Take A Load Off Fanny

Cingular Wireless has merged with AT&T Wireless. New TV spots from BBDO New York–and their newly hired creative chief from Fallon, David Lubars–are now running. One spot features “The Weight” by The Band.
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I understand why Cadillac uses Led Zepellin. The people looking to buy once listened to the world’s first heavy metal band. And they can imagine themselves doing so still, especially while stuck in traffic on the Long Island Expressway.
Cingular’s use of “The Weight,” on the other hand, perplexes me. Is this song even known to the target audience? Perhaps, they’ve seen The Big Chill on DVD. To me, the use of this track, which is the most memorable aspect of the commercial, conveys that the new Cingular is for old farts.

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About David Burn

Native Nebraskan seeking the perfect pale ale in the Pacific Northwest. Copywriter and brand strategist at Bonehook. Co-founder and editor of AdPulp. Contributor to The Content Strategist. Doer of the things written about herein.