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Oct 8, 2020 - 6:28:01 AM
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5746 posts since 10/13/2007

I was watching the French Open tennis Championships and was very surprised to hear Pete Seeger of all people singing and playing banjo while the advertisements were on. While it was a good song and good to hear Pete, I don't think he would have approved. I wonder how this happened.


Oct 8, 2020 - 6:38:29 AM

1814 posts since 2/12/2009

I guess whoever owns the rights to this recording must have given permission, the publisher I would think.

Oct 8, 2020 - 7:15:48 AM
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639 posts since 6/6/2007

Hard to know if Pete would have been against it. He quit the reunited Weavers over their contributing a song for tobacco commercial, which as a non-smoker and health advocate, he was against. But that was because it was a product he was against.


Oct 8, 2020 - 8:33:56 AM
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212 posts since 11/29/2012

Jello Biafra, lead singer of the seminal punk rock band the Dead Kennedys, successfully sued his former bandmates preventing one of their old songs from being used in a Volkswagen commercial. I doubt Pete Seegar would approve unless the money went to his foundation. Anyway, who am I to say?

Edited by - 35planar on 10/08/2020 08:34:30

Oct 8, 2020 - 8:41:15 AM
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...must be sumpthin' about banjos that makes people want to loosen their purse-strings.   I gather this stuff has been around for a  bit, but while in the grocery store this a.m. I came across this for the first time:

Oct 8, 2020 - 12:19:02 PM
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1328 posts since 11/15/2010

The song ("Hard Times in the Mill") is from one of Pete's old Folkways albums, not from his later Columbia albums. The Smithsonian now owns the Folkways catalog. Since the Smithsonian is a public institution, I wonder if an advertiser like Volvo can use a Folkways recording without the permission of the artist (or his/her estate). 

Oct 12, 2020 - 11:26:26 AM
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1328 posts since 11/15/2010

That damned commercial seemed to flood my TV on Sunday. Maybe the ad agency was trying to be ironic, but that ad really struck a sour note with me. We have two affluent, up-scale yuppies who drive an expensive car but have to deal with child-raising. Are we supposed to equate child-raising with working in a sweatshop 100 years ago? Really? Is there any doubt that those mill workers would have traded places with those two yuppies in a heartbeat?

Edited by - Joe Connor on 10/12/2020 11:27:32

Oct 12, 2020 - 12:42:47 PM



9614 posts since 1/22/2003

It's here in Austria, too, all the time, this TV commercial.

Oct 12, 2020 - 2:41:05 PM

5746 posts since 10/13/2007

Originally posted by Emiel

It's here in Austria, too, all the time, this TV commercial.

Sounded good the first 15 times. Starting to grow real old now.


Oct 13, 2020 - 1:18:46 AM
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2189 posts since 11/8/2010

Wow, you made me actively watch a commercial! I have to say I don't like any of those "drive any way you want, the car will take care of commonsense and any risks you will put yourself at" commercials. Too many people drive like that already and traffic rules shouldn't become a thing exclusively for the underprivileged.

Oct 13, 2020 - 11:37:16 PM
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13343 posts since 1/28/2010

It's like the Bank of Montreal using "The Times, They Are A-Changing" in one of their ads - ironical and repulsive at the same time. As is the banjo image At Sobey's - stereotypical and repulsive.

I suppose the Volvo ad is fractionally better than the blasting through nature SUV ads.

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