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PETER YORK ON ADS : Memories are made like this

A REVOLVING chair turns. A seven-year-old boy - practically scalped by the short-back-and-sides, Polyfoto cut that kids in the real world didn't get until well into the Seventies - appears in black and white. It's the barbershop experience. Lumps of hair fall on to daisy-punched sandals and are swept off the checkerboard floor. It's shot as if you're in the chair - the barber brushes hair off the viewer's face - and ends up with the terrifying buzz of the electric clippers.

We're in a traditional barbershop in 1967 - expertly recreated, as we've come to expect - and all the familiar tortures are there. So too are the mums, comforting, wrapping their little scalped bundles in sensible coats.

And the soundtrack is - most delicious irony - Scott McKenzie's "San Francisco (Be Sure to Wear Some Flowers in Your Hair)". Right there in that traditional male-initiation outpost, a play version of the army, the world of something-for-the-weekend-sir?, is this twinkly pop version of hippie-dom, long-haired and blissed-out (with a subtext of Polymorphous Perversity thrown in). This little boy will want to be a hippie by 1973.

Capital Gold, the London golden oldies station, has hit on the rather obvious idea of "when and where you first heard a hit" - and then rendered it quite brilliantly, with much better ironies and social observation than we have any right to expect from a local media ad. It looks as if it's benefited from some very good "oral history" research (another version, to Marc Bolan, has a little girl bouncing around a council-house garden on a Space Hopper). It's miniature Mike Leigh.

Julie Burchill called it "mugging your memories": using pop music that once meant something to you to sell insurance policies. Capital Gold has reversed the trend: recreating memories to sell music.

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