Saturday, June 19, 2004

Random Stuff

Redneck Woman: Gretchen Wilson absolutely rocked last night on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. I'm not sure that you'd exactly call what she was wearing a shirt. It was more like a large hanky tied on the front of the body. Nonetheless, her perfomance was fantastic. She performed the title song of her debut cd, "I'm Here for the Party."

President of Beers: Has this turned out to be the worst advertising campaign of all time? In case you all have something better to do with your lives than watch 22 hours of sports-related TV programming each day, let me fill you in. This spring, Miller launched an ad campaign where some dorky rep from their company is running against the Budweiser Clydesdale for President of Beers. Now, the first problem with this ad campaign is that the whole thing is based on the fact that everyone already knows that Budweiser is the King of Beers. A bizarre tactic for Miller to follow, if you ask me. But, it gets worse from there. Miller ends up getting disqualified from this fictitious campaign. As it turns out, Miller was recently purchased by a foreign brewer. Budweiser jumped on this opportunity and launched their own ad campaign of at least three commercials where they discuss Miller's disqualification from the race due to the fact that they are not American. Ouch! The Bud lizards make an appearance in these ads, and Budweiser also introduced a new character, the Budweiser Donkey. I think there is one word that best sums up Miller's campaign: treveshamockery.

CMT following the right lead: CMT has apparently been taking some pointers from VH-1 and focused their attention on countdowns. This is totally appropriate for CMT. After all, CMT is supposed to be America's music, and there is nothing more American than reducing artistic expression to a ranked list and crowning a champion. CMT has ranked a whole variety of things. In case you were wondering, "Hurt" by Johnny Cash was ranked the greatest country video of all time. "I Will Always Love You" by Dolly Parton was ranked as the best country love song of all time. And, "Friends in Low Places" was crowned the greatest drinking song of all time.

Mixing Sports and Country Music: Ford has a fabulous new television commercial. The spot features 2004 Masters champ, Phil Mickelson singing "Who's Your Caddy?" to Toby Keith. How great is that? Still, Phil better not quit his day job -- which really isn't a job anyway. And Toby, well, I think his job is just being Toby.