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badkittypriestess
01-15-2007, 11:12 PM
clear blue easy (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1075655105397704666)

This commercial is so bad!! The wording got changed since the video...showing "supposed" pee hitting the stick and he even said pee! Give me a break, women know how to use a pregnancy test! In the changed commercial he goes ahem, you know....instead of saying pee.The word "Pee" or saying "Pee" doesn't bother me but It was a dumb commercial. The announcer even had the deep voice going on. Blech!
Sorry I just had to rant about the commercial. The music is even dramatic! Please forgive me but I just had to post it. :D

DMark
01-16-2007, 12:20 AM
I am still impressed with the marketing department for "Head On"...a truly obnoxious commercial that was universally hated and found annoying by everyone who ever saw it, but they turned around and created a new commercial, using snippets from the old one, and said that last commercial was horrible but the product is good.

Someone should get a big bonus check for making lemonade out of that lemon of a commercial.

Snarky_Kong
01-16-2007, 12:28 AM
I am still impressed with the marketing department for "Head On"...a truly obnoxious commercial that was universally hated and found annoying by everyone who ever saw it, but they turned around and created a new commercial, using snippets from the old one, and said that last commercial was horrible but the product is good.

Someone should get a big bonus check for making lemonade out of that lemon of a commercial.

Yeah, but was it a horrible commercial? The purpose of a commercial is to get you to buy a product, everybody knows about head on, I'd say it was a good commercial.

Bobotheoptimist
01-16-2007, 12:31 AM
But how do you use this "Head On"? Does one take it internally?

Dr. Rieux
01-16-2007, 12:52 AM
But how do you use this "Head On"? Does one take it internally?
(picks up sledgehammer with "Head On" label)
Here, allow me to demonstrate...
:D

Hippy Hollow
01-16-2007, 12:54 AM
Oh boy, there's a bunch.

The one with Total when the teenaged daughter gets hold of the mom's jeans from her hippy days. (Were they mothballed? Because else... ew!) Mom gets all competitive and decides to eat Total for a month, which will make her poo out the excess weight, and then she walks downstairs in her old jeans.

So many problems here. First, is it healthy for a mom to be in competition with her own daughter over some old-assed jeans? Second, mom looks like a bony battleaxe. I'm a little scared when I see her on the screen. Last, there's this atrocious version of "I Want You Back" playing in the background. Sucks.

The Jay-Z commercial for Budweiser. Christ almighty, this is the much-heralded comeback? And aren't the Hype Williams style videos with the flashy cars and boats out of fashion onw? Song sucks, dances suck... it generally is quite horrible.

The "Dollarmenuaires" commercial for McDonalds. They are trying to take off the VH1 "Best Week Ever" type of show. The talking head is "Jeremy Miller," delivering snark about these losers who can only afford the cheapest shit on the menu. Jeremy Miller looks slightly familiar but I don't know who the hell he is, or why he should even get any billing by name on the ad is beyond me. I did some googling and it turns up that he is the actor who played Ben Seaver on "Growing Pains!"

[silence]

He's got a hell of an agent, I'll tell you. When's the last time Ben Seaver crossed your mind?

Jeff Lichtman
01-16-2007, 12:56 AM
Yeah, but was it a horrible commercial? The purpose of a commercial is to get you to buy a product, everybody knows about head on, I'd say it was a good commercial.

Good for whom? It probably was a good commercial for the company that makes Head On, but it was a bad commercial for me and all the other people who cringed every time it played. None of us is obliged to judge a commercial on the same basis that the advertiser judges it.

I suspect, BTW, that the follow-up Head On commercials were conceived in advance - that it was a deliberate strategy to make an extremely annoying series of commercials, then play off the annoyance in later commercials.

To me, the most annoying recent commercial was the BMW Christmas ad with the screaming children. These kids were supposed to be happy, but it sounded like they were being murdered. Even if one realized the children were expressing joy, it was done in such a way that they appeared in need of psychiatric treatment. The commercial was toned down after a while - I guess the ad wasn't creating the public reaction that BMW wanted.

Bryan Ekers
01-16-2007, 12:58 AM
There's one for some bottle-water company that makes the eww! icky! gross! point that water for your toilet and water for your sink come from the same source. After the initial showings, someone must have complained because a small legal line was added admitting that municipal water was perfectly safe for drinking.

MadTheSwine
01-16-2007, 12:59 AM
But how do you use this "Head On"? Does one take it internally?

Seems like I heard somewheres that you put it right on your head,IIRC.

One new commercial that irritates me is the Mercury Milan ad,right at the end when the dude says "this is better than the bosses car" and the gal driving says "don't tell her that". How clever :rolleyes: .

Telperien
01-16-2007, 01:02 AM
I think most commercials are horrible, but my least favorite currently is the Cialis one with the couple who are obviously getting ready to have sex, and then visitors arrive. However, when said visitors leave, the couple doesn't resume their preparations, but instead goes off for a drive. I feel like the commercial is trying to emphasize the whole lasting thirty-six hours bit of the medication. I imagine a timer in the corner of the screen ticking away the hours.

I also hate those idiotic Sonic commercials wherein two stupid people in a car are munching or slurping away on some Sonic food or drink and saying really stupid things about the stuff. Near the end, there's always this smacking sound which I imagine to be the idiots in the commercial being hit in the heads.

Robot Arm
01-16-2007, 01:24 AM
There's a Kia commercial where the Happy Smiling Staff at a car dealership are singing "So Long, Farewell" (from The Sound of Music) to the new cars that are being driven out of the showroom. I can handle the LCD intelligence level in most commercials, but this one strikes me as just egregiously stupid.

The blonde is very cute, though.

Leaper
01-16-2007, 01:45 AM
The "Dollarmenuaires" commercial for McDonalds. They are trying to take off the VH1 "Best Week Ever" type of show. The talking head is "Jeremy Miller," delivering snark about these losers who can only afford the cheapest shit on the menu. Jeremy Miller looks slightly familiar but I don't know who the hell he is, or why he should even get any billing by name on the ad is beyond me.


I think it's supposed to be a parody of those "Best Week Ever" type shows on VH1 with celeb/comedian commentators talking about various people and clips of the day.

kiz
01-16-2007, 02:11 AM
There's a Kia commercial where the Happy Smiling Staff at a car dealership are singing "So Long, Farewell" (from The Sound of Music) to the new cars that are being driven out of the showroom. I can handle the LCD intelligence level in most commercials, but this one strikes me as just egregiously stupid.


AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARGH!!!!!

Mr. Kiz HAS to leave the room every time it comes on. I have to sing along to drown them out.

Sublight
01-16-2007, 03:58 AM
This one grossed me out so much I didn't even see the name of the product.

It's a liquid cold remedy that comes with a cup with two little tubes sticking out the side. The young lady in the ad pours the liquid into the cup, places the tubes up her nose, and then cheerfully tilts her head back.

The commercial then goes to an animated silhouette of her head, showing her mouth and nasal passages in cut-away. The back of her nose is crawling with spiky black germs, green wriggling bacteria, and other assorted filth. The liquid rushes through her sinuses, flushing out the crap to the back of her throat, where it then flows into her mouth...

...and then we return to a live-action shot of the woman as she spits out the liquid and smiles at the camera.

Kamino Neko
01-16-2007, 04:04 AM
There's one for some bottle-water company that makes the eww! icky! gross! point that water for your toilet and water for your sink come from the same source. After the initial showings, someone must have complained because a small legal line was added admitting that municipal water was perfectly safe for drinking.

That's for Brita filters. I hate that damn commercial. So much. Probably more so since they added the legalese.

On fact...that commercial is my one and only candidate for this thread. My hate for it burns too brightly to allow me to see any other bad commercials.

Bryan Ekers
01-16-2007, 04:58 AM
It doesn't bother me personally, but I know several members have complained about the Lamisil ad (http://www.slate.com/id/2085432/) in which a yellow demon-like creature pulls up someone's toenail and dives under it, scratching at the nailbed with his spiky claws....

I only mention it because I'm a cruel bastard of a man. :D

Mangetout
01-16-2007, 04:59 AM
Yeah, but was it a horrible commercial? The purpose of a commercial is to get you to buy a product, everybody knows about head on, I'd say it was a good commercial.'Everybody knows about' does not necessarily equate to 'everybody will buy'.
I honestly think this "Yes, the commercial was utter shite and everyone despises it, but at least they're talking about your product, so it's a huge success!" is a concept invented by advertising execs, hoping to still get paid after having failed miserably.

Eve
01-16-2007, 08:45 AM
clear blue easy (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1075655105397704666)

This commercial is so bad!! The wording got changed since the video...showing "supposed" pee hitting the stick and he even said pee! Give me a break, women know how to use a pregnancy test! In the changed commercial he goes ahem, you know....instead of saying pee.The word "Pee" or saying "Pee" doesn't bother me but It was a dumb commercial. The announcer even had the deep voice going on. Blech!
Sorry I just had to rant about the commercial. The music is even dramatic! Please forgive me but I just had to post it. :DSee, I like that commercial: dramatic music, and the v/o saying portentiously, "It's the most technologically advanced product you'll ever . . . you know." Which is funnier (the announcer being "embarrassed") than just saying "pee on."

VunderBob
01-16-2007, 09:05 AM
But how do you use this "Head On"? Does one take it internally?
Rectally...

Gangster Octopus
01-16-2007, 10:03 AM
For some reason I cannot put my finger on, I cannot stand the Dodge truck commercial with the Rock'em Sock'em Robots. I just get angry when I watch and I cannot figure out why.

Scarlett67
01-16-2007, 10:18 AM
Yeah, but was it a horrible commercial? The purpose of a commercial is to get you to buy a product, everybody knows about head on, I'd say it was a good commercial.
OK, I'd never heard of it before I started seeing these commercials, and I still have no idea what it is. (Haven't bothered to Google yet.) I still get a "Happy Fun Ball" vibe every time I see them, they seem so fake.

Cheesesteak
01-16-2007, 10:21 AM
'Everybody knows about' does not necessarily equate to 'everybody will buy'.
I honestly think this "Yes, the commercial was utter shite and everyone despises it, but at least they're talking about your product, so it's a huge success!" is a concept invented by advertising execs, hoping to still get paid after having failed miserably.The fact that they can continue to afford TV advertising is proof enough that the ads are working. They're selling tubes of wax for headache relief, for cryin out loud, advertising is the only thing they have.

Antigen
01-16-2007, 10:26 AM
Horrible commercials?

Vonage.

I don't care how good their product is. Subjecting me to that goddamned "woo-woo-woo" all the freaking time, always louder than the rest of the ads on TV, guarantees that they will never ever get my money.

Bosda Di'Chi of Tricor
01-16-2007, 10:28 AM
Several years ago, Jack-In-The-Box burgers ran a commercial...I still feel queasy.

In it, a man pulls up to a gas pump labeled Burgers, puts the hose muzzle to the mouth, & pumps a horrible brown GOO into it.

The GOO closely resembles raw sewage. Or diarrhaea.

UGH!

Dad & I wrote & called Jack-In-The-Box Coroprate to complain. :mad: :mad: :mad:

Who needs to see such things during the dinner hour? Or at all! :mad: :mad: :mad:

I guess a lot of other did, too, because it was yanked at Warp Speed.

That one backfired. I can't pass a Jack-In-The-Box without feeling ill.

FatBaldGuy
01-16-2007, 10:31 AM
My reaction when I saw the original Head On commercial for the first time was, Isn't it interesting that they make absolutely no claim concerning what the product is supposed to do? Even in the follow-up ads, they still make no claim about the efficacy of the product, or even mention the word "headache."

Of course, this allows them to skirt the FDA regulations, since they don't actually claim that the product does anything, there is no false or misleading advertising involved.

Diogenes the Cynic
01-16-2007, 10:48 AM
OK, I'd never heard of it before I started seeing these commercials, and I still have no idea what it is. (Haven't bothered to Google yet.) I still get a "Happy Fun Ball" vibe every time I see them, they seem so fake.
It's allegedly a homeopathic headache remedy. They claim you can touch it to your forehead and the headache goes away. Chemical analysis shows it to be 100% wax. The standard homepathic claim is that when the active ingredient (whatever it is) is dissolved in a medium (usually water, in this case wax), it somehow changes the molecules of the medium and the more you dilute it the more "powerful" it gets. Then they sell you vials of water and crayons to rub on your head. It's a lucrative industry because it seems that people will believe almost anything.

