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Feel inspired by our Packaging Elements Playlist
At Packaging Elements Limited, we love a good mix tape. So, what could be better than a collection of songs with packaging terms in the title or artist name? Here’s our pick:
Coming in at number 40 is Fake Plastic Trees by Radiohead. At 39 we have Crazy by Seal. At 38 is Boss Drum from The Shamen. Letting spelling slip a little, we bring you Rap God by Eminem at 37. And The Prodigy are Out of Space at 36. An obscure entry at number 35 for Eighteen Strings by Tin Man. Followed by the well-known Paperback Writer by The Beatles at 34. Gaudette by Steel Eye Span comes in at 33. And allowing for homophones, we have Steal my sunshine by Len at 32. Followed closely by Stuck in the Middle With You by Stealers Wheel at 31.
Our number 30 is Metal Mickey by Suede. Tubthumping by Chumbawumba is in at number 29. And at 28 is Good life by Inner City. At 27 is The Boxer by Simon & Garfunkel. And James Brown’s Papas Got a Brand New Bag is our number 26. Pulp’s Common People is at number 25. And at 24 is The Bomb! by The Bucket Heads. There’s another entry for the Beatles at 23 with Norwegian Wood. The traditional piece, Greensleeves attributed to Henry VIII comes in at 22. And at 21 is Ride on Time by Black Box.
Our top 20 starts with Mozart’s Flute Concerto No. 1 in G Major. At 19 is Free Electric Band by Albert Hammond. With Band on The Run by Wings at number 18. At 17 is Tubular Bells from Mike Oldfield. And Good Thing is in at number 16 from the Fine Young Cannibals. At number 15 is Heart of Glass from Blondie. Capella’s U Got To Let The Music makes number 14. And at 13 is Heart-Shaped Box by Nirvana. At 12 we have Paint Box by Pink Floyd. And Rage Against The Machine’s Fist Full of Steel makes number 11.
Our number 10 is Message in a Bottle by The Police. At 9 we have Plastic Man by The Kinks. At 8 is The Only Way is Up by Yazz and the Plastic Population. The Can Can composed by Jacques Offenbach takes the number 7 place in our chart. With Whiskey in the Jar by Thin Lizzy at number 6. Making our number 5 is Under the boardwalk by The Drifters. And with a nod to sustainability, at number 4 we have It’s a Sin by the PET Shop Boys. At 3 is the classic- Pack Up Your Troubles (In Your Old Kitbag) by Anthony Newley. Reel 2 Real gets the number 2 slot with I Like To Move It.
And at number 1, our favourite packaging-related tune is…
Living in a Box by the superbly named band, Living in a Box.
Just missing out on a place was Tie a Yellow Ribbon by Tony Orlando & Dawn and California Love by 2 Pac as well as Genie in a Bottle by Christina Aguilera and Maria Carey’s Music Box.
We must also tip our hats to The Beatles for their use of Cellophane in the lyrics of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and where would we be without Jump Around by House of Pain and their lyrics “Pack it up. Pack it in”?
Listen to our top 40 and more by searching “Packaging Elements Mix Tape” on Apple Music and feel the love for Packaging.
Ten packaging words you don’t tend to hear down the pub
Like any profession, the packaging industry has its own particular words that people outside the industry rarely come across. Friends and colleagues often need some help in translating technical terminology and abbreviations.
Here are ten words used in the print & packaging profession that can sometimes cause a blank expression or even a little titter:
Butt register – Noun. Register where ink colours meet precisely without overlapping or allowing space between, as compared to lap register. Also called butt fit and kiss register!
Flexo – Adjective. Flexographic printing which uses flexible plates with the print image standing out in relief. Fluid ink applied to the raised portions of the printing is transferred to the substrate.
Frangible – Adjective. Able to be broken into fragments; brittle or fragile.
Gravure – Adjective. Rotogravure printing which uses a rotary cylinder press, usually at high speed and for long print runs.
Gussets – Noun. The fold in the side or bottom of a pouch, allowing it to expand when contents are inserted.
Gauge band – Noun. A thickness irregularity found in rolls of film.
Hermetic – Adjective. Describes a seal that is airtight or impervious to gases or fluids under normal conditions of handling and storage.
Shelf–ready (SRP) – Adjective. A product placed on the shelf without the need for unpacking or repacking.
Tunneling – Noun. A laminating defect caused by incomplete bonding of the substrates.
Ullage – Noun. The amount of unfilled space in a container, particularly with a liquid
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