Josh Groban Belts Out a Ballad for Bush's Baked Beans

Praising the musical fruit ('There's no shame!')

"When I was a little boy
the kids could be so
  Mean! Mean! Mean!
laughing at what was in my lunch pail:
  Beans! Beans! Beans!

They'd yell about the musical fruit
They'd say the more that I ate, the more I'd
  Toot! Toot! Toot!
But I swear that they've never made me do that
  ...there's no shame!"

Josh Groban performs a power-ballad paean to Bush's Beans in the music video below, complete with a choir, cannelloni clouds and a bearded grade-school version of himself.

Josh Groban - Bean Song | Bush’s Beans

Wow. Michael Bolton, king of brand bombast, must be bean-green with envy, because Josh really blew that one away! And we mean vocally. Did the words teach you nothing, people?

You'll notice that Groban's guitar solo was, literally, full of beans. Skipping a horn section was probably wise—no toots.

"We did a really exhaustive search to find the right artist for this idea," Carmichael Lynch creative director Chad Temples tells Muse. "We wanted someone with a famously beautiful voice, to align with Bush's 'That Beautiful Bean Co.' [positioning], and to pay off the concept of undoing the 'ugliness' of the original" schoolyard rhyme.

Carmichael sent the Grobester "a bunch of melody-less verses to help get the idea across, covering the beautiful bean benefits we knew we wanted in the song," Temples recalls. For the final track, Groban collaborated with Caviar director (and Portlandia co-creator) Jonathan Krisel, who insisted on a cheeky reference to the "oligosaccharide" carbs that make some folks toot. (But not Groban, of course. Long-form jingles never lie!)

As for the video, "Josh brought the autobiographical storyline about the struggles of being a bean-loving kid, and that really helped shape our narrative," says Temples. "We found a great school for the flashback scenes and decided to make use of their theater as our makeshift soundstage."

In a happy coincidence, Groban dueted with a young singer named Beane on American Idol just days before the launch, performing Robbie Williams' "Angels."

The campaign also includes a revamped logo and website.

Overall, it seeks to "lift this humble, oft-overlooked little food up on the pedestal it deserves, and to do away with any negative preconceived notions about beans," says Temples. "And the original bean song is one of the biggest offenders. It's just about flatulence, and not about all the other amazing things. We needed to right this historical wrong, and write a song worthy of the bean!"

Mission accomplished. It's the best song about Bush's Beans that's ever, um, been. Check out the fully baked lyrics below:

"When I was a little boy
the kids could be so
 Mean! Mean! Mean!
laughing at what was in my lunch pail:
 Beans! Beans! Beans!

They'd yell about the musical fruit
They'd say the more that I ate, the more I'd
 Toot! Toot! Toot!
But I swear that they've never made me do that
 ...there's no shame!"

I'd zip my beans up and roll like the wind
Just wishing that I belonged
And If I could take me back in time
I'd sing that bearded boy this song

Tears of beans
Are dribbling down my cheek at night
Dreams of beans
I'm on a cannellini cloud floatin' through the moonlight

But in the morning I'm still trying
To hide the fact I'm crying these tears,
Tears of beans!

This key change means it's time to show
a flash-forward to my
 Teens! Teens! Teens
I had an appetite for success but now I had to deal with
 Memes! Memes! Memes!

Yeah, music's cool but have you considered all the healthy benefits of
 Bean proteins!
It's not a fruit and the reason you toot is something called oligosaccharides!
 Josh, it's really OK!

I must have lost my mind, it's easy to assume
 Don't wanna assume...
Otherwise, why would I sing this song about a guilty pleasure legume,
besides being paid…
How 'bout another key change!

I wish I could eat this instrument
Here's to beans!
I'm gonna bake a bean ballad the world won't soon forget
More precious than a diamond and more cherished than gold,
next time propose with a bean 'cause fortune favors the bold

For a schmancy affair or dad's barbecue grillin'
Or outta the can like a cowboy villain
Here's to beans!
Beautiful beans!

CREDITS

Bush's Brand Launch "Bean Song"

Client: Bush's
Senior VP or Marketing/CMO: Stephen Palacios
Director- Brand Marketing: Brittanie Weaver

Agency: Carmichael Lynch
Chief Creative Officer: Marty Senn
Creative Director:  Chad Temples & Daniel Alves
Senior Writer: Zack Johnson
Senior Art Director: Kyle Johnson
Head of Production: Orlee Tatarka
Senior Executive Producer: Dominique Anzano
Director of Business Affairs: Vicki Oachs
Director of Account Management: Stacy Janicki
Group Account Director: Sarah Scherbring
Account Director: Mackenzie Halvorsen
Brand Planning: Maria Pazos
Project Manager: Shannon Gabrick
Public Relations: Carmichael Lynch Relate / Rebecca Lunna
Social Engagement: Bob Ringer & Sidney Anderson

Production Company: Caviar
Director: Jonathan Krisel
Managing Director/Executive Producer: Michael Sagol
Line Producer: Bernard Rahill
Director of Photography: Larken Seiple  

Edit House: Cabin
Editor: Scott Butzer
Assistant Editor: Gus Ramon
Executive Producer: Adam Becht
Producer: Katy Lester
VFX House: Shape + Light
Online Artist: Mandy Sorenson
Flame Support: Pat Hunsberger
CD: Rob Trent
Executive Producer: Cara Lehr
Post Producer: Michelle Andre
Telecine: Alex Bickel – Color Collective
Audio Mix: Jorge Vivo

Music
"Bean Song" Josh Groban
Performed by: Josh Groban
Written by: Josh Groban & Jon Krisel
Music Producer: Bernie Herms
Music Supervisor: We Are Walker

Talent
On-camera talent: Josh Groban – Self
Jack Groban – Dad
Logan Refold – Young Josh Groban
Jackson Gardner – Classmate
Luke Baldwin – Classmate
Ana Bowen – Teen Friend
Loren Lott – Backup Singer
Eddie Leavy – Backup Singer
Katie Self – Backup Singer

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