Accrington Magistrates’ Court fined The Ultimate Anthemz Company of Harlow, Essex, £2,500 and ordered that they be banned from compiling themed music albums for three years.
The court heard that in August 2011, vacuum cleaner salesman Colin Adams fell asleep at the wheel of his car in the middle of the day, despite listening to the firm’s Ultimate Driving Rock Album. In fact, the album featured nothing harder than Blur’s Song One and Shed Seven’s Going For Gold.
Adams’ wife gave evidence that he had called her after buying the album in a service station, saying he was “really excited” to have some driving rock to listen to for his journey from Winchester to Milton Keynes.
But he phoned back in tears 40 minutes later from the hard shoulder of the M3, saying the album didn’t even have anything by the Eagles or ZZ Top and that he did not know how he was going to cope.
He hung up and drove away, dying in a fireball just minutes later after falling asleep.
“This was so tragic,” said the chairman of the magistrates. “If he’d only held on another four miles he’d have got to Fleet Services services, where I can personally testify that an excellent selection of driving rock compilations and indeed individual albums by ZZ Top, Whitesnake and Boston is available.”
He warned all male motorists aged over 40 to ensure they carried a quality compilation of driving rock “dashboard tappers” in their vehicles at all time in case of emergency.
“Sometimes Highway to the Danger Zone is all that stands between you making it to the next service station for a can of Red Bull, and nodding off at the wheel.”
A spokesman for the firm said the album had now been discontinued but that a substantially different version with heavy use of classic Fender and Gibson guitars, rasping vocals and a “plucked bass” sound from the Yamaha DX7 synthesiser, would be available soon.Tweet