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.
Robin Thicke admits he didn't write 'Blurred Lines'music
Review: Cilla, ITV TV
Arts & Ents blogs
- 1 Mario Balotelli: Staff at arson-hit Manchester Dogs' Home convinced Liverpool striker is behind five-figure donation
- 2 Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
- 3 A bottle of wine a day is not bad for you and abstaining is worse than drinking, scientist claims
- 4 The response to my Pizza Express review has been overwhelming, and taught me a lot about journalism
- 5 Free U2 album: How the most generous giveaway in music history turned into a PR disaster
Game of Thrones star Maisie Williams cast in Channel 4 drama about cyber bullying
Jennifer Lopez and Iggy Azalea's 'Booty' music video is just a load of butts
Friends 20th anniversary: Alison Jackson photographs reunited cast
The Beatles biographer reveals exclusive original manuscripts of some of the best pop songs ever written
The Walking Dead season 5 synopsis: Spoilers and existential questions revealed
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
Scottish independence referendum: A nation divided against itself
Scottish independence: David Cameron is becoming the 'George Bush of Britain'
Scottish referendum results: Cross-party consensus collapses amid Tory-Labour spat on the 'English question'
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: The Queen breaks silence on referendum debate – as think tank warns of £14bn black hole if Scotland votes Yes