In 2008 Motley Crue frontman Vince Neil (fat left) launched the Motley Cruise, billed as â
Bill Wyman signature metal detector, Â£125 from Billwymandetector.com. The former Rolling Stones bassist is an avid archaeology buff: "Metal detecting is not just for anoraks, it’s the best and most enjoyable way of learning about history."
Metallica, ‘…And Justice For All’ pyjama bottoms for men, $17.75 from Amazon.com. A ‘Master Of Puppets’ version is also available.
Kiss Kasket, $4700 from Kissonline.com. Kiss bassist Gene Simmons said of the branded, autographed coffin: "This is the ultimate Kiss collectible. I love livin’, but this makes the alternative look pretty damn good." Pantera guitarist Dimebag Darrell was buried in one of these in 2004.
Maximo Brown Ale. The limited edition version of the popular drink was produced to mark Maximo Park’s homecoming gig at Newcastle Metro Radio Arena, December 2007. Frontman Paul Smith said: â
50 Cent ‘Magic Stick’ condoms. Slogan: "We supply the magic, you supply the passion." Pack of 12, Â£30 from Magicstickcondoms.com.
Joy Division trainers, featuring the cover artwork and the catalogue number of their 1979 debut album ‘Unknown Pleasures’. Designed as a prototype by enthusiast Dylan Adair in 2007, they never went into production. Around the same time, Yo! Sushi started offering customers the ‘Love Will Tear Us Apart’ salmon and tuna box set, a selection of sashimi, nigri, maki and salad with tangy sunomono dressing.
Motley Crue ‘Dr Feelgood’ cycling vest for men, featuring "generous side panels for mobility and comfort". $75 from Cyclegarb.com.
Fancy a can of Pimp Juice? The fruit-based energy drink was introduced by rapper Nelly in 2003, and was a huge success, with over 1 million cans sold in the first three months. Nelly explained the controversial brand name thus: "Pimp Juice is anything that attracts the opposite sex – it could be money, fame, or straight intellect, it don’t matter!"
‘Bohemian Raspberry’ flavour ice cream, inspired by Queen’s ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’. Queen guitarist Brian May welcomed the icy merch, saying: â
Tooth Tunes musical toothbrush, Â£7.99 from Amazon. The brush plays a two-minute burst of Queen’s ‘We Will Rock You’ (marketing slogan: "Rock your mouth clean").
18-inch talking Kurt Cobain action figure, $25 from Ebay. The late Nirvana frontman’s face has also appeared on a range of lunchboxes. Both products are made by the National Entertainment Collectibles Association who purchased a license to use Cobain’s likeness from his widow Courtney Love.
Marilyn Manson Absinthe (‘Mansinthe’), Â£30 from Absinthe.de. Although initially hampered by poor reviews, the product won gold medal at the 2008 San Francisco World Spirits Competition.
Aerosmith guitarist Joe Perry has his own range of hot sauces, $7.99 a bottle from Joeperryrocksyourworld.com. The axeman launched the product by saying: "If you’re gonna play, play it loud. If you’re gonna cook, cook with fire."
In 2008 Kanye West branched into the online business with his very own search engine, Searchwithkanyewest.com, a fan-oriented portal that rewards users with artist merchandise and prizes.
Following on from her perfume and accessories line (Glamorized), in 2006 Mariah Carey apparently developed a deluxe tanning lotion laced with 24-carat gold, although it never made it onto the open market.
In 2006 Snoop Dogg launched a range of foot-long hot dogs, marketed as ‘Snoop Doggs’. Snoopâ
The enormous, long-running chart success of Rihanna’s ‘Umbrella’ in 2007, coupled with a period of wet weather in the UK, inspired Def Jam’s marketing team to produce a branded Rihanna umbrella. Manufactured by the UK company Totes, the brollies come in five colours and can be purchased from Totes-isotoner.com, with prices ranging from $9.99 to $50.