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What’s with the weird autotuning/dubbing? It makes him sound like that guy from The Beatles cartoon.
I’ve written some thoughts on this at my blog, mikegerber.com. (Someday, I’ll investigate cross-posting.)
[Sorry, folks: in 2012, mikegerber.com was hacked by Azerbaijanis, if you can believe it. I couldn’t fix it, so I put up a generic landing page. Unfortunately at present I can’t link to the old posts. Revisiting this John Lennon Citroen commercial five years later, I think we can assume the mikegerber.com post was probably some typical MG whinging about not selling John Lennon to the highest bidder. And frankly? With John Lennon’s driving record, the last thing I’d take his word on would be cars. Guitars, Thai stick, deportation cases, these are things he had some competency in. High performance hatchbacks? Not so much.]
Excellent post. You mention that it’s not hard for people who know Lennon to imagine him pitching products. In fact, he did! I have a WFMU compilation that has clips of radio spots he did for Tower Records and Thrifty Drug & Discount Store. I think he did them in L.A. during his lost weekend, and he sounds like he’s having fun with them.
I remember a spot he did during that period–maybe it’s the same time–where he’s reading the weather, promoting some rock club called The Joint in the Woods. “Nothing better than a joint in the woods,” he jokes (or something to the effect).
The “Tower Records” and “Thrifty Drug & Discount” ads were done in 1974. John was doing a guest DJ spot on an LA radio station, you can find the audio as a bootleg 🙂
No fricking kidding. Or it sounds like Paul doing an impression of the “bad John accent: used in Yellow Submarine – the cartoon.