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    I love Serena Williams too, but 4 different adverts... and one of them is "Mama's Gonna Knock You Out", and you know....

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      Originally posted by Squarewheelbike View Post
      Just seen an advert for pasta at Tesco with Sarah Millican pronouncing "tagliatelle" in the completely wrong way. How do things like that get through the various stages of production?
      They seem to have removed a large chunk of the mispronouciation in recent days.

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        Waitrose and John Lewis can get to fuck.

        How dare they take Bohemian Rhapsody and destroy it like they have. Disgraceful and deliberately over the top.

        Oh, and it's 2 and half mins long:

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          Seconded Simon G.

          And that stupid immature Ladbrokes ad with the bloke from The Inbetweeners dressed as some kind of alien/astronaut.

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            Originally posted by Simon G View Post
            How dare they take Bohemian Rhapsody and destroy it like they have.
            More to the point, why inflict that bloody song on people yet again? I mean, hasn't it had every ounce of life throttled from it - either in its original form, or via the relentless cover versions - in the four decades since it emerged?

            Nobody in ad-land has the imagination or creative scope to dig any deeper, obviously.

            Edit: Any commercial that nods to The Inbetweeners, in either content or casting, can f*** right off, as well.
            Last edited by Jah Womble; 08-09-2018, 08:46.

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              In my old job, I once persuaded my nominal superior to use The Fall's "Hot Aftershave Bop" as the background music to some video they'd knocked together to promote the Mini Cooper S.

              When they showed it to the client, the BMW marketing bloke (who, despite being younger than me, had the BMW Marketing Aura that always made their staff seem 20 years older than they were) said, "That's by that group who made "Shiny Happy People", isn't it? What are they called now? It's on the tip of my tongue. Come on, come on, com ... MIDNIGHT OIL!"

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                Just seen that for the first time, and it's every bit as awful as described above. If you want the perfect example of a company that's disappeared up its own arse, look no further than John Lewis.

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                  So they’re extending their ‘Xmas ad’ marketing strategy across the year? To be honest I was intrigued by it in the cinema yesterday, made a change from SUV ads. And that song takes the piss out of itself so I see no sacred untouchable status.

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                    Nope, it's not untouchable. Just done to f***ing death.

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                      I think it’s great.

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                        Originally posted by Jah Womble View Post
                        Nope, it's not untouchable. Just done to f***ing death.
                        And, as SdR alludes to above, the company and their marketing strategy can f***ing do one, frankly.

                        I mean, if we get this in exchange for them producing yet another self-important Christmas ad with some breathy, drippy desecration of a classic song leaking all over it, then I could happily accept it. But they'll guaranteed inflict one of those on us as well before you can turn around. Bleh.

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                          Listening to the radio yesterday, I heard that apparently Elton John has just spent 4 days filming for the new John Lewis Xmas ad...

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                            Sky quite often have adverts cross-promoting with films (especially Pixar ones), which I guess makes sense as the films will be on Sky at some point. Less obvious is the thinking behind the cross-promotion between recruitment company Pertemps and an apparently forthcoming remake of The Grinch.

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                              Originally posted by Simon G View Post
                              Listening to the radio yesterday, I heard that apparently Elton John has just spent 4 days filming for the new John Lewis Xmas ad...
                              Is he hard up at the moment? He's in a Snickers advert as well.

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                                Have we discussed the holiday advert with a cameo from Howard from the Halifax? The guy says 'Wrong advert, Howard'. He should have said 'Wrong fucking decade, Howard!'

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                                  Thankfully I don't have to put up with John Lewis commercials.

                                  "Come And Get Your Love' by Redbone seems to be in at least three ads over here at the moment.I don't begrudge the Vegas boys, or their estates, a few bucks but it does seem to be a lot.

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                                    Why is it in advertising that when someone is working late,they are always on their own in an enormous office. Where's everyone else? Are they being punished?

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                                      Because theirs needs to be the only car in the parking lot in order for the long shots to work

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                                        Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
                                        Have we discussed the holiday advert with a cameo from Howard from the Halifax? The guy says 'Wrong advert, Howard'. He should have said 'Wrong fucking decade, Howard!'
                                        Well, quite. I'd imagine around 60% of the watching audience wouldn't know what the hell that's all about. And I'd imagine most of the remaining 40% wish they didn't.

                                        Those 'Captain Obvious' ads could be so much better were they actually to employ a decent writer to script them.

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                                          "It's June, Dad."
                                          "Hullo, June. Have you seen my parsnip shaped like Michael Parkinson?"

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                                            So there are those really annoying Nationwide adverts with the girl and boy in the photo booth, who might be a couple, or teenage crush on gay friend, or whatever.

                                            Then there's the ad for Gumtree where a couple magic up a sofa and then sit on it. I'm sure the girl on the sofa is the girl from the photo booth. Clearly she's moved on.

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                                              There is a bizarre advert for SAP (no, me neither) doing the rounds fronted by Clive Owen which is based on two incredibly unlikely notions ;

                                              a) that Clive Owen would be widely recognised as an actor nowadays
                                              b) that the world's problems such as climate change and the gender gap would be best solved by...er, business.

                                              The first point is reinforced in the extended US version by someone being shoehorned in to directly address Owen by his full name in the hope that it will make the penny drop for viewers :

                                              Last edited by Ray de Galles; 12-10-2018, 12:46.

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                                                Originally posted by Ray de Galles View Post
                                                There is a bizarre advert for SAP (no, me neither)
                                                It's why TSG 1899 Hoffenheim are where they are.

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                                                  "Mainstream" adverts for the likes of SAP, Oracle, Salesforce, AWS, etc all seem to me to be aimed at elevating the brand into the "no one ever got fired for buying IBM" position in the minds of corporate honchos.

                                                  I wouldn't think that they have any impact whatsoever on actual IT professionals, but there are enough here to tell me if I'm wrong.

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                                                    Originally posted by Patrick Thistle View Post
                                                    So there are those really annoying Nationwide adverts with the girl and boy in the photo booth, who might be a couple, or teenage crush on gay friend, or whatever.

                                                    Then there's the ad for Gumtree where a couple magic up a sofa and then sit on it. I'm sure the girl on the sofa is the girl from the photo booth. Clearly she's moved on.
                                                    Those photo booth ads are so insufferably smug.

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