Friday, June 24, 2011

Another (Kind of) New Wave Commercial

I have been pointing out the use of older new wave (and occasional punk) songs in commericals here, and there is a new one of a song I rather like that kind of fits.
While not actually "full" new wave, but certainly unusual and angular for rock when it came out, "Moving in Stereo," from the Cars' self-titled debut album, is now being featured in a new Pennzoil commercial.
Having been a Cars' fan since their first album and getting to see the band live once, in 1980 on the Candy-O tour, I remember how some classic rock fans were shocked that the band was played on 97 Rock and similar stations at first, and how weird they thought the band members looked. With songwriter, singer and rhythm guitarist Ric Ocasek appearing (and sometimes publicized to be) about 6-foot-6 or 6-foot-7, but actually about 6-foot-4 next to diminutive band mates; pale, very thin and with a champion black mullet behind sunglasses all the time, I can see why some people had problems with the Cars, amusing and dumb as it may have been.


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