Eight Musicians Who Sold Out, Made Us Laugh


It all started off last week. I was in a deli near my apartment, when I looked over and saw Elton John’s face peering up from the ice cream section of the freezer. No, I wasn’t hallucinating. He’s got his own Ben & Jerry’s ice cream flavor — Goodbye Yellow Brickle Road — complete with a photoshopped-thin head shot. But he’s not the only musician who has “sold out” — and I’m using that term in the most literal way possible. After the jump, a list of some of the most egregious instances of an artist using their celebrity to hawk something ridiculous that we could come up with here at Flavorpill HQ. (And no Pitchfork, Liz Phair contributing a song to some crappy Banana Republic compilation doesn’t count.) Do us a favor and keep the list growing in the comments.

1. Michael Jackson + LA Gear (BTW, I owned these in 5th grade and people made fun of me.)

2. John Rotten + Country Life butter spread

3. Billy Corgan + pro wrestling

4. Johnny Cash + Taco Bell

5. David Lee Roth + Toshiba

6. Iggy Pop + insurance

7. Sting + Jaguar