Seeing a 62-year-old man’s face pop up in a Victoria’s Secret TV commercial would be disconcerting enough — hardly an inducement for women to run out and buy an "Angels" bra.
But the disbelief intensifies when viewers recognize the man ogling the buxom Adriana Lima — who’s scampering around a Venice palazzo in her filmy unmentionables and a pair of angel wings — as Bob Dylan.
Another counterculture icon has sold out. Well, technically, Dylan already did: More than a decade ago he licensed "Forever Young" for use in an Apple Computers commercial. But really, does it make it any easier to swallow the fact that Bob Dylan is selling panties? (A remixed version of "Love Sick," the Victoria’s Secret commercial’s soundtrack, also appears on an in-store compilation CD.)
Now that Led Zeppelin’s "Rock and Roll" pimps Cadillacs, The Clash’s "Should I Stay or Should I Go" sells Stolichnaya vodka and David Bowie’s "Heroes" hawks FTD flowers, we started wondering who’ll be next to sell out for a quick buck (or, more likely, a million of them)?
We compiled the least likelies, then selected a song/product combination designed to send shivers down your spine.
THE SINGER, THE SONG AND THE PRODUCT
Tori Amos: "Cornflake Girl," Kellogg’s Corn Flakes Elvis Costello: "Pump It Up," Gold’s Gym Paul McCartney: "Ebony and Ivory," Oreo cookies Alanis Morissette: "21 Things I Want in a Lover," Match.com dating services Nirvana: "Smells Like Teen Spirit," Teen Spirit deodorant Sinead O’Connor: "Thank You for Hearing Me," Verizon Wireless Pearl Jam: "Jeremy," Sylvan Learning Centers Bruce Springsteen: "Born in the U.S.A.," Chevy trucks U2: "I Still Haven’t Found What I’m Looking For," Mapquest
Already sold out
These musical acts (or their executors) have already sold their songs to the devil — er, advertisers:
AC/DC: "Back in Black," Gap
Dead Kennedys: "Viva Las Vegas," Acura
Fleetwood Mac: "Go Your Own Way," National Car Rental
The Guess Who:
"American Woman," Tommy Hilfiger
Madonna: "Ray of Light," IBM
Steve Miller Band:
"Fly Like an Eagle," U.S. Postal Service