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It is not uncommon to hear some of classic rock’s biggest hits in television commercials, but when the rockstars themselves appear in the ad, that is surprising.

One of the best classic rock commercial cameos ever comes via Paul Stanley, who celebrates his birthday today (January 20.)  Check out his ad for Folgers coffee and five other classic rock commercial cameos.

Paul Stanley – Folgers Coffee

For reasons that haven’t been confirmed, the ad from 2000 never aired, but thanks to the wonder that is YouTube, it surfaced a few years ago, and we’re thankful it did. Frankly, it’s an effective ad, and never has anyone performed the famous Folgers tagline jingle with such gusto!

Paul Stanley Folgers Coffee Commercial

Here is the never aired Folgers commercial featuring Paul Stanley that parent company Proctor and Gamble shelved out of concern regarding being associated with KISS.

Eddie Money – Geico

Who could forget Money as the best worst travel agent in this Geico campaign?

GEICO Two Tickets to Paradise Commercial Eddie Money

Geico Two Tickets To Paradise Eddie Money Travel Agency Commercial

Lita Ford – Indeed.com

She’s barely recognizable, but that conservatively dressed music teacher is Lita Ford in an ad for job site Indeed!  Amazing the difference a pair of horn-rimmed glasses, a bun and a floor-length skirt makes!

Celebrate: Music Teacher | Indeed

What do you do when you find the right job? You celebrate. Indeed.com

Alice Cooper – Staples

The Godfather of Shock Rock appears in this Staples ad to clarify the lyrics to “School’s Out” to a very annoyed young girl who is clearly not looking forward to going back to school.

Alice Cooper Staples Commercial

Alice Cooper doing a Staples commercial

John Lydon – Country Life Butter

Appearing in a commercial seems like the most un-punk thing to do ever, but that’s what John Lydon did in the late 2000’s when he appeared in an ad for Country Life Butter.  He would later say he used the money earned from the ad to fund a tour for Public Image Ltd., because he was having various issues with his record label.

John Lydon butter commercial

John Lydon flogging 'Country Life' butter... The man who used to want to destroy passers-by instead of sells them a brand of spread.

Steven Tyler – Kia Stinger

This Super Bowl ad took Steven Tyler back in time thanks to the Kia Stinger.

Steven Tyler Kia Super Bowl Commercial Forward and Reverse 2018

KIAs superbowl reklame med Steven Tyler og KIA Stinger

 

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Erica Banas is rock/classic rock news blogger who's well versed in etiquette and extraordinarily nice.