New Cadillac Ad: Lust For . . . What Was That, Again?

Posted by: Jon Fine on February 27, 2007

It’s been noticed elsewhere, but it bears repeating:

Those of you who caught this Cadillac commercial on the Oscars may have missed some key lyrical subtleties on its soundtrack, which comes courtesy of the Pogues’ “Sunnyside Of The Street”:

So I saw that train
And I got on it
With a heart full of hate
And a lust for vomit
Now I’m walking on
On the sunny side of the street

If I was wearing a hat, I’d be tipping it.

As I said here once before, well, at least it’s not like any ad agency ever took a song Iggy Pop wrote about heroin and used to to sell Royal Caribbean Cruises.

(Except, of course, one did.)

I am picturing a meeting in which a Cadillac exec is getting hung up on the lyrics, and some agency guy’s saying “don’t worry, the singer has hardly any [warning: disgusting image] teeth. No one can understand him.”

Reader Comments

Joe Misiewicz

February 28, 2007 3:47 PM

Is there a way to email Mr. Fine? I'd very much like to do a teleconference with him and the graduating seniors in a media management class. Thanks

Joe Misiewicz

Cheryl Jordan

November 30, 2007 6:21 PM

Thought maybe you'd know - Who does the voice in the newer Cadillac Commercials? Searched but no luck. Any ideas?

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