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(June 4, 2001) -- VF Corp.'s Lee Co. is tapping music industry big shots to boost the status of its Buddy Lee character for a new campaign called "Be like Buddy Lee."

The music video-styled campaign for Lee Dungarees breaks July 30 from Publicis Groupe's Fallon, Minneapolis. T-Bone Burnett wrote the score, which is sung by country artist Junior Brown. Rapper Chuck D of Public Enemy and actor Curtis Armstrong (Booger from "Revenge of the Nerds") also will make cameo appearances.

Each 30-second spot sets up the celebrities in a scene of near-disaster from which Buddy saves them to prove the the tagline's payoff: "You can't bust 'em."

ESPN will be the major media outlet, with TV on ESPN, ESPN2, and sponsorship of ESPN's game show Two-Minute Drill, plus print in ESPN the Magazine.

Online components will include,, and the Buddy Lee micro site. -- Kate MacArthur

Copyright June 2001, Crain Communications Inc.

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