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Beatles Songs in Commercials
« on: September 20, 2004, 03:51:18 AM »

I just saw a stupid car commercial using the song Paperback Writer. Not done by the Beatles of course. Anyway, I have a question. How does this work? I mean, is it Michael Jackson giving permission to use these songs? Do the Beatles get any money for it? Just wondering. I hate hearing their songs in commercials!! Even if it's not them singing. Have any of you heard any other commercials using Beatles songs recently? I do wish they'd let VH1 or even MTV show videos of them though. I did see a Beatles video on VH1 today. It was from the Yellow Submarine. So of course they're not in it!! They have a wierd thing going with their songs and how they're shown.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #1 on: September 20, 2004, 10:33:58 AM »

yeah im sure i've heard beatle songs in commercials but never the original version. it probably is jacko. there always horrible versions as well. an no i hardly ever see beatle footage or beatle videos on tv.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #2 on: September 20, 2004, 10:43:26 AM »

No, I think it was UB40. They did a version of Paperback Writer.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #3 on: September 20, 2004, 06:49:54 PM »

Herer in Spain there is a commercial using the song "Drive my car" (it's a cars advertisement) but it's a cover version by some other artist, so I don't know... The version is quite good, actually.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #4 on: September 20, 2004, 07:34:54 PM »

I here the non-Beatles version of Getting Better a lot.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #5 on: September 20, 2004, 09:12:38 PM »

I've never heard any Beatles tunes at all in commercials, actually. I'm assuming it's Jacko's doing. But has anyone noticed that there are a lot of Beach Boys songs in diaper commercials?
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #6 on: September 21, 2004, 10:33:27 AM »

i always see beach boys songs in holiday adverts. its always one about surfing.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #7 on: September 21, 2004, 07:02:11 PM »

[quote by=Sadie4 link=Blah.pl?b=films,m=1095652278,s=3 date=1095706194] Herer in Spain there is a commercial using the song "Drive my car" (it's a cars advertisement) but it's a cover version by some other artist, so I don't know... The version is quite good, actually.[/quote]

Yeah, I've seen that commercial here in Portugal. Actually, I don't like that version a lot. And it's definately not the Beatles' original one.

It's always satisfactory to see you idol band's songs passing on commercials. The bad side of it is you might have to suffer a bad version of the song.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #8 on: September 21, 2004, 07:06:46 PM »

But at least you know that if young people like the song, they can investigate to see who sings it and then get introudced into the Beatles. taht's good.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #9 on: September 22, 2004, 12:37:11 AM »

Kids know who the Beatles are anyway. I think they get it through osmosis or something!! I'm reading the Yellow Submarine book to my first grade students and they already know that song from somewhere! They sing it every time I pick up the book.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #10 on: September 22, 2004, 08:36:41 AM »

yeah when i first got into the beatles i was surprised by how many songs i already knew. i think i just heard them around as a kid. most people end up knowing who the beatles are just cos there so famous. but alot of people only know them for songs like she loves you or all you need is love. the other day i was listening to You Know My Name Look Up The Number an when my friend asked who it was an i said the beatles he was really surprised.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #11 on: December 22, 2004, 09:47:54 PM »

[quote by=Kiss_My_Bad_Self link=Blah.pl?b=films,m=1095652278,s=10 date=1095842201]yeah when i first got into the beatles i was surprised by how many songs i already knew. [/quote]

Same here. o_o Once, when I heard "I Saw Her Standing There" I instantly knew it, because i'd been hearing it all over the oldies stations for years and never knew that the Beatles did that. :o
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #12 on: December 23, 2004, 07:57:32 AM »

Ive heard Across The Universe in a camera commercial
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #13 on: December 23, 2004, 04:05:14 PM »

I heard Instant Karma in a commercial with cars.
I constantly hear Getting Better but in a non-beatles version.
"It's getting better, better, better..." (for a bank or something)
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #14 on: January 09, 2005, 03:03:27 PM »

Ahh. :O I've heard the cover of Getting Better...it's for a bank or a mortgage company or somethin'. And it's all...slowish. o_o
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #15 on: February 05, 2005, 10:35:08 AM »

I really wish child molester doesnt own the songs!!!

I dont know whos worse- Michael jackson or Yoko Ono
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #16 on: February 13, 2005, 07:10:42 AM »

I was reading about the whole Revolution Nike thing and found this:


Nike used this for commercials in 1987. Capital Records, who owns the performance rights, meaning The Beatles version of the song, was paid $250,000. Michael Jackson, who owns the publishing rights, meaning use of the words and music, also had to agree and was paid for the song.
The Nike commercials caused a huge backlash from Beatles fans who felt that Nike was disrespecting the legacy of John Lennon, who probably would have objected to its use. There were plans to use more Beatles songs in future ads, but they were abandoned when it became clear it was not good business practice. As years went by, it became more acceptable to use songs in commercials, but Beatles songs were still considered sacred, especially since the group did not control their rights. In 2002, "When I'm 64" was used in a commercial for Allstate insurance. Many Beatles fans were not pleased, but it didn't get nearly the reaction of the Nike commercials, partly because it was not a political song, but also because it was sung by Julian Lennon, which implied endorsement by his father.



So I have a few questions.

1. Why do you think there's such a backlash by Beatles fans over Beatles songs used in commercials but not for other bands? I know it's in part to them not owning the rights, but I wonder if there's something more.

2. Why are the Beatles the only band that never sold out? Why don't these other bands have the same integrity?

3. I know this must have been discussed a million times, but HOW did they lose the rights to their music?? And has this happened to other bands like the Stones or Who?

Yes, dumb questions, but I'm bored.
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #17 on: February 13, 2005, 07:11:58 AM »

Oh and one more. Has ANYONE heard Julian Lennon singing When I'm 64??????
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #18 on: February 13, 2005, 11:46:57 AM »

Cool information..but I dont know any answers

I dont get why they just play the original song without fans getting so offended, or p*ssed, or whatever the word is.....I'd rather hear a Beatles song(original) then some Good charlotte or Blink 182 song
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Re: Beatles Songs in Commercials
« Reply #19 on: March 01, 2005, 04:27:32 PM »

I've heard the Julian Lennon version of "When I'm Sixty-Four" -- i've seen that commercial, anyway. Doesn't sound all that different from the original.
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