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    Does anybody else detest that awful commercial for RoadRunner with teenybopper Vanessa Carlton singing "Time Is On My Side"? It's like some kind of water torture. Every time it comes on and I hear the first two notes of the song I lunge to hit the Mute button.
    The first time I saw it I thought Vanessa's song was awful and thought it was perhaps a joke, like she was some instant reject from American Idol. Her voice is nasal and flat, and her piano playing is like something you'd hear at an elementary school recital.
    Sorry to vent, but the commercial is just horrible.

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    These past few weeks I have been watching the shows I want to watch via VCR, so whenever the commericals appear I just fast forwarding them.

    Didn't notice the commerical you taking about but I know there is another one about Roadrunner and gaming. That too I have been fast forwarding whenever it comes up.

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    Most of the time warner commercials are awkward and jezz plain bayuuud.

    hate the Linsdey wagner comm. where she is answering the phone talking about the sleepnumber bed. halfway thru the commercial while taking to us, she goes;
    Hi. I'm lindsey wagner.
    What happened. did she go through a time warp?\




    swiffer, where they describe to thers, and show up close, everything the wiper picks up.
    yuk,
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    I just adore that commercial. Many times I can sing it and it start at the same time too...weird but everybody in the house just cracks up! Yep,"time is on my side...yes it is" Life is beautiful and although days can be filled with hate, ignorance, prejudice, ugliness, etc. Time dear friends is all we got to change it all! GOD BLESS ALL!
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    More!
    From the "very awkward gimmick" file. commercials that show us ad agencies have completely lost their mind and their imaginations, leading them to parrot each other;

    The commercials where we see hundreds of people lining up across city streets. or country roads.

    commercials featuring strange, dumb animated icons above or around people's heads. Or within frame.

    Ad agencies! Can't live with em, can't kill em.

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    LikaNui, that ad grates on me too. I must confess to having once actually liked one of her overplayed singles, but overall, her voice is to thin and flat to be the basis of a "singing career." And the RoadRunner ad is awful. Didn't someone anywhere along the production chain notice that she sounded like a terminally ill waterfowl? The worst part is, it's composed so badly, I wasn't sure if she was going to sell me something like teeth whitener or a tampon or something.

    I mean, what is she selling? Her CD, or Time Warner services, or what? And if it's the CD, who would buy it after hearing that?

    As far as other bad national ads go? I keep a mental list! Specifically? KFC has been annoying me for a while now. And Overstock.com? Stupid ads, too.

    Categorically? All jewelry ads, ads about diarrhea or gas or toenail fungus, ads featuring disembodied or talking body parts... Oh! And that whole large class of ads that rely on the "dads as incompetent boobs" as the punchline. (Or the even larger group of ads that presume all cleaning or cooking is done by women.)

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    Quote Originally Posted by pzarquon

    Oh! And that whole large class of ads that rely on the "dads as incompetent boobs" as the punchline. (Or the even larger group of ads that presume all cleaning or cooking is done by women.)

    Yea. and animated candy and gum.
    stew peed.

    Or the egocentric genre
    "gitcher own box".
    'me first and only' Ah dun share with any family member.
    idiotic. What is this teaching kids?! (or even reinforcing to dimwitted adults?)

    and that disgusting toenail animation. The gremlin lifts a toenail and... o too dusgusting to even think about.,
    And the cambell's commercials;
    that british twit;
    Gwodunn Elleey utt.
    "Try Key ayum bulls eeeyin sted."

    I wanna slap him stupid!

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    Quote Originally Posted by helen
    about Roadrunner and gaming. That too I have been fast forwarding whenever it comes up.
    Hate that one. Sorry eh, but da haole dude is unconvincing as an announcer. Need someone who has more presence.

    btw:
    the first kid he approaches was in alotta stuff a few years ago;
    He was in a "let's talk story" local production series. One was the lemon tree billliard parlor, with Ray Bumatai.
    Very cute piece.

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    My mom really hates that Carlton commercial. "Ugh, she sound so sick!" she says, heh. It didn't bother me until she mentioned it. Now I always notice when it's on and it's starting to get to me. Seems like it is on during every commercial break on every station now. It's almost worse than those Jamster phone commercials I see all the time.

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    Gawd help me, but as of yesterday there's a second RoadRunner commercial with Vanessa Carlton and she's still singing her horrible version of "Time Is On My Side"!

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    Quote Originally Posted by LikaNui
    Gawd help me, but as of yesterday there's a second RoadRunner commercial with Vanessa Carlton and she's still singing her horrible version of "Time Is On My Side"!
    Yes it is...Have a wonderful weekend everyone! "TIME IS ON YOUR SIDE"!
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    Haha I like that rendition! I don't know who the singer is (well now I do) but the first time I heard it ... I liked it. Maybe they play it too much.

    But yeah that RR gaming commercial gotta go.

    Hmmm good subject. The ones that come to mind for me are the WaterPark ones and the Support UH Athletics (remember the couple sitting at the table then doing the wave?) ones... all of those to me are pretty bad.

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    I'm sorry, but the only version of "Time Is On My Side" that should be heard is the Stones. The ad's annoying enough, but every time I see/hear that thin voice singing(?) those lyrics...

