25 years ago Kate Bush did Fruitopia commercials

Discussion in 'Music Corner' started by Chris DeVoe, Mar 14, 2019.

  1. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident Thread Starter

    25 years ago, one of the least likely events in the history of music happened.

    Kate Bush, someone generally acknowledged as one of the exemplars of artistic integrity and independence, created the music for a a series of commercials for Fruitopia, a brand of fruit-flavored drink from Coca-Cola, intended to compete with Snapple.

    Two people from the advertising agency Chait/Day, creative director Marty Cooke and executive producer Andrew Chinich, had the idea of kaleidoscopic images of fruit. They made a rough version called an animatic and put various pieces of music to it. Kate's music seemed to click.

    They contacted Kate and she agreed to create 10 short pieces of music in a wide variety of styles. The commercials were created at a top studio Click3X, directed by Greg Ramsey of Farenheit Films. It was animated using Softimage and finished in Flame.

    Interestingly, Kate's music was not used in the UK versions of the ads which had music by the Cocteau Twins.

    Raspberry Psychic Lemonade
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    Pink Lemonade Euphoria

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    Lemonade Love and Hope

    (This one has the Shelia Chandra like "drum talk")
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    Cranberry Lemonade Vision

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    Citrus Consciousness

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  7. Chris DeVoe

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    Fighting Fruit

    (This music has always reminded me of Ryuichi Sakamoto, so a Japanese version of the commercial seems right.)
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  8. Chris DeVoe

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    I can't find all of them in a version that will allow embedding.
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  11. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident Thread Starter

    By the way, if anyone involved in the creation of these ads has a top quality copy of them they could share with me - DigiBeta, BetaCam SP or whatever, I'd love to have it.

    From Graeme Thomson's excellent Kate biography Under The Ivy:

    Kate accepted a commission to write several brief pieces of music to accompany the $30m US TV ad campaign for the launch of Coca-Cola’s new fruit drink Fruitopia…. It seemed an incongruous move. Bush had consistently turned down advances of this nature….

    The motivation for her changing tack wasn’t clear but was probably varied: far from the commercial ingenue she sometimes appears, certainly the financial rewards would have been extremely significant; perhaps she liked the tone of the ads, which were relatively innovative and visually stimulating and over which she was given complete artistic control. She may also have recognized an opportunity to cast the net of her music a little wider, while also finding a home for all the melodic waifs and rhythmic strays that had never quite found a home in her “proper” songs. ... [each melody hinted] at a longer piece, several reminiscent of the kind of odd, rhythmic, electronic pop she was making around the time of The Dreaming.
    Also, Kate's own video for Eat The Music is awash in a sea of fruit.

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  12. Oatsdad

    Oatsdad Oat, Biscuits and Abbie: Best Dogs Ever

    Alexandria VA
    I really have no comment, but @Chris DeVoe looked like he was getting lonely, so I thought I should post! :D
  13. Neonbeam

    Neonbeam All Art Was Once Contemporary

    These commercials surely make these drinks look like they already came pre-spiked! :cheers:
  14. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident Thread Starter

    ...and not with alcohol!
  15. overdrivethree

    overdrivethree Forum Resident

    On one hand, my mind is blown, simply because she is definitely a cult act in the US, and these didn’t even run with her music in the UK. I don’t remember these ads, but they fall right in line with a lot of the “alternative” styled media of the time. This might have been the most exposure anyone in the States (unwittingly) had to the work of Kate Bush.

    On the other hand, Microsoft had Brian Eno working on the Windows 95 sound right around the same time - would wager that the most anyone knew of him (in the pre-Internet mainstream anyway) was as one of U2’s producers.

    Both now indisputable legends of pop (and pop art), even if they’re still kind of cult acts to most.
  16. bRETT

    bRETT Forum Resident

    Boston MA
    Was it even known at the time that these were her?
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  17. uzn007

    uzn007 Pack Rat

    Baja Virginia
    “And to cool off, nothing beats Fruitopia! The iced tea brewed by hippies but distributed by a heartless, multi-national corporation!”
  18. BluesOvertookMe

    BluesOvertookMe Forum Resident

    Houston, TX, USA
    I remember Fruitopia! I liked it. :hide:
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  19. Nick Brook

    Nick Brook Forum Resident

    Yorkshire, UK.
    I was a keen KB fan back then as a lot were ,especially here in the UK , I had no idea she was doing advertising work . In fact this is the first I've heard about it . They do sound nice pieces though.
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  20. AnalogJ

    AnalogJ CMO (Chief Musical Officer)

    Salem, MA
    The three I have checked out are all in the same key.

    Cool anyway!
  21. gregorya

    gregorya Forum Resident

    I think we need a box set... ;)
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  22. tnic73

    tnic73 Well-Known Member

    Schaumburg, IL
    Don’t you mean a “juice” box set?
  23. c-eling

    c-eling Forum Resident

    Liz did it better :winkgrin:
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  24. Chris DeVoe

    Chris DeVoe Forum Resident Thread Starter

    We definitely knew on the Kate Usenet newsgroup rec.music.gaffa and it's companion mailing list Lovehounds.
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  25. Daryl M

    Daryl M Forum Resident

    London, Ontario
    Well, that's it - Kate and I are so done! :love:
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