If you went back in time to any college radio station in the US in the mid ’90s and said “Walmart is going to use a Jim O’Rourke track in a commercial” I dare say you would have been laughed at. Not sure who’s laughing now. Is there anyone who hasn’t had their music used […]
Entries Tagged as 'sellout'
December 6th, 2010 · 1 Comment
July 14th, 2010 · Comments Off on Gary Numan shills for car batteries..but in a cool way
Analog synth-God Gary Numan plays his lone hit single, “Cars”, on two dozen cars powered by one DieHard car battery. It’s a clever spectacle. Points to DieHard for having the balls and open-mindedness to enlist an underground luminary like Numan, who will very likely go unrecognized by the masses, save for music nerds and elder […]
December 2nd, 2009 · Comments Off on Commercial – Architecture in Helsinki – T Mobile
December 1st, 2009 · Comments Off on Victoria’s Secret – Make The Girl Dance
Not particularly new, but currently being used in a Victoria’s Secret commercial.
October 17th, 2009 · 1 Comment
October 13th, 2009 · 5 Comments
So, The Sonic Youths were on Gossip Girl last night. It was so weird and uncomfortable. Worlds colliding and all that. And Kim Gordon officiated Rufus and Lily’s wedding? It made me cringe in places I don’t even understand. And an acoustic version of “Star Power” is not what the doctor ordered. I know Kim […]
September 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Kurt Cobain Guitar Hero fiasco
Wow. This is so bad I don’t even know what to say. Everett True does, though. And he did rather succinctly. Courtney Love did not take kindly to his further disgust on Twitter. Gold and hilarity both ensue. Oh, and I just got an email from Nasty Little Man owner, Steve Martin: “Activision is responding […]
August 5th, 2009 · 15 Comments
It’s sort of disheartening to hear one of my favorite songs of all time in a vodka ad. I’m 99% certain that this is a cover, though. It doesn’t sound like New Order’s version, and I know it’s not Joy Division’s version. So, either it’s some crazy remaster or a cover. That’s not much consolation, […]
July 10th, 2009 · Comments Off on Mogwai shills for Nike
I saw this a few weeks ago and forgot about it until K sent me a link via Quarterlife Party. Good Mogwai song (“Autorock” from the underrated Mr. Beast album). Odd juxtaposition with Lance Armstrong and Nike, though. Don’t get me wrong- the music certainly fits the visuals; it’s just strange to think of Mogwai […]
June 24th, 2009 · Comments Off on M83 in Palm Pre ad
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March 30th, 2009 · Comments Off on Metallica’s penchant for corporate shilling knows no bounds
Already cringing with embarrassment as each college basketball coach slid out to the dead-horse send-up of that ridiculous scene in Risky Business, my brain failed to make the requisite amount of shame necessary for when the members of Metallica finally showed up. It’s not as though Metallica had much reputation left to tarnish, what with […]
March 5th, 2009 · Comments Off on Jacking The Ball (and your Money)
Yep, that is The Sea & Cake’s “Jacking the Ball” in the background of that Citibank commercial. Our taxes have trickled down from bailout cash to one of Chicago’s finest bands. Reaganomics Works! “Certain nation bows to the young Nothing is wicked, everything’s fun You got some money do you right We are jacking the […]
March 4th, 2009 · Comments Off on The Ting Tings never saw a sell-out opportunity they didn’t like
But it’s, you know, a creative sell-out with secret shows, paint guns, and Adidas track suits.
November 14th, 2008 · Comments Off on Lykke Li and Victoria’s Secret Ipex
Heidi Klum : Victoria’s Secret Ipex Bra TV Commercial from tvcfblog on Vimeo.
October 7th, 2008 · 2 Comments
Well, when you haven’t made a decent record in 25 years, starring in butter commercials might be a good job if you can get it. I’m sure Lydon couldn’t care less. His brand of punk was never one of ethics. He was a cartoon character and still is. A public irritant. So, by his logic […]
September 27th, 2008 · Comments Off on SELLOUT: Interpol shills for Armani
Unsurprising, really. Interpol has always seemingly positioned itself as a band that strived to appeal to those who appreciate the finer things. Slick threads, slick shoes, etc. Even though its musical roots adhere to a post-punk thread, its ideals never seemed married to the underground in any real way.
September 15th, 2008 · Comments Off on Chairlift Sells out to Apple
Wow.Â New iPod, new “flavour of the month.”Â Out with the Canadian chick and in with the Brooklyn Twee.Â (not that I’m complaining.)
May 16th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sellout: Chromeo
Microsoft spends like $500 million on advertising each year. Let’s hope Chromeo got a fat paycheck for pimping the Zune.
May 9th, 2008 · Comments Off on Sellout: Ting Tings
In the case of Ting Tings, or anyone that’s ever sold their music to Apple, accepting the “sellout” is probably worth the bling that rolls in after being in an iPod commercial. See also: Feist, CSS, et al. Now if only we could get Chris Knox an iPod commercial. Or Tom Waits. Actually, given that […]
April 28th, 2008 · 6 Comments
I had the surreal pleasure of helping book Chris Knox at a Hot Dog stand in Columbia, SC way back in 1995. We picked him up at the airport, and he was wearing flip flops, short soccer shorts, and a tank top, which quickly let us know that he didn’t give a fuck- not in […]