Lace Up Your Cons And Dance

According to Ad Age, Converse commissioned reclusive Strokes’ frontman, Julian Casablancas, to help celebrate the brand’s 100th birthday.

The home of Chuck Taylor is hoping a new song, “My Drive Thru,” featuring Mr. Casablancas, Pharrell Williams and white-hot indie songstress Santogold, can renew the century-old shoe brand’s status as the indie music scene’s footwear of choice.
Geoff Cottrill, chief marketing officer for Converse, said “My Drive Thru” ties in comfortably with Converse’s heritage of aligning with the independent minded. “We call them optimistic rebels,” he said. “They’re the core of what our brand stands for — being an advocate and catalyst for creativity. … We wanted these guys to come together, create a piece of music and share it with anyone who wanted it.”
Added Mike Byrne, executive creative director for Anomaly, Converse’s creative agency of record, “I think by having Pharrell produce the track, we knew we would get something that wasn’t hip-hop or pop or rock. This year is the Converse century, and we’re definitely celebrating our heritage of challenging the status quo in art, sports and fashion. It was a nice ode to all the people who helped build this brand.”

Unfortunately, I can’t locate the song on the Converse site. However, Stereogum is taking care of business.

About David Burn

Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. I wrote my first ad for a political candidate when I was 17 years old. She won her race and I felt the seductive power of advertising for the first time. I worked for seven agencies in five states before launching my own practice in 2009. Today, I am head of brand strategy and creative at Bonehook in Portland, Oregon.


  1. I loved this ad. it was ingenious…Julian Casablances is practically my hero, and even before the ad I wore converse all the time.
    And now I’m even more in love with Julian and my shoes.
    It was BRILIANT…I liste to the song la ot too