I'm quite a stick-in-the-mud about artificial sweeteners, I think they're revolting, they're marketed on fatphobia, and I subscribe to the belief that they fuck with your health. A foul aspartame aftertaste is one of life's downers. On the other hand, I know that artificial sweeteners are appreciated by many diabetic people; I'm not into policing what people eat; and there's a lot of fatphobia and pomposity floating around 'real food' discourse, which is also a turn-off.
Nutrasweet is a brand name for aspartame, and it's used in a bewildering array of products. I'm particularly fascinated by it because of the way it's marketed: as a wholesome choice for all the family.
This Diet Song features a jingle by the otherwise splendid Randy Newman, who must have had an almighty brain fart when he accepted this brief. Oh well, we all have days like that. Two loveable moppets brag about their moms, and there's an authoritative male voiceover convincing us all of the benefits of this fine product. It's a hoot.
Simon and my Nutrasweet production offers a nod towards Broadcast Booth, a track by Drag Racing Underground, formerly known as Big Stick, a band that makes beautifully fucked-up noise. In Broadcast Booth John Gill assumes the identities of a group of drag racing commentators with crazily speeded-up voices. It is a masterpiece.
Diet Songs: Nutrasweet by Charlotte Cooper + Simon Murphy (.mp3, 640kb)
New Project: Diet Songs