WPON-AM 1460 - Insane World Of Mike Sain - Rock And Roll In Commercials - December 8, 2004

The "Insane World Of Mike Sain" airs every Wednesday at 9:00 AM Eastern Time on WPON-AM 1460 Detroit both on the air and on the Internet. Today, Mike played songs used in TV commercials, both past and present. In the song list below the the commercial in which each song is featured is indicated next to the year.


  • The Beatles' 1968 hit,"Revolution," was the B-side song of the chart topping "Hey Jude."
  • The Spinners' 1972 hit, "I'll Be Around," later also charted for What Is This (1985) and Rappin' 4-Tay Featuring the Spinners (1995). The latter song is a remake with rapping dubbed over the Spinners' original 1972 song.
  • The Chambers Brothers were a family soul-pop group who broke out in 1968 with the apocalyptic "Time Has Come Today," a powerful oldies classic that really captured the mood of the turbulent late 1960s. This song has been used in many TV commercials over the past few years.
  • "I Put A Spell On You" was originally written and recorded by Screamin' Jay Hawkins in 1956 and is an uncharted oldies classic. This song later became a chart hit for Alan Price Set (1966) and Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968).
  • Roy Orbison's 1960 hit, "Only The Lonely (Know How I Feel)," later also charted for Sonny James in 1969. Roy Orbison was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987.
  • "Fun, Fun, Fun" by the Beach Boys was one of many chart hits by the best known surf rock band of all time. The Beach Boys were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1988.
  • "No Matter What Shape (Your Stomach's In) by the T-Bones is the famous tune from the late 1960s series of Alka Seltzer commercials.
  • "Draggin' The Line" was one of a number of hits for Tommy James who left the Shondells to record solo in 1971. After Tommy James left the group, they went on to record as Hog Heaven. "Draggin' The Line" is one song that gets clicked on a lot these days at allbutforgottenoldies.net, probably because of those recent Mitsubishi commercials.
  • Like many of James Brown's songs, "Hot Pants" was originally recorded in more than one part, and it was Part 1 that charted in 1971. Full title: Hot Pants Pt. 1 (She's Got To Use What She Got To Get What She Wants). James Brown was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1986.
  • "Everybody's Talkin'" by Harry Nilsson is the famous theme song from "Midnight Cowboy" starring Dustin Hoffman and Jon Voight. "Everybody's Talkin'" actually charted twice. It first charted in 1968 but at that time peaked at only #113. It later recharted in 1969 and made the Top 10.
  • "I Can See Clearly Now" topped both the Adult Contemporary and Pop/Rock charts for Johnny Nash in 1972 and later also charted for Jimmy Cliff in 1994.
  • The Drifters' "Saturday Night At The Movies" has almost the same melody as "Under The Boardwalk" but is swingier.

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