Tom Waits Paved the Way for Shrewd Musicians Cashing in on Literal Commercial Success
Williams wasn't content to stop his commercial success with "Happy," though. Crazy Hat Man also granted Red Bull the rights to "Come Get It Bae" (featuring new BFF Miley Cyrus!) for an ad spotlighting the amazing things gutsy people do every day.
Frank Black and friends aren't known for selling their songs for commercial use (though "Where Is My Mind" was used in that weird promotion for the Nicholas Cage movie The Weather Man). So when Apple debuted a new spot for its iPhone 5S last month, people were surprised. It was kind of cute, though, stringing together a bunch of shots of kids building Pixies song "Gigantic" through apps and instruments:
The ad was aptly titled "Powerful," and tastemakers across the country gave it a thumbs-up. There's just one problem: The song isn't really, er, kid friendly. We'll just leave this Wikipedia description of the tune here and let you decide:
The song's voyeuristic lyrics mostly revolve around a woman's observation of an attractive black man making love to another woman, culminating in the oddly light-hearted but sexual chorus: "Gigantic, gigantic, gigantic/A big, big love."
Soooooooo it's a song about a penis. Good move, Apple.
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