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post #16 of 30
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Originally Posted by shoreman1782
What's the commercial look like? An older Saturn ad (the one where they're driving through a tract housing development with all the kids on swingsets) used the Walkmen's "We've Been Had."


The commercial has been running for no more than 6 months I think. The beginning focuses on their new convertible, it's called the Sky maybe (not the Ion). The song is more upbeat than that Walkmen song you mention. It reminds me of Snow Patrol. The line "I caught a glimpse..." is stuck in my head for some reason.

This site: http://www.songtitle.info/ says it is The Bravery's Unconditional, but it doesn't sound anything like it.

Aha, I just found it on the Saturn site. It is Bloc Party's "So Here We Are". I knew it sounded familiar--I have that album.

bob
post #17 of 30
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Originally Posted by ATM
Cadillac.

That just makes it so much better.
post #18 of 30
There were some Mercedes-Benz commercials that used a Marlene Dietrich song.
post #19 of 30
goldfrapp's got songs in diet coke commercials. not really terrible commercials, but i like the songs.
post #20 of 30
Anybody know who does that techno spacey angelic choir segment at the very tail end of the Hummer commercials?
post #21 of 30
Honda - Grandaddy, Postal Service, MIA Nissan (the QUEST, of all fucking cars) - Modest Mouse - not even their croud-pleaser, but "Gravity Rides Everything." fuck that cadillac - zeppelin One of my top 5 favorite songs *EVER* was on an AIDS awareness commercial. I'm not so bothered because I don't see it as corporate bullshit, just the fact that it was placed so out of context. the song: The Books - Tokyo Although I don't like the Postal Service, and I'm relatively indifferent to MIA.. still.. It's just the fact that the marketing is so focused on turning the "indie" culture into a commodity and a tool for consumerism. And I like Hondas too.
post #22 of 30
the original song from the "i'd like to buy the world a coke" commercial from '71 is still tops for me.
post #23 of 30
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
Although I don't like the Postal Service, and I'm relatively indifferent to MIA.. still.. It's just the fact that the marketing is so focused on turning the "indie" culture into a commodity and a tool for consumerism. And I like Hondas too.


Well, you know it's a sure sign they are marketing to you. I happen to like both Postal Service and Honda (I'm on my second with more than 100,000 miles).

My problem is just when they take the songs so out of context or ignore any message the song may have. Iggy Pop is the perfect example. But a Honda ad with a Postal Service song? Eh, I can't imagine it being too offensive. Which song is it?

bob
post #24 of 30
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
Well, you know it's a sure sign they are marketing to you. I happen to like both Postal Service and Honda (I'm on my second with more than 100,000 miles).

My problem is just when they take the songs so out of context or ignore any message the song may have. Iggy Pop is the perfect example. But a Honda ad with a Postal Service song? Eh, I can't imagine it being too offensive. Which song is it?

bob

I'm pretty sure it's the sillhouettes song. I agree and disagree. I still think it's wrong to take a genuine song (one about death) and use it to sell cars to the people who like the music.
post #25 of 30
Air's "Surfing on a Rocket" used in a Nissan SUV commercial.
post #26 of 30
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
I'm pretty sure it's the sillhouettes song. I agree and disagree. I still think it's wrong to take a genuine song (one about death) and use it to sell cars to the people who like the music.

We Will Become Sillhouettes, I think is the name.

Sure, that's a good example of completely missing the point of the song.

bob
post #27 of 30
Brian, that Modest Mouse Quest commercial is hilarious. I think Isaac Brock should have to drive one to make up for it

Something I've read a few places (probably pitchfork ) is that some bands that get approached are saying they'd be happy to write a song specifically for an ad, but won't let one of their songs be used out of context. I can respect that. Not that I really have anything against other bands that sell their songs, as long as their conscience is clear with the product they're helping market.

EDIT: Don't know how successful that strategy is...
post #28 of 30
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Originally Posted by DarkNWorn
That just makes it so much better.
You were left with negative feelings and didn't even remember the product. Sounds like a great ad campaign!
post #29 of 30
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Originally Posted by Brian SD
Honda - Grandaddy, Postal Service, MIA
Nissan (the QUEST, of all fucking cars) - Modest Mouse - not even their croud-pleaser, but "Gravity Rides Everything." fuck that
cadillac - zeppelin

One of my top 5 favorite songs *EVER* was on an AIDS awareness commercial. I'm not so bothered because I don't see it as corporate bullshit, just the fact that it was placed so out of context. the song: The Books - Tokyo

Although I don't like the Postal Service, and I'm relatively indifferent to MIA.. still.. It's just the fact that the marketing is so focused on turning the "indie" culture into a commodity and a tool for consumerism. And I like Hondas too.
How the hell is Honda abusing Grandaddy? Please tell me they didn't use "Stray Dog and the Chocolate Shake" of all songs. I also wonder why no one uses classic techno or trance in commercials. They're incredible songs to use in commercials for vacations or nature.
post #30 of 30
peter gabriel, salisbury hill - cingular ad.
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