It's appropriate on Halloween to expose the myth behind a current story of terror.
Those pesky Canadians are claiming that Glasgow is an extremely dangerous place. It's obviously a ruse by the moose-shagging scamps to hobble Glasgow's (pop: 580,000) chances at landing the 2o14 Commonwealth Games (zzzz).
Glasgow's main rival in the bid is Halifax, Nova Scotia (pop: 22).
The furry-hatted secret task force from across the water were obviously quaking with terror at the paint-bombs going off at the Glasgow housing estate which was the venue for the current Sony Bravia ad.
The delicate souls are clearly behind the ASA complaints about the ad being too reminiscent of 9/11.
I'm therefore reluctant to attribute the complaints to the usual suspects (ad numpties) and point the finger of blame at Canada, where nothing much happens.
The perfect place for the Commonwealth Games, I'd say.
October 24, 2006
One of the week's little pleasures is waiting for the email scandal sheets from Holy Moly and Popbitch to drop into my inbox. A lot of the content is rubbish, but occasionally there's a little pearl in the dung heap.
Last week's Holy Moly featured this astounding example of radio stupidity demonstrated by a provincial DJ.
For those of you unfamiliar with British slang, these (NSFW) are beef curtains.
October 23, 2006
October 20, 2006
October 19, 2006
It’s a curious coincidence that the announcement of the online publication of the
complete works of the Creationists’ Antichrist, Charles Darwin, comes on the same day as press reports about a new book, The 101 Most Influential People Who Never Lived. The subtitle, “How characters of fiction, myth, legends, television, and movies have shaped our society, changed our behavior, and set the course of history”, says almost all you’d need to know about the book. I say almost, because the Amazon blurb makes it clear that the list is the creation of its three authors, and not the result of a poll.
It’s pretty standard newspaper filler, suitable for pub arguments and little else (certainly not worth forking out your hard-earned cash).
There’s the droll revelation that Marlboro Man is number 1 because his biggest influence on society has been to cause the death of millions from cancer, although I’d argue that Ronald McDonald is a bigger villain because of his appeal to children.
But it is curious why this admittedly subjective list doesn’t include the character in whose name people have been tortured and killed consistently since, oh, Old Testament times.
Of course this would render the book unacceptable to believers, but the omission of God from this edition of the book renders it just as invalid to atheists.
The top ten reads: The Marlboro Man; Big Brother; King Arthur; Santa Claus; Hamlet; Dr Frankenstein's Monster; Siegfried; Sherlock Holmes; Romeo and Juliet; Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde.
October 18, 2006
Oh wow – two of my favouritest things in the world are combined in this ad for Gordon’s Gin: alcohol and giraffes. And very cute looking giraffes too. No way am I letting the monkeygirls loose on this one. I won’t tolerate any ad numpty dissing the giffs.
The ad’s a simple but effective ruse by agency BBH to cement the concept of there just being one gin, and it's the brand with the big G.
Gordon’s is the market leader in gin, after all, so supposedly what they’re saying is that having any other gin brand with tonic is ridiculous.
By heck I’m thirsty now.
Tags: FMCG; Giraffes; TV ads
October 17, 2006
I've been keeping this viral campaign on a backburner for a while, because I know how sensitive much of my readership is.
But I figure the time is right, and it's for your own good to see how sexist advertising can be, so watch closely and learn.
This video offering is from Bennetts, a British motorbike insurance company. For some reason, it is full of semi-naked women spanking each other. Don't ask me why.
(Possibly Not Safe For Work)
If you are capable of bearing more of these awful, terrible images, then the Bennetts Babes also star in ads called "Bounce-A-Thong" (semi-naked women on a bouncy castle) and "Water Palaver" (semi-naked women on a bouncy castle with water pistols).
October 16, 2006
Here is an absolute gem from YouTube, from a TV programme I remember seeing a few years ago. Derren Brown is an illusionist and mind trickster - a bit like David Blaine but lower key. His forte is "perceptual manipulation", and this is one of the best examples of his work, where he makes a couple of advertising creatives look a little less clever. It's a superb lesson in subliminal advertising. The last minute of the piece is the real killer.
And so I decided to let a couple of the scantily clad monkeygirls out of their luxury cage to practice their interview techniques. Their brief was to identify likely candidates for a focus group sponsored by a top colostomy bag manufacturer.
October 13, 2006
October 12, 2006
Bo’ Selecta! is a scatalogical comedy series from Britain’s Channel 4 that many people didn’t understand or found too outrageous. In other words, it was always destined to be a cult hit. Most sketches involve ginger scamp Leigh Francis goofing around in atrocious masks, impersonating celebs of varying stature.
