We don’t know if many people will be searching for this track, but, as we said before, when the illustrious blogger Tony Pierce writes about a song in a commercial and you run a website called “What song is in that commercial?,” well, you take note. This is a back-to-school Target spot featuring a parody song of The Go-Go’s 1980s hit We Got the Beat called “Notebooks and Jeans” and pretend-performed by “English Teacher.” The original song is great and if you’re too young to have been exposed, we suggest you check it out. The Target commercial song is less great, but whatever. The Go-Go’s probably got a lot of cash from the royalties and maybe it introduced some elementary-aged kids to their tunes so that’s cool.
UPDATE: This version of the song was made by Wieden + Kennedy Portland. The composer was Bret McKenzie and the producer was Mickey Petralia. The name of the actress playing the teacher is Melanie Paxson.
To download the original track by The Go-Go’s, click here:
Lyrics (Thank you, Sam!):
Hi Parents, big year for spelling, here’s what the kids will N-E-E-D
Pens & markers, paper (Wide-Ruled),
Putty, stickers, tape, and sticks of glue,
Lunch boxes, pencils, highlighters,
Sneakers, & tee shirts,
Notebooks & Jeans,
Notebooks & Jeans, Notebooks & Jeans,
YEAH-NOTEBOOKS & JEANS