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January 21st, 2008

Nick Drake: Soother of Scratchy Throats

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Yup, it’s true. Aside from impeccable melodies, a revolutionary right hand technique, and an otherworldly singing voice, Nick Drake also has the uncanny ability to alleviate the discomfort of a stubborn cough. They don’t talk much about that in the history books, but boy, was he a healer. That’s why it makes sense that Vicks has chosen (or, rather, Gabrielle Drake has allowed profited from) the song ‘From the Morning’ to be featured in a new commercial. Yeah, that song: the last track off Pink Moon, the lyrics of which are inscribed on his headstone. Now, I firmly believe that there is no shame in an artist choosing to allow companies to use their songs in ads – it is their choice after all, and besides, making a living in the world of music is getting harder and harder these days. But Nick Drake didn’t have a choice. In case anyone reading this is unaware, Nick Drake is dead. Has been for a while now. When the song Pink Moon was used in the somehow now-legendary VW advert, there were the inevitable skeptics and purists crying for blood. To that commercial’s credit, though, I did feel that it’s tone, imagery, and theme somewhat – somewhat – echoed the sentiments of the song. The Vicks commercial does not. At all. Click the Vicks bottle to see for yourself!

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=tyler=

3 Comments »

  1. oh my word that is terrible. i hope that instead of going out to buy the vick’s, the viewers go out and buy the album.

    Comment by meg — January 21, 2008 @ 6:04 pm
  2. I agree. As a footnote I should say that if it takes a TV commercial for someone to be turned onto an artist as amazing as Nick Drake, then I’m all for it. I just hope that commercials like these don’t water down the poignancy of his material…I don’t want people to hear this song and go, “Isn’t that the Vicks with Honey song?”
    -tyler

    Comment by woeful.pie — January 21, 2008 @ 6:07 pm
  3. aarrghh so aggravating!

    even worse, apparently Nick Drake is being compared to a esophagus-sized blob of soothing honey which, in the animation, really didn’t look very comfortable.

    Comment by Davito — July 1, 2008 @ 6:22 pm

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