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'Sweet Child O' Mine' Was Once a Rock Song...

Posted on Monday, May 13, 2013 at 12:01AM by Registered CommenterAllyson B. Crawford | Comments6 Comments

Remember when "Sweet Child O' Mine" was a rock song? By Guns n' Roses, the biggest rock group in the land? Well, now the track is being used by Johnson & Johnson in a massive ad campaign. Instead of Axl Rose's voice, the song was redone by the London-based Capital Children's Choir.

I suppose the amount of money Axl earned off this licensure deal was astronomical. Props to Johnson & Johnson for finding a song most everyone knows and changing it to match their company brand standards I guess. Still makes me cringe a little.


Reader Comments (6)

Hey, I'm like Pavlov's dog. When I hear Slashs' simple and genius lick/chord to Sweet Child, I listen. That's what adverts are meant to do. Advertisers pay booko dolores to play these games with ur minds.

Free market baby. Can't blame Slash n Axl at all. G n R will to me never be a dot on its former glory. Only slight chance is full blown reunion, that means with Adler my boy too! Even then, it's probably over Johnny, cash in.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterKixchix
cant blame the guy he probably did it for money. i just dont like the fact that all my favorite rock songs are used for commercial use, and to make it all family friendly, ughhhhhh. still love gnr, just hate this, and the rest of companys that do this to rock songs as well.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered Commenterdj
maybe i'm in the minority, but I thought it was very tasteful as "ambience". Very similar in nature to when I ride up and down elevators and here classic rock n roll set to playing the bells.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGNR
I think it's really cool, actually (the song, not necessarily the ad). Great songs are great songs, and Sweet Child in particular will (and should) live on.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterBryon
Maybe because it's the day after Mother's Day, I found that all the babies in this add bring out the warm and fuzzies. Very sweet.

I liked what they did with the song. Goes well with the add.

BTW, the guitar solo in this song is one of my top all time favorite solos. Comes second only after the Stairway to Heaven solo.

And I am ok with using great music in advertising. Beats listening to crapola soundtracks.
May 13, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterRita
I'm with GNR and Rita. It's really quite beautiful. Very well done, simply executed and tasteful, with an equally elegantly filmed, touching commercial to match.

It just proves what a great song "Sweet Child of Mine" actually is in it's own right, beyond Axl Rose's manic old lady yelping and screaming.
May 14, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterMetalboy!

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