VunderBob
01-16-2007, 10:51 AM
It's allegedly a homeopathic headache remedy. They claim you can touch it to your forehead and the headache goes away. Chemical analysis shows it to be 100% wax. The standard homepathic claim is that when the active ingredient (whatever it is) is dissolved in a medium (usually water, in this case wax), it somehow changes the molecules of the medium and the more you dilute it the more "powerful" it gets. Then they sell you vials of water and crayons to rub on your head. It's a lucrative industry because it seems that people will believe almost anything.

When I'm in a restaraunt, I order homeopathic iced tea, meaning ice water. I have yet to find anyone who gets the joke.

FatBaldGuy
01-16-2007, 10:52 AM
It's allegedly a homeopathic headache remedy. They claim you can touch it to your forehead and the headache goes away.No, they don't. All they claim is, "Apply directly to the forehead." Where in the ads does it say anything about headaches going away?

Liberal
01-16-2007, 10:54 AM
I can see how it might help a stress headache. The person rubs it on his head and the very confidence that he has in its effectiveness reduces his stress. Thinking similarly, however, he could do the same thing rubbing a potato on his head. So the test results are skewed by a cum hoc fallacy: "I put the wax on my head. My headache went away. The wax cured me."

Diogenes the Cynic
01-16-2007, 10:58 AM
No, they don't. All they claim is, "Apply directly to the forehead." Where in the ads does it say anything about headaches going away?
I'll take you word for about the TV ads (I don't remember), but it's definitely marketed elsewhere (http://www.nextag.com/head_-_on/search-html) as a pain reliever.

nashiitashii
01-16-2007, 10:58 AM
To me, the most annoying recent commercial was the BMW Christmas ad with the screaming children. These kids were supposed to be happy, but it sounded like they were being murdered. Even if one realized the children were expressing joy, it was done in such a way that they appeared in need of psychiatric treatment. The commercial was toned down after a while - I guess the ad wasn't creating the public reaction that BMW wanted.

I despise that commercial as I see the reaction of the kids as a reflection of the advertisers' societal expectations of children as loud, ill-behaved monsters who haven't been taught that they can express their feelings without being obnoxious about it. (As a side note, I asked my mother one time while we were viewing this commercial if any of us kids had ever behaved like that. Her reaction: "I would have never allowed you to act like that.") This, in turn, makes me wonder about the people who are "supposed" to be driving these vehicles. Do they have ill-behaved children that reflect their own self-centered and aggrandizing tendencies? Do they burst into loud fits of emotion any time they feel something, whether it be good or bad? Are we as a society "supposed" to be viewing this as any sort of model behavior? Why on earth would we want to follow this example of behavior?

This one grossed me out so much I didn't even see the name of the product.

It's a liquid cold remedy that comes with a cup with two little tubes sticking out the side. The young lady in the ad pours the liquid into the cup, places the tubes up her nose, and then cheerfully tilts her head back.

The commercial then goes to an animated silhouette of her head, showing her mouth and nasal passages in cut-away. The back of her nose is crawling with spiky black germs, green wriggling bacteria, and other assorted filth. The liquid rushes through her sinuses, flushing out the crap to the back of her throat, where it then flows into her mouth...

...and then we return to a live-action shot of the woman as she spits out the liquid and smiles at the camera.

You, sir, have viewed a commercial for the strangest version of a neti pot that I have ever heard of. Normally, when rinsing one's sinuses, the water goes in one nostril and out the other. You tilt your head in a certain direction to make sure the water doesn't go to the back of your throat. Either way, I can't imagine that commercial being appetizing at all, as the "contraption" in my head reminds me of this new Billy Mays-related toilet bowl cleaner (http://www.kaboomkaboom.com/product.m?sku=135096A00&source=adwords-kaboom-toilet-cleaner) cleaner that's been advertised lately.

By the way, I hate any commercial with Billy Mays in it. He's the most annoying announcer that's been in regular commercials.

Lissa
01-16-2007, 11:15 AM
My reaction when I saw the original Head On commercial for the first time was, Isn't it interesting that they make absolutely no claim concerning what the product is supposed to do? Even in the follow-up ads, they still make no claim about the efficacy of the product, or even mention the word "headache."

Of course, this allows them to skirt the FDA regulations, since they don't actually claim that the product does anything, there is no false or misleading advertising involved.

The original ads for it did. I remember seeing them before the FDA pounced and was a bit amused by the new wording afterwards.

Merijeek
01-16-2007, 11:18 AM
The blonde is very cute, though.

Dude...are you like my long lost twin brother or something?

Oh, and to add to the list there's a local (very black) tax service that is doing some cheese-dick white vs. black 'Dukes of Hazzard' thing.

You know those local car dealership commercials with a couple inbred jackasses who think they're clever? It's like that but with lower production values and more pretentiousness - they even did it in black and white!

-Joe, wantin' his 30 second tax refund check

saoirse
01-16-2007, 11:49 AM
I was going to start a thread like this, but now I can't remember either of the two commercials that inspired it.

Oh, wait. Actually, that's not that bad.

Antigen
01-16-2007, 12:19 PM
By the way, I hate any commercial with Billy Mays in it. He's the most annoying announcer that's been in regular commercials.
Every time he comes on the TV I want to whimper "why are you yelling at me?"

KSO
01-16-2007, 12:25 PM
I don't understand the Cialis commercials where the couple ends up in separate bathtubs on a hillside. WTF is that all about?

saoirse
01-16-2007, 12:38 PM
I don't understand the Cialis commercials where the couple ends up in separate bathtubs on a hillside. WTF is that all about?

Well that's obvious. They're about to push off and race to the bottom of the hill.

gigi
01-16-2007, 01:22 PM
He's got a hell of an agent, I'll tell you. When's the last time Ben Seaver crossed your mind?Recently, during the "Child Stars Grown Up" special. ;)

I hate the one for man-zyme or whatever it is; the guy picking up the hot dancing woman at the club. Be "ready", gents, for what looks like an anonymous hook-up. And yet she knows all about him not being on a prescription but being on man-zyme. :rolleyes:

Marley23
01-16-2007, 01:32 PM
The "Dollarmenuaires" commercial for McDonalds.
I think the ones with the people in the burger suits are worse. They're trying to be amusing by being awful, and while they ARE awful, they still aren't funny.

