Got a good chuckle out those.
You have to wonder though... do any of his sponsors ever stop to think
he just might be a LITTLE over exposed at this time?
I mean really, it was hard enough hearing him scream about OxyClean.
But now he hawks anything from that garden weasel thing to life
Thank the stars for Mute buttons. When someone yells at me to try
and get me to buy a product - I - a) hit the Mute button, b) not the
sponsors name and NEVER buy anything from them - ever.
We've got a local car dealership that uses a Scream and Shout guy
- hollering about their One Day Only Special Deal - day after day after
day, week after week, month after month. What kind of credibility
do they think they have?
Now the cave man ads - I try not to miss them.
What gets me about the local auto dealership commercials is the large number
of fast walking people in the background ... where the hell are they ALL
going in such a hurry, in such a small space?
Cheap psychological tricks are irksome ...
I think they took too long to film for the amount of time they wanted to
buy. 40 second clip squeezed into a 30 second slot. I have a DVD recorder
that will play back slightly faster with out hindering the sound too much.
IIRC you can shave 10% or so of viewing time in that mode.
The yelling and screaming seems to attract the "num nuts" crowd. One of
the largest if not the largest volume Chevy dealers in the world is in
southwest Houston, it works for them. They attract people that qualify for
7 year 12% notes to the tune of between 600-800 vehicles per month.
Wasn't it Magnavox with John Cleese as spokesperson that advertised an
_automatic_ commercial volume "brake"? Their TVs would prevent the
blaring of the commercial (obviously meant to catch your attention
while you're in the kitchen or john trying to make good use of the
commercial time). I haven't seen that advertised in a while - is it
still around? Did the powers that be tell Magnavox to cut it out as
it was cutting into their profits?
First of all, Magnavox (Philips) only built a 'detection' of an
increase in dynamic range on the advertiser's signal. The total sound
pressure was capped at the same dB level regardless if it was a signal
from a show or an ad. However, the ad signal had a quieter/lower noise
floor than the compressed sound of the crap they used to record TV
The ads 'sounded' louder, but in fact weren't. Now, with today's sound
tracks, there is a lot of dynamic range in both commercials as well as
the tracks which go with the sitcoms etc. So that little trick from
Maganavox no longer works, unless you're watching DeJaVue 's reruns of
Andy in Mayberry RFD AM/FM.
Many commercials *are* preceded by a scrambled signal which triggers
some kinda shit they use in broadcasting nowadays. Or so I'm told.
I think you're correct about Magnavox. I've been using one of these devices for
years to do away with the puffed up volume of TV commercials:
To hear these guys tell it, they invented the process ... nothing but BS.
Same device, called a compressor/limiter, used in broadcast/recording
studios the world over for the last 50 years, to keep mic/line levels from
distorting the input circuitry of various pieces of sound equipment, tape
decks, etc, and to keep broadcast signals in their assigned frequency
spectrums by limiting the peak volume to specified level.
A compressor/limiter operates on the "dynamic range" (difference between the
loudest and lowest passage) on a single sound, or on the entire
Basically, by decreasing/limiting the dynamic range of a mix, or a single
sound in the mix, you can increase the peak volume of that mix/sound to the
amount of compression applied, thereby making the compressed element(s)
Like most human endeavors, it has been abused to the point of ridiculousness
to gain advantages over other recordings/products, thus you see it overused
to make commercial relatively louder than what preceded them.
Despicable practice ... in recorded music, it robs the listener/purchaser of
one of the important elements that makes music a pleasurable experience, the
dynamic range of the piece.
As little as the producers of the noisy commercials may like it, they'd have
liked my earlier solution even less: I muted the blaring instantly. Didn't
listen to more than the first word or two. I believe in removing noxious
He's the guy I least on TV since Joe Pine, the one armed marine, was
Actually, I think that O'Righty is the direct descendant of Joe Pine.
Billy Mays Here is the direct descendant of Ron Popeil, without the
Thos. J. Watson - Cabinetmaker
<<I like the new guy who is hawking the super adsorbent towel. He even
acknowledges the camera.>>
Yeah, unlike Billy Mays, that guy is watchable. But his sales pitch goes
out the window when he says, "You're gonna spend $20 a month on paper towels
Raise you hand if you shell out 240 bucks a year on paper towels.
To e-mail, replace "bucketofspam" with "dleegordon"
Sadly if you watch carefully (it was a slow night) when he pours coke on the
carpet they cheat with the demo, spilled coke in front of the carpet
magically disappears during the camera cutaways...when you can't trust your
TV pitchmen you know the country has gone to hell<G>. Rod
On Tue, 19 Aug 2008 00:28:00 -0700, "Rod & Betty Jo"
I spotted that same thing. And at the end of the commercial he says
call within the next 20 min because we can't do this all day and get
double the order. This ads been running for weeks. When does the 20
min actually end? I was going to call in 22 min and see if I could
still get the doubled order but my wife took the phone away.
I never said that I trusted him, just that I liked him. I did notice the
camera shift after the specifically instructed the camera guy to stay
focused on the carpet.
What gets me is the insistence of these people (whomever they may be)
that just because it (whatever it happens to be) is made in Europe it's
superior to anything else.
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