Thanks. Now I feel really old

Tuesday, January 16th, 2007 | Tunes!

So I’m watchin’ some TV. Commercials come on. I’m not really paying attention until I hear the familiar sounds of the Buzzcocks‘ “Everybody’s Happy Nowadays.”

I’m slightly irritated. Thou shalt not use Buzzcocks, Husker Du or The Replacements in commercials. (At least that’s gonna be the rule when I’m in charge. There will be a one strike and you’re out policy.)

But then I see people jumping around in gorilla suits. Hmm. Maybe this will be ok.

No. No, it’s not ok. It’s a commercial for AARP.

Punk = Retirement benefits? Depressing.

11 Comments to Thanks. Now I feel really old


It’s just payback. Think of how all those 60’s flower children felt when The Doors and The Rolling Stones were soundtracking commercials. Imagine the ustabe Greasers when ANYTHING from the 50’s was used to sell breakfast cereal or home loans…

Face it. Nothing is really sacred.


Perhaps nature called, and they couldn’t get out of the gorilla suits quickly. That’s why they were jumping around. It’s scary, this aging stuff. Why were they wearing gorilla suits, you ask. That, Grasshopper, is a lesson for another time. Old people are an inscrutable bunch…

Captain Flummox

Yes, getting older is scary, but not as scary as death, even though I’ve never heard one dead person say anything bad about it.


I saw a commercial that used an obscure Camper Van Beethoven song a couple of years ago. I thought I would die!


After they used “What Do I Get?” in a car commercial, there was a writer in Time who argued that it meant the fans of underground music had won the culture wars.


When Rush starts playing behind Depends commercials, I quit.


On the other hand, for a Depends commercial, who else but Rush?


I’m just hoping that Pete Shelley still owns the rights to those songs so that HE gets paid for this, not Michael Fucking Jackson or somebody worse.

I’ve heard Kasabian for Pontiac, and was sort of happy about that. Same reason.

And I cheer just thinking about Iggy Pop depositing checks every time I hear “Lust for Life” in a commercial.


They probably got more money licencing the song to AARP than they ever received from their record company.

Captain Flummox

Imagine turning on your tube to hear yourself singing a song being used to pimp a cell phone company — and not getting a dime for it. That’s what happened to Levon Helm. Argh.


I gave up all hope in 93 when I saw Venus In Furs by the Velvet Underground being used in an ad for Dunlop tires.

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