Sometimes when I'm working at home I have the TV tuned to one of the all-music channels. Don't laugh, it's how I hear nearly all new music. (Although said quanity is pathetic, my 21-year old self sneering in disgust.) Since it's TV they have to show something, so they divide the screen into a crawlspace at either the bottom or the top, and a photospace. The ratio is 25/75, and typically the photospace will cycle through shots of the band, and have a thumbnail of the album cover along with the artist, song and album name.
But the crawlspace is where it's at. It moves through a series of quotes and trivia about the artist. Sometimes they're just inane ("Joe Jackson appearned on Late Night with Conan O'Brien in 2005"), somtimes they're mildly interesting (quotes mostly, and odd stuff like "Bonnie Raitt appeared in the 1978 film "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band"). One of the weirdest ones they have is "Foo Band was influenced by bar, baz, and flurble." For instance
Even better is when they don't have any trivia about the artist. They just blurt out a bunch of trivia about the music business that I can't imagine anyone cares about:
One of the worst offenders is the "Soundscapes" channel, which is only occasionally on because it sometimes helps Ella get to sleep. But since very few of the artists on the channel aren't trivia-worthy, we get a lot more genre-only trivia, learning things like:
I hope the person who writes these things up reads this, because they can have an awful lot of fun with the system. For instance:
Finally, I'd be remiss if I didn't mention that the 'Adult Alternative' channel is yet another in a list of things making me feel old, as one of the pieces of trivia they display is the birthdate of the lead singer -- nearly every one of the artists are younger than me, some significantly so. Urg.