Hal Briston
01-16-2007, 01:34 PM
I also hate those idiotic Sonic commercials wherein two stupid people in a car are munching or slurping away on some Sonic food or drink and saying really stupid things about the stuff.What bugs the shit out of me about that one is where they're eating. Take a look next to the driver's head next time it's on -- they're sitting at the drive-thru menu board. In my world, if you go through the drive-thru, get your food, and then pull around and parkb in the drive-thru, someone is going to take a tire iron to your car window.

To me, the most annoying recent commercial was the BMW Christmas ad with the screaming children. These kids were supposed to be happy, but it sounded like they were being murdered.I had less of a problem with that one once I found out that it wasn't made to be a commercial -- that's an actual home movie of two kids going apeshit for a N64 (edited to be a some kind of robot for the commercial).

dwc1970
01-16-2007, 01:42 PM
There's a commercial for some decongestant that shows two yellowish blobs representing mucus. It's just about as bad as the Lamisil yellow toenails ads... ick!

There's a new Axe body wash commercial that shows hundreds of bikini-clad women converging onto the beach towards the dude. Yeah, as if...

I'll second Vonage. I have that damn infernal "whoo hoo hoo" jingle looping in my mind right now.

hawksgirl
01-16-2007, 01:43 PM
What bugs the shit out of me about that one is where they're eating. Take a look next to the driver's head next time it's on -- they're sitting at the drive-thru menu board. In my world, if you go through the drive-thru, get your food, and then pull around and parkb in the drive-thru, someone is going to take a tire iron to your car window.
At Sonic, you park, there is a menu beside your space, and teens on rollerblades come to deliver your food. So they aren't in a drive-thru.

Anastasaeon
01-16-2007, 01:47 PM
There's a Kia commercial where the Happy Smiling Staff at a car dealership are singing "So Long, Farewell" (from The Sound of Music) to the new cars that are being driven out of the showroom. I can handle the LCD intelligence level in most commercials, but this one strikes me as just egregiously stupid.

The blonde is very cute, though.

It's been playing so often it's driving me insane. Last night, after my husband picked me up from work, we were pulling into our driveway, and the damn jingle came on the radio. Mr. Stasaeon, however, saved the day for me, when, as the commercial began: "So long, farewell..." he clicks the radio off, looks at me, and continues singing, "...and thanks for all the fi-ish!"

Apparently, not having watched The Sound of Music, the song makes him think instead of the recent Hitchhiker's Guide opening music.

Weirddave
01-16-2007, 01:48 PM
I don't understand the Cialis commercials where the couple ends up in separate bathtubs on a hillside. WTF is that all about?
Safe sex.

Dung Beetle
01-16-2007, 02:28 PM
I prefer the original Head On commercial to the new version. The "acting" is so awful, I think they must have just borrowed the janitor or the secretary to film those spots.

The commercial that really bugs me right now is the radio commercial for McDonald's iced tea. It has a nice girl asking her grandmother if she would like some tea. The grandmother accepts and the girl says, "Earl Grey or Orange Pekoe?" Right away, the grandmother gets all belligerent and starts detailing all the criteria her ice tea has to meet. Fuck you, grandma! You'll be drinking your own denture-water before I offer you anything again.

Another stupid one from TV is 1-800-MONEY-FAST (or something like that). The commercial is the usual paycheck-advance crapola but I find it very amusing that all of the operators who are standing by just happen to be pretty young women exposing maximum cleavage. If you were watching this commercial with the sound off, you'd probably think it was one of those late-night chat line ads. I've started to think of that commercial as 1-800-MONEY-BOOBS.

gigi
01-16-2007, 02:29 PM
Safe sex.
Are you kidding? Do you know how many accidents take place in the bathroom each year...oh, wait. Maybe removing the tub from the room would solve the problem.

Voyager
01-16-2007, 02:49 PM
When I'm in a restaraunt, I order homeopathic iced tea, meaning ice water. I have yet to find anyone who gets the joke.
Someday someone is going to give you the water and charge you twice as much as for a normal glass of iced tea.

Ludovic
01-16-2007, 02:52 PM
Well, a commercial definitively doesn't work if it not only is so annoying that I refuse to buy the product but refuse to watch the program/web site that carries the ad!

Yes, I'm talking about an ad for a certain website that's plastered over the Internet. I'm seriously thinking about getting ad blockers for the first time ever.

Now, if I could only find a complaint email for cnn.com without having to go to the web page and risk the chance of seeing the ad...

Jodi
01-16-2007, 03:01 PM
[QUOTE=dwc1970]There's a commercial for some decongestant that shows two yellowish blobs representing mucus. It's just about as bad as the Lamisil yellow toenails ads... ick!

Similarly, I hate the animated phlegm commercials which show the phlegm guy (and, in other one, the phlegm kid) setting up "house" in people's lungs.

Actually, "animated phlegm" is pretty much all you need to say to sum up what's wrong with the ads.

Jeep's Phoenix
01-16-2007, 03:12 PM
Right now I'm hating the Juicy Juice commercials that depict high fructose corn syrup as some unnatural chemical. I'm truly surprised the corn industry hasn't attacked them for it yet. (And I'm pretty sure that isn't real corn syrup they're slinging around in those commercials; it doesn't look right.)

Beaucarnea
01-16-2007, 03:19 PM
clear blue easy (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1075655105397704666)

This commercial is so bad!! The wording got changed since the video...showing "supposed" pee hitting the stick and he even said pee! Give me a break, women know how to use a pregnancy test! In the changed commercial he goes ahem, you know....instead of saying pee.The word "Pee" or saying "Pee" doesn't bother me but It was a dumb commercial. The announcer even had the deep voice going on. Blech!
Sorry I just had to rant about the commercial. The music is even dramatic! Please forgive me but I just had to post it. :D

I'm sorry, badkittypriestess, I like this one- I find it funny. For years it seemed that advertising executives felt that only men had a sense of humor (as evidenced by Budweiser and GoDaddy) and it is nice to see women get a chance to get a giggle as well. Granted, the ad execs missed the chance to have 5 or so Speedo clad men appear to cavort about the bathroom as soon as the stick is peed upon, but still. Baby steps.

