TV adverts and music back catalogues of bands

gerhard dengler

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It used to be said that "credible" music artists would not allow their music to be used to sell products on other media.

Whether this attitude was because of "snobbery" or because royalties and income were far more reliable than today, is debatable.

What is apparent that bands such as Queen have recently decided to allow their back catalogue to be used to sell everything from floor cleaning products to selling cars, if these ads are anything to go by

[video=youtube;BIR5dNN7o1w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIR5dNN7o1w[/video]

[video=youtube;d9ndi2bc6jQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ndi2bc6jQ[/video]

Do musicians allowing their music to be used to flog stuff alter your view as to the musician and their music?
Would you be persuaded to buy a product because of the use of a song/jingle by a favourite musician?
Or maybe you're dissuaded from buying a product because you don't like the musician/song that is used to sell the product?
 


Ellen Ripley

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The Dandy Warhol's Bohemian like you has been used in dozens of ad campaigns, from cars to phones--even Operation Transformation.
The same goes for almost every track Fleetwood Mac ever recorded.

The only good thing about those awful Christmas perfume ads is that they sometimes remind me of an Operatic aria or classical piece I might have forgotten for a while, then I listen to it in its entirety and discover it all over again.
 

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Ah! Gerhard, times have moved on, you know ... I know it's great to be nostalgic about advts with their own little jingles:

You wonder where the yellow went when you brush your teeth with Pepsident ..

or Hoover ...

'cos it beats as it sweeps as it cleans ...
 

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Back in the day, the TV ads for Golden Maverick milk replacer for calves used the theme whistling from a Clint Eastwood film 'if there's one thing that riles me more than a man kickin' ma mule, it's a man who don't appreciate ... Golden Maverick' (said through gritted teeth while chewing the stub of a cigar and lookin' mean). And did I go right out and buy bags of the stuff? Yep, sirree!
 

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It used to be said that "credible" music artists would not allow their music to be used to sell products on other media.

Whether this attitude was because of "snobbery" or because royalties and income were far more reliable than today, is debatable.

What is apparent that bands such as Queen have recently decided to allow their back catalogue to be used to sell everything from floor cleaning products to selling cars, if these ads are anything to go by

[video=youtube;BIR5dNN7o1w]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BIR5dNN7o1w[/video]

[video=youtube;d9ndi2bc6jQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d9ndi2bc6jQ[/video]

Do musicians allowing their music to be used to flog stuff alter your view as to the musician and their music?
Would you be persuaded to buy a product because of the use of a song/jingle by a favourite musician?
Or maybe you're dissuaded from buying a product because you don't like the musician/song that is used to sell the product?

It isn't always the musicians who get to decide whether their music gets used or not. The history of popular music is littered with stories of musicians either never having the rights to their songs and recorded versions of their songs, or losing those rights along the way.

Most artists started out young, with an attitude of "let's make music" and not "let's get the business arrangements sorted out before we do anything". That often led to them never having having any legal rights, or losing those legal rights. People who had business savvy and associated themselves with those artists made the money based on getting initial arrangements in place, or acquiring them along the way.

So:

Do musicians allowing their music to be used to flog stuff alter your view as to the musician and their music?

No - as I said above it may be out of the control of the artist.

Would you be persuaded to buy a product because of the use of a song/jingle by a favourite musician?

No. The ad may catch my attention, but the product still has to be what I want.

Or maybe you're dissuaded from buying a product because you don't like the musician/song that is used to sell the product?

No.
 

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"I get it all the time, and they offer… a whole lot of money. Unfortunately I don’t want to get on the bandwagon. You know, when a guy is singing to me about toilet paper – you may need the money but, I mean, rob a 7-11! Do something with dignity and save us all the trouble of pissing on your grave."

Tom Waits
 

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"I get it all the time, and they offer… a whole lot of money. Unfortunately I don’t want to get on the bandwagon. You know, when a guy is singing to me about toilet paper – you may need the money but, I mean, rob a 7-11! Do something with dignity and save us all the trouble of pissing on your grave."

Tom Waits
A wise and proud man is Tom Waits... A true legend!
 

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[video=youtube;KSSvzCNBvlQ]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KSSvzCNBvlQ[/video]
 

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Its distastefull stuff but money talks louder than principles.

They even have dead celebrities in commercials flogging chocolate these days.
 
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Anyone remember the young Tubridy getting collected from the train? And going home to his electrified house?

[video=youtube;XvWiiUgT8Nk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvWiiUgT8Nk[/video]
 

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Its distastefull stuff but money talks louder than principles.

They even have dead celebrities in commercials flogging chocolate these days.
It's something that was regarded as such years ago.

I think that maybe because earnings from recordings are less secure than many musicians/bands are more prepared to have their product commercialised.

Although a band such as Queen with all the income they earned surely they're not desperate for the money these days?
I know that bands like The Who decided to tour one last time so as to clear John Entwistle's debts, so who knows?
 

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Anyone remember the young Tubridy getting collected from the train? And going home to his electrified house?

[video=youtube;XvWiiUgT8Nk]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvWiiUgT8Nk[/video]
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Not young Tubridy at all, it was Alan Hughes of TV3!

 

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It's something that was regarded as such years ago.

I think that maybe because earnings from recordings are less secure than many musicians/bands are more prepared to have their product commercialised.

Although a band such as Queen with all the income they earned surely they're not desperate for the money these days?
I know that bands like The Who decided to tour one last time so as to clear John Entwistle's debts, so who knows?

It depends on who wrote the songs also as not all bands are like Coldplay or U2 where everyone shares an equal slice of the pie or control what can be done with them after the band has broken up or someone has left or died ...in the case of Mercury his estate was split between a ex partner and his mother who passed away last month...

This also came up on a google which might go some way to explaining things...

Forbes Welcome
 

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I absolutely love this one!:D

[video=youtube;sr6lr_VRsEo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr6lr_VRsEo[/video]
 

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As well as being the guitar player in queen, Brian May also did a phd in astrophysics, I believe. Pretty impressive. Same for that Brian Cox, keyboard player and professor of particle physics. Just goes to show how lazy that Stephen Hawking is. Won't even have a go at playing the maracas...
 
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A few of those rock stars from that era had science/maths degrees. The bassist in Queen is an electronics engineer. Hugh Cornwell (The Stranglers) did a masters in biochemistry or summat. Roger Taylor did a degree in economics I think?

Smart cookies.
 

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I absolutely love this one!:D

[video=youtube;sr6lr_VRsEo]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sr6lr_VRsEo[/video]
You wouldn't be worried about the absence of Santa in the ad?

Gorgeous song.
 

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You wouldn't be worried about the absence of Santa in the ad?

Gorgeous song.
Not at all, it doesn't need explaining, but if it did, then Santy brought the trampoline but is too busy to assemble it! Simples.:D
 


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