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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The USA

    This one is not so much a commercialization as it is a misuse and misunderstanding. This song is erroneously thought to be a flag-waving patriotic rah-rah song. It is in fact quite the opposite. It tells the tale of a down-and-out war veteran who gave his sanity to his country and has only been kicked around by the system ever since.
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    U2's Vertigo from the iPod commercial. Watching Bono trying to act hip. That was brutal.
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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Bruce Springsteen -- Born In The USA
    Good call, Hap.


    Born down in a dead man's town
    The first kick I took was when I hit the ground
    You end up like a dog that's been beat too much
    Till you spend half your life just covering up

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.

    Got in a little hometown jam
    So they put a rifle in my hand
    Sent me off to a foreign land
    To go and kill the yellow man

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.

    Come back home to the refinery
    Hiring man says "Son if it was up to me"
    Went down to see my V.A. man
    He said "Son, don't you understand"

    I had a brother at Khe Sahn fighting off the Viet Cong
    They're still there, he's all gone

    He had a woman he loved in Saigon
    I got a picture of him in her arms now

    Down in the shadow of the penitentiary
    Out by the gas fires of the refinery
    I'm ten years burning down the road
    Nowhere to run ain't got nowhere to go

    Born in the U.S.A.
    I was born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a long gone Daddy in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    Born in the U.S.A.
    I'm a cool rocking Daddy in the U.S.A.
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    I'm still waiting for Pizza Hut to license "Personal Jesus."

    "Your own...personal...Pan Pizza®"
    Burn down the disco. Hang the blessed DJ. Because the music that he constantly plays, it says nothing to me about my life.

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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Quote Originally Posted by Yachtzee
    I'm still waiting for Pizza Hut to license "Personal Jesus."

    "Your own...personal...Pan Pizza®"

    something to smother with cheese
    covered with meat
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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    I have always been a fan of Mitsubishi's car commercials. Upbeat and fast, they definitey sold the cars well, and were not some bastardisation. The Benny Bennassi song for the new Wendy's commercial is fun too. Sorry, forgot the thread was negative.

    Pizza Hut commercials always suck, and if any camera company tries to use the song "Photograph" by Nickelback, I will vomit.
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    Yeah, the crumbalievalbe is absolutely hideous.
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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    "Pink Houses" by John Cougar Melonhead was as misused/understood as the Springsteen song.

    The Republican National Party contacted him about using it as a campaign song.

    Green Day's "Holiday" is another one that wouldn't get used for jingoistic events, if people would listen more closely to the words.
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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Quote Originally Posted by cincinnati chili
    "Pink Houses" by John Cougar Melonhead was as misused/understood as the Springsteen song.
    I do not like Melon Squishins and I can't stand his music, especially that song.

    That being said, could you please elaborate a little on what the song means?
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    That being said, could you please elaborate a little on what the song means?
    I think it shows Mellencamp's cynicism about consumption and the misplaced ideals of the Reagan era.
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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Quote Originally Posted by Hap
    That being said, could you please elaborate a little on what the song means?
    I'm guessing Dom made that comment with tongue in cheek. But if not, I don't think that he meant it as an attack on any particular political party. I could be wrong, but I saw Bob Costas interview him years ago, and he said he didn't consider himself a Repub. or a Dem.

    Each verse tells the story of a person or two and discusses how the American dream didn't turn out so well for them.

    There's a black man with a black cat
    Livin' in a black neighborhood
    He's got an interstate runnin' through his front yard
    You know he thinks that he's got it so good


    And there's a woman in the kitchen
    Cleanin' up the evenin' slop
    And he looks at her and says, "Hey darlin'
    I can remember when you could stop a clock"


    {Refrain}
    Oh, but ain't that America, for you and me
    Ain't that America, we're somethin' to see, baby
    Ain't that America, the home of the free
    Little pink houses for you and me


    There's a young man in a T-shirt
    Listenin' to a rockin' rollin' station
    He's got greasy hair, greasy smile
    He says, "Lord this must be my destination"

    'Cause they told me when I was younger
    "Boy you're gonna be President"
    But just like everything else those old crazy dreams
    Kinda came and went

    {Refrain}

    Well there's people and more people
    What do they know know know
    Go to work in some high rise
    And vacation down at the Gulf of Mexico, ooh yeah

    And there's winners and there's losers
    But that ain't no big deal
    'Cause the simple man baby pays for the thrills
    The bills, the pills that kill

    {Refrain}
    How, then, are those people of the future—who are taking steroids every day—going to look back on baseball players who used steroids? They're going to look back on them as pioneers. They're going to look back at it and say "So what?" - Bill James, Cooperstown and the 'Roids

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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    I'm guessing Dom made that comment with tongue in cheek. But if not, I don't think that he meant it as an attack on any particular political party. I could be wrong, but I saw Bob Costas interview him years ago, and he said he didn't consider himself a Repub. or a Dem.
    This is from a Washington Post article from December 2004:

    "(Mellencamp is) A lifelong Democrat -- "I've always been a liberal. I grew up in the '60s. I like Jane Fonda," he says -- Mellencamp took part in the Vote for Change tour, the recent gathering of music-biz heavyweights hoping to retire George W. to Texas. The left-leaning collective of rock stars failed in its main objective, of course, primarily because so many of Mellencamp's fellow midwesterners opted for the status quo. Indiana was about 60 percent pro-Bush. Mellencamp says he was "disappointed" in the results. His new song "Walk Tall" ("The simple-minded and the uninformed can be easily led astray") says "disappointed" is an understatement."

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn...-2004Dec6.html

    Pink Houses is one of those songs that came out during Reagan's presidency that showed how it wasn't necessarily "morning in America" for many. Sure, it was the culmination of different administrations, but for many in middle America, Reagan's policies meant death to their way of life.

    Listen to the Scarecrow album and see the way Mellencamp skewered Reagan's farm policies.

    Chili- I think you are referring to a few years back when Mellencamp said he didn't care who won between Bush and Gore because they were essentially the same- which was pretty much Ralph Nader's line.

    After seeing the current administration in action, he quickly recanted his feelings about both guys being the same.
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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Quote Originally Posted by Dom Heffner
    I think that awful commercial that uses "Crum-believable" might be the most atrocious destruction of a song ever.

    Everytime I see this thing I am waiting for Simon Cowell to interrupt it with a "Thank you. Thanks. That was appalling."
    I saw the commercial this a.m., and I have to agree with you 100%.

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    Re: Worst Commercialization of a Song

    Actually, some jeans company used CCR's "Fortunate Son" (I forget which, but I'm thinking Tommy Hilfiger) in a commercial. The selective editing of lyrics to totally change the songs meaning was distrurbing to say the least.


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