A plaque remaining from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem.

Above, a 1934 plaque from the Big Apple Night Club at West 135th Street and Seventh Avenue in Harlem. Discarded as trash in 2006.

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Entry from May 02, 2018
“The real problem with reality is the lack of background music”

"The real problem/trouble with reality is the lack of background music” is a one-line saying that has been printed on many images. Authorship is unknown.

“The trouble with reality is there’s no background music” was printed in the Philadelphia (PA) Daily News on April 3, 1984. “The problem with reality is there’s no background music” was posted on the newsgroup alt.recovery on December 21, 1993.

“The problem with reality is there’s no background music, so never know whether something mysterious, evil or adventurous is about to happen” was posted on Twitter on August 9, 2010. “The real problem with reality is the lack of background music” was posted on Twitter on July 4, 2011.


3 April 1984, Philadelphia (PA) Daily News, “Following Comments to the Letter” by Stuart D. Bykofsky, pg. 60, col. 1:
Dear Debbie: Whatever turns you on, huh? Anyone who seals an envelope with the words “The trouble with reality is there’s no background music” gets my attention.

Google Groups: alt.recovery
Rage, pain, self-pity - help!
L. MacGregor
12/21/93
(...)
THE PROBLEM WITH REALITY IS THERE’S NO BACKGROUND MUSIC

4 April 1995, San Diego (CA) Union, “Is your tagline umop apisdn? | Translation hint: Rotate this page 180 degrees” by Don Brunagel, pg. 1
The trouble with reality is there’s no background music.

Google Groups: rec.arts.movies.lists+surveys
ANSWERS: Movie Quote Quiz #2
MRS. STRAUSS (SOON)
7/26/95
(...)
“The trouble with reality is that there’s no background music.”

1 April 2000, The Record (Kitchener, ON), “Very Cool, pg. 104:
Say What? “The problem with reality is the lack of background music.”—Anonymous

15 March 2001, Dayton (OH) Daily News, “The 411—Young People’s Press,” pg. 5C:
Words of wisdumb
“The problem with reality is the lack of background music.”
-Anonymous

Twitter
CARS
@latenightscenes
the only problem with reality is that there’s no background music. xD
7:48 AM - 28 Aug 2007

Twitter
Thomas Duff
@duffbert
Given “The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music”, what would your background music be?
2:24 PM - 6 May 2008

Twitter
♥ Mommas Crap
@MommasCrap
The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music.
7:23 AM - 12 May 2008

Twitter
joevitelli
@joevitelli
The real problem with reality is that there is no background music.
12:25 PM - 26 Aug 2008

Twitter
azzra
@azzra
The problem with reality is a lack of background music.
2:11 AM - 11 Sep 2008

Google Books
Extraordinary Solutions for Everyday Problems
By Joseph O’Connor
Inkstone Digital (InkstoneDigital.com)
2010
Pg. 104:
The trouble with reality is that it does not come with any background music. (Anonymous)

Twitter
Afsana
@Afsanapuniani
The problem with reality is that there is NO BACKGROUND MUSIC. So, you never really know what is about to happen!
5:38 AM - 17 Jul 2010

Twitter
Lijin Nair
@lijinnair
The problem with reality is there’s no background music, so never know whether something mysterious, evil or adventurous is about to happen.
5:32 AM - 9 Aug 2010

Twitter
Will O’Donoghue
@Will_ODonoghue
The problem with reality is that there’s no background music,so you never realy know whether something mysterious or evil is about to happen
10:32 AM - 21 Oct 2010

Twitter
Black Vinyl Magazine
@BlackVinylMag
“The real problem with reality is the lack of background music.”
3:15 PM - 4 Jul 2011

Reddit—Quotes
“The real trouble with reality is that theres is no background music.” -Anonymous (self.quotes)
submitted May 10, 2012 by tayschay92

Reddit—Quotes
The real trouble with reality is that there’s no background music. (self.quotes)
submitted August 24, 2017 by Gabriela-Mc

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