It’s easy to get cynical about commercials, especially when they’re as intrusive as they are in the internet age.  But as someone whose jobs was making terrible commercials, I try to stay cool about it, especially when they are in fact memorable, which is why (even though I hate the “My Pillow” commercials, they have perhaps the best jingle for the worst product I can think of.  I also don’t know what J.G. Wentworth does, really, but I can sing their phone number, and the less said about the Daisy cottage cheese song the better.  In short, the advertisements worked, leading to today’s voice-over query…

The MS-QOTD (pronounced, as always, “misquoted”) has a particular fave from my days back in local advertising, which Hays locals of the 1990s will remember as soon as I say “Paul McDonald Chevrolet”, asking: What’s the best jingle for the worst product in your personal history of advertising?

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Once upon a time, there was a young nerd from the Midwest, who loved Matter-Eater Lad and the McKenzie Brothers... If pop culture were a maze, Matthew would be the Minotaur at its center. Were it a mall, he'd be the Food Court. Were it a parking lot, he’d be the distant Cart Corral where the weird kids gather to smoke, but that’s not important right now... Matthew enjoys body surfing (so long as the bodies are fresh), writing in the third person, and dark-eyed women. Amongst his weaponry are such diverse elements as: Fear! Surprise! Ruthless efficiency! An almost fanatical devotion to pop culture! And a nice red uniform.

5 Comments

  1. Tough on. There are soooooo many catchy jingles for cruddy products. Where should we start?

    My Buddy

    “I Can’t get enough of a Super Golden Crisp…”

    Lucky Charms

    Honestly, most cereal commercials.

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