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NashVegas Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Wed May-12-04 08:04 PM
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I mind it less when artists present *themselves,* or some aspect of their public persona to pitch, than when they allow their work to be used.

We don't mind Martin Sheen as spokesman for Toyota, but how would we feel if he did so by delivering an "Apocolypse Now"-type monologue, maybe about how he was traveling upriver looking for a dangerous car?

Sure, it would be highly effective, but ...

For this reason, I find it offensive when musicians allow their "touchstone" music (for lack of a better phrase) to be used in commercials. We don't "own" the celebrity, and we don't even "own" the work - to sell it is perfectly within their rights - but we do own our perception of their work and whatever personal meaning it may have attached itself to in our lobes. Our ability to form that attachment is what makes them successful as artists in the first place.

To see an artist allow their work to be yanked away from the receiving individual's imagination/personal interpretation and be reattached to the "buy" habit is tragic, IMO.

I once read an interview (in Musician Magazine, I think) where Pete Townshend castigated a journalist for complaining about the trend. In the discussion of the California Raisins using "I Heard it Through the Grapevine," Townshend said something along the lines of, "your memory of that song must be incredible fragile if it's so easily violated by a bunch of dancing raisons." At the time, I laughed and cheered him. That was long before we heard "Happy Jack" being used to sell fucking Hummers. At least raisins have health benefits.

For that reason, I pick Townshend.


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  -Actor who's damaged his/her legacy most by shilling in TV commercials? undisclosedlocation  May-12-04 07:33 PM   #0 
  - Sam Waterston.  northwest   May-12-04 07:35 PM   #1 
  - BUT!!  dolo amber   May-12-04 07:43 PM   #10 
     - that is the funniest snl commercial ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!  curse10   May-12-04 08:07 PM   #24 
     - Ha! Have you ever seen the Yard-A-Pult?  SaidFred   May-13-04 11:36 PM   #50 
     - That was almost as good as Happy Fun Ball!!!  northwest   May-12-04 08:43 PM   #31 
        - Do Not Taunt Happy Fun Ball.  Bertha Venation   May-12-04 08:46 PM   #33 
  - I don't watch that much TV...  rbnyc   May-12-04 07:36 PM   #2 
  - Gene has been doing voice-overs for United Airlines for years.  GOPisEvil   May-12-04 07:37 PM   #4 
  - Thanks.  rbnyc   May-12-04 07:41 PM   #6 
  - Mainly doing voiceovers for Lowe's  undisclosedlocation   May-12-04 08:00 PM   #19 
  - Regarding Olivier: he never did commercials, as far as I know. However...  NightTrain   May-12-04 07:36 PM   #3 
  - Olivier did POLAROID commercials  flowomo   May-12-04 07:41 PM   #5 
  - Charlton Heston  BringEmOn   May-12-04 07:42 PM   #7 
  - OOH!! OOH!! What about John Goodman???  northwest   May-12-04 07:42 PM   #8 
  - William Shatner  Old and In the Way   May-12-04 07:43 PM   #9 
  - Is West bombed or has he had a stroke? (not trying to be malicious here)  undisclosedlocation   May-12-04 08:04 PM   #21 
     - Adam West did guest spots on Family Guy...  northwest   May-12-04 08:56 PM   #39 
  - Michael Jackson  lpbk2713   May-12-04 07:43 PM   #11 
  - Orson Welles for Paul Masson  solinvictus   May-12-04 07:44 PM   #12 
  - I with you on Welles  jdsmith   May-12-04 07:49 PM   #16 
  - Ron Jeremy does INFOMERCIALS?  Taverner   May-12-04 07:46 PM   #13 
  - a brush to braid the hair on his back?  KG   May-12-04 07:53 PM   #17 
  - No, not really. Think about it for 3 seconds and it will pop up  undisclosedlocation   May-12-04 08:07 PM   #23 
  - Catherine Zeta-Jones  truthseeker1   May-12-04 07:48 PM   #14 
  - Robert Vaughn  Don_G   May-12-04 07:49 PM   #15 
  - Where 'bouts?  muddleofpudd   May-12-04 08:11 PM   #26 
  - Louisville, KY  Don_G   May-12-04 08:48 PM   #35 
     - Who's the attorney?  muddleofpudd   May-12-04 08:53 PM   #36 
        - Becker Law Office  Don_G   May-13-04 06:48 AM   #45 
  - Ah yeah. That sucks. The man from U.N.C.L.E. reduced to shilling..  Kahuna   May-12-04 08:39 PM   #30 
  - Bugs and Daffy  Spinzonner   May-12-04 07:56 PM   #18 
  - Other  Crisco   May-12-04 08:04 PM   #20 
  - I'm surprised nobody brought up Bob Dylan  Gothic_Sponge   May-12-04 08:05 PM   #22 
  - Oh shite! I thought I dreamed that!!!!!!  peekaloo   May-12-04 08:08 PM   #25 
  - Nobody mentioned  muddleofpudd   May-12-04 08:13 PM   #27 
  - Or for that matter poll option #5. But welcome to DU all the same! :) n/t  undisclosedlocation   May-12-04 08:16 PM   #29 
     - sigh  muddleofpudd   May-12-04 08:55 PM   #37 
  - Dennis- "I don't do commercials"- Frantz  PragMantisT   May-12-04 08:15 PM   #28 
  - Dustin Hoffman. Had to go and sell those damned VW Fastbacks.  Bertha Venation   May-12-04 08:45 PM   #32 
  - Patrick Stewart....  trekkerlass   May-12-04 08:47 PM   #34 
  - Not to forget RCA...  HypnoToad   May-12-04 10:03 PM   #42 
     - Yeah I forgot  trekkerlass   May-12-04 10:05 PM   #43 
  - ## Support Democratic Underground! ##  DU GrovelBot   May-12-04 08:55 PM   #38 
  - All kinds of people do commercials in Japan  Lydia Leftcoast   May-12-04 09:57 PM   #40 
  - I think somebody may have made a movie about this...  undisclosedlocation   May-13-04 06:39 AM   #44 
  - Add Ahnold To The List  Don_G   May-13-04 06:49 AM   #46 
  - Kirk Cameron... Selling Christian Fundamentalism  arwalden   May-12-04 10:00 PM   #41 
  - Another point of view  dryan   May-13-04 07:51 AM   #47 
     - The point is that they become associated with characters perceived as  undisclosedlocation   May-13-04 11:22 PM   #49 
  - Sally Struthers  dawg   May-13-04 07:53 AM   #48 
  - Bob Dylan  Dookus   May-13-04 11:42 PM   #51 
 

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