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Thursday, January 18, 2007

Hell Getting a Bit Chillier

Moments like these just make me shake my head and smile.

I've reported in the past on the wave of commercials featuring the original recordings of many alternative bands. These include the Ramones, the Clash, the Buzzcocks, Iggy Pop and numerous others. At this point, hearing a hip band in a car commercial isn't that unusual anymore.

But last night we took a step closer to putting some frostbite on the ol' devil. While watching the Sopranos on A&E, a commercial ran featuring the Buzzcocks' "Everybody's Happy Nowadays." I of course was thrilled, and as my wife attempted to get my attention to discuss the behavior of our son in school, I jabbed her in the side and asked her if she realized who the band in the commercial was. She didn't of course and was annoyed I wasn't paying attention to her. Then it was revealed that the ad was for AARP, the American Association of Retired Persons. I guess punks have to retire sometime too. When you do the math, you realize that the original wave of punks are all now in their early fifties. I hope a few of them actually have the money to be able to retire at this point. I'm sure Mick Jones does.

I am still waiting for the final line to be crossed, which will be an ad featuring the music of either the Sex Pistols or the Dead Kennedys. Both have songs whose music would be great for a sports car or a sports drink ad, although they might have to drop the vocal track. There's still hope!


Blogger Judy Bryan said...

ROFLMAO!!! I saw the commercial the other day...I am like "Cool, they put a Buzzcocks song in a commercial". Of course I screamed and all most choked on my coffee when I saw that is was for AARP.
When the hell did I get so old?

3:18 PM, January 20, 2007  

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