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Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads

20 Feb 09 - 11:47 AM (#2571837)
Subject: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Will Fly

I was whiling away a pleasant house last night, leafing through my scrapbook of papillae maximae with the TV burbling away in the background when, during the ad break, I heard the strains of that old English dance tune "The Winster Gallop". Couldn't remember what the ad was for, but it seems that the ad men have got round to using folk tunes in TV ads.

What folkie tunes/songs do you think might be suitable for TV ads? You know the sort of thing: "I drove an old Rover for many a year..", etc.

(Gets coat).


20 Feb 09 - 11:48 AM (#2571838)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Will Fly

And, of course, "a pleasant house" should be "a pleasant hour"!


20 Feb 09 - 02:24 PM (#2571973)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Geordie-Peorgie

Aah think they should leave well-enough alone!

Aah've not been the same since aah hord that aaful choon 'Black Velvet Band' when the' wez advertisin' a margarine caaled 'Clover'

It meks me bowels turn, aah can tell yez!


20 Feb 09 - 02:43 PM (#2571987)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: VirginiaTam

EGods no! Do not even say folk song and TV advert in the same sentence.

Except maybe the Gypsy Rover song... That will certainly get me to shut the idiot box off. It makes my ears bleed.

There is a black and white film of old man shearing sheep.   The background music (gaelic I think) is a female singing lovely lilting, makes me tingle. Then it devolves into a should have gone to SpecSavers ad. The old sheepshearer has blindly sheared his dog.

Pity! I thought it was a trailer for some film. I was bitterly disappointed.


20 Feb 09 - 02:51 PM (#2571997)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Rapparee

"My spurs are rusted, my coat is rent,
My plume is damp with rain,
And the thistle down and the barley beards...."

Visit Jones' Cleaning and Tailoring! We'll have your clothes and even your plume right as rain in no time!

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"...With his loaded blunderbuss the truth I will unfold:
He made the Mayor to tremble and he robbed him of his gold...."

To restore HONESTY in government, vote for Dan Jones! He'll make the politicos tremble!

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20 Feb 09 - 03:09 PM (#2572006)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Jas

How about that one for cider with the great folk song about the Galway Girl?


20 Feb 09 - 03:17 PM (#2572013)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Sleepy Rosie

Err, Anything vaguely 'olde fashionyed', in the context of a 'nice clean shaven' young man (30ish blue collar - ie: 'every-middleEngland- man') sporting something - maybe a tie - in patriotic 'Red, White and Blue'.

And preferably hillarious 'anti-PC' Golliwog Cufflinks to go with it!! Chortle!


20 Feb 09 - 03:25 PM (#2572021)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: VirginiaTam

All round my flat, I will place Ikea pillows
All round my flat, for a twelvemont and a day
If anybody asks me the reason why I'm doing it,
Its all because my catalog came in the post today.


20 Feb 09 - 03:43 PM (#2572038)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: VirginiaTam

BARRING OF THE DOOR - for a home secruity company

Grey Flannel -men's cologne and deodorant line

Don't mind the sweat when it drips from me
The pongy smell never worried me
But it really sucks when my girl disses me
I'll smell no more with the Grey Flannel line


21 Feb 09 - 02:55 AM (#2572318)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Dave Hanson

Audi are using Woody Guthries ' Car Song,' great version by the man himself.

Dave H


21 Feb 09 - 04:27 AM (#2572335)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Les in Chorlton

Last Monday, I think, in the gap between the first and second part of the first episode of Coronation Street ......... is that OK?

One advert filled the whole spot - unusual in in itself - for The Coop - The Shops, the Bank and all the other bits and pieces that remain of the British / English Cooperative Society.

The music? Bob Dylan's Blowing in the Wind. I understand that this is the first time Dylan has allowed his music to be used in this way.

Cheer

L in C
15747


21 Feb 09 - 05:05 AM (#2572345)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: DMcG

"A hundred miles, a hundred miles,
A hundred miles, a hundred miles;
You can hear the whistle blow a hundred miles".

-- Noise Abatement Society.


21 Feb 09 - 05:22 AM (#2572350)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: DMcG

"And I can't help but wonder where I'm bound,
Where I'm bound;
And I can't help but wonder where I'm bound"

-- SatNav manufacturers.


"I went down to the forest to gather fine flowers,
But the forest won't yield me no roses."

-- Interflora

"An auld man came courtin' me, hey do me dority"

-- Viagra Sales


21 Feb 09 - 06:16 AM (#2572360)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: MC Fat

Empty Handed by our own George Papavageris would be apt for an ad today for any bank


21 Feb 09 - 09:18 AM (#2572416)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Piers Plowman

The men of your forest, they asked of me,
"How many strawberries grow in the salt sea?"
I answered them with a tear in my eye:
"Aldi has strawberries for only 1.99 Euros for 200 grams!
(Offer valid for a limited time only, while supplies last)"


21 Feb 09 - 04:23 PM (#2572659)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: Acorn4

Think I've posted this elsewhere but how about "Polly Vaughan" for Specsavers.


21 Feb 09 - 07:37 PM (#2572760)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: melodeonboy

They do say that fact is stranger than fiction. Did I imagine it or was Woody Guthrie's car song used recently in an Audi advert?

I also saw an advert (was it for a bank or insurance - I'm blowed if I noticed the product!) recently with cod-Dylan guitar strumming and harmonica.

The Wild Rover's also been used on something recently.

As mentioned above, The Galway Girl's been used to advertise a product that's passed off as cider.

I'm sorry to be so vague about which adverts they were: I always seem to switch off from the product that they're advertising!


22 Feb 09 - 03:40 PM (#2573196)
Subject: RE: Appropriate folk tunes for TV ads
From: cptsnapper

Surely the line " One maiden form withstood the storm " from " The Rose Of Allendale "is a natural for a bra advert!