Monday, September 10, 2007

This must be hard on Elvis

Products have been appropriating songs in commercials for a long time. And yet it is still appalling when you hear some of them: EMF's "Unbelievable" became Kraft's Cheese Crumbles' "Crumbelievable." The Turtles' "Happy Together" became Applebee's "Steak and shrimp, and shrimp and steak..."

But this has to be THE WORST SUCH COMMERCIAL EVER. (Make sure you turn on the audio.)

8 comments:

Chris C. said...

Wendy's had a commercial with big, burly constuction workers with their bags of Wendy's goodies while The Violent Femmes "Blister in the Sun" played. (Regardless of Wikipedia's claims, the song has connotations most companies wouldn't want to associate with their products.)

One of the pay-go cell phone companies (Virgin?) used the Ramones' "Blitzkrieg Bop." They cut the lyrics just before the "shoot em in the back now" line.

My all time favorite was Toyota's ad blitz for their big yearly spring sale last year. As they showed their cars and told you what great savings they were offering, a wonderful, stirring, orchestral version of "Drunken Sailor" played in the background. What do you do with a drunken sailor? You sure don't let him drive a Toyota!

Drew said...

I would swear that, a couple of years ago, Nissan Trucks had an ad that used the Velvet Underground's "Heroin." It was just the opening guitar line, but man, was it ever disconcerting to hear THAT in an ad.

tsc said...

was that tom wopat? the guy from the dukes of hazard tv show? not to mention the fact you have a limp d1ck and lip synch badly and you are a total hasbeen, being in this commercial sparks a come back for him to do the "oops i crapped my pants" commercials and maybe those scamp scooters for the fat lazy oldies...

Anonymous said...

I've changed the channel a billion times after the first line, thinking it was a crap-ass Appleby's commercial!

bucdaddy said...

Why does KENTUCKY Fried Chicken use "Sweet Home ALABAMA"?

gilly_62 said...

I totally dug the cruise ship commercial with Iggy's most awesome "lust for life". no beating a vacation commercial with music about kicking herion!!!

Anonymous said...

Target's use of The Beatles' "Hello Goodbye" in their recent ads makes me sick. Thanks a lot, Michael Jackson.

Patrick said...

Why does KENTUCKY Fried Chicken use "Sweet Home ALABAMA"?

Considering half of the 18-24 demographic in the U.S. can't locate New York City on a map, something tells me that most folks don't know the difference.