Sunday, June 27, 2010

Let's talk...ok SING..about Wieners......

...Get your mind outta the gutter will ya?

This LP cover in a window in a record store I stumbled on in Portland Maine on vacation in May when it was closed made me itch to visit the store when it was open. I was determined to buy this record. why? come on. The title made me fall in love at first site. Like some curvy young female with lots of T and A to a record collector with a love for the odd and not so common, even unusual, it was like finding the holy grail. OK, maybe not exactly the holy grail, but close to it. Fortunately, I left the store some $50 poorer but with some great finds I would never have found if it weren't for this record. Cool eh? well I think so.

From 1971, one can only wonder why there records were pressed, as the label says "not for broadcast" but I can't think of a better purpose then promotion. It's not something I'd play over and over on the console stereo in mom and dads rec room as me and my friends sit down and eat a oscar meyer weiner that mom cooked up for lunch. Still, it gives an idea of diversity that marketing will go to to get their product out to as many people as possible. enjoy.

Oscar Meyer Jingles (1971)

Agency: J Walter Thompson Company

"Six Wild ways to say-I'd Love to be an Oscar Meyer Weiner"

(from the LP Liner notes)

Bossa Nova


Country and Western








Vienna Symphony


Saturday, June 12, 2010

We Want to Sing About Your Business...

It's been a bit busy for me travelling of late, what with the trip to maine and last weekend to Charlottetown PEI last weekend, but back on track to add some material to the blog!

I was cleaning out the "library" in the basement when I found this tape. Most people have books, I have vinyl records, and cassettes and reel to reel tapes from the last 50 odd years. It's my own personal museum of audio I suppose.

Anyway, this seems to be a demo reel from an advertising agency, jingle production company or something in between. From the sound of the jingles on the tape, I would put it between mid to late 1960s. What's kind of funny about this tape is the lack of quality for the guy doing the narration. I can really picture him in some high priced office with not a lot of furniture taking breaks between reading the copy and flipping the pause control on the reel tape recorder (which you can hear by the way!) to get it to sound like he intended. I guess a recording studio was a little too expensive to record for the narration?

In any event, it's a great basic explanation of how jingles and advertising work for a business that still holds up to this day, and the delightfully dated jingles (both within the narration and after the end of the presentation) make it worth a spot here on the jetsam.

1960s Jingle Company Demo...(runs 14:37) (MONO)
Company is Unknown.