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SUNDAY SATIRE : Not Available in Stores

February 18, 1996

Good news for those who find merely spending money on goods and services an insufficient display of brand loyalty: Everybody from pseudo Ivy League clothiers to high-test coffee merchants now sell CD collections of tunes selected especially to complement, say, the experience of wearing Ralph Lauren chinos or swilling Starbucks' decaf latte, to name but two establishments doing the Hootie and the Blowfish thing. Total-immersion consumerism on this level is sure to spread. As these hypothetical /"music of" compact discs from four household names make clear, the possibilities are intriguing, to say the least.

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