Axa loses lust for life with Iggy Pop

Axa has lost its lust for life with Iggy Pop and is axing the rock star from its swiftcover.com ads, replacing him with celebrity-voiced animated dogs.

Iggy Pop: rock star and Little Iggy puppet have been dropped from Axa campaigns
Iggy Pop: rock star and Little Iggy puppet have been dropped from Axa campaigns

The aging rock star has been fronting the swiftcover.com 'Get A  Life' campaign since 2009.

Axa claimed that Pop had made motor insurance interesting for a change, along with lifting up sales.

The new campaign, created by existing ad agency MWO, features speaking dogs.

The Swiftbrothers are a boxer named Sid and a beagle called Johnny, who live in Barkswell near their Mum and Dad, Grandpa, the rest of their family, and their mates.

Every day is a new adventure for the dogs, who are voiced by former Happy Mondays dancer Bez, by radio and TV presenters Chris Evans and Noddy Holder, and League of Gentlemen duo Reece Shearsmith and Steve Pemberton.

The ad campaign will launch in the New Year, initially through Facebook, for two days on December 30 and December 31, before airing on TV from January 2 next year.

Further social media activity will continue through 2012.

Follow John Reynolds on Twitter   @johnreynolds10


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