Sunday, April 13, 2008

Strictly COMMERCIAL...
...or, sound bytes that you love to hate...

Some TV commercials make ya just wanna throw your TV out the nearest third-story window, because they're either irritating, or they're shown 187 times in any given evening, or in some cases both...(The Political Ad bombardment in Primary states comes to mind, although I'm sure we'll all be subjected to that particular ad-deluge come fall).

I do believe that 'mute' buttons around the country get a workout when an especially irritating commercial moment presents itself; if I see, for example, the bearded Billy Mays advertising another STUPID PRODUCT I CAN'T LIVE WITHOUT, in that high, whiny paint-peeling voice of his, I'm ready to switch over to PBS and watch the world's dullest-ever interviewer, Charlie Rose, and never change the channel again! (PBS may be dull, but at least I've never seen Billy Mays on it.) Maybe Charlie Rose should sell stupid products and Billy May could interview people. That would be interesting to see...

I can't get enough of the Geico Gecko...he's a cute, unassuming little guy, who, if the commercial is to believed, has an inordinate amount of trouble trying to get a drink from a fountain in the park. He speaks in a clipped English accent, and reportedly saves people a lot of dough on their car insurance. I know that the life of an advertising Icon such as the Gecko can be tragically brief; (the Taco Bell chihuahua, for eenstance...) however, our Little Green Geico Friend has stuck around the airwaves for a couple of years now, and Geico seems to be constantly coming up with new ways to insert him in their sales pitches. Me, I'd kinda like to see the Geico Gecko take on Hulk Hogan...now, THAT would be unforgettable.

There is another one of nature's creatures who is being depicted on a series of commercials; I don't hate him yet, but he's getting to be a bit irritating after all this time...he turns up in Barbershops, on Nascar tracks, on Front Porches, in Accountants' offices and elsewhere...well, here's a Commercial Adaptation of this Advertising Icon you haven't seen yet...
www.spokesmanreview.com/blogs/hbo couldn't duck my efforts to malign another of their photos.
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So why did the Taco-Bell chihuahua disappear into advertising oblivion? Probably too many jokes going around about "dog-meat tacos"...

2 Comments:

Blogger Dogwalkmusings said...

And I thought you didn't have birds any more!

6:45 PM  
Blogger Idaho Escapee said...

Well...although I don't, perhaps this post was 'for the birds'?In a couple weeks, I'll have some news on the bird front...ssshhhh...don't tell anyone...

7:24 PM  

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