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Q: TV commercial music ( Answered 5 out of 5 stars,   5 Comments )
Subject: TV commercial music
Category: Arts and Entertainment
Asked by: sixtwoandeven-ga
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Posted: 01 Nov 2002 10:43 PST
Expires: 01 Dec 2002 10:43 PST
Question ID: 95606
What is the name of the song and artist that is played on the Royal
Carribbean Cruise Lines TV commercials?

Clarification of Question by sixtwoandeven-ga on 01 Nov 2002 11:26 PST
That's right, the song for the Alaska-based commercial.
Subject: Re: TV commercial music
Answered By: aceresearcher-ga on 01 Nov 2002 11:39 PST
Rated:5 out of 5 stars

The song to which you are most likely referring is "Lust for Life",
with music by David Bowie and lyrics by Iggy Pop.

According to Royal Caribbean's Press Release from August 12, 2002:
"You know the campaign. You've seen the TV commercials and hummed
along with the Iggy Pop song, "Lust for Life," as it pounds out over
fast-paced visuals of cruise vacationers..."

David H.N. Brechbiel's "And Now A Word From Our Sponsors" page
(halfway down) confirms that a cover of David Bowie's song "Lust for
Life" appears in Royal Caribbean commercials:

A description, track listing, and reviews for Iggy Pop's album "Lust
For Life" appears here:

Amazon's 30-second audio clip of the song can be accessed here
(requires RealOne audio player):

CDNow's 30-second Windows Media Player clip of the song can be
accessed here:

Lyrics for the song can be viewed at "Teenage Wildlife", a David Bowie
interactive fan site:

Just in case "Lust for Life" is not the song of which you are
According to MPL Communications' "Songs Featured In Commercials" page,
an older
Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines commercial used the song "Unchained

A sound clip of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" is at
(Windows Media Player)

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royal caribbean cruise line commercials song

david bowie "lust for life" lyrics

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sixtwoandeven-ga rated this answer:5 out of 5 stars

Subject: Re: TV commercial music
From: mother911-ga on 01 Nov 2002 10:59 PST
I believe I know who you are referring to, but I want to be sure. You
do mean the Royal Carribean Cruise Line Alaska commercials correct?

Subject: Re: TV commercial music
From: voila-ga on 01 Nov 2002 14:20 PST
Thanks, aceresearcher.  I can now stop singing "long coral line"
whenever this commercial plays.
Subject: Re: TV commercial music
From: rebeccam-ga on 01 Nov 2002 17:16 PST
The song was also heavily featured in the movie 'Trainspotting'...
Subject: Re: TV commercial music
From: deepfreq-ga on 02 Nov 2002 12:58 PST
Its rather funny that a song about heroin addiction is used to promote
family cruises.
Subject: Re: TV commercial music
From: aceresearcher-ga on 02 Nov 2002 13:29 PST

You are right; I have always found it quite amusing that Wrangler
jeans chose to promote their product using Creedence Clearwater
Revival's "Fortunate Son"

and that Burger King used Judas Priest's "Another Thing Coming" to
sell hamburgers:

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