Okay, let’s just face the hard truth here… the commercials for Six Flags’ theme parks have been pretty bad for years. Sure, the old guy dancing to that song (apparently “We Like to Party” by Vengaboys) was maybe mildly entertaining when the advertising campaign started back in 2004. And that was mostly because it was one of those weird commercials you couldn’t really turn away from. It had catchy music, and that crazy bald dancing man (apparently named “Mr. Six”). They got rid of the commercials a few years later, turning instead to a new slogan (“Six Flags. More Flags, More Fun.”) which doesn’t even make any sense in the slightest.
Well, after that didn’t work out, they brought good ol’ Mr. Six back for new advertisements in the last year or so. And now, well, they’ve really topped themselves again, by bringing out one of the most disturbing commercials ever.
It seems like the most viewed blog entries we write here at Cuter Than Pie have to do with commercials… commercials we love, hate, and the songs that are included in them. In a time of DVR’s, when executives are probably worried that most viewers are actually skipping them altogether, it’s probably good to see that people are still paying attention to a few of them, especially those that stand out, and not always in a good way.
And speaking of standing out in a bad, fairly creepy way is the new Folgers commercial. While researching this clip, I found out that it was actually created as a 2009 remake of their classic 1980’s Christmas campaign, where Peter comes home for Christmas. Check out the original 80’s commercial here before we move on.
I was watching TV the other night, when a song featured in a new Radio Shack commercial caught my attention. When I heard it, I knew that I recognized the song, but it took me a few minutes to remember that the song was actually “Neon Beanbag,” a song by Stereolab. Radio Shack… or is it just The Shack now?… has recently been airing a series of commercials featuring music by a variey of indie artists.
The cold weather is upon us, and whenever winter rolls around (or at least for the past few years), I think about one of my favorite songs that always reminds me of this time of year – “I Love N.Y.E.” by Badly Drawn Boy. This song is originally from the film soundtrack for 2002’s About A Boy. It is an instrumental track that has been used not only in this movie, but also in an episode of Sex and the City and a Starbucks commercial from what memory serves. And to my surprise the other night, it is now being used in a commercial for a drug called Seroquel XR, some sort of anti-depressant. That’s sort of, well, depressing!
As an added bonus, since the commercial caught my attention when I heard “I Love N.Y.E.,” it also features an exterior shot of The Art Theatre in Long Beach, one of our favorite theaters to frequent.
If you have not heard “I Love N.Y.E.,” you can check it out here.