Virgin has a contest to promote their new online digital music service - see Virgin game at Heavy.com for the ad, which - ironically - has an ad running before it. Ground Zero created the ad which has no less than 74 band names hidden in it. Yes, seventy-four. I think I spotted five so far. Augh! This is tough!

To save you the trouble of loading it over at at heavy.com, just read more to see the ad without the virtual magnifying glass right here.


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Comments (54)

  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    I got Shakeshere's sister, Gorillaz, Eagles, Guns and Roses, Alice in Chains... and I'm spent.

    Nov 29, 2005
  • kamari's picture
    kamari

    sitting through an ad to view an ad is fucked up.

    Nov 29, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Rolling Stones, Beach Boys, Cowboy Junkies, Whitesnake, 50 Cent, Garbage

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    Smashing Pumpkins, White Zombie, Dead Kennedys, Skinny Puppy, Matchbox 20, Phish, Iron Maiden, Scissor Sisters, Blind Melon, Pet Shop Boys, B-52s, Prince, Queen, Sex Pistols, Led Zeppelin, Black Flag, Spoon and Madonna.

    Nov 30, 2005
  • kamari's picture
    kamari

    Trees in back = Cyprus Hill. That strange dog = Skinny puppy.

    Nov 30, 2005
  • LPikon's picture
    LPikon

    in addition to all the others mentioned, Alice in Chains (by Blur) and that place in the right midground looks like a Crowded House - and is that The Eels wriggling along the road?

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    ....... that ain't no road that the streets! :))

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    Seal, The Cars, The Lemonheads, The Police (maybe), Ratt, and Whirling Dervishes?

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    Garbage (spilled on street) - b-52's (flying overhead) - Green Day (marked on calender).

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    There's also Hole, Phish, Korn, U2?, Black Crows?, Eminem? and The Roots?

    Nov 30, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    the only I can find that might have been missed is the poster of the "SEAL" next to the Dead Kennedys.

    Nov 30, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    also looks like "Radiohead". Is that a Chevelle I see < -- not able to get to the Virgin site?

    Nov 30, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    red hot chilli peppers? (by the melon)

    Nov 30, 2005
  • LPikon's picture
    LPikon

    Citizens of Adland, toogether we can conquer the world! :)
    Well, whether or not we could collectively enter the competition now as the "Adland collective", what has become apparent is that this ad is a MASSIVE SUCCESS for Virgin Music.
    Look how many of us have spent real time engaging with it - this is a damn good example of the power of engagement (and entertainment) - and it's not even an uber-trendy Flash animation!
    Well done Virgin and agency!

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    I also see Jewel, Dinosaur Jr., Great White, The Scorpians, Cornershop, Kiss and Postal Service.

    Nov 30, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    yes, for a game I admit it was rather entertaining to try and find the band names. :)

    Nov 30, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Talking Heads (on tvs), Yellowman, Men with hats (its a stretch), Cowboy, Pineapples

    Dec 01, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    Are those kooks dressed in white the Manic Street Preachers or The Cult? That is a Black Flag hanging from the building on the right, and scissor sisters dancing in front of the smashing pumkins dude.

    Dec 01, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    ARGH! hee. Whitesnake (up the lamppost), Nine Inch Nails (on the street). Are the acrobats Twisted Sister? I see U2 on the storefront. I don't know what the three posters just below them are, anyone? Also, the three people on the rooftop with a gate (or is that one of those things that horses jump over) confuse me. The building in the back - Deep Purple? Rolling Stones, OK...Drat, someone saw Postal Service :-). Is the woman on the fire escape Blondie? Of course, we can see Pavement.

    Things that look too deliberate I haven't decoded: The lamp or sconce over the Dead Kennedys. The three protrusions over the Pet Shop. The bubblegum Blondie's blowing. The birdcage and animal (dog?) in the Pet shop window. The pin-up girl in the Cornershop. The yellow poster(s) near the Talking Heads. The four crates of...something next to Jewel and Korn. The leafy plant in the foreground right. The strange plant or creature just abaft the Queen's butt. The second window into the Crowded House. The four colored panels just next to the Cult/folks dressed in white.

