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Clashing values

I just now was walking by the living room, where my mother-in-law is watching television, and a car commercial jingle was playing. I didn't recognize the tune, but the lyrics?

"My baby drove off in a brand-new Cadillac."

Yep, that's right: The Clash, "Brand New Cadillac," from London Calling. Cadillac is selling cars with a Clash song, although the commercial's music sounds like the Stray Cats.

The commercial touts "the new spirit of Cadillac," or some such. Tell you what: When the commercial features The Clash's version of the song, then I'll agree the automaker has a new spirit. Until then, it's just another car.

The ghost of Joe Strummer sneers.


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Dec. 24th, 2014 05:45 am (UTC)
And I thought that was Brian Setzer. But it's been a very long time since I listened to London Calling.
Dec. 24th, 2014 01:53 pm (UTC)
It could be Setzer; he's not on my brain jukebox. If it is, the commercial is a double sellout. It troubles me the way classic rock is being repurposed as advertising music. The other night I heard Zeppelin's "Whole Lotta Love" being used to sell cologne. And Jimi's "Fire" was used to sell cars several years ago. In the '60s and early '70s, that would have been inconceivable.
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