What's worse than a musician selling out?
How about a musician selling out without any consideration for his or her image, brand, consistency, dignity, self-respect, or good name?
There are lots of examples of terrible ads featuring musicians out there, but there aren't lots starring Lou Reed, Bob Dylan, and the Beatles. Of course, the Beatles didn't have a say in their Nike ad, so we can't blame them. Capitol Records, however? Guilty!
And I'd love to know the backstory about how Bob Dylan, the voice of a generation, showed up one day to hang out in the panties section of Victoria's Secret to sing "Love Sick." If there's a God, we'll find out in Chronicles, Volume II.
The worst offenders, according to me:
1. Debbie Harry for jeans
Jeans of glass, anyone? Anyone?
2. Lou Reed for scooters
Take a scoot on the not-so-wild side.
3. Bob Dylan for panties
The thong remains the thame.
4. Michael Jackson for sody pop
The King of Pop sure loves kids. Run, kids, run!
5. Ray Charles for raisins
No one guessed that Ray would later devour the raisins whole.
6. KISS for sody pop
So, Cherry Dr. Pepper tastes like...fake blood?
7. Madonna and Missy Elliott for jeans
Tight jeans plus "into the groove" equals...aw, forget it.
8. U2 for computers
Later, Mother Teresa thanked U2 for teaching her how to be so humble.
9. Elton John for credit cards
Just don't mention the shopping addiction...
10. The Beatles for sneakers
All we are saying is give sneaks a chance.
And Paul Simon's rebuttal to the Nike ad:
Interesting comments, coming from the guy now charging $1,000 for two tickets to his MTS Centre concert, eh? Blame Garfunkel!