A punk classic that recites the lines directly from the original ad, word for word: "It helps me - makes me! - work, rest, and play!"
Mars first used the slogan, "A Mars a day helps you work, rest and play" in 1959 and recently brought it back to tap into the hunger for chocolate, nostalgia - and mosh pits?
2. The New Seekers - I'd Like to Teach the World to Sing (in Perfect Harmony)
Originally a Coca-Cola jingle in 1971 - the one with the creepy people on the hilltop - the New Seekers' full-length song version dropped the words "Coca-Cola" and rocketed up the charts to #1 in the UK and #7 in the US. It became a hit all over again - the same year - for a group called the Hillside Singers.
3. The Kingsmen - The Jolly Green Giant
Everyone's favorite giant is reborn as a giant dude hungry for some ho, ho, hos.
"Well, he ain't no prize/And there's no women his size/And that's why the cat's so mean."
4. The Monotones - The Book of Love
Who wrote the book of love? Pepsodent. In the 50s.
The ad: "Wonder where the yellow went?" The song:
5. The T-Bones - No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In)
An instrumental hit that was originally a 60s jingle for - you guessed it - Alka-Seltzer.
6. The Clash - Koka Kola
"I get good advice from the advertising world!"
Ever! The Clash's song - about the corporate world's reliance on cocaine - is notable for cribbing Coke's 70s themeline - "Coke adds life!" (TV commercial) - and harking back to the (mostly) urban legend that Coca-Cola is rife with cocainey goodness.
There's glucose for energyReplyDelete
Caramel for strength
The chocolate's only there
To keep it the right length
Big fan of the Undertones, that's good stuff.