Thursday, February 17, 2011

Wild side too wild?

If there's one thing that really shits me it's ads taking well known songs and using them out of context.

Case in point - this new HP ad which uses a bastardisation of Lou Reed's Walk on the wild side.

Here's some snippets from the song's original lyrics.

"Shaved her legs and then he was a she"

"But she never lost her head, even when she was giving head"

"Then I guess she had to crash, Valium would have helped that bash"

Don't get me wrong. I'm not criticising the song. In fact I've loved it since I was a kid.

But why oh why would Hewlett Packard want to associate their family friendly brand with the kind of imagery that Walk on the wild side brings so vividly to life?