Poll: Bad Covers on Commercials: Yay or nay?
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They're lame, they disgrace the original, and they distract from the product being sold.
49 56%
They don't bother me/aren't that bad. They occasionaly get my attention positively.
8 9%
OH GOD, EGGS!
30 34%
Voters: 87.
#1
Ok, here's a question for you guys. If you watch TV (which I do sometimes, when there's something good on the Discovery Channel or the History Channel ), I'm sure you've seen a commercial where a plain lousy cover of a great song is played. I just saw a commercial with a super lame cover of "Space Oddity."

So here's the scoop. Since there's no arguing that these commercial covers are bad (and if there are any good ones, please share because I'm all but conviced they don't exist ), tell me: Should a commercial still use a cover song if they can't get the rights to use the original? Does it add to the commercial or detract from it? Opinions are cool.

(Oh, and honestly, I haven't seen this thread before. I searched its butt off, too.)
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#4
I think companies purposely use bad covers because once you realise it's a bad commercial, it's stuck in your head

Hence their plan has worked and you remember their product
#5
i forgot which beatles song the jonas brothers covered, but i remembered the taste in my mouth when i threw up a little when i heard it. after that moment, i have been a firm believer of no cover songs on commercials.
10/7/07- Van Halen
3/16/08- Iron Maiden
1/9/09- AC/DC
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7/24/10- Rush
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#8
I don't mind the Space Oddity commercial. It's not that bad.
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#9
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Ok, here's a question for you guys. If you watch TV (which I do sometimes, when there's something good on the Discovery Channel or the History Channel ), I'm sure you've seen a commercial where a plain lousy cover of a great song is played. I just saw a commercial with a super lame cover of "Space Oddity."

So here's the scoop. Since there's no arguing that these commercial covers are bad (and if there are any good ones, please share because I'm all but conviced they don't exist ), tell me: Should a commercial still use a cover song if they can't get the rights to use the original? Does it add to the commercial or detract from it? Opinions are cool.

(Oh, and honestly, I haven't seen this thread before. I searched its butt off, too.)

Pssh you best not be talking bout the cover by Cat Power. I thought that cover was pretty good. Was it the Lincoln car commercial?
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#10
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i forgot which beatles song the jonas brothers covered, but i remembered the taste in my mouth when i threw up a little when i heard it. after that moment, i have been a firm believer of no cover songs on commercials.


Hello Goodbye, used for Target.

The song's been used millions of times for Target, I'm surprised people didn't start bitching until The Jonas Brothers did it for one commercial.
#11
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#14
I'm sick of Beatles songs getting ripped off by crappy pop bands for commercials. I've heard like five songs of theirs used so far, and it's just sickening. **** you, Michael Jackson, **** you.
#15
oh god eggs
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#16
I guess this counts,
on the commercial for that Nickelodean movie about the 'rock star'
they have a cover of "Eye of the Tiger." I think it's pretty bad...
#17
Outback took Of Montreal's "Wraith Pinned to the Mist and Other Games", which is an awesome song, and made it into some lame advert song with a bad singer.

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#18
all Commercials suck!
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#22
Oh god. I hate every single Beatles cover ever made and used in advertising!!!
Like Target doing terrible hello goodbye covers. There are so many of them. Like back in the Barnyard making fun of hard days night.
#23
I'm not necessarily bothered by them. I normally find it funny how they have to alter the song just a bit so that they don't get sued, yet keep the same overall sound to it.
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#26
some travel commercial had a really sh*tty cover of Island in the Sun by Weezer, it pissed me off
#27
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Pssh you best not be talking bout the cover by Cat Power. I thought that cover was pretty good. Was it the Lincoln car commercial?


No...that one wasn't bad. I swear there was another one that had a cover of Space Oddity, but I could be crazy.

I guess I was just trying to come up with an example and for some reason couldn't think of all of the bad Beatles covers.

BACK TO THE TOASTER (edit)- What I meant by "lame" was that it didn't hit me as strongly as the original does. Then again, commercials tend to pick my least favorite parts of songs in general, so I can't really hold an opinion until I hear the whole song. But the point is gotten, right?
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