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The song that launched a thousand comments. None of them good.
Using the power of mandatory wackiness to explain they’ve moved offices.
Taking a song about working hard for the money and showing they’re doing anything but that.
Highlighting the sexism of adland is alive and well. And yes, this is apparently a real video from people in the agency, but – as I understand it – not from the agency.
Showing that sometimes, honouring someone is actually killing them.
I wanted to put up the pitch video of Leo Burnett Sydney, simply because Todd Sampson – a man I am not very keen on – looks a tool, but they have removed it from the internet with the same efficiency and effectiveness as the CIA black ops team.
I also had Y&R Shanghai’s recent video of them singing/murdering Queen’s ‘Don’t Stop Me Now’ as part of their 30th birthday celebrations. However I stupidly put it on Facebook and tagged someone I know who was in it, which meant they could see what I was up to and quickly took it down. I’m gutted because it was an excellent piece of credibility suicide.
But putting all that aside, there are also videos that show why society might not take business or government that seriously either.
First of all, a genuine classic, where Bank of America execs take U2’s song ‘One’ and repurpose it to celebrate the take over and integration of financial organisation MBNA.
Part of me likes it simply because it must have utterly fucked off Bono for both musical and moral issues.
[Ignoring the fact Bono is one of the biggest champagne socialists on the planet]
And then – saving possibly the best for last – the utterly brilliant [for utterly bad reasons] Singapore Media Development Authority ‘rap’.
Even after all these years it brings a smile to my face.
Of course, it also makes me cringe like a David Brent music video but as comedy goes, it’s sheer gold.
Look I think it’s great when agencies and companies are excited about what they do, but these videos have nothing to do with that … they’re all contrived and cynical attempts to try make others think they’d be fun to work for or with.
Except it doesn’t work, because mandatory wackiness doesn’t fool anyone. Except the mediocre.
I have no idea why ‘song and dance’ has become the format to express your ‘human side’, but I can’t help but think that if you have to do this to show how much fun you are, you’re not doing your day-to-day job correctly.
Seriously agencies and companies. Stop it. Just stop it.
You’re not just embarrassing yourselves, you’re actually undermining a whole industries credibility.
Who the fuck will want to pay a premium for someone they’ve seen sing and dance like a one-legged drunk?
Worse, you all have some incredibly talented people in your organisations. This sort of stuff makes them want to die rather than to do the best for you.
But – and it’s a huge but – if you absolutely have to do it, then have the good grace to do it in private rather than use it as some not-very-well-disguised sales pitch … either for your company or for your corporate toadiness.
To paraphrase someone who once said something very unkind about Billy Joel’s and Christie Brinkley’s daughter, you all end up looking like you have the ‘face of her father and the voice of her mother’
And if anyone thinks I’m being a dick for showing companies at their worst, then I give you this as a means of compensation.
Trust me, if you thought what you had seen before was bad, this will kill you.
PS: If you know of any more agency shame videos, I’d love to see them, Ta.
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