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Thursday, February 19, 2009

Fun random assignment of the day

In a few minutes, someone from BBC News is going to call me to ask me what I think of these:

The general subject is “selling out”—a topic about which, as you already know, I am emphatically and determinedly ambivalent.  I mean, these are pretty seriously disturbing on so many levels.  On the other hand, I kinda perversely loved the idea of using “Lust for Life” in ads for Carnival Cruise Lines Royal Caribbean [thanks for the correction, O anonymous commenter @ 34!  fie on me for misremembering this], because when I was a wee thing I used to work in advertising and marketing and such, and I imagined the meeting in which someone pitched to Carnival’s reps the idea of using a song that goes,

Here comes Johnny Yen again
With the liquor and drugs
And the flesh machine
He’s gonna do another strip tease.
Hey man, where’d ya get that lotion?
I’ve been hurting since I’ve bought the gimmick
About something called love
Yeah, something called love.
Well, that’s like hypnotizing chickens.

Well, I’m just a modern guy
Of course, I’ve had it in the ear before.
I have a lust for life
Cause I’ve a lust for life.

I’m worth a million in prizes
With my torture film
Drive a GTO
Wear a uniform
All on a government loan.
I’m worth a million in prizes
Yeah, I’m through with sleeping on the sidewalk
No more beating my brains
No more beating my brains
With liquor and drugs,
With liquor and drugs.

And so on, right to the lunch buffet, the waterslide, and the miniature golf.  It’s the Cognitive Dissonance Special!

Hey, I feel an ABF Friday coming on!  Let me know what you think of these things, and of “selling out” (if there is such a thing), and I’ll be back tomorrow with a response of some kind.  Which will be brought to you by Monsanto, proud sponsor of American Airspace since 1985.

Posted by Michael on 02/19 at 08:18 AM
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