The Smiths Slammed For Xmas Ad

artist: smiths date: 11/11/2011 category: general music news
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The Smiths Slammed For Xmas Ad
The Smiths have allowed their song "Please, Please, Please Let Me Get What I Want" to be behind a Christmas campaign for a leading UK shopping outlet, which you can see below. But Twitter users immediately struck out after the advertisement hit YouTube. The shopping chain John Lewis, which represents middle-class shopping ideals, said it didn't have a problem getting hold of the rights to the song. "It wasn't a long and difficult road actually. It was relatively straightforward getting the rights," said marketing director Craig Inglis. He added: "We approached the record company and Morrissey back in July, and they gave their approval. It is an iconic track from an iconic British band. We know our audience holds The Smiths and bands from that era in high esteem." The advert does not use the original Smiths song, but instead follows the trend of pop being sung softly by lesser known artists. It shows a boy apparently impatient for Christmas, but on the big day walks past his presents and shows he couldn't wait to give his parents a large present instead. The reaction to the advert has promted a twitter trend, showing that it quickly became one of the most talked about subjects on the social network. While some have admitted shedding a tear at the spot, others say that it made them "sick a bit in [their] mouth," and branded the Smiths "sell outs." Comedy columnist Charlie Brooker saw a typically amusing angle to the commercial. "Quick, tell everyone who hasn't seen it yet that it's a dog's head in the box at the end," he tweeted. "Quick. Plant that thought NOW." You can hear the Smiths in the advert here:
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