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“See the life I’ve had can make a good man bad” November 15, 2011

How often do you watch or listen to a TV or radio advert and cringe at the fact they’ve chosen some of your favourite music to soundtrack a terrible advert or a horrible product or a combination of both?

The new John Lewis Christmas ads, primarily there to promote a new range of Smiths pillow cases perhaps?

I suppose we shouldn’t get too precious about these kinds of things, after all the writers might need the money. If I’d written a piece of music that someone wanted to use on an advert and they were willing to pay me would I allow it? Of course I would, just as long as it wasn’t used to promote the likes of the BNP, the Daily Mail, Cheese on Toast or the Tory Party.

Morrissey refuses to get catty about the use of Smiths songs in adverts

I was pointed in the direction of the new John Lewis television advert by my good friend Nick Horslen. It is soundtracked by a cover version of the Smiths song “Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want” by Slow Moving Millie. Personally I don’t think it’s a particularly bad cover, perhaps just a bit bland. Some songs just pass me by on adverts I think, but others are particularly annoying. It’s hardly a song, but I generally change channels if the Go Compare advert comes on, I can’t stand that obnoxious faux opera. However, whilst I am not a big opera fan I do love the music that British Airways have used on many of their ad campaigns; “The Flower Duet” from the opera Lakme composed by Leo Delibes.

For the record Morrissey refuse to wear clothes made from animal skins, which clearly means that his wardrobe is quite small!

As for songs that I love that have been used in disappointing ads, I have to say I was gutted (yes I too am very precious sometimes) when Marvin Gaye’s “Let’s Get It On” was used to advertise pizzas on TV a couple of years back. But equally Levi’s used some classic music in their brilliant series of TV adverts, including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine“. That same series made hits of many songs that hadn’t been around for years. My particular favourites were “Stand By Me” by Ben E King and “Should I Stay Or Should I Go” from my favourite band of all time, The Clash. But for every one of those there are plenty of awful selections; for example the new Christmas ad for Marks & Spencer uses a version of “When You Wish Upon A Star” by the 2011 X Factor finalists!

If you're ever invited to go for a walk with Morrissey please read this first

Which of your favourite songs have been used in adverts and what did you feel about it?


2 Responses to ““See the life I’ve had can make a good man bad””

  1. nick horslen Says:

    Nice one Bill, i knew you’d blend the words, pictures and music so well!
    John Lewis do they sell Smiths Blenda’s as well 😉


    • justwilliam1959 Says:

      I’m not sure about the Blenda but I reckon they ought to sell Smiths Valium in case I “Panic” or if “Heaven Knows I’m Miserable Now”. The lighting department now has the “There Is A Light That Never Goes Out” (Unless the bulb blows) safety light. The ladieswear department recognise that “Some Girls Are Bigger Than Others”. They also have some nice little black numbers just in case “The Queen Is Dead”. If you’d like a “Hand In Glove” then check out their winter collection. The Cross Dressing Department can always cater for a “Vicar In A Tutu”. The timepiece department is very well stocked so that you can always tell “How soon Is Now”. If you think “That Joke Isn’t Funny Anymore” take a look at the selection of comedy DVDs they have in stock. If there’s anything else you want just “Ask” someone. When I was last there I was served by “This Charming Man” and when I thanked him he simply said “William, It Was Really Nothing”


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