OMFG - that is all.
We suspect that Lou Reed fans will be queuing up to do to HP what the company has done to Walk on the Wild Side, ie: give it a right shoeing ... This celebration of "Everybody On" magic aired during the Grammys last night, with HP no doubt hoping to seamlessly connect with tuned-in hipsters. It may well have succeeded, …
... I'm totally outraged.
Actually I can guess what it is ... I assume they taken a good song and done a "John Lewis" on it - i.e.stuck it in a twee ad with a singer totlaly inappropriate for the song but who matches the audience they are aiming at (anyone rememebr JL's awful "sweet child o'mine" from Christmas before last)
Xerox has been airing an ad for some time now, featuring some muppet having an argument with a poster-board cutout of Notre Dame's "fighting Irishman" mascot - as if it were a real person. I think the ad might have had something to do with print output costs, but I'm pretty quick on the mute button, so I'm not really sure.
And running a close second are the penis pill ads from Big Pharma. US law requires that potential side effects be described in narration. So if the potential horror of a trip to the ER for priapism doesn't get you snickering, other side effects like "loss of sight or hearing" will. Not as though we were never told to "stop it or you'll go blind!" when we were younger.
Sorry HP, you're not even in the same league with those losers. Do try harder, won't you?
You cannot "unsee" things....I stuck with it for 45 secs just to see how bad it was going to get, now I don't feel very well.
Can't say the work of Mr Reed was ever on my list of favourites, but don't these ad-men have any moraility or even basic common decency? Why must everything be used and abused in the pursuit of the 'greed for green'?
A dark day for our cherished rock heritage...
They have tainted so many excellent songs that I loved in years gone past.
Even when they use the original version, it still diminishes the song by association with their mundane products.
If they're so "creative" why can't they get new songs performed for the products? Why do the original artists permit them to ruin the artist's reputation. Surely the copyright holder can prevent this?
Surprisingly I thought it wasn't too bad - apart from the "everybody... on" at the end. Unfortunately I'm not in the market for HP kit bcos their kit is mostly overpriced.
There have definitely been worse covers. Compared to Puff Daddy's godawful mutilation of "Every breath you take" - which apparently some complete morons with the musical sense of a slug actually bought - this is positively benign.
FWIW, that "Sweet child of mine" cover was an original take on the song too, so in spite of its insufferable tweeness it still wasn't all bad. For me, the most annoying is the Co-op - who you may remember are resolutely against investing in arms companies and non-ethical companies generally - making the gutless decision to use "Blowing in the wind" but remove the line "how many times shall the cannonballs fly before they're forever banned", just bcos they wanted some music to run behind feathers and bubbles and things blowing in the wind. Yes we see what you did there, Co-op marketing people, and no it isn't clever.
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