The commercial is shown during programming aimed at a female audience, technology and scientific advancement is stressed, and the word "pee" is an everyday, common word used acceptably everywhere except the dinner table and a business meeting. If I were to believe commercials for feminine products made over the last thirty years, then my down there needs to be powdered, aerosoled, defoliated, and flooded with caustic concoctions designed to disguise or otherwise misrepresent my man trap. No dancing around the subject with this product- I appreciate the truthiness of the commercial.

What do we do when we think we might be pregnant? Do we run ecstatically through a field of daisies wearing a prissy white virginal gown? Nah. We pee on a stick. Makes sense to me.

Max the Immortal
01-16-2007, 03:36 PM
I hate that Wendy's commercial where there are two guys, one eating a Wendy's value meal, and the other eating the itty-bitty value meal from a competitor. The guy with the miniature meal whispers to the other, "2.99". The guy with the Wendy's meal whispers back, "2.99". This in and of itself isn't that bad. The problem is that they run the same commercial up here in Canada, and because of the exchange rate, they have it dubbed so that they each whisper "3.99". In fact, the dubbing sounds so similar that it seems like they planned to do this from the get-go. It gives the impression that Wendy's thinks that we don't also get american channels up here. At the very least, it's a cheap-ass hand-me-down of a commercial. Furthermore, it acknowledges that value meals are much smaller than they used to be, and really just says, "At least our tiny value-meals aren't as tiny as the McDonald's value meals.". 3.99 used to get you a full-sized combo meal, and no matter how you advertise it, the new value meals are just a bad deal. To run ads trying to pass this off as a good deal is just plain insulting.

And yes, I do boycott companies that run advertising. I will boycott Wendy's for at least as long as they run these commercials. I'm glad that Subway stopped running those dreadful commercials with Jon Lovitz, because I can now lift my Subway boycott. I don't care how bad of a headache I have, I'm not going to buy any Head-On. I may never buy Robitussin on account of their Dr. Mom commercials (even if they aren't running them next cold season). The list goes on and on.

Ghanima
01-16-2007, 03:50 PM
Fuck you, grandma! You'll be drinking your own denture-water before I offer you anything again.

Out of context, this quote is funny as hell.

gigi
01-16-2007, 04:00 PM
What do we do when we think we might be pregnant? Do we run ecstatically through a field of daisies wearing a prissy white virginal gown? Nah. We pee on a stick. Makes sense to me.I like the commercial for its parody value, but we're talking pregnancy here. In most cases either it's someone who pleasepleaseplease don't let me be pregnant, or pleasepleaseplease let me be pregnant. Not something to joke about.

Speaking of which, I love the one:

"Wouldn't it be great to know the moment you got pregnant?"*


*No pregnancy test can test for the moment you get pregnant.

And actually, no. Could I get my rocks off first and then think about whether I'm pregnant?

Spice Weasel
01-16-2007, 04:18 PM
I haven't had access to actual broadcast television for two or three years now, but when I do catch a glimpse every now and then it kills me how obnoxious the commercials are. The ones I really find amusing show the aproned housewife struggling to figure out a way to clean her floors or get stains out of the laundry.... then some big burly man comes out of nowhere and leads her around showing her the proper way to clean a home. Meanwhile she's just nodding and staring up at him adoringly. You don't really notice it when you watch TV all the time... but when you catch that stuff after two years of TV celibacy it's so beyond the scope of reality it seems like a cartoon.

Reminds me of this:
http://www.theonion.com/content/node/38845

John DiFool
01-16-2007, 07:19 PM
I hate those annoying dancing Pepto Bismol people: "My bowels are finally moving properly and I feel so good I think I'll dance!"

Lissa
01-16-2007, 08:47 PM
The commercials that have been irking me the most lately are ones for law firms.

"Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault? You may be entitled to money for your injuries plus money for your pain and suffering. The law limits the time you have to file claims, so call today and get the money you deserve!"

It's not the service which bothers me because injured people should get representation; it's the crushing emphasis the announcers put on the word money. It has all the subtlety of a stomping rhinocerous, and I've heard this strange over-emphasis used in several different commercials.

Fionn
01-16-2007, 09:00 PM
[QUOTE=dwc1970]There's a commercial for some decongestant that shows two yellowish blobs representing mucus. It's just about as bad as the Lamisil yellow toenails ads... ick!

Similarly, I hate the animated phlegm commercials which show the phlegm guy (and, in other one, the phlegm kid) setting up "house" in people's lungs.

Actually, "animated phlegm" is pretty much all you need to say to sum up what's wrong with the ads.

I loath this ad as well, but I have to confess it did prompt me to ask "How about some Mucinex?" a few days ago, when my girlfriend was having chest congestion. It seems to work.

Valgard
01-16-2007, 09:54 PM
Maybe they're local to the SF Bay Area but those damn awful Mitsubishi commercials make me change the radio station at light speed. Some throaty-voiced jackass who sounds like the love child of Adam Corolla and Lemmy.

"Hello ma'am, I'm here to talk about Mitsubishi!"

Commercials are why I love me some public broadcasting. I listen to NPR a lot, and every time I switch to commercial stations it astonishes me how much of their time is spent hawking crap. I'm happy to pledge a few bucks each year to help keep KQED running.

John DiFool
01-16-2007, 10:37 PM
The commercials that have been irking me the most lately are ones for law firms.

"Have you been injured in an accident that was not your fault? You may be entitled to money for your injuries plus money for your pain and suffering. The law limits the time you have to file claims, so call today and get the money you deserve!"

It's not the service which bothers me because injured people should get representation; it's the crushing emphasis the announcers put on the word money. It has all the subtlety of a stomping rhinocerous, and I've heard this strange over-emphasis used in several different commercials.

In our neck of the woods the lawyers are rather sanctimonious, and make it seem
like they are saints sent by God Almighty Himself to save you from the Evil Whoevers.
One even has a site called ForThePeople.com-my friend and I call it ForTheMoney.com.

troubledwater
01-16-2007, 11:21 PM
I've been having mixed feelings about the new Office Depot commercial with the disembodied hand in a box. My first thought was that it's just wrong to use this motif without a nod to Charles Addams. On further thought, I was willing to concede that maybe it's a gutsy move.
The problem is, there is an even newer commercial in the latest round of anit-smoking ads - featuring various body parts protuding from garbage cans. So now when I see the Office Depot hand, I'm either thinking "Addams Family ripoff" or "gruesome visuals that would would be considered overdone on CSI."

