Is there a competition for irony?
If so, our Fest News carried a story that posits a question for our times: Where does the most irony lie? Michael Jackson makes money from diapers, or a song of peaceful inspiration sells a disposable diaper?
Before you run out in a fit of rage to chant “All You Need is Cash”, and then disprove Luv’s claim-to-fame for creating “guaranteed ultra leak guards,” don’t blame the Beatles.
The publishing rights to the song are owned by Sony/ATV Music Publishing, a joint venture of Sony and Michael Jackson. To sell the song for commercial purposes, they do not need to receive prior permission from Paul, Ringo, or any of the surviving Beatle family members.
Of course, this is hardly the first time a cherished Beatle song has been used to sell something: “Revolution” for Nike; “Help” for Ford; “Taxman” for H&R Block; “When I’m Sixty-Four” for Allstate insurance; “With A Little Help From My Friends” for Gateway; “Come Together” for Nortel; and, “Getting Better” for Royal Philips Electronics.
MSNBC has been inspired to run a poll on the worst pairing of classic rock tunes and commercials. Their current list includes:
- The Beatles’ “All You Need is Love” for Luvs Diapers
- The Rolling Stones’ “Start Me Up”: Microsoft Windows
- Bob Seger’s “Like A Rock”: Chevrolet trucks
- Janis Joplin’s “Mercedes Benz”: Mercedes-Benz cars
- Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son”: Wrangler jeans
- Iggy Pop’s “Lust for Life”: Royal Caribbean cruises
- Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”: Mountain Dew
What would you add to the list?
Don’t lose hope: What we lose in nostalgia, we can gain back in satire.
- Bill Reichblum