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The Beatles in commercials / advertisements
11 August 2011
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Have you seen this Target one with Hello Goodbye? They changed it into 'Goodbuy'...

 

And then there's another with Ringo and the Monkees 

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12 August 2011
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I think Ringo was in a Pizza Hut commercial a while ago. I might've seen it on TV or something.

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13 August 2011
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TheTaxmansGirl said:

I think Ringo was in a Pizza Hut commercial a while ago. I might've seen it on TV or something.

Here it is:

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13 August 2011
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I remember this advert from a few years back with Ringo in.

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
"When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind."
14 August 2011
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Hey that ad is really clever!

Here comes the sun….. Scoobie-doobie…… Something in the way she moves…..attracts me like a cauliflower… Bop. Bop, cat bop. Go, Johnny, Go. Beware of Darkness…  I believe in SH...
16 August 2011
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Those Sprint commercials that have been using All Together Now piss me off. And I don't remember for which video game it was but they had used Helter Skelter in it.

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16 August 2011
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Oh, those commercials are so bad. First, the cover sucks, second, I hate Angry Birds, and third, I hate the use of famous music in commercials period.

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16 August 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

Oh, those commercials are so bad. First, the cover sucks, second, I hate Angry Birds, and third, I hate the use of famous music in commercials period.

Yeah the commercial is bad. I just get disappointed and sad every time it comes on. I'm not buying what Sprint's selling. Waste of a good song.

But I don't mind famous songs being in commercials. Sometimes I'm just surprised the rights of the song were given to the company to use (yeah Lou Reed I'm still questioning why you let "Walk On the Wild Side" in a commercial). I liked how Gimme Shelter by the Stones was used in Call of Duty: Black Ops.

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20 August 2011
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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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28 August 2011
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If I realized one thing from watching these commercials, especially the Come Together one, it's that it's really easy to screw up a song. You'd figure making a song would pretty much be a no brainer as long as you had a good idea but I guess not. Something as subtle as picking the wrong instrument and the whole thing falls apart.

28 August 2011
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Jackson said:

If I realized one thing from watching these commercials, especially the Come Together one, it's that it's really easy to screw up a song.

 

That's true, but since you're already a Beatles fan you're automatically going to be comparing it the original. I tend to compare every single piece of a cover song to the original. Plus, the Beatles have set the bar extremely high. 

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17 September 2011
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So there is a new commercial that has "Good Day Sunshine" playing in it. I don't remember the actual product it was selling. But it's a crappy cover version. 

My question is: how are these companys getting the publishing rights to these songs all of a sudden? Aren't the Beatles publishing rights mega-expensive or is it now sold for super cheap?

Next point: No one uses enough George songs. And I don't know if I want to keep it that way or be happy to hear "Here Comes The Sun" for a cute commercial.

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17 September 2011
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How many people do you think realize that they're hearing a Beatle song?

Among people under 40 I'd say very, very few. They may recognize the song as something they've heard before, but they won't connect it with the Beatles. 

As for a song like "All Together Now," I'd say .00001% regardless of age.

Notice how Sprint writes "All.Together. Now." No royalty to pay on that...

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18 September 2011
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"It's absolutely possible that Paul and Ringo don't care/don't support the product using the song, but I'm sure if they look at the bottom line and it's in the black, they'd give the OK to most anything."

I am wondering who actually owns the rights to the songs.  Last I heard Micheal Jackson bought them.  Whoever has the rights would be the one selling them.

Personally, I like hearing their songs in commercials (depending on the commercial topic I guess), it keeps a new generation listening to and/or introduced to their music. 

18 September 2011
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The last i heard Michael Jackson sold a large share of the beatles catalogue to sony when he was needing a lot of money in the 90's. After Michaels death there was talk that whatever he had left would also need to be sold due to his debts, however this was avoided.

When the beatles song rights were up for sale in the early 80's the asking price was £25m, Paul offered £21m. Bet he's regretting not paying the extra £4m. I presume there was some degree of hostility lingering between Paul and Yoko at the time as they couldnt agree to go in together and pay the £25m either. To be fair they acted like spoiled brats at the time.

George and Ringos Beatles songs from 1968 -> 1970 arent included in this as George set up Harrisongs and Ringo establised Startling Music.

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

"Life is what happens to you while you're busy making other plans."
"When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind."
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.

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10 December 2011
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Have you seen this one?

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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

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