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Monday, July 11, 2005

More Lyrics Fun

Those Shameless Bastards...

As one who prefers the Stones to the Beatles, and as someone who doesn't worship at the Altar of Lenin Lennon & McCartney, I didn't cough up my skull when Nike used 'Revolution' for a commercial way back when. In fact, I really didn't see what all the fuss was about.

I did raise an eyebrow when Mick & Keef let Bill Gates use 'Start Me Up' to launch Win95, but I've always been of the opinion that musicians are in it for the money, so more power to 'em if they get a windfall. Sure, there's always those musicians that claim "I just want to change the world a little through my music", but I notice they still charge admission for their shows.

I will admit to a twinge of regret when I heard commercials featuring Led Zeppelin, Ozzy, and a bunch of 80's hair bands. Still, there's no reason they shouldn't profit from their creativity.

I railed up a storm a while back either here or on an email about Carnival Cruise Lines using legendary punk rocker and heroin addict Iggy Pop's 'Lust For Life' to shill their family friendly cruises. Not quite the role model they ought to be promoting, IMHO. No problem with him selling it, but you really question the judgement of the creative director of the ads.

Now, for today's edition of WTFWYT concerning song licensing....

Featuring our special guest Boston Market!!

Boston Market is "upscale" fast food. They sell ham, roasted chicken and meatloaf as main courses. Now, apparently, they also sell strips of dead cow. I learned this via a TV commercial which was using the Rev. Horton Heat's song 'Eat Steak'.

As a longtime RHH fan, I think 'Psychobilly Freakout' might fit Boston Market better, especially after encountering the cretins that usually work behind the counter there. To be charitable, though, listening to the 1st verse it seems like a pretty good fit for the commercial:

Eat steak, eat steak eat a big ol' steer
Eat steak, eat steak do we have one dear?
Eat beef, eat beef it's a mighty good food
It's a grade A meal when I'm in the mood.
The verse they left out, though, really needed to be in the commercial, if for no other reason than to infuriate the PETA idiots.

Look at all the cows in the slaughterhouse yard
Gotta hit 'em in the head, gotta hit 'em real hard
First you gotta clean 'em then the butcher cuts 'em up
Throws it on a scale throws an eyeball in a cup
Mmmmmm! Just makes ya HUNGRY, don't it??

Next, we'll probably see RJ Reynolds license Sir Mix-A-Lot's 'I Like Big Butts' to sell jumbo-sized cigarettes.