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    I think a big difference between songs in commercials and movies is that commercials are only trying to sell something. Basically they are using music and the musician makes money and whoever is selling something makes money...it's all about money. But movies (the good ones) aren't trying to sell something, they are trying to tell a story. Maybe I'm too naive about movies and they are just about money, but I hope not.

    A good test is to ask "Would I let them use my song if I wasn't getting paid and I wouldn't get any more record sales because of it?" If the answer is yes, I don't see a problem.
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    I guess I'm guilty of holding a double-standard when it comes to using music in commercials.

    Most of the time, it doesn't bother me all that much... and, in fact, in some cases, I think it really seems appropriate to the product. For example, as a kid, I thought TWA's use of The Fifth Dimension's "Up, Up and Away" was brilliant. (For you kids, TWA was once an airline.)

    But... I guess I think of some musical artists as being "above" crass commercialism, and I feel like something has been lost when their songs become background music to sell a car or detergent or feminine hygiene product. I would put Bob Dylan in this group.

    I also feel bad for jingle-writers. Once upon a time, these guys and gals could make a solid living writing and performing memorable 30-second songs specifically intended to sell product. One of the most famous was Barry Manilow, who sang for McDonald's, Stridex, State Farm and more. Now, it seems ad agencies take the easy way out and co-opt an existing popular song, whether its something from the current top 40, or a nostalgic fave rave of Baby Boomers.

    Mark

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    Good point Mark.

    There are musicians that I'd consider to be entertainers and those I'd consider to be artists.

    I guess you can have it both ways.

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    I just heard a song on the radio last night that reminded me of a (IMO) very well done Dr. Pepper commercial. I'm sure you remember this one.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=tjWcbz00Wm4
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