Friday, December 12

OK, now the Friday Random Ten+5 is buying what you're selling.

About a month ago, the Friday Random Ten+5 did a primer on how not to sell your products on TV. But there is one sure-fire way to move product that trumps pretty much every other rule of marketing: Put a hot chick in the ad. That doesn't necessarily mean, though, that you can just throw a Victoria's Secret model up on the screen in lingerie and expect her to sell, I don't know, life insurance. Some exceptionally savvy advertisers have figured out that you don't necessarily need Marisa Miller or Heidi Klum to push whatever it is you're selling, you just need a girl-next-door type with what the French call that certain "I don't know what" and bickety-bam, you've got yourself an enticing ad. Or maybe I just have really obscure taste in chicks on TV. Whatever the case, this week's +5 is Five Random Women In TV Commercials I Have A Crush On.

The girl in the yellow top from the Zyrtec ad
I don't know anything about this chick other than the fact that she's adorable. And has allergies. Like me on both counts!

"Flo" from the Progressive commercials
There are times when she seems just a little too perky to be in the insurance business, but considering that it's been a long time since auto insurance did anything other than cause me pain and/or suck money out of my wallet, maybe a little perkiness isn't such a bad thing.

The wife from the Sonic ads
I probably shouldn't have as big a crush on her as I do, considering that in 10 or 15 years I'm probably going to be the guy in the driver's seat of that car, getting belittled by a wife who's way smarter than I am and knows it. And also losing my hair. But what can I say, I enjoy being abused. (In case you were curious, her real name is Molly Erdman, and she has her own blog.)

The mom from the Burger King "apple fries" commercial"
I'm still not entirely sure what "apple fries" are -- just apples cut into the shape of french fries, right? -- but there is one thing I'm sure of: Burger King is married to a total MILF. Though being a king, I guess he would be. She needs to keep that son of theirs in check, though.

Erin Surance
Yes. Still.

And now the Ten:

1. INXS, "Stairs"
2. Downright, "Quicksand Baby"
3. Devo, "Whip It"
4. U2, "Got to Get Together"
5. The Jam, "Going Underground"
6. Beck, "Waitin' for a Train"
7. U2, "Sunday Bloody Sunday" (live from Sarajevo)
8. David Holmes, "Pickpockets"
9. Massive Attack, "Risingson"
10. Avenue Q cast, "There's a Fine, Fine Line/What Do You Do With a B.A. in English?" (reprise)

Your turn: Put your own Random Tens and/or TV-commercial crushes, be they chicks or dudes, in the comments.


Universal Remonster said...

Nice picks. I'm relieved to know that I'm not the only one who thinks "Flo' is cute.

Josh M. said...

First, you need a better insurance company. Like the one I work for, perhaps.

Second, I am digging the girl in that Bud Light "drinkability" commercial. Hottie McHotterson.

Anonymous said...

Off-topic, but since you'd been the one to mention it, I thought you should know: Ralph found its missing breasts

Anonymous said...

I loves me some Sonic woman too.
1. Buckwheat Zydeco, "Five Card Stud"
2. Alman Brothers, "Whipping Post"
3. The Police, "Walking On the Moon"
4. Eric Clapton, "Bad Love'
5. Aerosmith, "What It Takes"
6. Steely Dan, "Reelin' in the Years"
7. The Rolling Stones, "Love Is Strong"
8. Led Zepplin, "Stairway to Heaven"
9. Steely Dan, "Dirty Work"
10. The Counting Crows, "Rain King"

Anonymous said...

Ah yes, this looks like the Flo fan club. WOW! I say it a little louder...

Anyway, here name is Stephanie Courtney and here's her IMDB page:

Universal Remonster said...

Stephanie is actually one of my favorite, and originated the role of Alex in "Phyrogiants", which was a play written by Michael Blieden and later adapted into the film "Melvin Goes to Dinner" that was directed by Bob Odenkirk and starred her as well.

She's very cool.

Jerry Hinnen said...

Excellent list, Doug--I'm also feeling the Flo and Molly Erdman love, even if the two-funny-dudes Sonic spots tend to be a little bit sharper.

However, I don't think any discussion of TV commercial hotness is ever complete without mentioning the classic "Hootie meets the Tender Crisp Bacon Cheddar Ranch" spot, is it? Those milkmaids, dude ... seriously.

Anonymous said...

The Sonic woman is really really hot, but the commercials are so irritating that I want to punch her husband in the face repeatedly. Then have my way with her.

Reed said...

Saw the sonic woman live and in person at Second City in Chicago a few years back. Meh. She's funny, though.

1. Bo Diddley, "Dearest Darling"
2. Marvin Gaye, "The Star Spangled Banner"
3. Broken Social Scene, "Our Faces Split the Coast in Half"
4. Modest Mouse, "Alone Down There"
5. Dave Attell, "Drugs"
6. Stevie Wonder, "Maybe Your Baby"
7. Andrew Bird, "Dear Old Greenland"
8. Dinosaur Jr., "Mick"
9. Built to Spill, "The Wait"
10. Sigur Ros, "Hjartao hamast"

Anonymous said...

If I were Vitters, I'd surely want to cast aspersions on those guys working on assembly lines. Whores intact? Being in the gag for VW doesn't mean you aren;t a Republican creep trying t engineer a depression while the little squinty-ered turd is still nominally the Pretzeldent.

These jerks are traitors. McConnell, Sessions. They're trying to launch a depression.

Anonymous said...

apples are good for you

Todd Jones said...

Flo is insanely hot. I feel dirty watching those commercials.

A Free Man said...

OK, admittedly it's been about four years now since I've lived in my homeland, but seriously - what the hell are you people eating? Why would I want to dip my sausage biscuit? And into what? And apple fries? Really?

Anonymous said...

How 'bout that "Upgrade you" spot, for DishTV, or something - don't give a damn what she's selling, I want me some!