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It's Like A Fireman Came in Your Mouth

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We like to think our Adrants headlines, on occasion, are snark-filled gems of wit and pithiness but this particular headline wasn't written by us. Apparently, it was written by a copywriter whose first language is, it would seem, not English. Or the ad was carelessly pushed through some automated translation software which, as we all know, never ends well.

Add to that boner (look it up. the word doesn't have just one meaning) of a headline the expulsion of a milky white substance, some creepy fireman shapes and a woman who looks quite pleased after she swallows and you've got an ad that, well, would be right at home as an SNL spoof...if they were allowed to go that far on broadcast television.

What's it all about? Some kind of heartburn medicine from Gaviscon.

by Steve Hall    May-10-09    
Topic: Racy, Strange, Worst



LG Versa Vice Courts 'Questionable Cell Phone Habits'

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To promote its Versa handheld, LG's offering users a trip to Vegas if they upload a 12-second vid of their cell phone vice on LGVersaVice.com.

The vices of others appear in a clickable mobile phone gallery; suck in the sin without worrying whether somebody's drawn-out story is gonna eat two minutes of your life. (Time constraints FTW!)

Confessions range from the mundane ("manima" checks Twitter and Facebook from the toilet ... but who doesn't?) to the insane (when "bateatsbat" wants to cut ties with crappy dates, she tells the dudes she has AIDS).

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Consumer Created, Mobile/Wireless, Online



Got Aggression? Shoot the Banker.

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It's live paintball, everybody, brought to you by a handful of creatives: Brigham White, Richard Fleming, Aaron Mcguire and Taran Chadha, who lives in Boulder -- the rock under the shadow of CP+B.

From The Denver Egotist:


"At ShootTheBanker.com, angry humans queue up behind other angry humans (much like the line at the post office) for their chance to aim and fire a paintball gun at a live actor playing the role of "banker" on a faux stage. All while he fires his best shit-talk back at you. Before you go postal for real, give this thing a whirl. Ah, America."

Indeed indeed.

by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Games, Online



Seedy Chip Wants to Sell You an SUV.

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The car salesman-cum-lounge-singer is the personification of class.

Once you're all classed-out, logic follows that you'll compulsively go, "Shit, I'm getting an Audi Q5."

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Video



Sainsbury's: The Roots of Everything You Think is Trendy

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Sainsbury's takes responsibility for every awesome thing that's ever happened to us in its latest ad, "140," a tribute to how long it's been around.

An example of its modest achievements include:


  • Making good food affordable to all

  • Hiring women before the men were ready

  • Incorporating green thinking into packaging

  • Making reusable bags sexy


Among others.

Don't get us wrong, though. That piano melody and the overall Hovis-y vibe? Very charming. By Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO.

Sainsbury's '140 ad' by Abbott Mead Vickers BBDO

by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Commercials, Television



Happiness Factory + Eepy Bird = Organ Player

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Remember Coke Happiness Factory? Of course you do; all kinds of weird things happening inside a Coke machine. If you liked Happiness Factory and the Eepy Bird Diet Coke/Mentos thing, you'll love this new Organ Player commercial which kinda mashes together the two aforementioned efforts into a musical extravaganza complete with adorable/scary furry things. And a hot chick if you look quickly.

The commercial was created by Mother London, directed by Douglas Wilson and produced by Blink.

by Steve Hall    May- 8-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Strange



Nicole Kidman Plays the Schweppes Coquette

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Nicole Kidman revisits her Moulin Rouge days in a Schweppes ad where both innocence (personified by a smiling Indian girl) and sexuality (personified by a beguiled house-hubby) vie for her attention.

Ultimately, the fizzy water wins.

Whatever, man. The piece fell into our laps via @tamega, and marks an odd departure from Schweppes' previous focus points: sophisticated cowboys and gluttons for Commander Whitehead.

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Celebrity, Commercials, Strange, Television



H&M's Matthew Williamson Whets Appetites for Change

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Diggin' this surreal and totally retro spot for Matthew Williamson's H&M line, which Jeremy Dante was kind enough to throw into our periphery.

It's mod, loungey and aesthetic. Focus on the clothes while your eyes feast on imagery that feeds off '80s decadence (the supermodel heyday), the nouvelle vague, The Shining (--unsettling triplets!), and possibly Puppet Master. (Seriously. That little puppet woman was creepy creepy.)

What's neat is that the ad traverses the tightrope of kitsch without falling over. There's this ridic Prince-meets-Thriller moment where Williamson rises out of the earth, like a self-righteous vampire king, and wins the fawning attention of all the defecting change-seeking femmes. (Compelling. Is it possible Williamson's a Russian military vet?)

The ambient music, We Need a Change, was composed exclusively for the spot by Malcolm Pardon and Fredrik Rinman with lyricist Johan Renck.

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Bouncy Balls, Ypulse Mashup, Top SocMedia Brands

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- Magnetic poetry a la Twitter.

- TV ads buoy Hulu.

- Mobile e-commerce barcode thing.

- Plugging value matters. Especially now.

- Thanks to a simple enough idea floated by this guy right here, El Pollo Loco decides to accept the KFC-Oprah coupon. (Okay, only on Mother's day. Still: coup, baby, COUP!)

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by Angela Natividad    May- 8-09    
Topic: Brands, Campaigns, Guerilla, Online, Social



Social Media Goes on A RoadTwip

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A week or so ago we told you about this thing called RoadTwip. Surely, you thought we meant Road Trip, right. After all, there's typos on Adrants all the time. But no, We got it right this time. It really is RoadTwip.

So what the hell is RoadTwip. Well, it *is* a road trip but it's so much more as well. The goal of RoadTwip, as one third of the RoadTwip crew, Jolie O'Dell, writes on ReadWriteWeb, is to "stop spinning on the NYC/SF/LA axis of the tech world, get outside the echo chamber, test the IRL capabilities of social media, and get a glimpse of something new and authentic."

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by Steve Hall    May- 8-09    
Topic: Industry Events, Social



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