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1980s Popular Music

by Benjamin S. Aslinger

The use of “Poison Arrow” by the British New Wave 1980s band ABC and "I Wear My Sunglasses at Night" by Corey Hart in the episode “Antonia Ramos” (October 14, 2003) illustrate the role that classic songs play in emphasizing the embodied aesthetics of surgery and constructing the politics of place. My essay in How to Watch Television collapses these two sequences into one, making some of the specifics of my reading incorrect and my overall reading of the effect of popular music placements in these examples sloppy. My apologies for the error. I highlight this here to point out my error. I believe a reading of this clip will result in a better reading of the sonic strategies of this episode than I performed in these paragraphs of my essay.

Nip/Tuck - "Antonia Ramos"

These 2 clips use 1980s popular music to think through plastic surgery, embodiment, and Miami's history.

from Nip/Tuck, "Antonia Ramos" (2003)
Creator: Ryan Murphy
Posted by Benjamin S. Aslinger