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Music Hi-jacking


Quickbeam

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I started to watch last night's Rolling Stones set at Glastonbury on the iPlayer. Unfortunately after the 3rd or 4th song, Start Me Up, I had to fast forward to the next.

That song is in my mind no longer a Stones song, it's become synonymous with the MS Windows 95 launch as much as The New Seekers Teach The World To Sing is to Coca Cola Corp.

They might as well drop the song from their playlist forever now, they sold out it's complete image to Bill Gates as far as I'm concerned!

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Quickbeam

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Apparently it's not hi-jacking, it's repurposing.

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Aitchbee

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If Mr Gates [or whovever] decides to 'shut down' MS Windows, then 'THE END' by The Doors would be a fitting epitaph.

"This is the end ... beautiful friend ... the end.

Of our elaborate plans ... the end."

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Joseph Kerr

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Yup, you should only license your music of it's music for people who never listen to any, like Moby's Play album (I think every song was licensed to advertisers). Otherwise, you should be REM who, I think, never licensed anything to anyone.

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Forum Editor

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A reliable Microsoft source said that the company paid the Stones $3 million for the licence to use the track for the Windows 95 launch. That is a lot of money, considering the licence was for a relatively short period.

I don't think it means that 'Start me up' is "no longer a Stones song" at all.

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Fruit Bat /\0/\

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My 3 year old grandson's review of the Stones on TV

"There's a skelly bob playing horrific guitar on the telly"

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Quickbeam

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Once you immediately think of the product on hearing the first few opening chords, then the song is lost to the commercial product!

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Aitchbee

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Fruit Bat /\0/\ - I got a bit of fright today when I walked into my local big-name store - 2 'close-ups' of Mick 'n' Keith's mugs on the front page of a newspaper ... I hope I don't have nightmares tonite.

Quickbeam - that's a great link, BTW!

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Aitchbee

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I'm off on a tangent slightly but, the musical editor/compiler [or should that be hi-jacker] of BBC TV's " Homes Under The Hammer " has 'got-away-with-it' ... it's great fun trying to identify the songs that accompany the descriptions of the properties!

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