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by Andy TowleNovember 14, 2011 | 9:43pm
November 14, 2011 at 10:40 pm
Morrissey is spinning in his grave…whatever.
November 14, 2011 at 10:42 pm
This really was sweet, and it made my evening.
Geoff M says
November 14, 2011 at 10:51 pm
I agree…this was sweet. Thank you
November 14, 2011 at 10:58 pm
YOU are awful, Benjamin. Just. Awful.
November 14, 2011 at 11:01 pm
hideous. not only is it an abomination of this song, but did the kid go to that big department store on his own?
November 14, 2011 at 11:15 pm
How lovely to see a child (and a charming and special one at that) so excited about *giving* a gift to his parents for Christmas. Who cares where he bought it. Certainly not an abomination as far as I can see.
November 14, 2011 at 11:20 pm
Unexpectedly sweet. Somehow Morrisey and Christmas had me picturing razor blades as stocking stuffers.
November 14, 2011 at 11:49 pm
I thought this was a trailer for a horror movie. I think the sister’s head is in that box. I swear!
November 15, 2011 at 12:30 am
My goth cynical heart just froze a bit more. The Pogue’s selling cars was bad enough but now this .
November 15, 2011 at 12:36 am
They were already using “Everyday Is Like Sunday” for football commercials
November 15, 2011 at 1:03 am
There really is no such thing as too bitter for some queens. Having worked too many years in retail (thank god that’s over), my Christmas joy is mostly dead. I thought this ad was great. Thank you, jaded marys, for making me realize I might have more Christmas spirit than I thought. As long as you’re around, I’ll practically look chipper through the Holidays!
November 15, 2011 at 1:10 am
@BENJAMIN: You do realize that Morrissey is still very much alive, right?
G.I. Joe says
I thought it was incredibly sweet. And yes, the message is nice and positive.
Also, I’ve always thought The Smiths were just a pop band anyway so I don’t get the outrage. Anybody who thinks they’re risqué must be living in a basement.
November 15, 2011 at 1:36 am
@G.I. JOE: I don’t think anyone is saying that The Smiths are risqué…just that nothing about their (and Morrissey’s) goth, melancholy, angst-ridden vibe lends itself easily to the joy and cheer that retailers typically associate with Christmas.
And for the record, to write The Smiths off as “just a pop band” is to seriously underestimate their importance in music history. Many critics consider The Smiths to be the seminal British indie rock band of the 80s, effectively changing the sound of rock and roll from synth dominated New Wave to a style based more on guitars and vocals. They influenced bands like Oasis, Blur, Suede, etc…right down to guitar driven bands of today. They really were much more than “just a pop band”.
November 15, 2011 at 1:53 am
Honestly I cant wait to see what they do to Fairytale of New York.
November 15, 2011 at 2:12 am
The bitter comments in here are a joke, right?
A kid who is more excited to give a present on Christmas Day than to receive them? Heart-warming, even if it is a commercial for a store. This kid is also an excellent little actor.
November 15, 2011 at 3:15 am
“Sweet and thoughtful” is exactly right. What a darling little vid, and kid.
The negative comments here represent states of mind I find incomprehensible.
November 15, 2011 at 3:32 am
@Benjamin, “Morrissey is spinning in his grave”?
He’s 52 years old and has just written a book which is coming out next year.
November 15, 2011 at 5:16 am
I saw this ad during X Factor last Saturday and it blew me and my partner away – and I’m not a big fan of kids by any means. I feel sorry for those Morrisey followers who are so outraged. Isn’t the whole too-cool-for-school thing supposed to stop with school – especially whe yuo’re gay!
Steve F says
November 15, 2011 at 5:54 am
and @Bill when you say ‘There really is no such thing as too bitter for some queens’…
Why does disliking a commercial because you think its message and way it manipulates people is not to your taste a matter of sexuality? There are countless straight Smith fans that also thinks the ad sucks big balls…
November 15, 2011 at 7:35 am
@ PETERPARKER “They influenced bands like Oasis, Blur, Suede, etc…”
Yeah. Other pop bands.