    Here are some that I maybe had wrong, or am still conflicted about:

    • White Zombie/Dead Can Dance
    • Sex Pistols/Velvet Revolver
    • Blues Brothers/Thompson Twins
    • The Cult/The White Stripes/Manic Street Preachers
    • Twisted Sister/The Kinks

    Anyone? :-)

    Dec 02, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Doh. Sorry. Many of those *had* been spotted or explained. Dinosaur Jr is behind the queen's butt, and etc.

    Hey! Is that thing over Seal a bell? Would that be The Alarm?

    Dec 02, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    The Blues Brothers/Thompson Twins are really The Wiseguys. Look at their "guitar" cases.

    What about the toy gorilla in the background?

    If you see Pavement, then you should also see Air and Train. It's very iffy!

    Dec 02, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    The toy gorillas are Gorillaz of course. :)

    What is that tall black shadow guy/thing on the zebracrossing supposed to be? And those little tinkerbells flying around the Pet Shop?

    Dec 02, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    The tall black shadow is Iron Maiden and the tinkerbells are The Pixies.

    Dec 02, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    what about the main street people over at main st (to the left),
    didn't notice if anyone said the obvious guns & roses and the rolling stones.

    is that mouse near the acrobats a modest mouse?
    and what about the three people holding hands before the nearest rolling stone?

    Dec 02, 2005
  • Robblink's picture
    Robblink

    I think Modest Mouse is really Ratt. And the three girls can either be Brazillian Girls, Swing Out Sister, or I don't know. To the left of Main Street, standing by The Subway (also a band) are the Cowboy Junkies.

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    dEFINATELY SEX PISTOLS. THOSE ARE DILDO'S IF EVER I SAW. AND THOSE WHITE STRIPES ALL OVER THE STREETS, ALSO BUSH BEHIND THE LAMP POST NEXT TO THE CROWDED HOUSE.

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    aLSO THE RAT/ DOG CONFUSSION MAY INDEED BE A RATCAT! jUST PUTTING IT OUT THERE...

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    hmmm, I thought the "White Stripes" were behind the "B52's". The sky must be "Pink" and I thought the puppy thing behind the Queen is actually a dinosaur, making it "T-Rex" - Anyone know what the gold man under the shop sign is?

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Perhaps the contortionists are actually Spandau Ballet?

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    100% positive this is correct, but it's only 71...

    50 Cent
    Alice in Chains
    B-52s
    The Beach Boys
    Bee Gees
    Black Crowes
    Black Flag
    Blind Melon
    Blondie
    Blur
    Cake
    The Carpenters
    The Cars
    Cornershop
    Cowboy Junkies
    Cranberries
    Crowded House
    The Cult
    Cypress Hill
    Dead Kennedys
    Deep Purple
    Dinosaur Jr
    The Doors
    Eels
    Eminem
    Garbage
    Go-Go

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    i thought your "t-rex" was actually "dinosaur jr."!
    and the gold man is of course yellowman!

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    are the people at the back the backstreet boys?

    and just joking here but what about madness and soundtrack of our lives?

    Dec 03, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    The Eagles

    Dec 05, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    the three men on the rooftop with "the gate"... Looks like they are building something - perhaps they are The Carpenters?

    Dec 05, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    The Ferns are THE VINES and there are stones at the bottom of the roses = The Stone roses. what ya reckon.

    Where did you get pet dhop boys from?

    Dec 05, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    On the left, two boys are hanging out just outside of the pet shop. ;)

    Dec 05, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    where do you see jane's addiction ... cuz i have all of those you have ... plus the eagles ... but cant make sense of jane's addiction. unless you're talking about the girl by the subway whos leaning on that guy ...

    Dec 06, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    oh ... and does anyone have an idea why the gorillas are different ... two look real like king kong but one is very obviously a toy cuz you can see his fake arm joint.

    Dec 06, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    What about "Bush" and "The Streets" plus "The Eagles" makes 74...

