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Old 03-13-2008, 08:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I was trolling through CAKE's website reading the weekly poll question and it seems one of the forum topics was about how "The Distance" was given to American Idol so the contestants could remake it for a Ford commercial.

Of course no one in the band was asked whether or not they would approve of this (the suits could probably guess they wouldn't) but after one of the band members wrote about how they were not happy with the decision, one poster reminded us that CAKE was not alone. Apparently these artists have also been hijacked by Ford:

Bob Marley
Modest Mouse
Queen
Rolling Stones
Cat Stevens
The Kinks

Does anyone know what songs Ford has used without band approval, and which ones aren't listed here for any companey?
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:04 AM   #2 (permalink)
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... why does it matter

its no worse than pirating...
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Old 03-13-2008, 11:51 AM   #3 (permalink)
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why does what matter? That a global corporation stole a song to increase their own sales against the wishes of the artists?

Or something else?

Because when I pirate I don't make 200,000 of something i'm selling.
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Some car company used Blindness by The Fall for it's American ad campaign. Mark E Smith says he's never seen a penny for it being used.
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Sadly this happens alot to bands just making enough sales to make ends meet.....it truly makes me sick.
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Sadly this happens alot to bands just making enough sales to make ends meet.....it truly makes me sick.
Ya I heard that a song by Man Man was used by Nike. Not really sure if they got money off it, but w/e...
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SNL hijacked an Aphex Twin piano piece for a skit once..Iran So Far Away I think it was called
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well i have actually heard a guy singing part of a song on a tv show, and it got stuck in my head. So i did a little research and went and bought the cd. it was wonderwall by oasis that i heard, but i am not going to say the tv show because everyone will judge me. but having their song out there may get them a few more cd sales.
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Old 03-14-2008, 05:37 AM   #9 (permalink)
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well i have actually heard a guy singing part of a song on a tv show, and it got stuck in my head. So i did a little research and went and bought the cd. it was wonderwall by oasis that i heard, but i am not going to say the tv show because everyone will judge me. but having their song out there may get them a few more cd sales.
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I'm sure Tom Waits sued some company just for using a likeness to him?
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I'm pretty sure I recall reading about Tom Waits suing some car company for using one of his songs without his permission. Just when I thought he couldn't be any more awesome.
That was Frito-Lay.
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