    For one thing, it's meant to have a terrible world-weariness about it, and she's not old enough.

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    gettin tired of that cell phone comm. with catherine zeta jones
    she tells us
    get moe....
    toke whenever....

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister
    I'm sorry, but the only version of "Time Is On My Side" that should be heard is the Stones. The ad's annoying enough, but every time I see/hear that thin voice singing(?) those lyrics...

    For one thing, it's meant to have a terrible world-weariness about it, and she's not old enough.

    The original version by Erma Franklin (Aretha's sister) is worth hearing as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Linkmeister
    For one thing, it's meant to have a terrible world-weariness about it, and she's not old enough.
    You got a point there. I just saw it again and this time it shows the singer... yeah she's just a kid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by cezanne
    Maybe they play it too much.
    They do play it too much! Just yesterday on FOX, they had that "Time on My Side" commercial...then the P Diddy Diet Pepsi commercial...then, they played that same "Time on My Side" commercial again!!! Twice in a minute and a half!!! Even my little one was "Not again!" heeheehee

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    I PM Ryan eariler this evening about this situation and suggested to move responses #48 and later to some other forum in HawaiiThreads.
    Ryan, we have a situation, here!

    Let's keep this topic back to "Horrible Commericals".
    uh, yea. that's what I said!

    (topic's been played out by now. we covered the ground.)



    oh, yea. any time-warner cable commercial.
    One where the guy is watching football. Camera framed on only his hands wiggling, then shooting outward. strange.
    and freeky people. ohohohooo.

    Many of the tmobile "toke anytime" catherine zeta jones.
    except the one where the family is talking like auctioneers. that one is well done. Funny.
    and check da marquee behind the teenage girl:
    4 finger poi
    it sez.


    oh, and the latest
    I'm Jellin
    scholls commercials.
    not right. kid's baseball crashes thru window, straight into new plasma TV on the wall. shatters it.
    Kid apologizes, Dude sez;
    No worries ya cute lil brat. It's just my new plasma TV.
    Oh you must be jellin, kid sez.

    OK; this teaches kids it's ok to damage 5000.00 worth of new electronics as long as ya give the guy a 2.99 pair of insoles first.

    it also teaches spoiled yuppies to NOT wring lil vandal's necks if and when they happen to be in the opportune vicinity of inches away from yer two hands.

    aaaand I'm spent.
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    Hate hate hate any and all of the recent www.vehix.com ads.
    I'm usually multitasking when I watch TV, so no ad has really caught my eye enough to make me stop whatever else I'm doing to watch it.

    Miulang

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    ...because of the topic of Quiznos "Singing Rats" commercial. It "revolted and disgusted" the public so much that Quiznos corporation's national gross sales were cut almost in half! :
    We LOVED that commercial. My husband downloaded it onto the kids' computer and they'd play it nonstop, and sing it, too. It was ear-blistering! But ya know, I have eaten at Quiznos twice in my life, thanks to a coupon. Who needs that much bread?

    I'm from the Philly area in South Jersey. You DO NOT toast a hoagie. No friggin way. Not even a cheese steak. Whatsamatta with those guyz? And then the other abomination: mayo or mustard on a hoagie? Where is my HIT MAN when I need him?

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    You mean the Spongmonkeys? Or were these "singing rats" some other musical Quizno's critters I missed?

    I thought the Spongmonkeys were great.

    We love the suuuuubs!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Glen Miyashiro
    You mean the Spongmonkeys? Or were these "singing rats" some other musical Quizno's critters I missed?
    Yup. The crooked-toothed sombrero-wearing, guitar-strumming "SpongeMonkeys" singing, "We love dee subs.. dee Quiznos Subs... Bring in any coupon.. and get a dollar off".

    I actually loved those commercials.. thought it was a riot! Unfortunately (for Quiznos) a good part of the American public didn't. And reflected that by NOT eating there.

    Ate at Quiznos only twice.. it's aight. Gotta' admit, the roast beef with Au Jus is tasty. Grew up eating at Subway, so I prefer there.

    What do you folks think of Quiznos "Baby Bob" mascot? Love 'em or lose 'em?
    I really dig it. The raspy adult voice is perfect.

    They just need to work on matching the kid's body language and facial expressions a bit more. It still looks like talking lips plastered on a "still", like they do with celebrity mugs on the Conan OBrien show.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Pomai
    What do you folks think of Quiznos "Baby Bob" mascot?
    Love it! But I loved the SpongeMonkeys too. Whenever they came on, they were just so bizarre that you could not take your eyes off of them.
    And of course that's what any advertiser wants.
    There are so many other ads out there now that seem to do nothing more than show how creative the ad agency is instead of marketing the product. Some of these spots will go 20 or 25 seconds before you ever find out who or what the ad is for. Wasted money, in my book.

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    hate that baby bob thing.


    also am ready to shoot
    shout elmo.

    damn. is that thing ever annoying.

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    I don't find the Jack-In-The-Box commercial with the man sleeping being pushed in his bed to the Resturant...waking up startled in his BB-dez going hysterical! I find it totally disgusting and disrespecting!

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