Monday, March 03, 2008

You Got a Big Fine Couch!

I was recently made aware of this absolutely crazy commercial, which you must see to believe. It's been playing recently in the Washington DC area, and aired during the 2007 tax season as well. It's a very bad attempt at a play on the 1999 song by Juvenile entitled "Back That Thang Up" (at least that is the non-explicit title of the song).

Please watch this 30-second ad, because I've got some questions for you afterward.



Here is what I can't figure out:

1) Of ALL SONGS, why would you pick "Back That Thang Up" to mock in an ad for a furniture store? I could see maybe for a truck or something, but for furniture?

2) Does that man at the beginning have the biggest belly button of all time, or what?

3) Speaking of that, why don't the guys in this video have on shirts? Why does the woman at the very beginning whose back is facing the camera appear to have on only a bra and skirt? What exactly is going ON in this furniture store?

All I know is that the next time I'm in DC, I'm totally going there. And they better have a party waiting!

- e

7 comments:

Craig said...

1) I have no idea what this could have to do with furniture, but if they did want to use Back That Thang Up why didn't they at least try to make the music sound like the song?

2) I didn't notice that, so after reading this question, I backed that thing (the video) up and watched again. Yes. Yes, he does.

3) I don't have any answers to this question; I just want to go on record as saying that none of these people should be in an ad without a shirt, regardless of whether it made sense.

Anonymous said...

I don't think you want to go there... at the end, they start to say they are located in Anacostia, MD... which is a really bad/dangerous section just outside of DC. used to live in DC, my husband had a soccer game at a beautiful field right on the water in Anacostia once. Didn't notice much until we had to get gas after the game. We were not allowed inside the station to pay... at noon, it was locked up tight and you had to pay through the "bullet proof glass" that had bullet holes in it... nice. Commercial makes a little more sense now, doesn't it?

Ariel said...

I agree with the previous comment about that being a very rough area of DC, but its in Virginia, not MD.

Anonymous said...

Actually, Ariel... we're both wrong. It's considered a outer section of DC, on the Maryland side of the Potomac River. Here's more info in case you're interested...
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anacostia

Lula! said...

Why does it not surprise me at all that this commercial is for a store in the DC area? Without being political or promoting/dissing a particular party, we all know the governmental peeps who populate this general area. (Try saying that three times fast!) I'm sure half our elected officials are shopping at this joint. And that's who you'll find if/when patronize this establishment...they'll be gettin' their pawty on for sure! Or that's what I'd like to imagine, at least...

cynthia said...

i live in DC and have gotten used to seeing the pasty white chest of that one guy in all his commercials. it's just what he does. DC is a strange and mysterious place that most of those crazy politicians mentioned above don't actually live in (they're usually in the suburbs or maybe georgetown and would never set foot in anacostia, ihaven't been there myself). this is a city that didn't even have cable tv or any chain restaurants/stores until about the 1990s (not that that is always a bad thing). a city where the mayor was caught on tape smoking crack and then reelected not quite so long ago. it's making great strides these days and people and businesses are moving back in droves. but in the 1980s, even in the wealthiest neighborhoods, people had to call the cops to get the homeless guy off their porch, for the millionth time.

and if you think that one is bad, look up any Eastern Motors commercial. they're unreal (you won't be sorry).

Jane said...

Hey! I am a huge fan of Long Live Locke and, during the hiatus, have made my way over to your regular blog. I live in DC and my fiance and I regularly have a good laugh over this ad. I'm amazed (and mildly embarrassed) that you are aware of this ad all the way in Chicago.