Top 5 Recent Commercial Ripoffs
  • THURSDAY, MAY 24, 2012

  • Posted by: Joe Puglisi

We've been seeing a bit too much of this commercial rip off business on TV advertisements, particularly overseas (I mean Sigur Ros practically has an entire portion of their blog dedicated to the myriad of commercials ripping them off). Despite clearly ripping off some of our favorite artists, we can't help but marvel at the mastery of the imitation. It IS the sincerest form of flattery, right?*

We had to skip a whole bunch because of YouTube takedowns, which is encouraging, because that means the bands took the blogosphere's advice and lawyered up. The rest...

1. T.G.I.Friday's rips off LCD Soundsystem

Because James Murphy would never shill for appeteasers, Friday's took this problem crantini into their own hands with this mock "Drunk Girls."



2. McDonalds rips off Pheonix's "Liztomania"

Our favorite Frenchies aren't about to license their 2009 masterpiece to some bloated American corporation, but the beat was easy enough to synthesize, apparently.



3.VW rips off Beach House

The ad agency even admitted they were trying to license the song "Take Care" for weeks, and finally, decided to just make their own version of it.




4. Nokia rips off The XX

Undeniably "VCR," I mean, come on. Nokia isn't even trying.



5.Pizza Hut rips off The Black Keys

No pun intended we're sure with this cheesy bizzaro version of "Gold on the Ceiling."




What's your favorite commercial rip off? Tell us about it!


*Royalty Checks are the sincerest form of flattery.

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