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The Beatles in commercials / advertisements
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.

"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 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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v…..d3sfhA3wOM

 

 

"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)
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.''

12 November 2013
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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.

"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)
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.

4 December 2013
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Annadog40 said

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

4 December 2013
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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. 

30 March 2014
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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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30 March 2014
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I'd rather they used cover versions of Beatles songs instead of the originals. Queen's Crazy Little Thing Called Love is currently being used in a Tesco advert for Mother's Day, horrific seeing that song being cheapened for a few lousy quid. Queen songs have a history tho of being used to sell any product no matter what but considering how Brian and Roger are cheapening the bands name by Queen+ its not a surprise. 

I get pissed off by Apple's incompetency and iron grip on the Beatles name and catalogue but thank God we aren't having to hear John sing Please Please Me in a cat litter advert. Just remembered Instant Karma in a car advert.yoko-ono_01blue-meanie

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