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    In art

    American Colonial-Cubist artist Stuart Davis represented the brand in his 1921 painting, 'Lucky Strike'

    In music

    Billy Joel's 1983 song "Keeping the Faith", from the album An Innocent Man, mentions the brand in the lyric: "I took a fresh pack of Luckies and a mint called Sen-Sen. My old man's Trojans and his Old Spice aftershave."
    Minneapolis Indie Rock band Howler based the artwork of their debut album America Give Up on a pack of Lucky Strikes.
    In The Ataris' song "All You Can Ever Learn is What You Already Know", an empty box of Lucky Strikes is referred to in the second verse.
    In Rodney Atkins' song "These Are My People", he mentions "Chokin' on the smoke from a Lucky Strike somebody lifted off his old man."
    In Jason Aldean's song "Back In This Cigarette", he mentions an ash tray being full of "Lucky Strikes" while inside of a hotel room.
    In ZZ Top's song "I'm Bad, I'm Nationwide", they mention the passengers in their car are "smokin' Lucky Strikes" as they cruise the highway.
    In Dropkick Murphys's song "Sunday Hardcore Matinee", there is a line mentioning a "Pack of Luckies" among the possessions of those en route to the show.
    In Tom Waits's song "Kentucky Avenue", he mentions having "half a pack of Lucky Strikes" in the first verse.
    In Pistol Annies song "Takin' Pills", one of the women in the song is portrayed as smoking Lucky Strikes in the first verse with the line: "Although she ain’t gonna smile till she lights up her Lucky. No filter on her mouth or her cigarettes".

    In television

    In the hit 1980s NBC television series Miami Vice, the character Det. James "Sonny" Crockett (Don Johnson) smoked unfiltered Lucky Strikes. The package is occasionally visible, particularly in the two-hour pilot, "Brother's Keeper" and the episode "Calderone's Demise". Johnson ceded to pressure to not smoke on camera later in the show's history.
    Van Montgomery from the TV show Reba wanted to start smoking Lucky Strike Cigarettes when he was medically told to stop playing Arena Football.
    In the acclaimed AMC television series Mad Men, Lucky Strike is a major client for the fictional advertising agency Sterling Cooper. A fictitious plot is also presented for the birth of the legendary slogan "It's Toasted".
    The main character of the HBO series Boardwalk Empire is occasionally seen smoking the green pack of Lucky Strikes, as well as ad placement throughout the series.
    For many years, Lucky Strike Tobacco sponsored The Jack Benny Program, on both the radio and television versions of the show.
    In the season premiere of American Horror Story: Freak Show, Elsa Mars (Jessica Lange) smokes a cigarette at a hospital and says; "It's fine. It's Lucky Strike. It's good for you".
    Lucky Strike cigarettes are featured frequently throughout the miniseries Band of Brothers, as well as verbally referenced to by Sergeant Malarkey in the episode "Bastogne".

    In film

    Filtered and unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes are smoked by Johnny Depp's character in The Ninth Gate.
    In the film Misery, based on the novel of the same name by Stephen King, James Caan's character, Paul Sheldon, smokes one unfiltered Lucky Strike upon the completion of every novel he writes.
    In the film Fury (2014), Brad Pitt and the three other smokers in the tank crew appear to smoke unfiltered Lucky Strikes throughout the film. They share a pack of Lucky Strike cigarettes just before the film's climatic battle.
    Unfiltered Lucky Strike cigarettes are smoked by Winona Ryder's character in the film Night on Earth (1991).

    In other uses

    Former U.S. Senator Jesse Helms (R–North Carolina) handed out Lucky Strike cigarettes, which were his personal brand of choice, in his Senate office to meeting attendants until it became "utterly unfashionable."
    In Thomas Pynchon's acclaimed novel, Gravity's Rainbow. "But shrewd Tyrone hangs around, distributing Lucky Strikes, long enough to find at least what's up with this Unlucky Strike, here."
    In Donna Tartt's The Secret History, the character Henry Winter is said to smoke Lucky Strikes.
    The main protagonist of the Metal Gear Solid series of games, Solid Snake smokes Luck Strikes.


    1. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 4 years ago
      Quite a rundown!
    2. buckethead, 2 years ago
      Love the reference to Tom Waits. Tom Waits is Awesome!!!
    3. blunderbuss2 blunderbuss2, 2 years ago
      The 1 & only posting by Cioric29 & 2 yrs. ago. Makes one wonder ? One too many Lucky Strikes ? Maybe didn't make it to Cioric30 ? I asked my doctor once, "If I give up smoking, drinking, partying & women, will I live longer?" He said he can't guarantee that I will live longer, "But it will sure feel like it !".

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