HSBC and Richard Ayaode See The Stupidity of Brexit

HSBC with the help of Richard Ayaode havd produced a series of three adverts pointing out the benefits of being in the EU, and by definition the stupidity of Brexit.

This latest “Mind Your Business” about shutters coming down and closing borders uses and instrumental take on The Turtles’ “Happy Together”.

The “Connected Money” take uses the main theme from “Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis

This one, “Global Citizen” uses “Nimrod” from Elgar’s “Enigma Variations”


The New iPhone Ads Tell You Nothing

The new iPhone XR ads tell you nothing about the phone, although they do have some excellent music. When you are paying around £1,000 for a phone you should know why you want an upgrade from for most Apple customers, if it has an Apple badge that’s enough. The top ad uses “Meteorite” by Emmit Fenn.

Lots of pretty images and great Portishead infruenced “Nothing Burns Like The Cold” by Snoh Aalegra

Sky Mobile uses the Beach Boys “Wouldn’t It Be Nice” and for the iPhone XR link which again tells you nothing about the phone.

A Few Examples of Ska In Adverts

In 1969 Cadburys advertised their Fruit and Nut with this still excellent advert soundtracked by The Upsetters “Return of Django”


DFS with the Dillons went for “Train To Skaville” by The Ethiopians. Sky and Jacob’s Cream Crackers have also used the music in their adverts.

For Euro 2000 Adidas featured “Broadway Jungle” by Toots and The Maytals (also recorded by Prince Buster). The advert also featured David Beckham, Zinedine Zidane, Patrick Kluivert and Del Piero, so wasn’t cheap. Step It Up By Ditching Corden

The new advert is excellent . They’ve replaced James Corden with Timothy Murphy and finished it off with Link Wray’s “Rumble”.

Sky Football’s scary season precursor reminds me of the zombies attacking Jerusalem in “World War Z” and is soundtracked by Dean Martin’s “Go Go Go Go”. I can’t embed it and it’s not on Youtube but you can watch it here.

Subway’s rocking horse Signature Wrap advert features Erock’s metal take on Rossini’s  William Tell Overture


A Few More

I’m really sorry that I’ve still not got the archive sorted, I will.

Anyway, Viagra is now available over the counter and they’re using Steve Harley and Cockney Rebel’s “Come Up And See Me (Make Me Smile)” in a rather silly advert. It’s not that hard to make a good advert surely. But you can now get it from Boots here. I was surprised if you search it on Amazon there are loads of books that purport to be the tablets, very odd, I mean why do you need a book?  If you have Erectile Disfunction you see a doctor or chemist and then take it from there, and lets face it you know if you have it, it’s not that hard to see.

BT Plus. Fibre & 4G together. “Our best connection in and out the home”. This has gone for New Order’s “Blue Monda”.

The BT Moments advert. Every moment of every day, we help you be there. Uses “It Must Be Love”, Madness’ take on the Labi Siffre original


Another Brilliant HSBC Anti Brexit Advert


HSBC have retained the brilliant Richard Ayoade for there excellent latest ad, taking another swipe at the idiocy of Brexit, backed by”Chariots of Fire” by Vangelis.


The Bleu De Chanel advert by Steve McQueen features a horrendously chopped version of David Bowie’s “Starman”, but the quality shines through.

Go Outdoors have gone for Gary Barlow’s “Let Me Go” in a particularly uninspiring ad combination



Halifax Ads Are Rubbish … But The Have Produced Classics

We know how rubbish Halfax Ads are. The lastest kids cartoon one and the Wizard of Oz one are almost in the Shake’n’VAc awful class. However Halifax Ireland produced at least two classic adverts, which I will share below.

First is the “Top Cat” advert, which is borderline pathetic. This series is even worse that their previous “Howard” series, athough Howard himself was one.

Next is the Irish “Rockit” Dance Off featuring Bubba Sparxxx “Ms New Booty” and finishing with Herbie Hancock’s “Rockit”, this one shows how good they could be.

Finally you get the absolute class “Ballroom Blitz” gang fight featuring The Sweet’s classic. Unfortunately I’m unaware of this series continuing.


Apologies for the video quality of the Halifax Ireland ones but they still beat the hell out of Halifax England ones.


Budweiser FIFA World Cup

Sorry I still haven’t got the archive up and running but here’s a few that have recently caught my eye.

Budweiser’s World Cup 2018 in Russia Drone promo goe’s with Apollo 440’s “Stop The Rock” with a little help from Status Quo.


H&Ms Spring collection goes with “Know How” by Young MC which cleverly appropriates the guitar riff from Isaac Hayes’ “Theme From Shaft”

Samsung’s “Human Nature” – Do What You Can’t advert goes for The Killers – ALl These Things I’ve Done.

Ford Pump It Up

The new Ford Ecosport goes with Elvis Costello’s “Pump It Up” from his second album “This Years’s Model”

Coca Cola’s Zero Sugar goes with Queen’s “I Want To Break Free”

And sort of linking the two Brian May’s “Driven By You” for a Ford Escort Cosworth Advert from the Nineties

Money Supermarket’s Epic Action Man and Superdrug’s Bang Bang

Money Supermarket’s Epic Action Man is using Ce Ce Peniston’s “Finally”

Superdrug are using “Bang Bang” by Jessie J & Nicki Minaj & Ariana Grande, for a lot of their adverts including this one from Christmas 2017.

The AA “Singing Baby” advert appropriates Ike and Tina Turner’s take on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Proud Mary”.