10 Legendary Rock Bands On Ridiculous TV Commercials

10 Legendary Rock Bands On Ridiculous TV Commercials | Society Of Rock Videos

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Businesses have found a winning formula by collaborating with celebrities and legendary rock bands to promote their products. Who wouldn’t be tempted to buy an expensive truck endorsed by one of the most renowned rock bands in history?

1. The Rolling Stones – Kellogg’s Rice Krispies – 1964
In 1964, Mick Jagger and Keith Richards made an unexpected appearance on a TV commercial for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies, promoting the cereal with their rendition of “Snap, Crackle, and Pop,” which might have been a surprising sight for classic rock enthusiasts.

2. Iron Butterfly – Ban Roll-On – 1968
In a rather unconventional move, the metal band Iron Butterfly appeared in a deodorant commercial for Ban Roll-On in 1968. It’s an interesting combination of thick riffs and an old roll-on product.

3. Paul Revere & the Raiders – Pontiac GTO – 1969
Paul Revere & the Raiders took an innovative approach by writing a song titled “Time After Time” and licensing it to Pontiac for a GTO commercial. The significant changes made to the lyrics added a unique twist to the promotion.

4. The Beatles – Nike – 1988
After losing control over their song due to a contract with Michael Jackson, The Beatles found themselves unable to prevent the licensing of “Revolution” to Nike for a lackluster late ’80s commercial, resulting in a lawsuit.

5. Iggy Pop – Carnival Cruise Line – 2005
Using Iggy Pop’s classic hit “Lust for Life” in an advertisement turned out to be a questionable decision, with critics pointing out a mismatch between the product being endorsed and the song being used.

6. The Black Keys – Nissan – 2006
The Grammy-nominated group, The Black Keys, made a pragmatic decision by allowing their song “Set You Free” to be featured in a Nissan Xterra advertisement in 2006, presumably to boost their income during a challenging period.

7. Led Zeppelin – Cadillac – 2010
Originally considering The Doors’ hit “Break On Through,” Cadillac ultimately chose Led Zeppelin’s “Rock ‘n’ Roll” for their commercial. Unfortunately, the outcome did not quite capture the essence of rock and roll.

8. LMFAO – KIA – 2015
Known for their party anthems, LMFAO’s “Party Rock Anthem” in a KIA commercial with animated hamsters rolling around created a somewhat absurd visual.

9. Europe – Geico – 2016
Europe’s 1986 classic hit “The Final Countdown” found a new home in a Geico commercial, adding a humorous twist to the TV advertisement landscape.

10. Jon Bon Jovi – DirecTV – 2016
Despite Jon Bon Jovi’s substantial net worth, he didn’t shy away from doing commercials. In 2016, he appeared in a DirecTV commercial, showcasing that even rock legends can’t resist the lure of advertising opportunities.

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