bob dylan & chrysler ~ the worst super bowl commercial ever ~

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long ago back in the 70’s, the humor magazine, the harvard lampoon begat the semi sorta more mainstream humor magazine, the national lampoon. which in turn, begat all the national lampoon movies of the same name. for the purposes of this epistle we’ll only concern ourselves with the national lampoon magazine. the national lampoon was hilarious and very irreverent which made it even funnier. really good stuff. sadly, it ceased publication back in 1998. too bad you missed it.

i fondly remember a certain one time comic strip concerning bob dylan. you have to remember this was in the early 70’s and bob was still riding high as a counter-culture hero. one of the poet laureates of the generation as it were. yeah, heady shit to be sure for little bobby zimmerman. at any rate, the cartoon strip cast the singer as a phony and calculating fraud of epic proportions. satire at it’s finest. or was it?

don’t get me wrong, bob was and still is one of my favorite musicians of the era. yeah, even though he’s sold his soul to the man. a sad sad thing. sure others of his and my generation have sold out as well. there’s a good number of them featured or have been featured in ads. although not necessarily in person like little bobby but their tunes are there. to my mind his actually appearing in the bleeding ad makes it even worse. what kind of a horses ass writes songs like: gates of eden, the masters of war, (like a) rolling stone, queen jane approximately, and desolation row, just to name a few, then does a 180 degree paragon shift?

i guess the guys at national lampoon were way way ahead of the curve. the first to realize that things may or may not have been as they appeared with little bobby zimmerman. he’s become what he once professed to hate. a sad caricature of his once self. a huckster now. a cheap sideshow entertainer only in it for the money. yes, a zappa riff there. at least frank was up front about it.

am i going to burn all my dylan CD’s? ah, probably not. i just might not listen to em much anymore. sadly. though it just goes to show that the more things change the more they stay the same. crass cheap hucksterism aside, i wouldn’t buy a chrysler if little bobby zimmerman paid for it with all his money. chrysler, which my wife, the brown eyed girl points out, is owned by fiat. a eurolander company. yeah, bobby, buy american and support italia. more incongruity.

ginsberg, ferlinghetti, kerouac, seeger, and even bukowski are rolling over in their collective graves. tsk tsk bobby. congratulations, you’ve an become an irrelevant ass hat.

“there are no kings inside the gates of eden.” from the song,”gates of eden”, by bob dylan.


4 thoughts on “bob dylan & chrysler ~ the worst super bowl commercial ever ~

    James Langston said:
    February 3, 2014 at 2:51 pm

    i completely agree. dylan should have just stayed away. I read somewhere that artists don’t have as many opportunities to make money now, which may have impacted his decision. But im not buying that explanation.

    john hauge responded:
    February 4, 2014 at 4:36 am

    thanks for reading and leaving a comment. much appreciated. selling out is still selling out. even if you’ve done it before as in his case. what gets me the most is his counter-culture 180. for me, “don’t follow leaders and watch your parking meters.”, still rings true today. i doubt that if he didn’t do the ad he would have been on food stamps next week and moving into section 8 housing the next.

    Cherokee Parks said:
    February 4, 2014 at 12:46 pm

    A sellout is a sellout, no matter who you are. Too bad our politicians are, for the most part, also sellouts, I expect to see a larger number start doing commercials after their careers are over, mostly Democrats after this round of elections.

    john hauge responded:
    February 5, 2014 at 5:05 am

    you would be correct once again, my friend. the trouble with dylan is he was one of my icons. i never had any politicians as icons. ok, maybe couple but they’re dead. and they didn’t sell out. democrats waver in the wind with a wet index finger held high. their other hand grasping at the cash. the other guys too but not as calculating or phony. good to see you, compadre. thanks.

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