John Lennon, who would have turned a cracking 72 next week, cut these five radio promotional spots for Tobias Casual Sportswear, in 1974, while living in L.A. during his ‘Lost Weekend‘. One wonders – was Nilsson in tow, and if so, was he lingering outside the vocal booth with a frothy pitcher of Brandy Alexanders in hand? Sardonic, mercurial and subversive, these are pure Lennon. Lost weekend, indeed.

MP3: Tobias Casual Sportswear :: Promo Spot One
MP3: Tobias Casual Sportswear :: Promo Spot Two
MP3: Tobias Casual Sportswear :: Promo Spot Three
MP3: Tobias Casual Sportswear :: Promo Spot Four
MP3: Tobias Casual Sportswear :: Promo Spot Five

6 Responses to “John Lennon :: Tobias Casual Sportswear Promo Spots (1974)”

  1. I can’t wait to sample these and get sued by Yoko!

  2. It’s wonderful to hear John’s voice. We’ve missed so much by not having him around the past 32 years.

  3. Imagine an entire world living in peace… John saw the beauty and inherent good in humanity. I tried to do his legacy justice and channel his world-embracing and loving energy this week with a tribute portrait inspired by his music and his passion for changing the world. You can see this new work of art in memoriam on my artist’s blog at along with some pictures showing how I created it. See John holding the Universe in his hand and spreading his message. When you stop by, let me know how his words and music have affected your life and creativity!

  4. it’s the fashionable answer for those of you who don’t get along with ordinary men.. swear

  5. Classic Lennon wit. Wonder if he did these spots for a year’s worth of threads. What I wouldn’t give to have been along for the ride while Lennon and Nilsson tore a gaping hole in L.A.

    And, incidentally, May Pang was hot! Yoko, not. Good on ya, John.

  6. I think these were extracted from his guest DJ spot on KHJ-AM. The same week he sat in at WNEW-FM NY and read spots for Korvettes, White Castle, etc. He wasn’t paid by Tobias, just read the spots as guest DJ.

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