Dr. Rieux
01-17-2007, 01:17 AM
I hate those annoying dancing Pepto Bismol people: "My bowels are finally moving properly and I feel so good I think I'll dance!"
Have you seen th eone for PeptoMax witht he giant Japanese monsters and robots?

gotpasswords
01-17-2007, 10:28 AM
And a particularly pained-looking Paul Bunyan. Bleah...


The Office Depot hand - yeah, I thought of Thing right from the start.

Didn't FedEx have a commercial with Thing several years ago, or was that just a hyper-blatant placement in an Addams Family movie?

ralph124c
01-17-2007, 11:01 AM
All of those "Erectile Dysfunction" Drug adds crack me up! The dislaimer" See your doctor if erections last OVER 4 hours"-isn't that the idea! They ought to show the guy trying to get an appointmemt:
-(Nurse) " "why do you want to see the doctor?"
-(Guy): "see, I tokk XXX, and..uh, I still have wood!"
-Nurse "we can fit you in next month!"

turtle dove
01-17-2007, 02:49 PM
No one has mentioned the caveman? At first, it seemed kindof cute, but now its really annoying.
I don't get it either. Was he unfrozen? If not, why can't he shave or get a haircut to look less "cave-like"?

saoirse
01-17-2007, 03:40 PM
No one has mentioned the caveman? At first, it seemed kindof cute, but now its really annoying.
I don't get it either. Was he unfrozen? If not, why can't he shave or get a haircut to look less "cave-like"?

Are you talking about the Geico Caveman? I love those commercials, at least I did the first few times I saw them. The first one had a typical standing announcer saying, "Geico, so easy a caveman could do it." Then the bom mike drops on his head, and the scene cuts to another camera, where a caveman crew member is shouting, "Not cool, man. Not cool." The boom operator says, "I'm outta here," and walks off. I thought the ads were very clever. Of course, just about anything is a drag once you've seen it 50 times.

Lissa
01-18-2007, 11:40 AM
No one has mentioned the caveman? At first, it seemed kindof cute, but now its really annoying.
I don't get it either. Was he unfrozen? If not, why can't he shave or get a haircut to look less "cave-like"?

There's a second commercial to that campaign where the announcer takes the cavemen out to dinner to apologize.

"I'm really sorry. I had no idea you guys were still around."

One caveman replies, "Well, next time maybe you should do a little research first." The other caveman orders duck ala orange and the first looks at the announcer with steely contempt and says, "Nothing for me. I've lost my appetite."

DSYoungEsq
01-18-2007, 01:02 PM
But how do you use this "Head On"? Does one take it internally?
First, you turn off the power.

DSYoungEsq
01-18-2007, 01:03 PM
There's a second commercial to that campaign where the announcer takes the cavemen out to dinner to apologize.

"I'm really sorry. I had no idea you guys were still around."

One caveman replies, "Well, next time maybe you should do a little research first." The other caveman orders duck ala orange and the first looks at the announcer with steely contempt and says, "Nothing for me. I've lost my appetite."
I thought that was the first one. Aired during a Super Bowl, didn't it?

DigitalC
01-18-2007, 01:16 PM
I thought that was the first one. Aired during a Super Bowl, didn't it?


Thats actually the third one, the first one is the one were they are filming the commercial and one of the crew members walks off. I think the second one was of them hanging out at their apartment when the commercial comes on and one turns to the other and goes "that is SO condecending". Then theres the one at the psychiatrist and the two at the airport.

Steve MB
01-18-2007, 01:49 PM
The ones that stand out are the various moron-bait ads for work-at-home schemes, some gewgaw called the "Q-Ray Ionized Bracelet", etc. They're particularly incongruous in that they show up on the "egghead" cable channels (presumably because the knaves who promote them can't afford outlets with larger audiences).

Bridget Burke
01-18-2007, 02:00 PM
Thats actually the third one, the first one is the one were they are filming the commercial and one of the crew members walks off. I think the second one was of them hanging out at their apartment when the commercial comes on and one turns to the other and goes "that is SO condecending". Then theres the one at the psychiatrist and the two at the airport.

Just chiming in as another Caveman Supporter.

(That was certainly an elegant apartment. Or loft.)

Hypno-Toad
01-18-2007, 02:05 PM
Thats actually the third one, the first one is the one were they are filming the commercial and one of the crew members walks off. I think the second one was of them hanging out at their apartment when the commercial comes on and one turns to the other and goes "that is SO condecending". Then theres the one at the psychiatrist and the two at the airport.

I've only seen one at the airport. The one where he's on the slidewalk and passes the caveman ad. It took me a while to realize the song was a watered down version of "Always something there to remind me."

What's the other airport one?

Yorikke
01-18-2007, 02:30 PM
Oh boy, there's a bunch.

The one with Total when the teenaged daughter gets hold of the mom's jeans from her hippy days. (Were they mothballed? Because else... ew!) Mom gets all competitive and decides to eat Total for a month, which will make her poo out the excess weight, and then she walks downstairs in her old jeans.

So many problems here. First, is it healthy for a mom to be in competition with her own daughter over some old-assed jeans? Second, mom looks like a bony battleaxe. I'm a little scared when I see her on the screen. Last, there's this atrocious version of "I Want You Back" playing in the background. Sucks.


I agree with everything, but in addition...

I call bullshit on the whole thing. That tiny-ass teen might fit into the jeans, but even after eating Total 24/7, that mom doesn't look like she could wear the same pants. Sure, she looks fine, but I'd stake a week's pay that there were 2 different pair of pants used in that ad...

Joe

Jeff Lichtman
01-18-2007, 03:57 PM
No one has mentioned the caveman? At first, it seemed kindof cute, but now its really annoying.
I don't get it either. Was he unfrozen? If not, why can't he shave or get a haircut to look less "cave-like"?

Why should a caveman betray his heritage by conforming to modern standards of attractiveness?

vivalostwages
01-18-2007, 05:27 PM
I don't care at all for the VW commercials showing various car drivers and passengers getting into horrible accidents and then showing how they came out safe and alive afterwards. Not that I have a problem with people being a safe car, but the manufacturers seem bent on scaring us into buying said car. Fear-as-motivator does not sit well with me when it comes to advertisements.

