The University Of Phoenix And “You Get What You Give”…Ugh

The New Radicals’ “You Get What You Give” was one of the best songs of the ’90s. It’s a jaunty, optimistic tune which also contains lyrics that were fiercely critical of capitalism and consumer culture. Now, a cover is being used for this new University of Phoenix commercial. A school, mind you, that’s pretty infamous for its shoddy reputation of greed, bordering on scamminess. As for the commercial, it’s alright I guess. It tells the story of a working adult in 1978 who is struggling to juggle traditional college with her job, until she discovers the newly founded University of Phoenix. I get that the University of Phoenix had to obtain permission to use the song, but still. Jesus, the irony. As noted in the comments, the cover is sung by Mack. And the woman is played by Jessica Blackmore.

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