Promotional Feature

3 great ads I had nothing to do with: Levi's "creek"

By Thinkbox, brandrepublic.com, Friday, 19 October 2012 10:00AM

Levi's marketing style has often made use of old recordings of popular music in television commercials, ranging from traditional pop to punk rock.

Notable examples include Ben E King ("Stand By Me"), Percy Sledge ("When a Man Loves a Woman"), Eddie Cochran ("C'mon Everybody!"), Marc Bolan ("20th Century Boy"), Screamin' Jay Hawkins ("Heart Attack & Vine"), The Clash ("Should I Stay or Should I Go?"), as well as lesser known material, such as "Falling Elevators" and "The City Sleeps" by MC 900 Ft. Jesus and "Flat Beat" and "Monday Massacre" by Mr Oizo. In India in August 2007 the "fit to die for" advertisement campaign ran with Deepika Padukone.

Many of these songs were re-released by their record labels as a tie-in with the ad campaigns, resulting in increased popularity and sales of the recordings and the creation of iconic visual associations with the music, such as the use of a topless male model wearing jeans underwater in the 1986 adverts featuring "Wonderful World" and "Mad about the Boy" and the puppet, Flat Eric, in the ads featuring music by Mr Oizo.

To see more films in this series, visit Three Great Ads I Had Nothing To Do With

This article was first published on brandrepublic.com

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