The surprise star of the NFL playoffs this weekend was not, as many analysts predicted, one of the many talented rookie quarterbacks (Robert Griffin III, Andrew Luck, Russell Wilson) who led their teams into battle. Rather, it was classic rock veteran Eddie Money, who both delighted and confounded #couchgating aficionados when he repeatedly popped up on television screens nationwide as the star of a brand new GEICO commercial.
It’s been a minute since we last heard from Money, the Brooklyn-born rocker who is no stranger to comebacks. He first made his name in the late 70s with his eponymous debut album, which contained the hit singles “Baby Hold On” and “Two Tickets To Paradise.” The latter only reached #22 on the Billboard Hot 100, but has been in rotation on classic rock radio since the format was invented in the Eighties. Money disappeared for most of the early 1980s, but made a solid comeback in 1986 with Can’t Hold Back, which contained the biggest hit of Money’s career, “Take Me Home Tonight,” his duet with Ronnie Spector. He hasn’t had a Top 40 hit since the dawn of the 90s, but Money continues to be a constant fixture on the concert circuit each and every summer.
“Two Tickets To Paradise” provides the source material for the new GEICO commercial, which revolves around a family of four making a stop at Eddie Money Travel. Much to the family’s dismay, they quickly learn that while Eddie himself is more than happy to provide them with TWO tickets to paradise, he can’t seem to accommodate their request for four tickets. Their sourpuss faces seem to indicate disappointment in this, but what, praytell, did they expect when they walked in the door to Eddie Money Travel? They should take those tickets and be thankful that Money didn’t shoot them on the Mexican border!
Now, we’ll gladly admit that we love these commercials. Yes, the 63-year-old Money is looking a little worse for wear these days, but who among us out there can claim they look better than they did 40 years prior? We love that Money is living up to his surname and making some, and sincerely hope that these commercials introduce this song to a new generation of fans. But what we think here only matters so much. The real question is how do YOU feel?