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As Seen on TV: Songs from Commercials

Nick DrakeAudio CD
3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 5, 2001)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Label: UTV Records
  • ASIN: B00005K9RV
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #145,048 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

1. Pink Moon - Nick Drake (Volkswagen)
2. The Wind - Cat Stevens (Timberland)
3. The Shining - Badly Drawn Boy (The Gap)
4. All Mixed Up - Red House Painters (The Gap)
5. Into Your Arms - The Lemonheads (FTD)
6. The Look Of Love - Dusty Springfield (Canon)
7. Whatever Lola Wants - Sarah Vaughan (Levi's)
8. History Repeating - Propellerheads (Jaguar)
9. Right Here, Right Now - Fatboy Slim (NYSE)
10. Little Fluffy Clouds (7' Edit) - The Orb (Volkswagen)
11. Rock N' Roll (Could Never Hip Hop Like This) - Handsome Boy Modeling School (MTV & The NFL)
12. I See You Baby (Fatboy Slim US Guitar Edit) - Groove Armada (Mitsubishi)
13. Got To Give It Up, Pt.1 - Marvin Gaye (Levi's)
14. Da Da Da I Don't Love You You Don't Love Me Aha Aha Aha - Trio (Volkswagen)
15. Lust For Life - Iggy Pop (Royal Carribean Cruises & Mitsubishi)
16. 20th Century Boy - T. Rex (Mitsubishi)
17. What Do I Get? - Buzzcocks (Toyota)
18. Boys Better - The Dandy Warhols (The Gap)
19. She Sells Sanctuary - The Cult (Nissan)
20. Mr. Roboto - Styx (Volkswagen)

Editorial Reviews

This collection begs the question: Do the means justify the end? Even the title, As Seen on TV, is so crass one might expect a free set of Ginsu knives to be thrown in with the disc. But the trend set by those savvy TV advertising execs of pushing products from cars to clothes to cruises through hipster songs has resulted in an undeniably quality, albeit disparate, compilation. From the devastatingly simple "Pink Moon," sullenly crooned by the late Nick Drake, to the new wave-punk classic Buzzcocks tune "What Do I Get" to Sarah Vaughan's sassy "What Lola Wants," the 20 tracks here capture a snapshot of 21st-century, post-adolescent life as it is portrayed--you guessed it--through TV. The resulting cultural implications are probably too disturbing to explore (that we are a society where our musical touchstones are fabricated by commercialism), but if you can ignore the source, this compilation has plenty that will speak to the soul and get the body grooving. --Beth Massa

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As Seen On Tv ~ As Seen On Tv: Songs From Comme

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Just love this CD... September 21, 2001
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This album is an awful lot of's a crazy blend of genres that all work pretty well together. Granted, it may provoke images of cars and bootleg jeans, but I think we can get over that :) I think a lot of people bought this album looking for "that song from the Mitsubishi commercial", and the one on here (Groove Armada) probably isn't it - you want "Start the Commotion" by The Wiseguys, which you can buy here ..., incidentally (btw, their whole album is that good). Other than that, I'd definitely recommend it.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Turn It Up, Baby! August 13, 2001
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Don't reject this cd simply because it is a compilation of songs from TV-- the fact that this is a good cd simply reflects the fact that directors are using better music in advertising, stretching a little more. Prince Paul (Handsome Boy Modeling School) and the Dandy Warhols on TV? Something has changed.
The cd is arranged like a good mix tape-- slow songs through the first 7 tracks, the Propellerheads as a segue to dance music, then shifting to soul, silly and rock at the tail end.
One sad thing: This does not contain the "Turn it up, baby!" line from the Mitsubishi commercial.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars all over the map but some key tunes March 25, 2003
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A great collection of songs you will recall from US TV commercials, but kind of hard to just put on an listen to all the way through. The album starts off with folkier material, go to harder, beat driven tracks and ends up in alt-rock land. And then we get Styx (!). Still pretty good way to get a bunch of great songs you' wouldn't buy otherwise.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great selection of everything March 23, 2002
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I think this is a prime cd. It has some great "oldies" that I recognize and some new music that I was not familiar with but am beginning to like. You don't have to live in a record store to enjoy good music. Great driving CD.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars One Glaring Omission July 19, 2001
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There are some great songs on this CD, including quite a few songs used in Mitsubishi, Volkswagen, and Gap ads, but one song I would have loved to see included is the song in the current Mitsubishi ad showing lots of different people singing along to it ("Start the Commotion"?). Hopefully that will be included if there is ever an "As Seen on TV 2."
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A latent effect of another quirky quest September 28, 2005
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Had it not been for a Volkswagon commercial, I probably wouldn't have discovered this perky little CD. I was actually on a quest to findout who preformed the song on a Volkswagon commercial with a guy going through the same motions over and over in his office, which turned out to be "Mr. Blue Sky" by ELO. Having found this in the soundtrack bins at the local record store while looking for said song, I decided to pick this one up because it sounded quirky.

