One Click Wonder: Rock'n'advertising
Sunday 04 January 2009
John Lennon has been brought back from the grave to appear in a commercial for the One Laptop Per Child charity initiative – a worthy cause, indeed, though not all unions between the worlds of rock’n’roll and advertising have been so holy...
The Rolling Stones
Just as they sat on the cusp of stardom, the Stones enjoyed some mass audience exposure with their jingle for this 1963 Rice Krispies commercial – surely the greatest paean to breakfast cereal ever produced?
Lennon’s ex-bandmate teamed up with old rivals the Monkees for this cringeworthy 1995 Pizza Hut ad in which he limply pokes fun at Beatles reunion rumours while introducing the world to the joys of stuffed crust.
The art-rockers’ appearance in this 1984 Honda scooter commercial left fans wondering: was this another of the band’s subversive critiques on consumer culture, or merely an easy way to a fat paycheque?
The legendary troubadour sparked bemusement in 2004 when his brooding presence graced a campaign for lingerie brand Victoria’s Secret alongside cavorting, scantily clad supermodel Adriana Lima.
Following his I’m A Celebrity appearance, the Sex Pistol shed any last vestiges of punk credibility this year by donning tweeds to rub shoulders with cows and Morris dancers in aid of Country Life butter.
Grace Dent on TV The Secret Life of the Pub is sexist, ageist and a breath of fresh air
Art Megumi Igarashi criticises Japan's 'backwards' attitude to women's sexual expression
Ray Davies' Sunny Afternoon scoops the most awardsTheatre
Grace DentChannel 4 show proves there's no app for happiness
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Alan Rickman admits editing 'terrible' script with friends in Pizza Hut behind backs of writers on Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
- 2 18th century sex toy found in 'toilet of sword fighting school' in Poland
- 3 US? China? India? The 10 biggest economies in 2030 will be...
- 4 'I wish my teacher knew...': Young students share their 'heartbreaking' worries in notes
- 5 Rebecca Francis accuses Ricky Gervais of using 'influence' to target female hunters after receiving barrage of death threats
The only black face in the Ukip manifesto is on the page about overseas aid
If I’m being racially abused I don’t need a stranger with a saviour complex to rescue me
Ukip is the only main political party to not address LGBT rights in its manifesto
Food banks: One million Britons will soon be using them, according to Trussell Trust
BBC election debate: The one photo that summed up the whole 90-minute leaders debate
Religion isn't growing, it is becoming vigorous in its demise, says philosopher AC Grayling