Great Song Ruined by Commercial Play v. Bad Song Enhanced by Setting

My favorite part about going to the gym (ok, the only thing I enjoy at that the gym) is the opportunity to put my old school ipod (ipod(v.1)) on shuffle and hear songs I had no idea I might like from artists like…gulp… The Cranberries.  Yes, much to my own chagrin, I think I might like The Cranberries.  I realized this when I had pod(v.1) on shuffle when I was removing the popcorn ceiling from my house a couple of years ago.  That project was disgusting (I may actually know what asbestos tastes like), and required me to stay stationary – thusly, unavailable to hit skip to the next song…   Under this duress – I found out about my secret love for The Cranberries.

I think I might... like The Cranberries?

I have a passion for music and can generally remember the name of a band or song better than that of a good acquaintance.  So when The Cranberries, “Zombie” came on I knew immediately what I was hearing.  A neighbor used to listen to this incessantly when she would give me a ride to school my sophomore year of high school.  I remember a disdain.    However, maybe it was the circumstance, being completely engrossed in scrapping the asbestos-laden material off my ceiling, but suddenly and inexplicably, I was singing along.  In typical ipod(v.1) fashion the next shuffled song was a Cranberries number, and I really enjoyed it.  Now, if one of The Cranberries numbers off the Zombie album come up, I’m actually happy.  In my opinion, this is the a function of situation dictating my appreciation for band.

Conversely, I’ve found that if a song has made it into a major advertising campaign or TV show, it is forever tainted.  The Who are the most egregious example of a great band whose “selling out” to the likes of Buick/Propecia/TheHartford/CSI-MIAMI has made it virtually impossible for me to enjoy one of their songs.  It’s not like Bob Seger’s, “Like a Rock,” was ever going to get my musical mojo going – that song has always been sucky… or has it?  I’m pretty sure the only time I’ve heard, “L.a.R.” was while watching glorious full-size American Trucks plow through mountainous regions covered in mud and giant boulders.  Either way, I’m confused about the whole point of using recognizable songs in commercials.  Am I the only one who feels like once a song has been used in a Budweiser commercial it’s always going to thought of as a commercial song?  I for one would like to pretend that I only like music that cannot be commercially successful.  Harumph!

This man may want me to buy a truck, and maybe I will... but I will never love your song sir!

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4 thoughts on “Great Song Ruined by Commercial Play v. Bad Song Enhanced by Setting

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    • Der Kommissar July 24, 2010 at 1:24 pm Reply

      Some Thoughts:

      1. I often think of what could have been for “L.a.R.” if it wasn’t featured in every Chevy truck commercial from 1989-1999. Could it have grown up with more credibility like Seger’s Risky Business instant classic “Old Time Rock & Roll”? For instance, what if “L.a.R.” was placed at the climax of Backdraft. You know, “You go, we go” then pan to the funeral with the son placing his father’s fire helmet on the coffin. How would we have felt about “L.a.R.” if that’s how it went down years ago? Pretty damn good, I think. I definitely envision an alternate universe where dudes bro out over “L.a.R.”

      2. On the list of top 10 musical acts that you, I, or any like-minded individual would want to have been a touring musician with, Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band 1976-1981 comes in at # 9.

      3. I’m pretty sure Seger planted the seed for this whole blogosphere thing on his 1978 classic “I Feel Like a Number”:

      I feel like a number
      I’m not a number
      Dammit I’m a man
      I said I’m a man

      • seattlekungfoolery July 24, 2010 at 7:21 pm

        DEr, very prescient comments, we will never know if it’s something we could have “bro-d out to” he is tainted, and so is John mellencamp. Jm should have kept the cougar designation, even if it would have lumped him in with the recent subgenre of pre-milf, it would have At the very least kept him relevant after his post Jack and Diane crap

  2. seattlekungfoolery July 25, 2010 at 3:29 pm Reply

    Also not sure if bob Sefer n band would b top 10 of bands I would have wanted to b a membe of, interesting thought mike

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