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The Beatles in commercials
18 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said
Covers might be seen as a kind of mark of respect or tribute but the use in commercials. Gary Barlows dreary cover of Here Comes The Sun was used to advertise M&S. A lesson in how to turn such a bright, uplifting song into blah.

Speaking about dreary covers, "I Want To Hold Your Hand" used in Across The Universe then in Glee is a very eh. Particularly, the Glee one they took a happy song about holding hands to talking about almost mourning a loss. :/ The same character did the same thing to "Blackbird". Used a song about encouragement during the civil rights to singing about a dead bird. a-hard-days-night-paul-4

 

18 September 2013
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a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I presume pre that song whoever is singing asked a girl out and she laughed in his face, said "no chance" and then went and told her mates who spread around the school. What happened to energy, feeling or passion, a song doesn't need to be fast to have any of those included. The above makes you want to get into the bath with the electric toaster.

"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)
18 September 2013
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meanmistermustard said
a-hard-days-night-ringo-8I presume pre that song whoever is singing asked a girl out and she laughed in his face, said "no chance" and then went and told her mates who spread around the school. What happened to energy, feeling or passion, a song doesn't need to be fast to have any of those included. The above makes you want to get into the bath with the electric toaster.

heartapple01apple01apple01 You get a bunch of apples for that statement.

Actually, he is gay and singing it because his dad had a heart attack I believe (its been 3 years since I seen the episode). The character already lost his mother, so when this happen to his father he wanted to hold his father to know everything is alright just as his father held his hand when his mother died. Again, I get the point of it, but its suppose to be a happy song not a sad song. 

 

Anyways…back on topic…

3 October 2013
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I guess John was asked to advertise sportswear.. and I think he hit B4s during that shouting section at the beginning.

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3 October 2013
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ahdn_paul_06 What. The. Hell.

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3 October 2013
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John was a guest DJ on US radio show in 1974 around the time of Walls and Bridges and like all the DJ's at the time he read out the adverts and took phone calls from listeners. The above was the KHJ station back on the 27th September 1974 on Superstar Week. John was brilliant on it and the whole thing is worth listening to (the music itself has been removed), listen out for his comment on It's Only Love.

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10 November 2013
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Royal Mail. All You Need Is Love. I don't quite get the song selection and the message they are trying to make. It's a business trying to survive, they need more than love, i doubt they will send my letter free, or am i meant to love going with Royal Mail because they love parcels.

 

 

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11 November 2013
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Hahha yeah I saw that advert and thought the same thing – they deliver my letters, what's this about love? Noticed they did it like the Across The Universe film, too, just vocals. Surprised me hearing that on the telly. I wasn't paying much attention so I wondered if I was hearing things.

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

11 November 2013
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^ and ^^.  If they love parcels so much, that must explain why they take so long to get here – they find it hard to let go!

11 November 2013
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Yeah, could explain it :D

''We're just knocked out. We heard about the sell out. You gotta get an album out, you owe it to the people. We're so happy we can hardly count.''

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I thought this was an interesting aside about the Royal Mail ad, the choir used on it is the Royal Mail Choir set up by Gareth Malone during the first series of the BBC's The Choir: Sing While You Work. I think it's good that they chose to use the amateur in-house choir rather than get a professional one.

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4 December 2013
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4 December 2013
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That is one dreadful Lennon impersonation. Can people stop putting Johns name and image to shitely done projects. Good cause but atrocious advert, couldnt it have been done another way? Sorry, forgot this fits in with the 'peace-loving, Imagine John' so even if its shit and tacky its ok.

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4 December 2013
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There's an unpleasantly soul-less version of Revolution advertising something or other on UK TV at the moment.  I can't say that the product has registered at all.

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Annadog40 said

Bad, Yoko, bad. It's just not right somehow.

Can buy Joe love! Here's the link that explains how. http://www.beatlesbible.com/forum/getting-better/forum-changes/page-9/#p110183

 

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vectisfabber said
There's an unpleasantly soul-less version of Revolution advertising something or other on UK TV at the moment.  I can't say that the product has registered at all.

A month or so there was a commercial going around for a car out there that had a terrible cover of Revolution as the song, maybe that was it. I have no idea what type of car it was as the awful Revolution was the focal point of attention.

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"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)
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Harley Davidson has a commercial with a Come Together cover. Very lame. Paul made a push in the late 80's early 90's to try and get Sony ATV and Jackson to stop using there songs in commercials. Jacksons excuse was it was exposing kids to the music. Which is a joke. Totally pisses on The Beatles artistic vision and significants. I also remember a few years back there was a a mattress Commercial in the US that used an In My Life cover. Seems they use more of Johns songs. The laptop thing is extremely creepy and sounds so strange. 

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@meanmistermustard  Thanks for that posting. I keep a little collection of "Abbey Road" advertisements. If anyone else has any please post!

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30 March 2014
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Ahhh Girl said
Bad, Yoko, bad. It's just not right somehow.

No, it's not. They could have achieved the same thing – if they just had to – with a voiceover talking about John in the third person.

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