words about words

Okay, I was watching The Rainmaker on TV –oooh don’t get me started on insurance company evil– when I saw three ads that turned my stomach.
Exhibit A: Some cookie company changed Bow Wow Wow’s awesome song "I Want Candy" to "I Want Cookies"
Exhibit B: Kraft has made cheese that is niether blocky nor grated nor presliced. It’s crumbled. Ergo, they ripped off EMF’s song "Unbelievable" and replaced it with "Crumbelievable." Oh, how I wish I was kidding.
Exhibit C: Some car company used Stevie Wonder’s "Signed, Sealed, Delivered" to sell a signature series of something or other. At LEAST they didn’t change the lyrics!
Now, Bow Wow Wow was a two-hit wonder. I actually preferred "Baby Oh No" to "I Want Candy", so they can probably use the dough. Likewise EMF. What are they up to lately? But Stevie?! Stevie freaking Wonder? The man’s a living legend. I’m as disappointed in Stevie as I was in Ray Charles when he sang about "Little Chicken Sandwiches" for KFC back in the late ’80s.
Do I expect too much? Perhaps. Nothing the Rolling Stones do surprise me anymore. (and yes, that includes allowing Microsoft to use "Start Me Up" to shill Windows 95.) And you know when you hear a Beatles tune in advertising, it ain’t Paul and Ringo doing it. Michael Jackson just paid for another llama.
You’d never see Springsteen selling out like that.
Okay I’m done. Please drive through.

9 thoughts on “Advertisers: Stop ruining songs!

  1. JUSTEN M says:

    I work at Applebees and our comercials are always butchering great songs like Johnny Cash’s Ring of Fire.

  2. Dominic Ryan says:

    but triXie wouldn’t ads be boring without music?!

  3. Nicholas says:

    haha, I saw all of that, I watched The Rainmaker yesterday for the 100th time.  It’s such a cool movie, love watching Matt Damon stick it to "the man" in so many ways.  It sucks that the family never got their money though, the mother was so sweet.

  4. Rainmaker2112 says:

    Bet Nancy Sinatra never thought in her wildest dreams, while she was bee-bopping around in knee high boots in the 60s that her song would be shilling Pizza Hut Poppables….and sung by the soon to be former "Mrs. Nick Lachey" and Ms. Piggy.  What would have made it a better commercial is if Jessica Simpson had been washing the General Lee in her pink bathing suit while munching on some poppables.  Also, don’t have her open her mouth to speak.  <k, better stop>

  5. Christa says:

    These Boots Are Made for Walking" was MY karaoke song. And now I can’t do it anymore because of the Jessica. 😦

  6. Aaron says:

    Kudos to The Boss for not selling out (and picking on U2 for their iPod ads when he inducted them into the Rock and Roll hall of fame).  Others that should be on the list of artits that have never sold out include Elvis Costello, Tom Petty, Tom Waits, and John Fogerty.  There has been a lot of infighting with the remaining members of the Doors about using their music in ads.  Remember Neil Young’s song "This note’s for you" that pokes fun at those have sold out.

  7. Josh says:

    Honestly, I’d rather see advertising stay away from videogames.  No thanks to you EA.

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