Asgardking
01-18-2007, 06:43 PM
I relalize there was nothing bad about this commercial, but it made me sick to my stomach.

I was very hungry the first time I saw this ad. It starts out with a steak cooking, being flipped and a fe spices being thrown on it. Now I love steak and this made me very hungry. Then there's a shot of a guy who says "Wait, it's not done" then you see A-1 being poured on it. As much as I love steak, I loath A-1. It took my hunger and turned it into revulsion.

snailboy
01-18-2007, 07:49 PM
We have what I'm guessing is a local chain store called Ivan Smith Furniture. Anyone who lives in the Longview, Tyler, and Shreveport areas can vouch at how terrible their one commercial is. It has one of the worst songs I've ever heard in a commercial. That's not the half of it though. They have the lyrics at the bottom with a bouncing dot so you can sing along with it. Why the fuck would I want to sing along with an Ivan Smith Furniture commercial?! The first time I saw it, my cousin and I ridiculed it pretty badly. I wish I had a link.

BrassyPhrase
01-18-2007, 10:23 PM
I don't care at all for the VW commercials showing various car drivers and passengers getting into horrible accidents and then showing how they came out safe and alive afterwards. Not that I have a problem with people being a safe car, but the manufacturers seem bent on scaring us into buying said car. Fear-as-motivator does not sit well with me when it comes to advertisements.


Have you seen the one now where it's basically two people debating the merits of the VW style commercials....and then they get into one?

I was waiting for it to be a spoof...but it's another VW commercial.

SleepyDuck
01-18-2007, 11:11 PM
All of those "Erectile Dysfunction" Drug adds crack me up! The dislaimer" See your doctor if erections last OVER 4 hours"-isn't that the idea! They ought to show the guy trying to get an appointmemt:
-(Nurse) " "why do you want to see the doctor?"
-(Guy): "see, I tokk XXX, and..uh, I still have wood!"
-Nurse "we can fit you in next month!"

Even funnier are the ads for the bald-grow-hair prescription drugs where one of the side effects is erectile dysfunction. Uh, isn't that why you want the hair? To get laid?

Dr. Rieux
01-19-2007, 01:38 AM
There's a second commercial to that campaign where the announcer takes the cavemen out to dinner to apologize.

"I'm really sorry. I had no idea you guys were still around."

One caveman replies, "Well, next time maybe you should do a little research first." The other caveman orders duck ala orange and the first looks at the announcer with steely contempt and says, "Nothing for me. I've lost my appetite."
Nitpick: "I'll have the roast duck with mango salsa." To me its even funnier that the caveman orders something trendy like that.

Hippy Hollow
01-19-2007, 01:51 AM
There's a second commercial to that campaign where the announcer takes the cavemen out to dinner to apologize.

"I'm really sorry. I had no idea you guys were still around."

One caveman replies, "Well, next time maybe you should do a little research first." The other caveman orders duck ala orange and the first looks at the announcer with steely contempt and says, "Nothing for me. I've lost my appetite."
Oh come on, Lissa.

Everyone knows the caveman orders Roast duck... with mango salsa!

Gala Matrix Fire
01-19-2007, 06:58 AM
Regarding lawyer commercials, for years I've been tempted to call up the worst offenders and ask, "What can I sue someone for?"
Receptionist: "Ma'am, were you the victim of an accident?"
Me: No, but I'm still hoping to win a lot of money for suing someone.
R: Well let's see what we can do. Did you witness an accident?
M: No, but the idea of having an accident traumatizes me. Who can I sue?
R: We'll have to be more specific.
M: Your commercial says you can get me fifty thousand dollars. I want it.
R: Call us back when you're the victim of something.
M: I just told you I'm traumatized by the idea of accidents happening. I want to sue everybody who has a lot of money! Your commercial said you'd get me fifty thousand dollars and I want it!
And so on. But I'm still too young to be that much of a crank.

ralph124c
01-19-2007, 08:29 AM
There are several-but one (for a local ambulance-chaser0 is particularly bad: it shows the guy 9a lawter0 solemnly intoning a list of medical disasters-he reads from a list:
"hove you ever had mis-daignosed cancer, or been the victim of medical errors?"-"I can get you what you deserve!"
-the ad closes with a (solemn) disembodied voice intoning: "When Blotnick, Blotnik&Schmuck takes a case, people listen"!

Voyager
01-19-2007, 05:06 PM
Memo to: Axe Shower Wash Truck Driver
Re: Road Hazards.

It has come to our attention that in a commercial, repeated way too often, two people smooching while rolling down a hill roll onto a road, causing our company truck to fall off a cliff, totalling said truck, contents, and probably driver.

This is to inform all drivers that our new policy is, in all such cases, to run the morons over.

No one will ever miss them.

whiterabbit
01-19-2007, 05:26 PM
We have what I'm guessing is a local chain store called Ivan Smith Furniture. Anyone who lives in the Longview, Tyler, and Shreveport areas can vouch at how terrible their one commercial is.

Yep. I sure can. I just moved away from Shreveport a couple of weeks ago. Though I don't think their ads annoy me as much as all the various ones that were produced/distributed by a company called LifeWise -- apparently the more you talk about them in your ad the the less you have to pay them. I don't care what company distributes a commercial, I really really don't, and I don't understand why any of the companies who use their services are willing to waste half their commercial praising somebody else's company!

Marlitharn
01-20-2007, 01:50 AM
I just saw the new popcorn commercial with the CGI Orville Redenbacher. Good lord, that's the creepiest thing I've seen in a while. His skin tone, his facial expressions, his movements - they were all just a little bit off, so that he looked like a cheerfully crazed re-animated zombie. I didn't like it.

Anastasaeon
01-20-2007, 02:00 AM
I've only seen one at the airport. The one where he's on the slidewalk and passes the caveman ad. It took me a while to realize the song was a watered down version of "Always something there to remind me."

What's the other airport one?

The song is by Royksopp, called "Remind Me", and is an original song. It's not a cover of "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes- if that's what you were saying. If not, I apologise. My reading comprehension is dwindling due to the flu, but I'm taking a shot, anyway.

AskNott
01-20-2007, 04:20 PM
I'm on the e-mail list for our mayor's weekly newsletter. He likes to brag about how he scurries around for Economic Development, which he abbreviates.

