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Most bizarre music/commerical pairings?
CruzinTiki
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Posted: 2005-02-18 12:15 pm   Permalink

The other day I was watching an Iggy Pop video and reflecting on what combination of drugs and mental illness must go into creating his genius when a bizarre thing happened ... several minutes after the video ended a commercial came on ... for a cruise line ... screaming out "Lust for Life." Of course, Iggy (who I actually prefer to Kathie Lee Gifford) did not appear in the commercial, and two lines of the song were repeated over and over again ... but it was bizarre all the same.

I think they should have included more of the lyrics:

Here comes Johnny in again
With liquor and drugs
And a fast machine
He's gonna do another strip tease.

Hey man, where'd ya get that lotion?
I've been hurting since I'm up again
With something called love
Yeah, something called love.
Well, that's like hypnotizing chickens.

Now THAT'S what I call a cruise!!!

Can anyone think of any other strange music/commercial pairings?

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freddiefreelance
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Posted: 2005-02-18 12:35 pm   Permalink

An SUV ad used the Buzzcocks' "What Do I Get?," and Claritin used the B52's "Roam," both pretty odd pairings.
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Posted: 2005-02-18 12:43 pm   Permalink

I think you pretty much nailed the most bizarre pairing. I've been saying the same thing about that commercial for months. Don't they think that people who might be getting into their sea cruising years might actually know the song and it's origins? Maybe there's a heroin buffet on board.

It's not such a weird pairing, appearance-wise, but did the ad agency actually believe that anyone who was a Zeppelin fan in their youth would be interested in buying a new Cadillac today? Do you ever see anyone under 50 driving a new Cadillac? Whnever I see that commercial I think two things: Zeppelin finally sold out, and an ad agency trying way too hard to be cool and missing the mark entirely.
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Posted: 2005-02-18 12:48 pm   Permalink

As much as I admire Pete and have been a die hard Who fan since I was in my teens, I cringe every time I hear yet another Townshend tune being used to hock a CSI-show or Mervyn's or the most recent Saab commercial (featuring the signature riff from 'Pinball Wizard')

"The Who Sell Out" indeed...
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Posted: 2005-02-18 12:49 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-02-18 12:43, Tiki-bot wrote:
I think you pretty much nailed the most bizarre pairing. I've been saying the same thing about that commercial for months. Don't they think that people who might be getting into their sea cruising years might actually know the song and it's origins? Maybe there's a heroin buffet on board.

It's not such a weird pairing, appearance-wise, but did the ad agency actually believe that anyone who was a Zeppelin fan in their youth would be interested in buying a new Cadillac today? Do you ever see anyone under 50 driving a new Cadillac? Whnever I see that commercial I think two things: Zeppelin finally sold out, and an ad agency trying way too hard to be cool and missing the mark entirely.


Yeah, but Zep fans from their heyday in the early '70s are in their 50s now.
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tikifish
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Posted: 2005-02-18 3:17 pm   Permalink

I was thinking tyhe weird Celine DIon/ Anne Geddes book and CD thats out. Talk about the axis of evil!

 
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Posted: 2005-02-18 8:34 pm   Permalink

Sea World usually has a summer campaign that uses INXS' "New Sensation", while showing polar bears diving into their pond, and orcas leaping up at the camera.
I once mentioned to someone that Van Halen's "Jump" was very popular in frisbee dog competitions, and thusly ruined that person's mental image of Van Halen forever.


 
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Posted: 2005-02-18 8:56 pm   Permalink

The Sonics and Range Rover. Oh, well it not the oddest but it is damned offensive.

My favorite response to a band selling out is when the Clash allowed (sold out) Levis to use "Should I Stay or Should I Go", Billy Childish and Thee Headcoats formed THEE STASH. They released a single with the a side being a rewrite titled "Should I Suck or Should I Blow?", with the flip side being a rewrite of I'm So Bored With The USA, titled "We're Selling Jeans For The U.S.A."

Brilliant.