    Dec 12, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    To add to the long list of 71....we got the following

    - Bush
    - The Fairies
    - Traffic
    - Girl Meets Boy
    - The Sharks
    - Onion
    - Manic Street Preachers
    - Eagles
    - T-Rex
    - Goldie

    Dec 13, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Even with the answers I am having trouble :( Can u please tell me where the following are *police *eminem *go-go's *great white *madonna *scorpions. Thanks, it is driving me crazy or crazier :)

    Dec 15, 2005
  • Dabitch's picture
    Dabitch

    There's a Madonna and child poster in the window to the left (next to the Pet Shop). The Police are walking towards a red car in the middle (background) street. As for the other two, beats me.

    Dec 15, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    not sure if anyone's mentioned it but could the people on the roof be 'Suicidal Tendencies' ??

    Dec 16, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Eminem could be what looks like a packet of M&Ms on the ground near the Scissor Sisters, Great White is the shark in the poster next to the Yellow Man, the scorpian is next to the cake but the go-go's has me beat too....

    Dec 16, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    The branches between 50cent and Dinosaur Jnr is STYX.

    Dec 16, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    yo i saw someone say something a bout the big monkeys being differnt
    i think its for GORILLAZ
    and THE MONKEYS
    also the calendar at the bottom as well as greenday i presume the year is for THE FUTUREHEADS
    (party in the building-bloc party)

    Dec 17, 2005
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    What about the Blues Brothers? right in front of iron maiden.

    Mar 19, 2006
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    i've spotted quite a few, here you go.
    1.The Doors, 2. Police 3.U2 4.Gorillaz, 5.Korn,6.Matchbox 20, 7.Hole, 8.Purple Rain, 9.Kiss, 10.Dowboy Junkies 11.Phish, 12.Spoon, 13.Blur, 14.Blondie, 15.lemonheads, 16.guns'n'roses, 17.sex pistols, 18.queen, 19.prince, 20.eagles, 21.the pixies, 22.smashing pumpkins, 14.cyprus hill, 15.the eels, 16.greenday, 17.radiohead, 18.whitesnake 19.black flag, 32.Red Hot Chili Peppers, 33.Eminem, 34.50 Cent, 35.Black Crows, 36.Dead Kennedys, 37.Seal, 38.Rolling Stones, 39.Scissor Sisters, 40.Beach Boys, 41.White Zombie, 42.The cars

    Mar 20, 2006
  • AnonymousCoward's picture
    AnonymousCoward (not verified)

    Here's what I have...I think it's all correct....72 Total
    Smashing Pumpkins
    Black Flagg
    The Pixies
    Nine Inch Nails
    Matchbox 20
    Led Zeppelin
    The Eagles
    Alice in Chains
    Guns 'N' Roses
    Sex Pistols
    50 Cent
    Postal Service
    Gorillaz
    The Rolling Stones
    Phish
    Scissor Sisters
    Crowded House
    B-52s
    Madonna
    Blind Melon
    Talking Heads
    Green Day
    The Lemonheads
    Blur
    The Beachboys
    U2
    Garbage
    Iron Maiden
    White Snake
    Cowboy Junkies
    The Cars
    Black Crows
    Hole
    The Police
    Dead Kennedies
    The Roots
    White Zombie
    Radiohead
    Eminem
    Red Hot Chili Peppers
    Korn
    Ratt
    The Cranberries
    Dinasour Jr.
    Prince
    Queen
    Eels
    Twisted Sister
    Seal
    Deep Purple
    Cypress Hill
    The Doors
    Pavement
    KISS
    Jewel
    The Killers
    The Cult
    Yellowman
    White Strips
    Spoon
    Great White
    Go-Gos
    Cornershop
    Pink
    Jane's Addiction
    The Vines
    The Monkies
    Manic Street Preachers
    Bush
    The Subway
    The Wiseguys
    Butthole Surfers

    Dec 15, 2006
  • johna187's picture
    johna187

    the bloke in white( rob zombie) appart from that i got 36 in total, then sort of lost the will to live , i am going back to being a rocket scientist,

    Jun 11, 2009
  • Bert's picture
    Bert (not verified)

    With all the all ready listed band names and other stuff I found by my self, I have over 100 artist names.
    Just think the first anouncemant I got was "There is more in it then U think!!", and I think this is proven, not mentionend so far The Birds..... an many others........

    May 01, 2017
  • Bert's picture
    Bert (not verified)

    The Animals, The Monkees and YES The Gorillas and Chimpanzee

    May 20, 2017

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