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Traumafession:: Derek B. on Kid Commercial Music

November 2nd, 2019 by unkle lancifer · 1 Comment

Thank you for all your hard work.  I have a kindertraumatic question.  It’s not about movies or tv shows; it’s about many, many commercials. In the seventies, commercials for local kid-oriented businesses would come on Southern Californian television.  Arcades, circuses, restaurants. Three songs would be used, over and over.  These songs were instrumental only and seemed to be part of a pack of musical accompaniment tracks every TV and Radio station owned.

One was a sort of wacky clownish theme, lots honking horns. “Come down to Pizza Piccolo Pete,” or whatever party clown occasion you were hoping to throw. Another was a simple tune played on what might have been a slide whistle, or a keyboard that sounded like it.  Slow tempo, something for wacky art-style toy commercials. The last one was a lot of synthesizers and horns.  You use it for your water park or skateboard joint.  

Your site and tireless research have saved so many before me.  Do you have any idea what I’m talking about here?  I suspect I am not crazy and hope it is true.

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  • 1 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Nov 2, 2019 at 2:29 pm

    Derek, this is going to be a tough one for me because I was mostly on the East coast as a kid! I feel your pain though. I remember The Hershey Park theme song getting drilled into my head every summer. Hopefully one of our West coast readers will have a better idea.

    Here’s my jingle nightmare: I know it’s not waht you’re talking about because it has lyrics but I’ll share it anyway…

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