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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 06:12 PM
Maybe I'm just late to the dance, but I just heard "Melissa" being used in a Cingular/AT&T television commercial...
 
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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 06:18 PM
Been searching for it a whole day!! Wanna hear it!!

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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 06:36 PM
It makes for a very melancholy interlude during sports programming!

 

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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 07:25 PM
I just heard it for the first time about 15 minutes ago.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 09:01 PM
I knew it was just a matter of time before an ABB song turned up on a commercial. It kinda takes some of the specialness away from a song, for me at least. Especially such a bittersweet, old tune like Melissa.
On the other hand, I've been enjoying hearing Donovan's Happiness Runs a couple times a day. It still makes me smile. At least they didn 't butcher it...unlike what they did to Eric Clapton and Aerosmith. I used to love Robert Plant's screech...it's beginning to sound to me like it must have sounded to my mother many years ago.
The money is good, I'd imagine and I wanna make one suggestion....Ramblin' Man would make a good tune for a car commercial and someone should mention it to Dickey's manager!
However, one thing that I want to point out is that all this usage of familiar old hits of the 60's and 70's has put an entire genre of songwriters and musicians out of business. Hey, the music written and played for commercials generally wasn't very memorable but it supplied an income to the music people who entertain us in the local clubs, play back up in the studio, etc. Some of them are hurting badly.
And, of course, this trend often trivializes what we hold most dear...the soundtrack to our lives.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 09:15 PM
I'd much rather hear Melissa in a commercial than to see Gregg dressed up in a rhinestone cowboy outfit singing about the new chicken sandwich at Burger King.

That is Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, isn't it?

 

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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 11:19 PM
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I'd much rather hear Melissa in a commercial than to see Gregg dressed up in a rhinestone cowboy outfit singing about the new chicken sandwich at Burger King.

That is Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, isn't it?


Other than the visual, it's the same thing. I'm pretty sure I've read in this forum before how many feel that artists who sold their songs to commercials were sell outs, or at least have had many negative comments reguarding this practice. Now I know people will probably come running to the ABB defense on this, and in fact it's already started. While it is the American way to make as much money as possible, and I do enjoy some of these commercials that use classic rock songs, it is nevertheless selling out, imo. I am a huge Rolling Stones (probably more than any other band) fan but I never really forgave them for the Windows '95 "Start Me Up" campaign (one of the first of it's knid). I figured it was just a matter of time before the Gregg and the Bros joined in. I think it's a practice that should be avoided by these artists, I don't like it.

 

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  posted on 2/27/2005 at 11:54 PM
I remember REVIVAL in a Red Lobster commercial. The chorus went like this...
"People can you feel it...Lobsters everywhere".

Made me wanna throw up!

However, MIDNIGHT RIDER was in a beer commercial and it did possibbly turn people on to some of Duane's playing.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 12:52 AM
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I'd much rather hear Melissa in a commercial than to see Gregg dressed up in a rhinestone cowboy outfit singing about the new chicken sandwich at Burger King.

That is Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, isn't it?


YES , Its' funny! But its a gig!

He was really good on that tour, singing backup for Brian Wilson.

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 01:43 AM
Saw the commercial. Never thought I'd hear Melissa for a cell phone ad.

Thought it was pretty cool.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 01:52 AM
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Saw the commercial. Never thought I'd hear Melissa for a cell phone ad.

Thought it was pretty cool.


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Heard it

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 09:38 AM
GM used Jessica for a Buick advert a while back too.I'm sure this is a nice payday for Gregg too.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 09:43 AM
I love it. They've been doing it for a while with The Bands song 'The Weight'. They don't bastardize the song, they just play a good section of it. Even when I'm not paying attention to the TV, when I hear Levon Helm start to sing " I pulled into Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead..." it still sends a shiver up my spine... What's wrong with that?

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 09:56 AM
I just heard the commercial over this weekend and it kinda made me sad.

Melissa has always had a special place in my heart and hearing a section of it on some
TV ad for Cingular just didn't sit right with me. It just puts a different feeling on the song for me. It's probably one of my top ten favorite tunes of all time and I don't want to give it up to the commercial masses. I guess the ad trivializes the song for me.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 11:17 AM
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I'd much rather hear Melissa in a commercial than to see Gregg dressed up in a rhinestone cowboy outfit singing about the new chicken sandwich at Burger King.

That is Darius Rucker from Hootie and the Blowfish, isn't it?

LOL That is the most stupid (stupidest?) commercial I have ever seen!

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 02:32 PM
Well, several ABB songs have been in commercials before, "Revival", "Jessica", "Midnight Rider", this is just one more. I don't really know who owns "Melissa" though. It's not always up to the artist as to who can lisence the song. I know Gregg sold Melissa to Steve Alaimo in the late 60's and then bought half of it back in 71/72 when the ABB decided to do it, for Duane. That's why the writing credits read (Allman-Alaimo) But I don't know who owns the publishing and I believe the actual recording is owned by Universal... That's why you can't always blame the artist for "selling out", plus then there's the fact that many artists have sold their music to commercials because they need the money. Again, you can't always blame them, it's not like they're sitting at a cubical with a steady job, great medical insurance and a 401 plan. - Personally, I don't like hearing any song I know in a commercial.
 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 02:44 PM
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I love it. They've been doing it for a while with The Bands song 'The Weight'. They don't bastardize the song, they just play a good section of it. Even when I'm not paying attention to the TV, when I hear Levon Helm start to sing " I pulled into Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead..." it still sends a shiver up my spine... What's wrong with that?



Nothing wrong with it.

Don't see what it has to do with cell phones though.

except they put the load of service contracts right on me!

 

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I love it. They've been doing it for a while with The Bands song 'The Weight'. They don't bastardize the song, they just play a good section of it. Even when I'm not paying attention to the TV, when I hear Levon Helm start to sing " I pulled into Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead..." it still sends a shiver up my spine... What's wrong with that?



Nothing wrong with it.

Don't see what it has to do with cell phones though.

except they put the load of service contracts right on me!


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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 02:47 PM
I don't have any songs but if I did I would sell them to anybody and everybody that wanted to pay to play....especially if it was a song that was 30 or 40 years old. You would here my 30 year old songs on tons of commercials.
 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 03:13 PM
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I don't have any songs but if I did I would sell them to anybody and everybody that wanted to pay to play....especially if it was a song that was 30 or 40 years old. You would here my 30 year old songs on tons of commercials.

Whore! Just kidding, i agree with you.

 

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I love it. They've been doing it for a while with The Bands song 'The Weight'. They don't bastardize the song, they just play a good section of it. Even when I'm not paying attention to the TV, when I hear Levon Helm start to sing " I pulled into Nazareth, I was feeling about half past dead..." it still sends a shiver up my spine... What's wrong with that?



Nothing wrong with it.

Don't see what it has to do with cell phones though.

except they put the load of service contracts right on me!


...but we'll give you 100 more anytime minutes if you just extend your contract for another 3 years....

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 07:27 PM
Not really related...but when ABB palys melissa live does either warren or derek ever play an acoustic guitar?

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 07:57 PM
I agree with OZZYPIE "it sends shivers down your spine"!

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 08:02 PM
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Not really related...but when ABB palys melissa live does either warren or derek ever play an acoustic guitar?



Gregg steps out behind the B3 with an acoustic and strums the acoustic riffs to the song. I believe Warren usually plays the electric while Butch and Oteil jam with them. I'm not sure. I'll have to check.

 

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  posted on 2/28/2005 at 08:15 PM
It's played on the DVD

And does anyone know why I hear an organ in the studio version?? o.O Or am I making things up?

 

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