Nobody likes talk about it, but many of the young workers have left town, seeking work; the result is that the average age here is now over 60.

I saw an ad with a succession of men who didn't realize that their high blood pressure, diabetes, etc. could cause E.D. A voiceover steps in with a pitch for Viagra, or one of its competitors.

Then it occurred to me. My city's residents are so old, the mayor's office has a Director of E.D. :p One city councilman disrupts every meeting to say he has some old business he needs to bring up.

JohnT
01-21-2007, 01:34 PM
I'm going to mention those Apple commercials with the two guys: one supposedly young and hip (the Apple user) the other an overweight older guy (the PC user).

The point of the commercials is to highlight that Apple computer users are, well, young and hip compared to PC users. However, the message I receive is this: Apple computers are for kids who want to play, PC's are for adults who want to work.

If you want to goof off and make Youtube videos of your latest drunken rant - get an Apple.

If you want to run your hedge fund - get a PC.

Not necessarily a "horrible" set of commercials, but the message they're sending is not the message people are receiving.

DigitalC
01-28-2007, 10:51 AM
I've only seen one at the airport. The one where he's on the slidewalk and passes the caveman ad. It took me a while to realize the song was a watered down version of "Always something there to remind me."

What's the other airport one?

The other airport one hes standing in front of the poster complaining on his cell phone to someone at the airport about it, i think he goes "yeah, im standing right in front of it". On the first ad after seeing the poster he gives his "i should just let it go" look so i thought it was a nice follow up.

Gr8Kat
01-28-2007, 02:30 PM
I just saw the new popcorn commercial with the CGI Orville Redenbacher. Good lord, that's the creepiest thing I've seen in a while. His skin tone, his facial expressions, his movements - they were all just a little bit off, so that he looked like a cheerfully crazed re-animated zombie. I didn't like it.

I know, it's awful! I felt a little nostalgic when they began running an old ad from the 70s with a box of microwave popcorn inserted in the foreground, but whatever goodwill that ad had engendered has been crushed by the new ad. I love their popcorn, but I'm not buying it while that monstrosity is on the airwaves.

Wile E
01-28-2007, 06:49 PM
Awful lawyer ads: We have one that shows the lawyer talking about his wonderful self and then shows him in silhouette with an Amercian flag waving in the background. He's not running for office, is this supposed to make me want to hire this guy? Kraft Macaroni and Cheese has nothing on this guy because his commercial is the cheesiest.

Orville Reddenbacher: I just saw the new ad recently, I thought "oh my god, that's the creepiest thing I've ever seen."

betenoir
01-28-2007, 07:28 PM
clear blue easy (http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=1075655105397704666)

This commercial is so bad!! The wording got changed since the video...showing "supposed" pee hitting the stick and he even said pee! Give me a break, women know how to use a pregnancy test! In the changed commercial he goes ahem, you know....instead of saying pee.The word "Pee" or saying "Pee" doesn't bother me but It was a dumb commercial. The announcer even had the deep voice going on. Blech!
Sorry I just had to rant about the commercial. The music is even dramatic! Please forgive me but I just had to post it. :D


Oh c'mon. I was going to post that in the next "commercials you actually like" thread. I remember when maxpad ads gave you the idea they should be worn tied to the head while going horsebackriding. I remember when we couldn't have ads about condoms. I remember when we had ads about condoms but only if they didn't talk about sex. I think it's great they have the balls to come out and say pee. (And not every nervous 15 year old knows how to use a pregenacy test. Maybe they should. And if it it takes an authoritative to the point commercial, so be it.)

MisterThyristor
01-28-2007, 08:19 PM
The song is by Royksopp, called "Remind Me", and is an original song. It's not a cover of "Always Something There To Remind Me" by Naked Eyes- if that's what you were saying. If not, I apologise. My reading comprehension is dwindling due to the flu, but I'm taking a shot, anyway.

As long as you are nitpicking, I hope you know the song "Always Something There to Remind Me" isn't original with Naked Eyes, it's a Burt Bacharach/Hal David song that goes back to the 60s, and was covered by everyone from Dionne Warwick to Jose Feliciano to Johhny Mathis before Naked Eyes did their cover in 1983.

congodwarf
01-28-2007, 08:55 PM
Special-K

Setting:
A pretty, open air restaurant. Three, thin, early 30's, pretty women sitting around the table.
A 4th thin, early 30's, pretty woman walks up. The others comment on how wonderful she looks (meaning she's lost weight and looks wonderful, and oh howIwishmyfatnesscouldlooklikeherohmygodImustweigh110lbsI'vegottagoonadietIwannalooklikeherthebitch. ........)
Anyway, They ask how she's managed to look so good and she tells them that basically it's from eating Special K for breakfast. Then the announcer voiceover tells us that we'd all be so much prettier and thinner if we only ate Special K.

My problems with this:

1. All the women are thin and beautiful. They're all acting like they think they're fat slobs and need to lose weight. Nothing like inspiring women and girls to feel better about themselves.

2. The voice over says (I might be slightly off here)
"Studies have shown that women who eat breakfast like (as in such as) Special K weigh (as in pounds) less."

But, due to the lack of verbal punctuation, the voiceover sounds like...
"Studies have shown that women who eat breakfast like (as in prefer) Special K way less (as in they like something better).

GingerOfTheNorth
01-28-2007, 09:27 PM
Just chiming in as another Caveman Supporter.

(That was certainly an elegant apartment. Or loft.)
Next time you see it, check out the artwork. I nearly died.

Asimovian
01-28-2007, 09:32 PM
One of the major banks (I want to say Wells Fargo, but I'm not sure right now) has been doing a series of rotoscope commercials. I think the concept of rotoscoping is pretty cool, but it serves absolutely no purpose where these commercials are concerned, and frankly, I find it a bit creepy. Drives me nuts.

Conversely, I'd like to throw my support behind all of the Geico caveman commercials (with the exception of the one where the caveman is being interviewed on a news program).

Marlitharn
01-29-2007, 07:49 AM
There's one out for some kind of mouth guard, for people who grind their teeth. Which I understand is a problem for some people, but the very instant the commercial starts they kick in with the horrible, horrible noise of someone's molars grinding together. Worse than nails on a chalkboard, and it makes me shudder as I grope for the "mute" button. I hate that commercial.

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