 
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purple jade
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Posted: 2005-02-20 12:05 pm   Permalink

Well, Pampers using Iggy's "Real Wild Child" struck my irony bone.

And then Tommy Hilfiger and CCR "Fortunate Son".
They only use the line that says...
"Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
ooh, they're red, white and blue", I suppose because of the red, white, and blue logo.

However the NEXT lines...

"And when the band plays "Hail To The Chief",
oh, they point the cannon at you, Lord.

It ain't me, it ain't me"...

Those don't seem to laud their products or the people who purchase them so much.

I'm seriously waiting for the Ad Wizards to use the first verse of "Turning Japanese" for Kodak or something...

"I got your picture of me and you
You wrote "I love you" I wrote "me too"
I sit here staring and there's nothing else to do
Oh it's in color
Your hair is brown
Your eyes are hazel
And soft as clouds
I have to kiss you when there's no one else around"

And oh, how I shall laugh.


 
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Posted: 2005-02-20 8:02 pm   Permalink

Good topic. Few things irk me more than the lyrics being used totally out of the song's context (like PJ's Credence example). My least fave is Chevy's "Like a Rock" which is from a Seger song wherein the singer is actually lamenting how long it's been he was "Like a Rock".

Just plain creepy goes to "Stacy's Mom Has Got it Goin' On" ad for some minivan. A little too age-inappropriate for the kids.

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Posted: 2005-02-20 9:23 pm   Permalink

Being a huge Clash fan, I thought there had to be something up with the Clash selling out. I don't remember all the details, but the Clash were pretty renowned for bitching about the recording contracts they had and tried for many years to get out of them. Apparently they made next to made no money from all their albums and fought for years to regain the rights to their songs. Upshot is, yeah, they sold out, but it wasn't like they got rich from their work in the first place (like Zeppelin). At this point, they can only sell them to help recoup all the millions they should have made from them in the first place. There's always more to the story, it seems.
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Posted: 2005-02-20 9:32 pm   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-02-18 15:17, tikifish wrote:
I was thinking tyhe weird Celine DIon/ Anne Geddes book and CD thats out. Talk about the axis of evil!



Preach on sistah!

Babys and Canadians, creepy!... oh, wait...
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Tiki Royale
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Posted: 2005-02-20 9:55 pm   Permalink

In reference to the Clash comment...
I'm not sure when the commercial came out but I would venture to guess that it was after Joe Strummer died. If I remember correctly, Mick Jones has become a bit of a wanker and would have no problem selling out.
Mind you, this is just my speculation...
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stuff-o-rama
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Posted: 2005-02-22 02:04 am   Permalink

I heard John Doe of X on Jonesy's show on 103.1 tell a story how Jaguar wanted one of their songs for a car commercial but went with "London Calling" by the Clash instead. he joked he said he'd only do it for 6 figures. He and Steve Jones were debating whether it was OK to approve songs for commercials or not. They both being band members who've never actually made big bucks from their music didn't have a big problem with it but John Doe said he would've felt like he'd sold his soul. Exene said that Windex wanted to use "Blue Spark" for a TV commercial and she declined it as it was just too ridiculous. However X did do a Budweiser radio spot back in the day for free beer and a few bucks. Billy Zoom has it on his web site: http://www.xtheband.com/xbud.mp3

I've heard Rev Horton Heat's "Big Red Rocket of Love" on a Ford ad and I don't think he was reffering to cars in that particular song.

The weirdest one for me personally was Bob Dylan lurking about the Victoria's Secret models. Yikes!


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Posted: 2005-02-22 06:44 am   Permalink

Quote:

On 2005-02-22 02:04, stuff-o-rama wrote:
The weirdest one for me personally was Bob Dylan lurking about the Victoria's Secret models. Yikes!


Supposedly Mr. Zimmerman was asked by an interviewer (many years ago, back in his New York days) if he'd ever do an advertizing campaign, and Bob replied "Only for Ladies underwear." I guess Victoria's Secret called him on it...
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