Thursday, August 10, 2006

spin some tunes with snoop

This is phizzat - or however the kids are saying it tonight. Snoop, typically found chewing on a pretty hefty looking blunt or a pretty hefty looking stripper, is cleaning up his mouth with Orbit gum (I have a case of this shit in my desk drawer, so I have a vested interest in the way this brand communicates with consumers - like me.)

But really. Snoop? Gum? Duuuuuuude.
I'm going to call it a new low. For Snoop.
Next thing you know, Dre will be cleaning up LA with Windex.
Duuuuuuuude. Don't do it, Dre.

Although the site is done nicely by a freshly bought-up EVB.

Scratch yerself out a tune on the briefcase full'o'gum.

Wednesday, August 09, 2006

So THAT agency name's taken

Cheers to Gyro's Vulture Droppings for picking up this site. With a name like "The Center for Tactical Magic", you'd better be collecting the Titanium Lions.

An image burned in the back of my brain

Tuesday, August 08, 2006

Stop it.

"Critiquing ads"

Is it Productive?

Is it Navel-gazing?

Is it Sport?

Is it a chance to play Pytka about Pytka?

None of the above?

Here's where I'm at: It's Genius. It's pretty good. It's invisible. Or it's, to quote AdCritic "actively annoying".

But critiqued? I dunno. Sounds kinda serious for what I do. Sounds like Art. Sounds like the Nobel Prize (pictured - doesn't it look like a gold U.S. dime?). Sounds a lot more important than whether or not that fucking hilarious preppy Smirnoff spot was "ripped off Saturday Night Live."

Jesus. What is this? A Term Paper? A Doctorate thesis? No - it's TV ads for shitty malt beverages. And it's fine if it smells a little like SNL (The fact that SNL does so little that's worth ripping off is of bigger concern.)

When did it get so serious around here? And so important? I've done it. But why? What makes what Bob Garfield says to important? Does that public lambasting make us feel a little better about the fact that even Weiden/Crispin/BBH turns out a turd every 50 or 60 spots?

I think anyone that critiques an ad should have to link three of their own ads.
Just for perspective. Like posting a picture of your actual fat ass when you win the Fantasy Football Tournament.

Who's with me?


Track Back

Frequently I find my blog content on other people's blogs.

For instance, I found this latest subject matter on Ernie Schenk's blog
(which I linked to, courtesy of Mack Simpson's blog)

I've been out of school long enough to accept the harsh realities of the business of advertising.
But Mark Fenske (writer, teacher, voice talent, etc.) put together this eloquent list of 14 rules that I thought was pretty telling
of the job creatives are sent to do, and amid what expectations we are supposed to do it.

I wouldn't change anything about it - the article or the job. The reality is, people like or don't like ads for a bunch of reasons. Creating, selling, producing and ultimately connecting with ideas, as we all know, is not a science. It's luck. Some days you got a rabbit foot in yer pocket, other days you get the black cat under the ladder. Some days you get a client who has a good day, or embraces the true power of advertising. Somedays you get the client who actually knows everything.

It's like Vegas. Only we're playing for more money.

Anyway - Read Fenske, not me. He's the writer.

Sunday, August 06, 2006

Good Idea, again

A couple months ago, someone turned me on to mash-up tunes. I'm a big fan of any hip-hop song where Pink Floyd gets sampled heavily. Here that, Diddy? And I like a good unique cover of a classic song - like "Back in the High Life" recorded by Warren Zevon.

I just discovered this little blog which, like a pirated beer label on a college t-shirt, seems like fun.

If it catches on, like the new Miami Vice mustache/mullet, I'll give it a formal link.