Sunday, January 8, 2012

The "Cheers" Song? Really?

by Leann

I understand musicians, like writers, deserve money for their work. I'd probably sell a book to Hollywood and say "have at it" while hoping they'd do a good job, but knowing I'd have little say. (I would ask for input as far as casting the cats, however. LOL) I sure hope the people who wrote the Cheers theme song so many years ago are getting MEGA royalties for it right now.

You've seen the commercial, right? It's a big insurance company now using that theme to push their business. Trouble is, I really don't think "everybody knows my name" at aforementioned insurance company. No, I'm pretty sure they don't. This is the first time I've been quite annoyed at a song being used to hawk something. I want to shout "NO! Quit with the lies!" every time it comes on. Silly, huh?

I've seen some songs used wonderfully to sell everything from coffee to diamonds. Plus, when any sports play-off comes along, they'll use a song about heroes or super-people or dreams. I can handle it. But this song? Nope. Doesn't work for me. I think if they used the M.A.S.H. song for a commercial, I'd have trouble with that one, too. What about you? Any song used in an ad that bothers you? I'd love to hear your reasons as I think my reaction is based on pure emotion. Certain stuff should just be left alone. It's a little bit sacred.

8 comments:

Aurian said...

I can agree with you, but as I watch almost no tv, no commercial pops out in my head at the moment.

Carol said...

I get upset at some situations in which the Hallelujah Chorus or Amazing Grace are used in TV shows, movies, ads, whatever. It depends on the context of its usage--sometimes it is appropriate (even for some occasions that aren't exactly religious, but at least "okay" situations), but not when a "love scene" (to put it mildly) is being depicted.

I hadn't really thought about TV themes, etc., in commercials, but I can see where I would probably be upset about their use there, too. I just heard the Cheers song commercial once the other day, and I do remember a certain doubt about its appropriateness. I'm sure there are others I would feel that way about, too.

Anonymous said...

I'm not a big TV watcher but listen to this.

I am in the process of needing my antidepressant changed. It has quit on me and I've been really sad and teary over anything and everything. The holidays made me sad this year. So I call the psychiatrist to schedule an appt. After listening to the recording, what song starts playing... Memories from Cats!! OMG, that song makes me teary under normal situations but I'm depressed so it's worse. When we went to see the play, Cats, my Eggbert was getting up in age and I cried through it thinking of him as the oldest cat. Now, it makes me think of all the people I've loved that have passed, cats I still miss, my basset hound, anything or anyone. So it was not a good song to hear at that time. I hung up and called back later.

Barbara said...

I enjoy it when 50s songs are used in commercials, but I do think the use of Cheers' theme song is sort of overdoing it. I actually think I've heard the MASH theme song in some commercial or other, and yes, that one is sacred too. The music may have me tapping my toes, but I can never tell you what the commercial is advertising since I just don't pay attention.

Leann Sweeney said...

The song from Cats? Oh, that's so wrong! But I hope you are feeling better. I get very emotional during the holidays, too, and I would have been crying right along with you!

Gayle Carline said...

Yeah, I've seen that commercial, too. There is just no way it's going to ever be linked to anything but Cheers. It's like the theme song from Friends, or the "ching-ching" from Law and Order. Find something else, people.

Lizzie said...

Agree! I thought the exact same thing! I have never even MET with my actual agent; it's always one of his "emissaries" when I have to go in and chat....and they CERTAINLY never remember my name!

Leann Sweeney said...

Exactly! Stop using that song, big name insurance company, or I'm going to have to start visiting your office and seeing if you REALLY know my name. All of you. So there. :-)