Gasoline, not the kind you get from eating too much bangers and mash. A snippet of Blur’s “The Universal” is fittingly used as the theme music for Timothy Spall and British Gas’ “Generation Green” narration about how “your home is your world,” and why the company’s looking to make the planet Greener via wind farms and other sustainable energies. Right, renewable and affordable energy might not be as important to our survival as Crystal Lite and Pepsi, but we’ll give the guys a pass. Take a look:

The 1995 version:

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Comments (11)
  1. The fact that it’s taken all these years for this to happen astounds me. I love this song, but I figured someone would have snapped this up ages ago.

  2. EnchantingWizardofRhythm  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening….

  3. Jonathan  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    The Universal actually has been in a commercial before – I think it was a couple of years ago for Lexus (at least in the US.) I only remember this because I thought the exact same thing.

  4. Andrew  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    It is the same kind of gas you get from eating bangers and mash, actually. We call the stuff you put in the car “petrol”.

  5. Katie  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    That song was made to be in that commercial

  6. bloor  |   Posted on Feb 18th, 2009 0

    mario galaxy + blur?

  7. Blur should never have agreed to this. British Gas con the british public year after year. For example after acquiring knowledge that gas prices would lower heavily following the new year, British Gas set out a fixed price plan “so as gas prices so go up you still pay the same amount”, when of course they went down and everybody carried on paying the peak amount.
    Maybe they agreed because the song is really supposed to be sarcastic…I mean if you watch the video and listen to the lyrics, it’s all about fake truths and such; “every paper that you read says tomorrow’s your lucky day”.
    Amazing song though..

    • Anon  |   Posted on Feb 19th, 2009 0

      I wouldn’t really call that a con. Many American energy companies also tried that same deal, and that’s just the way it worked out. Its up to the consumer to choose whether or not to accept the deal. You could make the argument that all the energy companies are in it together, but I’m not sure how strong that sounds…

  8. Didn’t British Gas use this song in the 90′s too?

  9. Yes, there was a British Gas advert in the mid-90′s that also used the song. I’m surprised that no one else seems to remember!

    I half expect to see Bob Hoskins do a BT advert soon…

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