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The Ice Cream Van Menace [Jun. 15th, 2007|11:18 am]
Listen in, listen Ian!
The results of my
the other day made me think that there needs to be an archive of
ice cream van chimes. Most of them are familiar ice cream tunes, but I've
never heard one play verlaine's Ride of the Valkyries,
and I'd especially like to hear bengraham's local van playing
Why Does It Always Rain On Me? I've done a quick search, and I
can't find anything out there so here's a fun project for this weekend and
beyond - get out there, record your local ice cream van and send me an mp3.
I'll make a website of them, and together we will build an archive of ice
cream van charms as a monument for the ages. I'm serious, if you have the
recording technology get out there on an ice cream van hunt and send the
results to timdotemanuelatgmaildotcom.

What I did find when I was having a look there is that some people really
don't have enough productive ways to spend their time. I imagine if a
survey were taken to establish what people believe are the greatest menaces
to society at the moment, the phrase "Noise pollution caused by ice cream
van chimes" would barely register, but apparently not. South Gloucstershire
Council have even gone so far as to produce a code
of practice
(I especially like the one about not sounding the chimes
when you see another ice cream van.) and I'm very pleased to see my own
Haringey in the front line against the menace of - and please, make sure
you're sitting down before you read on - ice cream being
sold outside schools
. Will these fiends stop at nothing?

[User Picture]From: squirmelia
2007-06-15 10:29 am (UTC)
Ooh, I like the idea of recording ice cream vans, although they seem quite unpredicatable, so I'm not sure I'll be able to catch the sound.
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-06-15 10:32 am (UTC)
My school, which is in Haringey, used to allow an ice cream van into the playground! Horror!
He sold burgers as well as ice cream and was generally ace. I can't remember if he played a tune, I think he didn't need to bother.
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[User Picture]From: offensive_mango
2007-06-15 10:45 am (UTC)
hahhahahaha I'm sitting here laughing my ass off at the mp3 jtemperance posted in that poll.
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[User Picture]From: ozgirlabroad
2007-06-15 10:51 am (UTC)
Oh, I missed your survey the other day but has someone told you about the kosher ice-cream van? It usually goes around Golders Green but would sometimes visit Stamford Hill and had the Best Icecream EVER with the added bonus of being vegan for the wierdos in my house.


I just wish I could remember what the music was - I am pretty positive it was klezma music!
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[User Picture]From: carsmilesteve
2007-06-15 10:56 am (UTC)
oi vey!

i've not seen it unfortunately, i think perhaps we're a little too far down the hill.

i was trying to remember what our van plays for this poll and i couldn't, and it was very annoying. also each time it goes past i say "ooh, ice cream!" and then never bother to go and get one...
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[User Picture]From: eyekiller
2007-06-15 03:29 pm (UTC)
Also, I don't know if I've said before but I personally know an ice cream man and on Saturdays and Sundays he phones up on his way home from whichever park he's been at and asks "do you want ice cream?" and if we do he comes along in his van and gives us whatever we want with sauces and flakes and all that as much as we can eat FREE. Just thought I'd mention it.

(I don't know what tune he plays though)
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[User Picture]From: ruudboy
2007-06-15 03:56 pm (UTC)
If I manage to capture one, I'll happily release it so that you can use it, but if it's a copyrighted tune would that not cause issues? Are there performers' rights to consider? It's a legal minefield!
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From: (Anonymous)
2008-05-13 07:43 am (UTC)

Funny quote

The use of money is all the advantage there is to having money.
-- B. Franklin

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