I was just watching SNL when this commercial for the Saturn Ion came on. What should my wondering ears hear but “Forever Young” by the band Alphaville. Does anyone besides me remember this song? It was my prom song (circa 1989). Holy nostalgia, Batman.
Now, it was cool to hear this song again, but I felt so pandered to. It’s bad enough that Hendrix and the Stones and Led Zeppelin are providing background music for car commercials, but plundering my obscure high school memories! That’s going too far. In fact, whenever I hear music that I love used in this manner, it makes me NOT want to buy the product.
YMMV, but anyone else have this kind of experience? Song you haven’t heard, blast from the past, that paradoxically flattering and repugnant feeling of being a targeted market? Does it encourage you to buy the product? Or does it bug you?