Chosen as the Art Inspired By Music logo for the digital age! Before the era of the download, phonograph records were made from a resin called shellac or vinyl, inscribed with a spiral groove. They could break, causing phrases to be repeated, when the needle of the record player got stuck in the groove. In America, the expression 'you sound like a broken record' is not complimentary! Three New York Tin Pan Alley writers contributed here, Cliff Friend is chiefly known as the theme composer for the Looney Tunes cartoon series.