5 thoughts on “Doors drummer John Densmore still refuses to let songs be used in TV ads”

  1. That’s fucking cool. I kinda hate the Doors, but ya gotta admire the guy for sticking to his principles, which I totally agree with.

  2. My favorite part of the article is where they have the marketing people saying “There’s nothing wrong with it anymore! It’s cool”.

    Why, what a surprising opinion.

  3. He pointed out that Zeppelin and U2 recently relented in their long holdouts against ad licensing and that there was hardly a stigma these days to the practice.

    Yeah, and U2 is such a great example of a band that still has credibility. Maybe it’s that their music now is such fluff anyway that no one cares anymore. So, what are you trying to say about The Doors then, Ray?

  4. Interesting. Seems there’s more ire — among the referenced articles and the few comments here — about music from the PAST being used in commercials vs. CURRENT music being used in commercials (the U2 comment notwithstanding).

    One has to acknowledge that some cool (current) bands have been hoisted up by commercials. I wouldn’t have discovered the Wiseguys were it not for Mitsubishi. What if Rural Electrification Act becomes the next iPod commercial band? Are they to be immediately reviled then? No, we should be happy for their success and expanded audience.

    I’m a huge Tom Waits fan, and he’s had his troubles with commercials. But he’s also had songs in Shrek 2 and Robots. Not hawking a product, obviously, but certainly contributing to a (very) commercial endeavor.

    If musicians believe their songs are sacred — kind of Densmore’s take — then it should be a problem for them to even capture songs via recording and sell them (and in the case of “classic” bands, sell them again and again and again in routinely revisited greatest hits packages).

    Artists should certainly be careful about what products they’re associated with, but to refuse in blanket fashion a la Densmore is a bit unfair to his bandmates. Musicians want to make some money. Any that tell you otherwise should then be happy to always play for free and give their recordings away.

    I guess commercial tie-ins just don’t bother me. I kind of expect it. And any that use The Who just make me chuckle, since they had the extreme misfortune of declaring “I hope I die before I get old.” Hell, you can buy Clash shirts at Nordstroms now.

    My two cents. Have a swell weekend.

  5. Interesting. Seems there’s more ire — among the referenced articles and the few comments here — about music from the PAST being used in commercials vs. CURRENT music being used in commercials (the U2 comment notwithstanding).

    One has to acknowledge that some cool (current) bands have been hoisted up by commercials. I wouldn’t have discovered the Wiseguys were it not for Mitsubishi. What if Rural Electrification Act becomes the next iPod commercial band? Are they to be immediately reviled then? No, we should be happy for their success and expanded audience.

    I’m a huge Tom Waits fan, and he’s had his troubles with commercials. But he’s also had songs in Shrek 2 and Robots. Not hawking a product, obviously, but certainly contributing to a (very) commercial endeavor.

    If musicians believe their songs are sacred — kind of Densmore’s take — then it should be a problem for them to even capture songs via recording and sell them (and in the case of “classic” bands, sell them again and again and again in routinely revisited greatest hits packages).

    Artists should certainly be careful about what products they’re associated with, but to refuse in blanket fashion a la Densmore is a bit unfair to his bandmates. Musicians want to make some money. Any that tell you otherwise should then be happy to always play for free and give their recordings away.

    I guess commercial tie-ins just don’t bother me. I kind of expect it. And any that use The Who just make me chuckle, since they had the extreme misfortune of declaring “I hope I die before I get old.” Hell, you can buy Clash shirts at Nordstroms now.

    My two cents. Have a swell weekend.

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