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12:43 pm - Who's up for a Dunkin' Donuts run?
So here's a question:

It's not uncommon for me to get excited and post a link when a certain band that I like gives a particularly good interview on NHPR, or ends up contributing a song to The Sims. I realize that there are only four of you who ever click those links. That's fine.

But what happens when John Linnell gets interviewed by Parenting Magazine? Is that even worth it? Do the TMBG fans in my readership actually want to read his sheepish feelings about bribing your child? Probably not. But there you go: TMBG, having won their Grammy, collaborated with The Daily Show and McSweeny's Magazine, and spent a few months at the top of the Amazon sales charts, are running out of media outlets to infiltrate. What's next? Field and Stream? The WWE? Neil Gaiman?

Wait, you can scratch that last one off the list. They're doing the soundtrack to Henry Selick's adaptation of Coraline.

Also, this ad campaign makes me want to make a road trip to Janesville (especially that last one).
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Date:March 19th, 2008 07:02 pm (UTC)
I am very excited about a film adaptation of Coraline. That was an awesome book and I love Neil Gaiman a whole lot. As for the TMBG soundtrack, gravy, it's all gravy. Thanks for the heads up.
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Date:March 20th, 2008 01:56 pm (UTC)
I'm all excited about it. I haven't read Coraline, but I love Gaiman's stuff and I s'pose I'll be picking up a copy soon...
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Date:March 19th, 2008 07:06 pm (UTC)
If it makes you feel better, I did read the Parenting interview. It wasn't really that interesting, but I read it.
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Date:March 19th, 2008 07:30 pm (UTC)
I am ALWAYS up for donuts. You just let me know when.
Date:March 19th, 2008 08:46 pm (UTC)
Field and Stream? WWE? Come now, facetious or not, I don't think that's an appropriate comparison nor do I think him being interviewed by Parenting Magazine is a shocking or unbelievable marketing move. What better place to promote a children's album? It makes perfect sense for him to try to relate and plead to the parents whose incomes are paying for Here Come The 123s.
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Date:March 19th, 2008 09:43 pm (UTC)
Oh, I certainly am not arguing that Parenting Magazine is an inappropriate place to hock Their children's albums. My point was that this link probably won't intrigue readers of my livejournal. Only a fraction of my friends are rabid TMBG fans, and only a fraction of that fraction is interested in anything that isn't recorded on disc.

As for Field and Stream and the WWE, I just meant that it's a surprising place to see Mr. Linnell. Certainly agreeing to the interview was a marketing move on his part, but I can't imaging that TMBG are directly soliciting magazines like Parenting. John Linnell isn't exactly a high-profile media personality, and definitely not the first person anyone thinks of when they hear the phrase "celebrity parent."

Then again, the first person I think of when I hear the phrase "celebrity parent" is definitely not someone who should have kids, and frankly, I don't think that Parenting Magazine would consider even giving Ms. Spears the back page humor editorial.
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Date:March 19th, 2008 10:56 pm (UTC)
I've seen that Fritalian commercial like a million times. Renee has mentioned that she loves that one. Neither of us had any idea it was TMBG!

Is that John Goodman doing the voiceovers?

Oh, and shit, the Doing Things one too! I didn't even know that was a Dunkin' Donuts commercial! Hahaha


Edited at 2008-03-19 11:02 pm (UTC)
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Date:March 20th, 2008 01:51 am (UTC)
I love those commercials, but my favorite is the one about power walking. The Doing Things one is pretty impressive -- these days they're showing a 30-second version on TV, but the full, minute-long version is an beautifully choreographed continuous shot. I'd never have noticed if I hadn't read an article about it awhile ago...

Oh, and that's definitely John Goodman's voice. I gather there have been three rounds of commercials, and that he features in the second round. The first one is somebody totally different, and the newest ones feature some other actor who sounds vaguely like Goodman.

Madison used to have a Dunkin' Donuts, but it's been an IHOP for a few years now. I miss them, and I'm not even a donut fan.

Edited at 2008-03-20 01:55 pm (UTC)
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Date:March 21st, 2008 04:09 pm (UTC)
I get the icon reference!
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