is a bit sad really. You could call it oversight I suppose. But it feels a bit like leaving a dead cat in reception for 20 years so everyone can see it and then saying "oh, how did we miss that ?".
Now, I'm not one to knock old Phil. I think Face Value was one of the best albums of all time.
Hell, Another Day in Paradise is number 86 on Billboards Best 100 songs of all time.
Carol, one of our Account Directors, furiously pointed 0ut that she had noticed ages ago and said something but nothing had been done. Shit. She also observed that every day was not really Another Day in Paradise, especially in the ad industry, where everything generally goes to hell by about 10.15 every morning. So we will change it soon. There is fury and embarrassment and consternation. Now we just have to decide what to play next. It's a big decision.
After all, people could be hearing it for 20 years.

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