Here are some trailers for the new series, Bo’ in the USA. Check out the interview with Jenny McCarthy to get a flavour of The Bear, easily Francis’ rudest, funniest character. Very very NSFW
October 11, 2006
This video has been causing some merriment here, especially amongst those of us who have ever made video conference calls. The action seems too natural for this to be a spoof. Keep an eye on the woman in the top left segment.
October 10, 2006
North Korea’s midget tyrant has spent a fortune on nuclear weaponry while his people are dying because they have too little to eat. Meanwhile his two main critics, the US and Britain, are run by tyrants whose people are dying because they’re eating too much.
And they called Team America a comedy.
Tags: Evil; Media; Politics
Maybe it’s just me, but sometimes I take an instant, visceral, irrational dislike to people in ads. For example, there’s a little twerp in a Dassault Systems ad that I might take aim at in a future post (if I can be arsed), whom I may not have noticed were it not for its continuous airing. But enough of that.
My current victim is this innocent model, who somehow turns an ad with a vague point into something without any point at all.
Who is this dreamy foxy chick? Is her life so empty that she’s fantasising over switching her account to another high street bank? Is she a Lloyds worker, dreaming of her next enthusiastic customer?
I don’t know, and I don’t care, because the dreamy foxy chick pose is a ridiculous distraction, probably foisted upon some unfortunate junior creative at Rainey Kelly Campbell. It really is composition-by-numbers; the pose is a lazy propaganda trick that’s as old as Lenin’s cat, e.g.:
In fact, having taken two random recent examples of print ads featured on CMM News, you can see how easy it is to insert a dreamy propaganda chick.
It also doesn’t help that as one of their long-standing customers, I eventually realised that Lloyds is a rubbish bank anyway.
Tags: Press / outdoor ads
October 09, 2006
October 06, 2006
A miasma of indifference falls across the basement this Friday afternoon. The monkeygirls are drowsing on their cushions. Time then for a little unprovoked xenophobic ad history. Digging through my archives I chance upon this classic from 1989. It’s one of WCRS’s greatest moments, and a prime bit of German bashing.
As if to prove this wasn’t an isolated incident, check out a later Carling / bouncing bomb ad, plus some of the superbly naughty Spitfire press ads here.
This is bound to upset somebody. Oh well.
We take our politics very seriously down here in the busy media basement. It is only a matter of time until the chimps take over. Until then, it is up to my monkey troops to tread carefully.
The current media furore is not of my making. When I dispatched one of my scantily-clad monkeygirls to interview a typical vote-catching political numpty (for one of my other media channels), she obliged when he requested that she remove her monkey mask.
Being able to see mouths and noses would lead to true "face-to-face" conversations with his interviewers, claimed Lord Numpty. “It is clear that scantily clad monkeygirls only dress this way so that men will stare at their breasts.”
October 05, 2006
From the cheap 'n cheerful end of the viral spectrum comes this titillating little video for the swanky Casio Exilim Digital Camera. The brand has had some slick European TV advertising. This film certainly doesn't fall into that category.
See more on the product page (and download as wmv or mov)
Via The Marketing Blog
October 04, 2006
Famous Rob, writing from the depths of his ad-pit, comments on the latest John Smiths campaign. It’s true that it’s not as funny as the previous work featuring Northern comic Peter Kay but as Rob points out, the new work does show some potential. Aimed at an older audience, it has elements of grumpy old man syndrome that’ll appeal to old farts who prefer to savour their pint (like me). I live in hope of getting some real laughs from this new approach.
But will it beat the Kay ads? Not on your nelly. I was rather pleased to find on YouTube the very rude viral version of one of the Kay TV ads.
Here’s the TV version:
And here’s the viral version:
Others from this campaign include
Top Bombing; Mum; ‘Av it (the one Nike complained about because they thought Kay’s line was taking the piss out of their “Just Do It” tag); ...and my personal favourite, Engelbert Humperdinck.
Tags: Celebrities; TV ads; Viral
October 02, 2006
Here's a fascinating new website guaranteed to encourage rage at big business. You Thought We Wouldn't Notice monitors design rip-offs, where small-time designers have had their creations copied by corporations without any acknowledgement. Some of the thieves aren't exactly huge, but it's a fine illustration of the lack of scruples that businesses of any size will employ in their quest to make a fast buck.
This is a trip into the murky world of intellectual property rights, something which will hardly cover the works of "anonymous" artists such as the infamous Banksy whose daubings are probably illegal anyway.
The site is still new, but is well worth checking out from time-to-time if you want to know whose goods you might want to boycott.
Tags: Bigging-up; Culture; Evil