Annoying Radio Ads

We listen to the radio a lot, both at home and in the car. Although some radio ads are pretty cute, some can be as annoying as TV commercials.

A local tanning salon has a bit at the end of their ad that says, “We also have sunless options!” I hate to tell you this, honey, but ALL of your options are sunless. The sun is the big bright thing in the sky, not the lamps in your tanning beds.

If you listen to country music, you’ve heard the Toby Keith song, “Red Solo Cup” about a million times. As if that’s not bad enough, our radio station has made a “Green Solo Cup” song as an ad for the big St. Patrick’s Day Eve party they’re having at an Atlanta club. It’s even more annoying, and just as catchy. Which of course, appeals to the little people. (No, not leprechauns. My little people.) The other day, Bennett asked me, “How does that cup song go? The one where the words are wrong.”

Then we have the commercial for lasik eye surgery. The one that “may” give you 20/20 vision. They’re very careful to stress that you may not actually end up with 20/20 vision. So careful, in fact, that the commercial ends up making no sense at all. It’s a couple planning for the husband to have lasik before they go on their family vacation to the beach. Apparently it will be easier for the children to bury him in the sand if he doesn’t have to worry about his glasses. (Believe me, I can relate. Well, not the burying in sand part…) The last line of the commercial is the wife exclaiming, “Just imagine how amazing snorkeling will be when 20/20 vision is a possibility.” I don’t know about you, but the possibility of better vision is not going to make my snorkeling experience any better. Actually having 20/20 vision would indeed make snorkeling amazing. But that’s what happens when you let the lawyers write your ads.

Okay, it’s not just the ads. There are two songs that drive me crazy.

I’m pretty ambivalent about Taylor Swift. Her lyrics are simplistic and kind of annoying, but they’re easy to sing, and she seems like a really sweet girl. And hey, she’s making millions and I’m not, so what do I know? But one line in her latest song drives me batty every time I hear it. “Don’t you worry your pretty little mind. People throw rocks at things that shine.”

And Casey James… How did he go from being the “blues guy” on American Idol to having a hit country song? I like the song, except the line, “You’ve got me thinking thoughts in my head.” Really? Let’s “think” about that for just a minute. Bugs me every time.

I feel much better after sharing. Thank you. 🙂 What about you? Is there a radio or TV ad that you really can’t stand?