It just seems like the easiest job in the world being a Mad Man.
Fortunately the advertising men and women have an awful time of it. Every director and senior manager is also an "expert" on the subject and vast amounts of time and money are spent arguing about adverts. Once upon a time, I knew a building society which, after a committee decision, thought playing "We gotta get out of this place" would be a good message to give customers.
The same company produced a leaflet featuring a cartoon moneybox pig (there's original). Unfortunately, when folded, the front cover showed only the protruding posterior, which happened to look like a lady's bosom with the vestigial tail representing a nozzle. There were rows and recriminations, but I've never understood why the directors were revolted by the idea of a woman's breast yet loved the idea of a pig's arras.
It seems like every ad on TV for the last year has been accompanied by a song from the 80's. But they can't actually use the song itself. They have to get someone who has apparently never heard of music before to make the most utterly dross, toneless version of it you could possibly imagine.
While I can't think of any specific examples, I agree with this thread. I
always cringe when the school summer holidays start, and radio stations think it hysterical to play 'School's out for summer', like it has never been done before. It has me in hysterics.
I also think that song 'Designed for Life' (the manics? dunno) would have been a good song for a VW ad before dieselgate, or Robbie Williams' 'let me entertain you' could have worked for a sporty car. Tuppence worth
I was struggling to know where to put this. I had considered a general music thread. Or a thread about the fact that I don't usually like 'new' music. Or various different threads about the subject matter itself.
But I think it fits here as a counterpoint. There's a bit of cheating, because it's not an advert which has searched out an existing song. It's something that has all come together as one. But I give you the Lewis Capaldi / Peter Capaldi / Phil Beastall piece of work which is an advert to encourage organ donation.
I heard the song a few days back, and bought the album on the back of it as it seems right up Mrs Bazza's street - although I've never heard anything else from him (or even heard of him until now).
Also, if you can watch the video without becoming a sobbing wreck, then you're made of sterner stuff than I am. I swear, since I had a kid I'm an emotional trainwreck.