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The Beatles in commercials
21 September 2011
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Here's a new one. A banking advert to the sound of A Hard Day's Night.

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21 September 2011
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PennyLane said:

 (yeah Lou Reed I'm still questioning why you let "Walk On the Wild Side" in a commercial).

 

Hahaha yeah, "Hey, don't settle for walkin!" It was a Honda scooter commercial!

I remember being so outraged back in '87 when I first saw that Nike "Revolution" advert. An abomination! What the hell did the selling of butt-ugly overhyped sneakers have to do with the concept of "Revolution" for chrissakes?! Curse you Michael Jackson, haven't you got enough money already? I mean, if they'd 'thought' to use "Old Brown Shoe" instead, I wouldn't have minded so much – I mean I'd still be pissed off, but less so.

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21 September 2011
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Old Brown Shoe might not have been the greatest song to tie in with selling a new shoe, may give the wrong message to the consumer. Blue Suede Shoes maybe.

Surprised The Sun newspaper hasnt done an advert with Here Comes The Sun, newspapers being delivered to the homes in the early morning making the day so make better.

And I doubt its been a hard day's night for the banking executives who are getting massive bonus's whilst the economy is lurking from near collapse to near collapse. Unless they are working out how much of a payrise they can swindle next time.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
10 December 2011
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Have you seen this one?

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10 December 2011
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There is this ad running on TV in which a Beatles imitation group is singing..What are they singing? a-hard-days-night-george-4 Something like, "When something happens, we'll be there". It's for a insurance company. I wonder how many people get ita-hard-days-night-ringo-7

10 December 2011
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Thanks I Me Mine, ive been wanting to see that vid. Its a new release from Apple alongside the yellow submarine stuff. Would have been better if it was a little longer, it passes so quickly – but i suppose thats the point of any advert; to make you want to know more.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
10 December 2011
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Thanks I Me Mine, yes great promo.

The Beatles (as usual) are here, there, and everywhere: Sprint telephone had an ad all summer with the title "All.Together.Now." , Guitar Aficionado has an article on the new VW titled "Ticket To Ride," and another recent car ad on TV had a cover of "Good Day Sunshine" …

It goes right over the head of most people, but fun for Beatle fans.

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16 December 2011
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kelicopter said:

Here's a new one. A banking advert to the sound of A Hard Day's Night.

 

I've seen that one! Here's one that I know of

 

It's a Hugo Boss ad. The cover isn't that bad. Hope this helps!

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16 December 2011
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meanmistermustard said:

Old Brown Shoe might not have been the greatest song to tie in with selling a new shoe, may give the wrong message to the consumer.

See, I was thinking the intended message'd be "Replace your Old Brown Shoe with a new pair of Nikes"

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16 December 2011
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Yeah but you'd still associate nike with Old Brown Shoe which is not the greatest idea for a shoe selling campaign.

 

Other advertisement tie-ins could be The End and funeral services, Bungalow Bill with house sellers (if they specialise in Bungalows), S&M and Chains.

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16 December 2011
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Hmmm – gonna have to study that Hugo  Boss commercial very carefully. Might even have to watch it a couple of times.

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25 January 2012
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Mrs. Taxman said:

I didn't mind the Hello Goodbye one for Target because that was back when I was a Beatle-hater and I didn't know it was a Beatles song and I remember thinking "wow this song is amazing!"-
but the Sprint and beer commercials aggrivate me. the first few times its kinda cute but after a while it gets old and it makes it hard to listen to the song without thinking of the commercial 

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25 January 2012
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She heard their records!

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8 August 2012
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Here's one of the Target ones:
feature=youtube_gdata_player

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8 August 2012
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No idea what Target sells, looks likes cat food and m&m's, but that version of Hello, Goodbye is dreadful. It was never the best beatle song but it least it went by quickly and had a bit of life to it,Target have managed to turn it into some awfully dull uninspired piece of manure. Maybe they had been listening to the Carpenters who managed to suck every ounce of life from music, turning everything into blah.

"Well, probably we'll sell less records, less people'll go to see the film, we'll write less songs, and we'll all die of failure" (John Lennon 8/64)
9 August 2012
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meanmistermustard said

No idea what Target sells, looks likes cat food and m&m's, but that version of Hello, Goodbye is dreadful. It was never the best beatle song but it least it went by quickly and had a bit of life to it,Target have managed to turn it into some awfully dull uninspired piece of manure. Maybe they had been listening to the Carpenters who managed to suck every ounce of life from music, turning everything into blah.

Just to let you know, Target is a retail store, and it's pretty big over here in America. This commercial is a couple of years old, and I have to agree with you: what they did to the song is HORRIBLE. I only posted it because other people were talking about it, and I thought I might as well give people who weren't familiar with it some perspective.
There is no doubt that this version is horrendous. Oh well…

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11 August 2012
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That one isn't as worse as the other commercial Target had with a Hello Goodbye cover in it. They had another one with a Jonas Brothers cover.

For me, Beatles songs are a bit like Christmas songs. I usually can't listen to a changed up version of those songs, because the originals are almost always the best anyways, so why try, it's probably not going to be too good. (Sorry, I was listening to Michael Buble's Christmas album today, and by gum did he ruin quite a few of those songs.)

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24 August 2012
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Has anyone else seen the new Chase Sapphire credit card commercial? It features Paul's "Great Day" from Flaming Pie in the background.

It took me by complete surprise when I heard it from the other room.

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25 August 2012
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I'd forgotten about the song. At first I thought of "Beautiful Day".

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vonbontee said

I remember being so outraged back in '87 when I first saw that Nike "Revolution" advert. An abomination! What the hell did the selling of butt-ugly overhyped sneakers have to do with the concept of "Revolution" for chrissakes?! Curse you Michael Jackson, haven't you got enough money already? I mean, if they'd 'thought' to use "Old Brown Shoe" instead, I wouldn't have minded so much – I mean I'd still be pissed off, but less so.

Sadly, that commercial was my introduction to the song. It took me years to like the song on its own merit.

The Examiner posted an article looking back on the suit in light of an angry letter to Nike from a fan being posted at Letters of Note (thank link includes a YouTube posting of the commercial, in case you've never seen it).

BTW, the LA Times article mentions that Jackson wasn't named in the lawsuit, as he owned the publishing rights, and the focus was on the actual sound recording. I've read elsewhere that it was actually Yoko who'd given permission for the licensing of the song, but I can't find the source at the moment.

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