Tangled Up in Pink????

by Yule Heibel on April 2, 2004

I’m stunned. Never thought this would happen. Bob Dylan is making commercials for Victoria’s Secret. In today’s Wall Street Journal, Brian Steinberg writes that Bob Dylan Gets Tangled Up in Pink:

A mustachioed Mr. Dylan, 62 years old, appears in a new television ad for the sexy chain’s “Angels” line while models cavort to a remixed version of his 1997 song “Love Sick.” Mr. Dylan spent two days on a shoot in Venice after Victoria’s Secret approached his label, Sony’s Columbia Records. The concept was suggested by Leslie Wexner, Limited Brands’ chairman and chief executive, says Ed Razek, Limited Brands’ president and chief marketing officer.

The TV spot debuted this week during “American Idol” on News Corp.’s Fox, and is expected to air on various channels for about three weeks, according to Mr. Razek. The commercial, created in-house, may return in the fall, he adds.

Mr. Dylan once sang of “Advertising signs that con you/Into thinking you’re the one/That can do what’s never been done/That can win what’s never been won/Meantime life outside goes on/All around you” in his 1965 song “It’s Alright Ma (I’m Only Bleeding).” Now, some fans are distraught: “I’m going to have to go blow my brains out,” says John Baky, curator of a collection of Dylan material housed at Philadelphia’s La Salle University. [More…. nb: WSJ might require registration/ subscription]


Mike Golby April 3, 2004 at 6:40 pm

“The 63-year-old singer has joined forces with an Italian vineyard to produce a new red wine which will be called “Planet Waves” — the name of his 1974 album. … “A mysteriously Dylan-esque encounter between the severity of Montepuliano and the softness of Merlot,” is how wine producer Antonio Terni describes the Dylan vintage, produced in the Marches region of Italy’s Adriatic coast. … He had already called one of his wines after a Dylan song — “Visions of Joanna” from the “Blonde on Blonde” album. It won top prize at Italy’s Slow Food festival in 2001.”

From AFP and ABS-CBNNews

Must be the weather, eh? As for Victoria’s secret, anybody able to cavort to “Love Sick” should be told it’s April :).

Yule Heibel April 3, 2004 at 8:15 pm

Well, I thought it was an April Fool’s joke, but the dateline for the article is April 2nd… Maybe he has been overdosing on his Viagra and is addled by Secret’s catalogs? It’s a weird world.

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