Revisiting the bizarre time The Rolling Stones collaborated with Kellogg’s Rice Krispies cereal
We’ve dug deep into the Far Out Magazine vault to bring you one of the strangest but greatest commercials we have ever seen. It features The Rolling Stones performing a quite incredible jingle for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies from back in 1964.
The Stones are quite well versed in the idea of merchandise, for many decades now you have been able to buy all manner of memorabilia accompanied with The Rolling Stones logo. This is the moment that they first commercialised their music.
We’ve all become accustomed to the colourful and chipper adverts which accompany brands like Kellogg’s. They normally archetypal moments of family fun and frolics, all bound together by a mutual adoration for breakfast goods. In this 1964 advert, however, the archetype is thrown out of the window in favour of the burgeoning talent of The Rolling Stones.
The band recorded the jingle shortly after their formation and its lyrics are credited to founding member Brian Jones who wrote the track. Maybe not necessarily up there with his best, the song still swings and swirls as any great Stones song does.
It was recorded in 1963 and features some incredible lyrics like: “Wake up in the morning there’s a snap around the place / Wake up in the morning there’s a crackle in your face / Wake up in the morning there’s a pop that really says ‘Rice Krispies for you and you and you’ / Pour on the milk and listen to the snap that says ‘It’s nice’,”—the kind of lyrics that in 1964 would have likely caused a stir.
Without the invention of the internet, this jingle would have likely died out in the memories of those who first saw it. However, that would’ve denied us one of the greatest cereal adverts ever and who could deny anyone that?
Listen below to The Rolling Stones’ 1964 jingle for Kellogg’s Rice Krispies from 1964.