I’m sorry, I like many of The Smiths songs, but it’s goth and new wave for the masses. And for what they’ve left behind… Sorry, I totally get that one likes this band – but let’s not take ourselves too seriously here. (And I’m nice, I’m not even mentioning that Morrissey is a disgusting closet case – oops).
November 15, 2011 at 7:53 am
Sweet advertisement, but that’s actually a terrible cover of the song. No emotion in it whatsoever.
Jack M says
November 15, 2011 at 8:56 am
It’s way too early for Christmas, but that was still very nicely done. Haters begone!
November 15, 2011 at 9:13 am
The Smiths were neither Goth or New wave and were certainly never embraced by the masses. We’re you even alive in the 80’s?
Love the Smiths, the ad was cute and I don’t feel even remotely manipulated.
November 15, 2011 at 9:14 am
Saccharine, not sweet. The Dream Acadamy’s version from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off would have been a better choice if the marketers didn’t want to use Morrissey’s melancholy original. “Melancholy original”. That’s my Moz. <3
November 15, 2011 at 9:42 am
Oh jeez, there’s something in my eye…
That was. Really. Really. Sweet.
November 15, 2011 at 9:43 am
@Bill, thank you for the term Jaded Mary. I will be using frequently!
November 15, 2011 at 10:14 am
didn’t they use a version of this song for the museum scene in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off?
Andalusian Dog says
November 15, 2011 at 10:17 am
AwwwwwWWWWWWW….very sweet. I liked it.
Henry Holland says
November 15, 2011 at 10:21 am
So what, Johnny Marr is invisible now? He wrote the music to this song = he has half the publishing, he’s just as responsible for its use as Moz. It’s also a cover version, not The Smiths themselves.
Lovely ad with a nice twist at the end.
November 15, 2011 at 11:14 am
@G.I. JOE: Except for a brief infatuation with “Meat Is Murder”, I have never been a huge fan of The Smiths, and I’ve really never cared for Morrissey at all. My defense of the band comes not from some place of being a fanboy, but rather from recognizing how the band influenced the music industry.
And CHAD is right: Contrary to what you wrote, The Smiths were never, ever New Wave. In fact, their appearance on the scene signalled the death of New Wave. New Wave was dominated by synthesizers. The Smiths brought everything back to guitars and vocals. And, though their critical acclaim and their influence was huge, they were never widely popular…so much so that Morrissey titled a compilation album “The World Won’t Listen” as a commentary on the fact that so few people even knew who The Smiths were. Only 2 of their songs ever hit the Top 10 in the British charts (and their U.S. sales were even more dismal). So, again, to call them “just another pop band” is not only to seriously underestimate The Smiths, but also to misunderstand everything they were about.
November 15, 2011 at 11:19 am
They could have,and should have used the version from 500 Days of Summer.And for everyone that is calling The Smiths “pop” music,open your ears and listen to the music. “Pop” music has never changed anyone’s life. The Smiths helped me coming out. If only Morrissey would do the same….
November 15, 2011 at 3:35 pm
To all the people gnashing their teeth and tearing at their clothes re: the choice of music: Your parents called, they want to talk to you about when The Beatles started appearing in Nike ads. 😉
November 15, 2011 at 3:36 pm
“You do realize that Morrissey is still very much alive, right?”
Not inside, Pete. Not. Inside. *cuts*
November 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm
“Pop music has never changed anyone’s life.”
Erm… your mileage may vary. I cant say it has changed mine, but let’s not assume there isn’t some kid out there finding strength or joy or meaning of their own in something you might not necessarily connect to.
November 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm
It was cute, and im sure Moz agrees. Thanks for posting it!!
November 15, 2011 at 9:42 pm
Do you take “pop” to mean Top 40 disposable stuff like, say, Katy Perry? It’s possible but I guarantee you, hearing in pretty quick succession Cream’s version of “Crossroads” and Hendrix’ album “Are You Experienced?” in 1968 blew my head wide open, made me realize there was a whole universe of music I didn’t know existed beyond my Monkees records.
I’ve had at least 4 other situations where hearing something completely changed my way of thinking about things and hearing an opera live for the first time sent me on a path of buying/listening/attending operas that has lasted almost 25 years.
As the character of Risley says in the movie version of “Maurice”: Music is the highest of the arts.
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