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The thoughts and theories of a guy who basically should have gone to bed hours ago.

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Tuesday, February 06, 2007

2007 Superbowl Ads

For those who dis the commercials in public, but then really want to watch them over & over again in private, here's a site that contains all the 2007 Superbowl Ads. Go ahead, I won't tell a soul. I promise...

And as long as I'm here, I might as well run through my own personal awards show:

Funniest Spot goes to the short clip of Oprah & Dave sitting on the couch together. Subtle, but hilarious.

Most Clever goes to the Chevrolet ad, for mixing together all the songs with the Chevy products in them. Although, I gotta admit - the first song I would have thought of if they asked me would have been American Pie ("drove my Chevy to the levee but the levee was dry..."). You think maybe they left it out to avoid mentioning levees post-Katrina? Billy Joel's got a Chevrolet mention too (Captain Jack: "You got your tapedeck, and your brand new Chevrolet"). Probably too obscure for most people, though...

Most Disturbing was a tie: the naked guys washing cars and the comeover beard dude. Shudder...

posted by Brian at 1:11 AM


  • Personal favorites: Coke Grand Theft Auto and Gamin Ultraman (was that Tenatious D for background music?), Careerbuilder (all).

    Disturbing: American Heart Association (although it was better than any drug ad so far). GM Robot.

    Too Dumb: All Bud Light (excepting Hitchhiker). Sierra Mist.

    Are there a bunch of ads on that site that weren't in the Super Bowl? I thought I was watching carefully, and we paused the TiVo when we left the room.

    Also, I was surprised not to learn from you that Billy Joel was performing the National Anthem. At first, I thought he was messing it up, but then I realized those were embellishments, not wrong notes.

    By Anonymous Michael Weinmayr, at 11:22 AM, February 06, 2007  

  • Don't have much to say about the ads, Brian, but thanks a lot for getting "Captain Jack" stuck in my head. That's going to be there all day now...

    "Captain Jack will get you high tonight..."

    By Anonymous jason, at 11:47 AM, February 06, 2007  

  • Ah, Michael, ye of little faith. The news of his performance (along with the news of his soon-to-be-released pop song and his latest tour) were posted here on Jan 31st.

    As for the embellishments, I certainly defer to your superior musical ear, but I thought the entire first line was way out of tune (particularly the low note at the beginning). Not that I can blame him - playing a piano in the rain with a stadium sound system blaring back at him & all. Also, I think you'd probably do a better job hitting (& holding) the high note at the end.

    IMHO, he should stick to rock & roll and leave the anthem to Whitney...

    By Blogger Brian, at 10:14 PM, February 06, 2007  

  • Oh, and Jason - you're welcome.


    By Blogger Brian, at 10:15 PM, February 06, 2007  

  • My guess is that the actual Chevy playlist was "songs mentioning Chevrolet that we can get clearances for." Many artists don't let their songs be used in ads.

    By Anonymous Jeff Porten, at 11:29 AM, February 07, 2007  

  • I'll pull up the anthem again tomorrow and see if it makes a difference. Sorry I overlooked that previous post - I think I tuned out partway through that one, 'cause I recall reading the beginning of it.

    By Anonymous Michael Weinmayr, at 9:55 PM, February 07, 2007  

  • OK, I just listened to the anthem again, and... wow. He was not doing well. The first time I heard the first line, I knew something seemed off - according to the comments at YouTube (, he's using Antares AutoTune to make sure he's on pitch, which tells you just how far off he was on a couple of notes (what I originally figured were embellishments). But hey, I wouldn't do too well singing and playing piano in the rain either.

    By Anonymous Michael Weinmayr, at 12:24 PM, February 08, 2007  

  • OK, I just listened to it again myself. It was worse than I thought. I think the machine (and possibly the elements) confused him at the beginning. It got better through the middle, and then fell apart again near the end of the bridge.

    Here's my question: we all know the guy can sing. Why use the AutoTune in the first place? Concern over the stadium echo?

    He'd have been better off pre-recording it...

    By Blogger Brian, at 1:24 AM, February 09, 2007  

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