Fact or Fiction

Commercials

by Amanda Flinner

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If you've ever gotten the urge to drive a Silverado while listening to Bob Seger's "Like a Rock" or dreamed of a Caribbean cruise after hearing Iggy Pop's "Lust For Life," then this Fact or Fiction is for you.

A long time ago, in an office building far, far away, a clever advertiser realized he didn't need to write catchy jingles when the Billboard charts were already full of them. TV commercials haven't been the same since. Suddenly Aretha Franklin didn't demand "R.E.S.P.E.C.T." but craved "R.O.A.S.T.E.D." chicken from KFC. Otis Redding was no longer "Sittin' on the Dock of the Bay," but "Sippin' My Hires All Day" for the root beer brand. Our songs used in commercials category is chock full of such atrocities. Can you figure out which of these pairings of song and commercial are real, and which are pure fiction?
Further reading: Subversive Songs Used To Sell
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Comments: 7

  • Gordon from MackayI loved every part o the quiz
  • Ed Aguinaga from Glen Burnie, MdAll but one and some of these I haven't thought about in years.
  • Richard Alan Hart from Home; Willisville IllI have allway loved the song : Wings of a dove. MY mom & Dad loved the song to .
  • Dave from Greer, Sc8/10. I remember some of these from when I was a kid
  • Shawn from MarylandWow! I managed to get them all right! :)
  • Chipp Ross from PdxSigh....Devo was a duo?Try Quintet.Mark Mothersbaugh,Bob Mothersbaugh,Gerald Casale (YAY,you got one right),Bob Casale and Alan Myers was the lineup that recorded most of their early work,including the song "Whip It". Songwriting credit goes to the "Duo" of Mark and Jerry but yeah.
  • Jim from Mobile, AlI think I need a real hobby, I got them all right.
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