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#1 Lord Fellatio Nelson

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 07:35 PM

Has anybody seen that Advert where the two little girls walk into the lounge and proclaim that "Dad, its time" or something as they produce a box of hair dye ( think grecian 2000).
What kind of a crock of sh*t is that?
Dad is single/widowed/divorced.
Dad isnt in a relationship
Dad hasnt had his leg over.
Dad is a sad twat.
Daughters decide that, to remedy the above, he needs to get rid of his grey hairs.
Viola!! Dad gets a bird, daughters ( sitting in a single Armchair ) do the old "Palm to Palm" hand slap. Result!!
I need not tell you that this advert is American, I certainly dont wish to appear anti American, we have some valued cousins on this forum, however, I dont think anybody could have made this advert outside of the States.
Perhaps, to redress the balance, somebody would care to hold up some more British examples of inane, God awful, toe curling advertising.

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Posted 02 August 2008 - 07:52 PM

The Specsavers one using Edith Piaf was abysmal. I actually complained about that one officially which is something I have done before. I don't watch much TV so I can't think of any others but I'm sure some will spring to mind

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:50 AM

I've seen that commercial once or twice. It might have something to do with the fact that realization is not always voluntary.
I considered a career in the advertizing business once. The vision of becoming a human sloganizer was food for thought.
I've always enjoyed the crazy-creative nature some commercials bring into your world. But I can see more future in the atmosphere of film.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 10:31 AM

Perhaps, to redress the balance, somebody would care to hold up some more British examples of inane, God awful, toe curling advertising.


The Halifax ad with the Asian guy singing "I'm in to something good". Completely disingenuous - where in Britain is there a beach like? It has white sand, the sun is shining, the water is blue, and the people are not disgustingly fat and pale/sunburned, none of which can you find on an English beach.

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:45 PM

Perhaps, to redress the balance, somebody would care to hold up some more British examples of inane, God awful, toe curling advertising.


The Halifax ad with the Asian guy singing "I'm in to something good". Completely disingenuous - where in Britain is there a beach like? It has white sand, the sun is shining, the water is blue, and the people are not disgustingly fat and pale/sunburned, none of which can you find on an English beach.


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Posted 04 August 2008 - 05:57 PM

The ones that irritate me are the SPAM commercials. Especially when they sing "Viva SPAM" obviously to the tune of "Viva Las Vegas"

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Posted 04 August 2008 - 06:39 PM

The ones that irritate me are the SPAM commercials. Especially when they sing "Viva SPAM" obviously to the tune of "Viva Las Vegas"

What?
Ive not seen any of those Ads here.
Pity.

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Posted 05 August 2008 - 08:34 PM

Perhaps, to redress the balance, somebody would care to hold up some more British examples of inane, God awful, toe curling advertising.


The Halifax ad with the Asian guy singing "I'm in to something good". Completely disingenuous - where in Britain is there a beach like? It has white sand, the sun is shining, the water is blue, and the people are not disgustingly fat and pale/sunburned, none of which can you find on an English beach.


And it's not like the guy can have afforded a nice foreign holiday - any spare cash he had would have burned in the HBOS rights issue...

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:20 PM

I wonder what the package is for that job, like I wonder if the job was posted on the internal jobs intranet at Halifax. I'm pretty sure I remember reading that the first star banker - Howard - did all the ads for his original salary - Halifax displaying a very astute business acumen, removing the need to pay for 'talent' in the process. He ran for long enough for British overdraft fees to pay for the campaign in anycase. Let's hope Howard and the new guy manage to get a bit Xtra than their salaries for all their efforts.

Staying with the banking theme for a second longer, surely nothing can ever top the Natwest advert, where we were all reliably informed by a intern that an automated teller machine is just like a photocopier but the paper is more expensive.

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Posted 17 August 2008 - 08:39 PM

I wonder what the package is for that job, like I wonder if the job was posted on the internal jobs intranet at Halifax. I'm pretty sure I remember reading that the first star banker - Howard - did all the ads for his original salary - Halifax displaying a very astute business acumen, removing the need to pay for 'talent' in the process. He ran for long enough for British overdraft fees to pay for the campaign in anycase. Let's hope Howard and the new guy manage to get a bit Xtra than their salaries for all their efforts.

Staying with the banking theme for a second longer, surely nothing can ever top the Natwest advert, where we were all reliably informed by a intern that an automated teller machine is just like a photocopier but the paper is more expensive.

Taxi, tell Charles I'm on my way...



I think that one's a bit before my time. However we did use to pass notes around class with some crap jibe which was swiftly followed by "you should have gone to B&Q". Oh the hilarity.[/sarcastic voice]

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Posted 18 August 2008 - 05:38 PM

One of my favourite commercials was the one for Ask.co.uk or "Ask Jeeves" as it was known when it started.
It was the one where the mother takes the kid out for the day as dad is putting in a new carpet, mother and kid returns home to see a lump under the carpet which is obviously the family puppy, the dad just looks at them both and says "Don't Ask" ;)

The ones I can't abide here are the ones they drag out every so often for Arbys with the twat of a guy who has to go through every permutation before he realises that he can order 5 items from the menu for $5 and then just orders 5 portions of curly fries.

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Posted 19 August 2008 - 02:25 AM

The ones I can't abide here are the ones they drag out every so often for Arbys with the twat of a guy who has to go through every permutation before he realises that he can order 5 items from the menu for $5 and then just orders 5 portions of curly fries.


I have to force down the urge to shoot the TV when that one is on. Here it is if anyone is into masochism.

Here in the south it's the Sonic commercials. They have "actors" ad lib them It shows.
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 04:49 AM

Sorry to go off topic here, but the Four 'n' Twenty Pies Magic Salad Plate ad has to be the best I've seen in a while.
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Posted 19 August 2008 - 03:51 PM

Rather than resurrect the year-old Ray Bradbury thread, perhaps this advert may give us a clue to his resilience.
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Posted 20 August 2008 - 12:41 PM

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Posted 02 September 2008 - 01:14 PM

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Posted 03 September 2008 - 08:55 AM

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What?


I'd like to know what wouid happen to Barrys finger if it was dipped into the cillit bang along with the penny and did the kids really create those tidemarks in the bath or were they actually washing the dog?

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 01:30 AM

I hate this last year's chewing gum adverts aimed at the lowest "human" denominator, just to jump on some "street cool" bandwagon. (eg, mastication for the nation, etc)

It's interesting that the companies have targeted "street yoots" as their key audience for advertising. Of all the people in the country, they are - by far - the least likely to dispose of their gum responsibly and simply spit it out onto the street - generally provocatively.

Oi, Gordon Brown (I know you are a keen browser). why not surcharge gum companies to recompense the cost of removing the residue from the streets? Isn't simply chewing on the street an arrestable offence in Malaysia?

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 08:45 AM

A guy near me paints on the globs of discarded chewing gum. He was threatened with prosecution once as I recall.

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Posted 08 September 2008 - 11:19 PM

Was it the same chap that was going round putting little flags on dog turds?
Maybe it was Damian Hirst.

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