Midnight Oil

[Powderworks] Re: Selling out

msira@calis.com msira@calis.com
Thu, 10 Oct 2002 10:44:08 -0700

>"If Jello Biafra did a car ad it would be an outrage to Gen X people," 
>Martiniano says.

The Dead Kennedy's version of "Viva Las-Vegas" WAS going to be used in a car 
commercial.  Jello pulled the plug on it, refusing to cave in to the rest of 
the band members wishes(who wanted to do it).

I don't know, I have mixed feelings when some of these commercials come on.  I 
think it's not really right to compare a commerical that features music by an 
current, already succesful band like Papa Roach to, say, that Nissan commerical 
featuring "What Do I Get?" by the Buzzcocks.  I mean, bands like the Buzzcocks 
never were commercially successful, they were cult bands.  They never got the 
acclaim, or the money that they deserved.  Also, it's not furthering their 
career, really, most of these bands are finished or are simply touring 
the "Oldies" circuit to make a living.  In a certain way, it's good to think 
that they're at least getting some money after all these years.  Same with the 
Ramones and a lot of other punk/post-punk/whatever bands whose music is 
suddenly popping up in commercials.
Now for current, successful bands like Papa Roach to add advertising money to 
their already burgeoning piles of cash...that's just plain greed.