Way Back 2017

May 25, 2017 - Mel Torme, Link Wray and BFFs Simon and Garfunkel Vitalize Recent TV Spots

Nespresso has extensively CGI'd its latest TV ad that speedily depicts George Clooney's attempts to zero in on a great cup of coffee. Andy Garcia's ego necessitates a road trip and Mel Torme's 1962 hit "Comin' Home Baby" provides the score as Clooney hitches rides with Muppets Kermit and Fozzie, "Cannonball" Burt Reynolds, Janet "Marion Crane" Leigh, John Candy and Easy Rider bikers Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper. As he pulls up at what appears to be Nespresso's offices riding Seabiscuit, Torme's still playin'.

Song revivals in car commercials include a cat-versus-dog situation involving a new Ford Focus and Link Wray's 1958 rock instrumental classic "Rumble," while the latest chapter in the 2018 Volkswagen Atlas rollout features Simon and Garfunkel's 1968 bus ride saga "America."

April 12, 2017 - Etta Phones It In, Elvis, Isleys, Banana Splits, Bo, Santana, Aretha, Dino, Otis and Dinah Thrive in Theaters

Sometimes I get a good feeling: "Something's Got a Hold on Me"...and all the rest of us! Etta James' 1962 hit is all over the tube in a commercial for the LG G6 phone. Other current way back tracks can be found in mostly-juvenile (and top-$$$-generating) big screen films. The Boss Baby features Elvis Presley's "Viva Las Vegas" and singalong "The Tra La La Song (One Banana, Two Banana)" by 1969's hottest TV stars, The Banana Splits. "It's Your Thing" by The Isley Brothers delivers its message via Smurfs: The Lost Village (the little blue people, by the way, will be celebrating their 60th anniversary next year). The reboot of '70s series CHiPS, starring Michael Peña and Dax Shepard as Ponch and Jon, has lots of jumpin' oldies like "Who Do You Love?" by Bo Diddley, "Jingo" by Santana and "Respect" by always-ready-for-action Aretha Franklin. Going in Style, a crime comedy with Morgan Freeman, Michael Caine, Alan Arkin and Ann-Margret, includes a few hits from the starring quartet's previous period of immaturity: Dean Martin's "Memories Are Made of This," Otis Redding's "Hard to Handle" and Dinah Washington's definitive interpretation of "What A Diff'rence A Day Makes."

Rumble Something's Got a Hold on Me Viva Las Vegas It's Your Thing