It's not bad, mostly techno and feel good pop songs ("Into Your Arms" by The Lemonheads). There is a wonderful song that I didn't know existed and because of both the Volkswagon commercial and subsequently became a posthumous hit, "Pink Moon". People were bent out of shape that Iggy Pop and others sold out their songs to be used in commercials. But hey, let them. Only a precious few achieve enough success that they can live on something creative. If they really cared only about art and not about being famous for something then they would decline.

It's lite and airy, have a good time with it.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
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I really bought this on a whim, but it's quickly turned into one of my favorite CDs very quickly. The mix of songs sway from mellow to strong vibe, but it transitions very well from one to the other. Heck, they were even able to cross five decades flawlessly!
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11 of 16 people found the following review helpful
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Finally, I've been waiting for an album like this!! It has all the songs from the VOLKSWAGON ads, the one with the kids in the car at night (PINK MOON), the spinning beetle (LITTLE FLUFFY CLOUDS), even that DADADA song! "Pink Moon" is worth buying this alone.
All the music works so well together!! I've been trying to find those songs used in the MITSUBISHI car ads (the GROOVE ARMADA one in particular) for a long time!! And the songs used in those GAP CHRISTMAS ads are in here too; RED HOUSE PAINTERS & that song by BADLY DRAWN BOY, the one used in the commercial with the couple moving slowly towards each other then kissing, great commercial! Plus the song from the LEVI's commercial with the girl and she's an artist who splatters paints on jeans - it's that SARAH VAUGHN song!!
They even throw in that song that's been used in all the MTV ads - HANDSOME BOY MODELING SCHOOL - yeahhh!
Highly recommended.
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5.0 out of 5 stars As Seen On TV Songs From Commercials
this is a great soundtrack it is fun and enjoyable to listen to. the best songs on this cd are all of them. if you have not listened to this cd then i recommend you do
Published on November 7, 2011 by David
5.0 out of 5 stars Outstanding mix
The Volkswagon commercial sparked the search. This CD has a variety of artists but is by far the best compilation CD I have ever bought. Most songs are fast paced and up beat. Read more
Published on December 22, 2006 by Yooper Forever
3.0 out of 5 stars Oh come on...
A good compilation of songs from commercials? Yes. A good compliation of songs from commercials that anyone with any taste would already know about and either own or have... Read more
Published on March 21, 2002 by Matt
1.0 out of 5 stars I Hated it!
I thought it was just me, but I let some friends listen to it, and they did not care for it either....
Why? Read more
Published on December 4, 2001
4.0 out of 5 stars As Seen On TV -Songs from Commercials
When I got this CD, I was so hooked onto it. Most of the songs I knew already because I heard them from commercials. I listen to the songs and feel in such a great mood. Read more
Published on November 8, 2001 by Jo
3.0 out of 5 stars You friends will want this...
Pop songs have a short shelf life. Yet many go by the wayside, never listened. Yet when a commercial blows serious decibles of life back inot these long lost songs, some of us get... Read more
Published on August 1, 2001 by Steve Bradford
1.0 out of 5 stars consume, consume... we take ashes for fire
to buy this cd is like paying the repo man to get your air freshener back, or giving the wrecking crew a bottle of scotch so you can have the best view as they demolish your house,... Read more
Published on July 24, 2001 by "legalize_vimto"
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