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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Nov-21-11 10:54 PM
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AC/DC jumps the shark ("Back In Black" riff used in WalMart "Black Friday" commercial)
Just heard it in the commercial break on The History Channel.

Woman in WalMart walks up to the clerk and says "Do you know why they call it Black Friday" and then says "Because I'm a savings Ninja."

Then the riff.

Broke my fucking heart.

I know the band's last album, "Black Ice," was a "WalMart Exclusive," but...
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provis99 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:24 AM
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1. ugh. That has me ringing hell's bells.
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kudzu22 Donating Member (426 posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:55 AM
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2. Speaking of dirty deeds....
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:03 AM
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3. Heck, I was "Thunderstruck!"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I2mXBpHX_8E

(I have this game now, and I love it.)
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Sinistrous Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 02:03 AM
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4. Did Valdemart have permission to use the song, or
did it just steal it?
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:25 AM
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6. My guess is that since they do business with WalMart, they gave permission
It's like the time Page & Plant sold the rights to "Rock & Roll" to Cadillac.

It hurt, but the two of them laughed all the way to the bank.
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KamaAina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:16 PM
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14. Valdemart!!!!
:rofl:
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Warren DeMontague Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 02:10 AM
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5. Wow. They've got some real big
oh, never mind.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:33 AM
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7. They're just following most of the big classic rock bands
who have done the same. Like The Who's Baba O' Reilly or the The Allman Brothers Melissa, it's just sad to think about for us oldsters who grew up with this stuff.




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Fumesucker Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:35 AM
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8. Odd that you should mention the 'oo.
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sufrommich Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:38 AM
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9. I know, the irony was not lost on me. I spent the majority
of my young life obsessed with The Who, that's why it hurt so bad to see Baba O'Reilly in a commercial. I guess I should just be happy that they've left Quadrophenia alone so far.
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Morning Dew Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 07:40 AM
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10. Kohl's Black Friday commercial uses Rebecca Black's "Friday. Arrrgghhhhh
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durablend Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 03:09 PM
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24. That's more of a "chicken or egg" thing
Which is worse...the song or the commercial itself
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Archae Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:08 PM
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11. Well, a credit card company used the Moody Blues.
"Tuesday Afternoon."

And rock bands have a long history of doing commercial jingles too.
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KatyMan Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:15 PM
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12. If Walmart wanted to use one of my songs in an xmas ad
I'd sign so fast heads would spin. Why would anyone think they're (AC/DC) not in it for money? Didn't Pete Townsend say that anyone who says they're not in the rock'n'roll business for the money is lying?
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Initech Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:16 PM
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13. Um... The Back In Black riff is used everywhere!
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:45 PM
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18. Probably is, but...
...three weeks ago, I got cable TV again for the first time in about four years. So this was the first time I've heard it anywhere.

:-)
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datasuspect Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 12:38 PM
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15. i guess that's what they do for money honey
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Amerigo Vespucci Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:46 PM
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19. But it is almost like WalMart has given the dog a bone
:rofl:

:toast:
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Erose999 Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:10 PM
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16. I stopped listening to "classic rock" in my early 20's. Pretty much anything I liked was

commercialized and overexposed to death. Can't stand Zeppelin or Petty or AC/DC or Skynrd or whatever anymore. Jimi is losing his appeal.

Say what you want about Wesley Willis but at least I know it'll never be piped into my home to sell me medication for heartburn or herpes or erectile dysfunction...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4CS4Mca0uZE&feature=rela...
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Spider Jerusalem Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 01:13 PM
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17. I don't think that's worse than Devo's "Beautiful World" being used in a Target commercial.
Or Creedence Clearwater's "Fortunate Son" being used in, for fuck's sake, an advert for Wrangler jeans. Which consisted of lots of flagwaving feelgood patriotic imagery, and just a tiny snippet of the vocals: "Some folks are born, made to wave the flag, oooh, they're red white and blue"...and that's it. I was absolutely gobsmacked when I saw that and I think I stuttered and spluttered for a good five minutes.
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cemaphonic Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 03:04 PM
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23. I'll give you the Creedence, but c'mon, the "Beautiful World" one was great.
The idea that a giant corporate behemoth would use that particular song to sell stuff had to appeal to their sensibilities.
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MilesColtrane Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 02:04 PM
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20. Yeah, why can't they keep it real?
...like when they licensed it as a backing track for Neil Patrick Harris and animated, blue kid's toys?


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DWiUhBnIoLQ
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muriel_volestrangler Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 02:20 PM
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21. Are you claiming AC/DC ever had any 'street cred'?
They've always been a fun, commercial band. There's never been any 'message' in their music.
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eShirl Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Tue Nov-22-11 02:50 PM
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22. Next they should sell "Big Balls" to Ballroom Jeans.
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