Monday, 4 December 2017

Out On Blue Six: The Beatles/Elbow

One segment of a classic medley from Abbey Road has been given a new lease of life by Elbow for this year's John Lewis advert. Here are both versions to compare and contrast








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4 comments:

  1. Thanks for this - I was really glad the John Lewis ad featured a song this year that I was unfamiliar with as last year's One Day I'll Fly Away (a favourite of mine) has kind of been ruined as I now associate it with trampolines and Boxer dogs than Randy Crawford.

    Anyway, now that I'm more familiar with the Elbow version I think I like it best - Oh we are fickle! Not sure about the John Lewis ad this year actually - Back to being a sadvert as the loss of the night-time friend is surely harder to bear than the addition of a nightlight. Out of context that all sounds a bit wrong but hopefully you'll know what I mean.

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    1. Hehe don't worry I know just what you mean. I've always liked that suite on Abbey Road, but Guy Garvey's voice is just beautiful (as always) on that cover. I've seen a lot of people commenting that they prefer this year's Christmas ad from Boots (Alison Moyet's Only You featuring Kathleen McDermott as a woman receiving a special gift from her sister) over the John Lewis ad, whilst author Chris Riddell has accused them of plagiarism, believing Moz the Monster is essentially copied from his 1986 book Mr Underbed. I'm inclined to agree!

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  2. Hmm... Just checked out Chris Riddell's book and he has a point. What is that term though for when someone has unashamedly copied something but hadn't realised, and thought it was all original work? I forget. My favourite Christmas ad this year is the Aldi one - No clever artistic nuances there, just a carrot called Kevin who has pea-ed himself!

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    1. I know the phenomenon you mean, but I can't think of the term either! It's inevitable really, all the original ideas seem to have been done now and, if you're mining away at the same thing, you're bound to strike similarities. I doubt Riddell's that put out, as since the ad the sales of his 31 year old book have increased! Aw yeah I love Aldi adverts :)

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