Dick Cheney and Tupac Attack Fashion-Challenged Chicagoans

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Beware Chiocagoans. Do not get caught walking the sidewalks wearing bad fashion lest you get jacked by Dick Cheney and Tupac. OK, so it's not really Dick Cheney and Tupac but it's a team of guerrilla-style fashion police from apparel brand Fashion Geek who accost people on the street dubbed to have less than a clue about fashion.

At points, it gets pretty violent. Hence the giant disclaimer at the end of the video. So...this is how we sell clothes now?

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-09    
Topic: Brands, Guerilla, Strange, Video



Insurer Hides, Comedians Fight, Interns Pimped, Mobile Explained

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- Some insurance companies will do anything to avoid paying a claim,

- I guess if you like Paulie and Dawn, you'll like this video.

- Ten Portland ad agencies are pooling resources and sharing talent to launch the second year of the ground-breaking COLABORATORY internship.

- Into mobile media? Here's and insider's guide to planning and buying mobile media

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-09    
Topic: Agencies, Commercials, Mobile/Wireless, Strange



Fit More in Than Ever

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As if preparing for some sort of orgiastic, possibly food fetish-related, house party, the people in this commercial gleefully get dirty as fast as they can in order to make it to the party. Once at the party, it seems we're witness to what appears to be doggy-style exhibitionist action with aforementioned people looking on and cheering as a couple get closer to, well, it's not what you think.

Hey. Whatever turns you on.

by Steve Hall    Jul-30-09    
Topic: Commercials, Good, Racy, Strange



Yes, You Really Do Need Underpants For Your Hands

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This is just too funny and ridiculous not to point out. So yea, the style of wearing fingerless gloves is not a new thing but we're pretty sure we haven't seen "hand underwear" or Handerpants before. And they have more uses than anyone could imagine. Why, we have no idea but the commercial seems to think they'd be quite useful to night bloggers, twitterers, old people, ninjas with delicate hands, graphic designers, wolfmen, British sitcom stars, dungaree inspectors, jerks, geniuses and more!

We now returned to our regularly scheduled programming.

Thanks a lot for tha commercial break, Matt.

by Steve Hall    Jul-29-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Really. Working at A Financial Services Company is Not Boring

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Believe it or not, this is a recruiting video for a a trading company. You'd think a job in a place like this would be all serious and stuff but, if we are to believe what Optiver Trading is telling us, the place is one wild ride. We're not quite sure if it's a good ride or a bad one. Boxers, no. Acupuncture, no. Chocolate cake, yes. chocolate cake with...ew...no. Interrogation, no. Hot chicks sitting on your lap, yes. Not so hot chicks sitting on your lap, no. Roman soldiers holdong you hi, yes. boobs in the face, yes. Strangulation, no.

Yes, working at Optiver is no picnic. But it sure is dynamic and interesting. LAVA Communications created the video, along with eight others, on this YouTube channel.

by Steve Hall    Jul-28-09    
Topic: Good, Strange, Video



Can't Get Into a Club? Flash Some Weaver's Coffee

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Well this is pretty lame. And strange. And stupid. And weird. And oh...kind of funny too...in that retro disco, we're-trying-really-hard-to-be-lame-on-purpose sort of way. Yea, it's an ad for coffee. That alone makes it worthy of consideration.

The commercial, for Weaver's Coffee, is based on an old television show called Dance Party which, similar the American Bandstand, featured people dressed in silly 60's and 70's garb (well, it wasn't silly at the time since it was the 60's and 70's) dancing to silly (well, they weren't silly at the time because, well, they were new) disco songs.

The commercial's theme? It's like the Butabe brothers from Night at the Roxbury trying to get into a club. But somehow this guy makes it in because, well, he has really cool coffee. Or whatever.

Weaver's Coffee Founder John Weaver was even on the show. The commercial is running locally on KOFY.

by Steve Hall    Jul-23-09    
Topic: Commercials, Strange



Oops. David&Goliath Photo Shoot Messes With LAX Traffic Control

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Recently, 110 employees of El Segundo-based David&Goliath headed to the rooftop of their building to shoot an ad for their new Brave house ad campaign. All went well until three police cars appeared with officers telling the agency to shut down the shoot immediately.

It seems the multiple flashes and smoke effects were interfering with LAX air traffic control. The agency co-operated and shut down immediately. But not before getting enough shots to make this promotional ad for the agency.

Luckily, that head didn't come from one of the police officers.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Agencies, Campaigns, Strange



Are People Really That Helpless With A Video Camera?

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You've seen them. The fake videos that attempt to pass themselves off as real all while minimizing the fact their just ads for brands. Some are stupid. Some are funny. Most are lame.

But they all have one thing in common. People who are seemingly incapable of holding a camera steady while filming the idiocy. Seriously. It's not that hard and you don't have to be a Hollywood DP to film something without the camera becoming possessed by an epileptic seizure.

Annoying and idiotic as the commonality is, it's never going to change. Why? Because if the camera remained on the video's primary subject, we'd get to see behind the curtain and the video would become even more obviously fake than it already is.

So here we have yet another shaky cam "viral video" selling some random energy drink.

by Steve Hall    Jul-22-09    
Topic: Bad, Strange, Video, Viral



Delta Touch Faucet Not Such A Great Idea

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Hmm. So a Delta faucet that can be turned on by tapping the spout so you don't get your dirty hands all over it? Brilliant, right? Except for when you're out and the cat decides to jump up on the counter, prance over to the sink, paw the faucet, get the shit scared out of it as the water comes gushing out, has a heart attacks, dies and when you return, a large pool of water is covering your beautiful hardwood kitchen floor because the cat fell into the sink and blocked the drain. Is this really that wise an advancement in sink technology?

Oh and the ad...which is what we're supposed to be talking about here in the first place? Meh. Oh it gets the point across which, one supposes is, uh, the point but wouldn't a battles of wills as to faucet etiquette between the Verizon Dumb Dad and a dirty mud wrestling beer babe be more interesting?

by Steve Hall    Jul-21-09    
Topic: Brands, Commercials, Strange



Aliens Have Arrived And They Are...Elephants?

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Seriously? Seriously? There are still brands and agencies out there that still believe people exist in the world who can't see through their "32 hidden cameras," "hundreds of unsuspecting people," "accidental" camera pans over the promoted brand's outdoor billboard, lingering shots of said product, FTW lingo and...elephants who bungee jump out of a spaceship?

Oh wait, it's just a stupid YouTube video. Sorry. That makes everything OK.

by Steve Hall    Jul-20-09    
Topic: Strange, Video










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