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i just saw a Nissian Extera ad in which people were rock climbing, with the Extera cleverly parked on the ground.

but the weidest part of all? The Velvet Underground's "Heroin" is the song they used.

now, i love VU, and i must say..... who in that band greenlighted this?

to start up a convo tell me, who else has been absolutely pissed about a band you like having a song used in an ad?



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A couple months ago, I heard a Bob Dylan song in an ad, and I was just about to freak out, but then I realized it was a spot for his tour coming to the area. A couple weeks after that, I hear one of his songs in a Victoria's Secret commercial.

Eh, if I were to sell out, it may as well be to sexy lingerie.





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For some reason, it disturbed me lately that The Age of Aquarius is being butchered in an ad.

As for the worst, Beach Boys songs. Whomever is responsible for selling the songs over the years (probably that money-grubbing Mike Love is mainly responsible) completely insults the band.

No wonder people can't get past their songs about cars/girls/surfing and into their good stuff. The familiar mediocre stuff sounds even worse on commercials.



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PROOF PUNK IS DEAD:

1) It's almost impossible to count the number of commercials I've heard "Lust For Life" in.

2) The Clash's "London Calling" was used in a Jaguar commercial last year. (That was great, too. Do they have people to check the lyrics of these things? Do you really want advertise some big polluting luxury car with "the ice is coming/the sun's zooming in/engines stop running and the wheat's growing thin/a nuclear error, but I have no fear/London is drowning - and I live by the river"?)

3) "Blitzkrieg Bop" is being used in some commercial or another right now. I can't remember which one because I'm too busy being outraged. I guess Joey and DeeDee were the two with the integrity, huh?

4) Good Charlotte. 'Nuff said.



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I found it bizarre hearing Blur`s Tender in an Intel ad. It`s a sad breakup song..and there it is promoting microchips.



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VW years ago used Velocity Girl's powerpop gem "Sorry Again". I couldn't tell you why, but that really irked me at the time. Still does.

That's part of why I hold Bill Hicks and Tom Waits in such high regard. You're an artist or a salesman. You can't be both. Except Willie Nelson.



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Speaking of Tom Waits, I need to see if "Big Time" is on DVD yet...

nope.



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I can't speak with authority for each of the cases involved, but I have to think in some of these cases that this is most likely due to the artist not having control of the song in question. Possibly due to bad contracts or something they signed. I just keep thinking of the whole Nike/Revolution debacle. Maybe some folks more familiar with the legal history of some of these bands/artists in question can help out.



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The one that most annoys me right now is Cadillac and Led Zeppelin. What the hell is that?



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I'm in agreement that most rock songs are put in some pretty random advertising these days. However, there are two ads in which I really like the songs:

1. The Mitsubishi ad with "Ooh La La" by The Faces. (aka "I wish that I knew what I know now, when I was younger")

2. The Coors Light/Scorpions "Rock Me Like a Hurricane" remix.

I also liked the Baba O' Reily Nissan Polo ad, but that sadly has disappeared.



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    Originally posted by pieman
    The one that most annoys me right now is Cadillac and Led Zeppelin. What the hell is that?

That's two things: Zeppelin listners from the 70's getting older and getting enough money to buy a Caddy, and Caddy desperately trying to entice the younger kids to actually give a damn about Caddilacs.

What's really messed up is Chrysler getting Celine Dion. Makes me ashamed to own a Dodge...



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Man, don't even get me started on this! Nothing upsets me more than songs I love appearing in commercials. I take it as a personal insult.
Some of my most henious enemies:

The use of Modern English's "Melt with You" in a Burger King commercial.
The Buzzcock's "What do I Get?" in a car commercial.
The Smithereens' "Blood and Roses" also in a car commerical.

And my new least favorite use of a song in a commercial:
The Ramones' "Blitzkrig Bop" in a cell phone commecial, when I all ready HATEHATEHATE cell phones.

*sigh*
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Brace yourself, I'm channeling Woody Paige for this one.

(sigh)

You're all forgetting the most egregious example of this! Wrangler using CCR's "Fortunate Son" in an ad campaign! They must not have listened to anything beyond the FIRST LINE OF THE SONG! Yeesh.

Although I will say that AT&T using "Blitzkrieg Bop" in their ads is pretty high up there. Who's licensing this crap? I mean, I know who to blame for the Beatles ones... and it ain't helping HIM much.

But VW does seem to have pretty good taste as far as picking songs... someone needs to put together a list of songs used in ads. If only so people can get the songs and then discover the rest of said artist's material.



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    Originally posted by drjayphd
    someone needs to put together a list of songs used in ads.

Wy do that when you can Buy the Album.



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Sad as it is, there has been some stuff I hadn't been exposed to until I saw the commercials that had a song from an artist in them. Until the Gap used "All Mixed Up" I had never heard of Red House Painters, which was a major problem in my life as I would soon find out. Same with Fischerspooner until they popped up in about 3000 ads at once it seemed like.

And CCR was even more egregiously blasphemed when the same song appeared in Tommy Hilfiger ads IIRC.



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You're all forgetting the most egregious example of this! Wrangler using CCR's "Fortunate Son" in an ad campaign! They must not have listened to anything beyond the FIRST LINE OF THE SONG! Yeesh.

Yeah that was pretty revolting...you know if Fogerty had say over these things, that probably wouldn`t have happened.



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#17 Posted on

    Originally posted by j9479
    The Velvet Underground's "Heroin" is the song they used.

    now, i love VU, and i must say..... who in that band greenlighted this?


Most likely Lou Reed. I mean, they probably threw a nice chunk of cash at him. And you know he has to be laughing all the way to the bank at the braintrust that thought up this idea.




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    Originally posted by Notorious F.A.B.
    Speaking of Tom Waits, I need to see if "Big Time" is on DVD yet...

    nope.



Fortunately if you have $35 you don't need, you can still find Criterion Collection "Down By Law". The fact that Waits is pals with Roberto Bengnini boggles the mind.



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    Originally posted by drjayphd

    But VW does seem to have pretty good taste as far as picking songs... someone needs to put together a list of songs used in ads. If only so people can get the songs and then discover the rest of said artist's material.



That's exactly what happened with me and Nick Drake.. heard the song in the commercial, saw a VH1 Special on his death, and have bought the box set of all of his recordings since.





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    Originally posted by OlFuzzyBastard
    4) Good Charlotte. 'Nuff said.


HA! For a while, I thought I was the only one getting sick of this punk pop shit. It has no semblence of punk rock, whatsoever. Just a bunch of shitty bands, playing shitty pop music, with a lead singer who has a whiny-bitch voice (they ALL have the same voice-- every single one of them). I hope the fad dies out, and dies out QUICKLY!




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